The Busy Bride Manicure

I call this manicure “The Busy Bride” because it’s for women (or men!) who want/need to do a manicure but really don’t have time for a thorough one. It’s pretty simple and should take no more than 10 minutes of your time.

Unlike a traditional manicure, this manicure is covering just the basics. It’s great when you need to get your nails cute and ready to go but doesn’t have the pampering effect of a traditional or luxurious manicure.

What you need:
• small bowl
• Warm water
• Hand soap
• Orange stick
• Cuticle oil/vitamin e oil
• Creamy lotion
• Nail file
• Cuticle nippers
• Polish remover
• Polish (top and bottom coat plus color if needed)

Always start a manicure (or pedicure for that manner!) by removing any nail polish that you may have on your hands. After removing the polish, make sure all of your nails are cut to your chosen length. You also want to check your fingers closely for the beginnings of hang nails. If you see any, clip them with the cuticle nippers. Do not cut the cuticles themselves.

Fill your bowl with the warm water and a little hand soap. You don’t need a lot of soap, just enough for a few bubbles. Soak your fingers in the water (making sure your cuticles are covered by the water) for no more than 3 minutes.

Remove your hand from the water. Taking the orange stick, push the cuticle back on each nail, making sure to move the orange stick around the base of the nail bed in small circular motions to remove any additional dead skin. Clean off your nails by dipping them back into the water.

Put a drop of cuticle oil/Vitamin E oil on each cuticle. Gravity should encourage the oil to slide down the base of the nail bed and coat the entire cuticle. Massage in the oil for a few moments and then dip your hand back into the soapy water to remove the oil. If you are not 100% sure the oil is gone from the nail bed, take an orange stick, wrap a piece of cotton around one end and wipe off your nails.

To begin polishing your nails, start with a base coat. Always apply a base coat, even if you don’t use colored polish. Begin with a single stroke of polish down the middle of the nail, then an additional single stroke on each side of the nail. This should cover your entire nail. Let the coat dry.

If you like color in your nail polish, you would apply that between your bottom and top coats. Color polish requires 2-3 coats with a drying time between each coat. The darker the polish color the more coats you need to apply.

Once the polish is dry(ish), do your top coat, allowing your nails to dry to touch.

After you have completed your manicure and your polish is completely dry, put lotion on your hands and then oil your cuticles one additional time.

Other Manicures: The Pampered Bride and The Practical Bride

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Biotin

A lot of women want long flowing hair and long strong nails with a gleaming white tip. Unfortunately for us, nature does not always show us off to the best of our abilities. In this quest for longer hair and nails, women (and men) have tried almost everything: weaves braids, tracks, false nails, overlays, and medications. These methods can be time consuming, costly, and have unwanted repercussions.

One safe method that is available is the vitamin supplement Biotin. Biotin may be an answer for fingernails that are weak, split, chip, and peel.

Biotin is one of eight essential vitamins that comprise the B-complex. Like all of the members of the B-complex, biotin plays an important role in energy metabolism, acting as a coenzyme in chemical reactions that produce energy. Nails and hair are primarily made of a protein named Keratin and so Biotin should increase nail and hair thickness and length up to 25%.

Although there are currently no known side effects to a high biotin intake, always discuss any new supplement use with a doctor first. While Biotin may not have any adverse side effects, there are repercussions to using this vitamin. The hair on your body will grow at a higher rate as well. Your shaving or other body hair removal system will need to be increased in frequency.

I’m one of the lucky people who have a rather white nail tip. My issue is that my nails are brittle and flake. They are rather thin and sharp (kinda like a baby). I use Biotin to help my nails both grow and to (hopefully) give my nails a little extra thickness. I’ve used biotin before but stopped because I’m not great with remembering to take my vitamins. I’m starting again so I’ll have an update for this in about 3 weeks or so.

I bought my bottle of biotin from GNC for about $7.99 (that’s what I paid, but I didn’t order it, I bought it in store). It’s 600 mcg and I think I’ll take two a day.

Biotin 600

Beauty in Progress

I’m currently working on completing a series of articles on manicures and pedicures. I know that I love a good mani & pedi but I don’t always have the time OR money for one. I have three types of manicures and pedicures that I perform on myself on a regular basis:

The Pampered Bride
This is the MOST time involved mani & pedi. There are about 10 steps to this manicure and it can take anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours – but your hands feel and look soooo good when finished. This one I only do when I have tons and tons of time to really pamper myself.

The Practical Bride
This mani & pedi is great when you want a thorough mani/pedi but you don’t really have the time to really pamper yourself. About 9 steps and takes about 30-45 minutes.

The Busy Bride
This mani/pedi is for the bride who likes to keep her nails & feet looking looking fly but doesn’t really have time to do anything involved. There are about 6 steps and the time varies on how quick you are. I can complete a Busy Bride manicure in 15 minutes or less (when I’m feeling motivated).

Hopefully I’ll be complete by the end of the week. We’ll see what develops.