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Fun Product Alert: Cuti-Caps

Thanks to a great MUA nail board friend I discovered this way cool cuticle care product called Cuti-Cap Gel Sleeves from Earth Therapeutics. They’re like little pink leg warmers for your tips. So fun!

Similar to gel booties or gloves, these little pink wonders consist of a thick piece of gel filled with moisturizing jojoba oil, vitamin E and olive oil surrounded by pink cotton/spandex fabric. It is recommended on the package that you use Cuti-Caps with a cuticle oil for maximum moisturizing.

I’ve been wearing these little beauties for over a month now. I slip them on after applying some cuticle oil and watch TV or play online for a half hour while they work their magic. That’s the beauty of Cuti-Caps. Your hands are still functional while you wear them. And I really have noticed an improvement in the condition of my cuticles since I started wearing them. I’ve always been relatively diligent about cuticle oil/balm usage but I truly feel that this product raises the game. With a suggested retail price of $7.99, I’d say it’s worth it to find out for yourself.

Cuti-Caps are reusable and can be hand washed in water then left to air dry. One suggestion I’d make is to mark each one the first time you use it with a number/letter for each finger. The fabric stretches out on larger digits, like thumbs, which allows them to easily slip off pinkies the next time you use them.
You can order Earth Therapeutics products directly from their website but I’ve also seen them carried at Linens-N-Things, Kohl’s and Bed Bath & Beyond.

Let’s Talk Glass Nail Files

By on April 4, 2007
in Nail Treatments with 5 Comments

Have you ever stood at a beauty supply, like Sally’s, staring at the bins of nail files and buffers and been completely confused? I know I have. What is the purpose of so many different grit levels? And all the different shapes… curved, angle, straight, blocks, etc. A girl could go crazy.

What I’ve come to find is that the best thing for your nails is an extremely fine grit. Anything else leaves the nail edge jagged and vulnerable to splitting, peeling and water damage. In my opinion, the best thing you can do for your nails is to buy a glass nail file. Glass, not crystal. Crystal files are made of stone and over time they can erode and become too rough. When I was in my teens I bought one of those miracle nail care sets from a pushy mall kiosk. It included a crystal file and after a few years it had broken into 4 pieces and left my nails jagged.
What are the benefits of a glass nail file? They are long lasting and easily washed and sanitized. They seal the nail edge to prevent splitting and peeling. They’re made of tempered glass to prevent breakage.
So, where can you find a glass nail file? If you’re an online shopper, I highly recommend Euro Expo 3000 files. They are so inexpensive and come in a variety of sizes. I have small ones to carry in my purse and a couple larger ones at home. They ship fast and include carrying cases.
If you want immediate gratification, check out La Cross by Sally Hansen at drugstores, Swissco at Sally Beauty, or the Sephora brand files at Sephora stores.
As with any type of nail file, you should always file in one direction and avoid filing the sides of your nails.
Who else has converted over to glass files? Got a brand to recommend? Share your testimonials.
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