Tweezerman sent us some awesome products to try out through their Ambassador program. As if we didn't completely love Tweezerman tweezers already, now we're obsessed with their nail care products! Here's a shot of the kit we received
Terrible cell phone picture. I'm sorry. But this kit was HUGE and included everything anyone could need to take care of their nails. Pedicure products included!
|Too big to fit in my light box!|
Here's a list of my favorite products from the collection-
-Satin Etched Zebra Clipper Set (Stainless Steel)- Transform untidy, tattered or shabby nails into a perfectly pampered, lovingly trimmed look. 100% sanitizable.
-Satin Etched Zebra Cuticle Nipper- The sturdy design is reinforced by its rock-hard, stainless-steel construction and features sharp, long-lasting snipping tips for smooth cutting action.
-Premium Emory Board- Pack of 5 thin wood files. Ultra durable.
-Master Tech Ingrown Toenail File and Cleaner- Features an ingrown file to help relieve the pressure of ingrown nails and a thin, curved end to clean under and around the nail.
First step- Nail trimming! I LOVE this clipper! What makes this clipper so much better than other ones? Look at the edge. It's straight across. No more cutting halfway across your nail and having the curved edge cut a hunk out of the middle of your nail. This baby clips straight and easy every time. I don't always clip my nails. Sometimes you might want to skip this step and just file them down a little. If you have brittle nails, definitely skip this step!
That's an action shot of me cutting my talons. I must have just finished swatching before I took that picture because the edges of my nails are covered in blue polish. I promise that's not dirt. I'm not that gross. Also, that picture is totally false advertising and you should NOT clip/file/shorten naked nails. Why not? Because your natural nail line is probably crooked. I'm sorry but it probably is. Shape your nails when you already have polish on them. Then take off the polish and look at your crooked nails. Then come back here and tell me I was right!
After you're done clipping your nails they are probably a little ragged. Time to file those babies! What's your favorite shape? Lately I've been sticking with a square shape on shorter nails. I used to do a "squoval" shape. I mostly stopped because that's the worst word in the world. It's a combination of the words "square" and "oval." Get it? Squoval. I also stopped because I had a tough time keeping them all even. As I've said before, you do you.
I love the simple Premium Emory Board. Not too rough, not too smooth. This emory board is perfect for a little bit of shaping and a little bit of smoothing. If you are looking for an emory board to shorten your nails, you might want to use one that is more rough than this one though.
Now that your nails are perfectly shaped, it's time to push back your cuticles and buff out any ridges. I have ridges that go along the length of my nail and I use this yellow buffer block below to smooth them out.
After my ridges are smooth I give my hands a good wash and let them hang out in the water for a few minutes. Now my cuticles are nice and soft and ready to be ANNIHILATED! I use a wooden cuticle stick (pictured above) to push back my cuticles first. I prefer using a wood stick because it's gentler and doesn't cause any ripping. I usually use a liquid cuticle remover to help with this step but I didn't take any pictures of it so we'll get right to the nipping!
Now my cuticles can get funky and I know everyone and their mother tells you that you shouldn't cut you cuticles because your whole hand will fall off and you'll die if you do, right? Not true guys! But I will say that if you don't know what you're doing, don't bother. You WILL cut yourself and the cut WILL get infected and you WILL die. Just kidding. But you will cut yourself. So be careful.
This Zebra Cuticle Nipper is so amazing. I love the little cover that comes with it. I always have two major problems with cuticle nippers- 1. They are always too dull or get dull too quickly and 2. The spring in the middle usually gets worn out so fast and makes an awful squeaky noise every time I try to use it. Tweezerman to the rescue! These nipper are super sharp, they fit perfectly in my hand so they are easy to maneuver and the joint connection in the middle has no annoying squeak potential.
Now this is the not so fun part, the toes. When it comes to caring for my toe nails I do all of the steps above plus one more. My toenails are ingrown. Gross and painful! Sometimes the care and attention they need is daunting and I just want to pay someone else to do it. Tweezerman has made this job SOOOOO much easier. Don't worry, I didn't post ay pictures of my feet, just the tools I used.
This Ingrown Toenail Filer is probably one of the greatest inventions I never knew I needed. Now that I have it, I'm never letting it go! The other end of the file (why didn't I take a picture of it?) has a flat hook that is great to use for cleaning out under your nails.