Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about making art, too much eyeshadow and becoming a grown up.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Nail Painting in Winter

A lick of colour on finger tips can bring a welcome burst of colour to an otherwise grey day: grey skies, grey outfits (grey complexion in my case...). But, the cold weather takes it's toll on finger nails as well as hands in general. Here's what I do in winter to keep my tips looking tip top.


I can be a lazy little thing a lot of all of the time when it comes to base coats on my nails, and usually, I get away with it, but this time of year things start to get a little brittle, and even *gulp* peeling (not a great look for me...). The product I like to use is both a base coat, or, preferably, it can be worn alone as a treatment. It's from Nails Inc. part of their Save the Nail range, and it is their Repair and Rescue Base Coat. I like this because not only does it seriously help my nails, but it also doesn't take eons to dry, so it doesn't extend my mani routine too much.


I'm talking cuticles here peeps. Cuticles are super important to not just a nice, sleek looking mani, but also the health of your nails and fingers - damaged, ripped cuticles can become infected causing pain and unattractive finger tips (though, as someone who's had an infected finger, I can honestly say my nail polish was the least of my worries at the time!). While gently pushing back your cuticles every so often is a safe enough way to maintain them without damaging them, the cool winter air can cause problems with even that. Colder air equals drier cuticles, meaning when you push them back they're more likely to tear and become ragged and sore... it's a bit of a vicious cycle. But, there is a way out and it's called cuticle balm. More intensive than hand cream, and easier to apply to such small area, my favourite is the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream from Burt's Bees. It gets to work fast and the lemon scent it leaves isn't that toilet cleaner kind; but just a nice, clean, fresh smell.


Finally, I hear you say, onto the actual nail polish. I know a lot of people stick do deeper shades in winter time: oxblood, wine, sapphire - and don't get me wrong, I love those shades, but for January I like bold, almost primary colours to break up all the meh and greyness around them. If, like me, you walk around in an almost uniform combo of black clothing for most of winter, you might really like to try adding a cheery, playful pop of colour to your nails. A couple of my absolute favourites are Barry M's Spring Green Nail Paint, Bourjois' Bleu Violet and Revlon's Parfumiere China Flower.


Wouldn't it be great if I had some kind of super wintery top coat secret? Well, I don't! I am a Seche Vite Quick Dry Top Coat all year round - and I guess, if it ain't broke, why try and fix it? Seche Vite is affordable, it really dries nails super fast, and it leaves them with a glass-like, chip free look - what more could you be looking for?

I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe got a tip or an idea or two - this is what I'm doing with my little finger tips in winter, well, when I'm not using them to shovel left over Christmas tubs of Mini Cheddars in my mouth anyway!

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