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Fanatic Feedback – Nail Resolutions?

By on January 9, 2009
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Every year as New Year’s Day approaches talk eventually turns to resolutions. We’ve all heard the phrase “New Year, New You” more than we can stand while being bombarded with ads for gyms, weight loss plans, etc. With all that pressure, no wonder so many people fail before February hits. It’s too much. The only time I’ve kept a resolution is when I quit smoking two years ago. Otherwise, I’m an epic fail.

This year, the only promise I’m making is to my nails. As hard as I try, I’m a slacker when it comes to cuticle care. I probably do more than the average person but certainly not what I should considering how rough I am on my hands. And I really have no excuse. I have a minimum of three cuticle treatments in my purse at all times, not to mention practically every room in my house.

So for 2009, I vow to apply some form of balm, lotion or oil to my cuticles after every hand washing and before bed. To help me keep at it, I’m placing little post-its on mirrors and counters near every sink. I’ll just have to remember to take them down before guests arrive.

Alright, so who’s with me? Anyone want to make a nail resolution for 2009? In need of ideas? Here’s a few…

  • Join me in paying more attention to cuticle care
  • Promise to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize those hands
  • Stop biting, peeling or picking your nails or cuticles
  • Grow out or shorten your tips
  • Vow not leave the house wearing chipped polish OR learn to deal with leaving the house with chipped polish
  • Try a color family you’ve shied away from in the past
  • Make a commitment to getting/doing regular manicures and pedicures
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  1. Anonymous says:

    First off congrats on the no smoking thing, that’s an epic NON fail :P

    That’s funny because my resolutions are all nail related. I’ve been reading your blog for over a year and you’re such an inspiration. I DEFINITELY need to do something about my cuticles. I was my hands constantly and rarely moisturize it’s terrible. Thankfully I’ve never been a biter, the thought of biting my nails makes me cringe. Oh and chipped nailpolish, NEVER AGAIN!!!

  2. styrch says:

    I’m joining you in the cuticle care resolution. I’m hoping that my short nails will grow up stronger and healthier if I do. I have such a difficult time with peeling/breaking nails.

    Also going to make an effort to file rather than clip (which I do when I’m very frustrated and in a hurry).

  3. Jamie @ Rural Glamour says:

    Yep you are right but cuticle resolutions…:) I need to get on mine more often. But out of year’s “goals” I decided to play more with nail art,konads and the such…

  4. Karina says:

    Cuticle care is my nail resolution, too – so I gladly join you. :-)

  5. Susan says:

    I’m with you….. I’m committed to not biting my nails – I was given a gift of Jessica Nibble No More – and boy it is working – so…. I am now learning how to properly do a mani!

    Thanks so much for inspiration!

  6. Luxaholics_steph says:

    My friends always think it’s lame but every year I resolve to take better care of my nails (and I wish I could say I accomplish it)…last year a bought a special manicure kit just so I could keep my hands looking nice (on a budget)…I probably used it once.

    So, my New Years Resolution for this year is to go to the nail salon and actually have the manicurist not make fun of my crappy cuticles.

  7. Anonymous says:

    to stop biting! I don’t even notice that they are in my mouth until i’ve totally destroyed them. so far so good.

  8. Scrangie says:

    I’m with you- I totally abuse my cuticles and I need to take much better care of them! I also need to keep my nails all the same length. I can’t bear to file them down when I break one, but sometimes I really should. Or fake a nail until the real thing grows back :)

  9. girl-decorated says:

    I like making accessible, glamorous resolutions. Last year I resolved to USE my polish stash more and actually do my fingers as well as my toes! (For years I’d been a pedi girl but only rarely did my tips because I’d always smudge them and they’d chip within a day.) I think I did quite well – since learning about quick-dry topcoats, I’m doing my tips a few times per week!

    I’m already a moisturizer fiend, but this year I should definitely try to withstand the urge to pick off my polish and abuse my nails! (She says after having done exactly that for an hour while watching TV, sigh.) I also need to keep using my new glass file and maintaining a nice shape.

  10. T.R. says:

    I’m in on all those that apply to me. I don’t bite my nails but I can definitely pay more attention to them and better care. I’m going to try a different type of polish. I’m a cream freak. I just love that smooth look but I guess I’ll try some other type. Any suggestions?

    Thank you so much for your blog. I’ve only been reading it a month. You’ve really inspired me to start doing my own mani pedi’s again and to really see my nail polish as an accessory just like my makeup and shoes. Thanks again and great job.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I’m with you on the cuticles! I have put lotion next to every sink and cuticle cream next to the sofa. I’m really tired of having painfully dry cuticles that look ragged!


  12. cynja says:

    I’m terrible with my cuticles, I’m a nail biter and a tear-type. I’ve managed to cut down on my nail biting, but I still do evil things to my hand’s skin.

    I will definitely work on it this year.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I'm with you on the cuticle & hand care, I use lotion several times per day but it is not enough for my dry itchy skin. I might try your post-it note idea, it is not as if I don't already own at least 8 different hand creams & lotions. Love the blog, please keep inspiring us.

  14. GablesGirl says:

    I’m right there with you gals — Mine are…
    + To apply hand cream after every hand wash.
    + To organize and then use my stash.
    + To use cuticle cream (or oil) at least once a day and at night (along with usual hand cream).

    Great nail and polish blog!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I’m terrible with cuticles, also. And my nails tend to be very weak, they split very often, especially in the winter! And fix the middle finger on my right hand… the nail growing diagonally on the side, and the cuticle on that finger is HARD, so I am unable to file it. And make them a bit longer..

  16. Anonymous says:

    My hands are in desperate need of a good mani! After reading this post I am inspired to go and visit one of my local Chicago spas and get my hands taken care of.