I get a lot of questions and comments regarding the tools and treatment products I use to keep my nails healthy and in tip top shape. Since my routine changes as I test new products, I’ve launched, The Arsenal, to share with you the items that are “must haves” in my nail kit.
Can you imagine the shocked looks on my friends and family members faces when they ask me for a nail file I tell them I don’t have one on me? Hello, I’m the nail girl, I’m SUPPOSED to have every nail tool known to man in my possession at any given moment. Well, here’s the deal. I haven’t regularly carried a nail file in my bag for two reasons:
1. I LOVE glass nail files. Love, love, love them! Problem? They’re glass. And while I shouldn’t have to worry about them breaking in my bag, the amount of times I’ve fallen, breaking something, has grown to a staggering amount. I’m not a fall down drunk people, just a klutz!
2. Carrying an emery board/paper file equals one of two situations. I either bang into it while digging in my purse, ruining my manicure with scrapes. Or it gets too filthy and vile from whatever ends up living in my suitcase of a bag. Gross, I know but at least I’m clean enough to NOT use a dirty file.
So to make rambling story short, now that the Zip File from Tweezerman entered my life, I no longer travel file-less. You see the Zip File comes encased in a protective plastic sleeve to keep it sanitary and avoid manicure mishaps while I search for my keys. The dual sided file has medium and coarse grits and exists on a sliding mechanism. So you just extend it out to fix chips, nicks or breaks and click it back, locking the file in place for storing.
Considering how often my klutz self ends up banging into a wall and breaking a nail, I will no longer have the temptation to chew (nast, I know) because I’ll have my Zip File with me.
And as if you need another reason to pick up this handy little guy, Tweezerman is donating $1 for every file sold to the Smile Train Charity, an organization dedicated to correcting cleft lips & palates in 75 developing countries.
The Zip File retails for $5.50 and can be purchased at Tweezerman.com
I get a lot of questions and comments regarding the tools and treatment products I use to keep my nails healthy and in tip top shape. Since my routine changes as I test new products, I’m launching a new series, The Arsenal, to share with you the items that are “must haves” in my nail kit.
Let’s kick off The Arsenal with China Glaze Calcium Gel Fortifier, a new addition to my list of staples. Being that I put my hands though hell and high water with all the polish swatching, my nails end up pretty wrecked looking on a highly productive day. We’re talking dry and prone to breaking/splitting. Since I’m already at a nail health disadvantage due to my DDS (Danny Devito Syndrome), I need a product that not only works in the long term but also provides a quick fix. Enter Calcium Gel Fortifier.
Its blend of Vitamin B and Wheat Protein totally rejuvenates my nail beds. I swear, it’s like a facial for the nails. Shall we call it a naicial? Even if it’s only overnight, I slap a couple coats of Fortifier on my nails and when I take it off in the a.m. for some early morning swatching, the surface of my tips feel smoother. And when I force myself to take a sanity (those polish fumes can make a girl wacky) and nail health break, I see a major difference in how quickly my tips grow using the Fortifier. Plus it makes my naked nails look incredibly shiny. I’m telling you, it’s like magic and stuff!