Anyways, here is a picture of the products I use in preparation of a manicure:
1.) 60-Second Manicure Hand Scrub by True Blue Spa, Bath & Body Works, $12.
I cannot praise this stuff enough. If I had to choose 1 product out of all of these you must buy, this would be it. It's available in B&BWorks stores as well as online, and fully worth the price. This is one of my newest obsessions and take it with me whenever I travel. (I'm going slightly out of order here, I apologize.) After you've removed your previous manicure with #2 or #3, wash your hands thoroughly with this stuff.
2.) Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover, by Zoya, $9.99
As you can see by the photo, I only have a small container of this, a sample size actually. I really love this stuff, but I don't think it's worth the price tag for the amount of nail polish remover that I go through. I go with Target brand (#3) due to the sheer volume of remover I go through. I received the Zoya remover for free when I ordered from them awhile ago and only recently tried it.
3.) Target Up & Up Acetone Nail Polish Remover, Target, $2-3
This is by far the best nail polish remover you can buy. Bar none. When I lived in NJ, I lived within a block from a CVS, so I used their store brand version of salon strength nail polish remover, and switched to Target's brand upon moving to VA. It's stronger and works better at removing all polishes, even difficult glitters. (Google the 'foil method' for removing glitter nail polish, but use this as the remover!)
4.) Vaseline Deep Moisture, Target, etc., Under $3.
My sister Re hooked me on this stuff and I use it on my hands every night. You only need a little bit and it moisturizes your hands incredibly. It's very reasonably priced too for good lotion. Over the years I've accumulated quite the collection of lotions, haven't you? I now have a massive basket of lotions in my bathroom closet that I
5.) Ultra Conditioning Gloves, by True Blue Spa, Bath & Body Works, $25.
These are definitely the most fun thing on the tray! When I was in B&BWorks, I debated on getting these, but then saw the Buy 2, Get 1 Free sign and grabbed them immediately. I'm about 75% glad I did. I don't know if they're worth $25, but they work. Really well.
6.) Super Softening Hand Lotion- Look Ma, New Hands, True Blue Spa, Bath & Body Works, $10.50
I've actually been using B&BWorks Look Ma, New Hands for years now in the smaller travel size. It's been my go-to lotion for my purse, and I decided to go with the larger spa size to go with the rest of the set. I can't describe it as well as B&BWorks does, so I'll just paste here what they say about it:
"Formulated with paraffin, olive, avocado and apricot oils plus antioxidant Vitamin E to leave hands as soft as cashmere and lightly fragranced with an addictive blend of sweet Tahitian vanilla, whipped shea and golden amber."
7.) Jumbo Cotton Balls
You can get these anywhere, you know that. I just wanted to point out that I buy the "jumbo" ones for removing my nail polish as I think these work the best.
So what are your go-to products to protect and take care of your hands?
**Stay tuned for Manicure Musts Part II: Painting**