The next step in my mani routine after I've painted my nails is using cuticle oil.
Everyone has their opinions and preferences when it comes to cuticle oils and cuticle creams. Once again, I'm just showing you what works and doesn't work for this little lady.
These are all the cuticle treatments I own.
This is CND Solar Oil. This is always sold out at my local beauty store. I've recently started using it after I ran out of cuticle oil. This is wonderful! It smells heavily of sweet almond oil, which I love and a lot of people can't stand. I think this is most of the reason why my cuticles look so fancy. :)
This is China Glaze Peppermint Cuticle Oil. I hate this stuff. I've used it once and it turned my cuticles red! I really dislike cuticle oils (or anything) with mineral oil. If you know anything about skin products, or what is good for your skin, mineral oil is something you want to avoid. It can over dry your skin and make it very irritated. I try to treat my cuticles like I treat my skin, so this stuff just does not work for me. I can't think of any products with mineral oil that work for me, and I noticed right away this product disagreed with me.
This is OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go. This is one of the cuticle treatments that floats around in my purse. This one is okay, I use it when I'm on the go and need some quick moisture to my cuticles. I like that it's a gel that's easy to control.
I like the brush on it. It's very soft and lovely. This product comes out very fast so be careful!
This is E.L.F. Nourishing Cuticle Pen. This one I only use when I need cuticle oil on the go but don't have time to let it soak in. Only a tiny bit comes out, so if I'm doing something else it's nice to not having oil flinging everywhere.
It has a pen like tip. The tip itself is pretty hard so I only use it on occasion.
Could we talk about cuticles without talking about this bad boy? This is Lush Lemony Flutter. Do you like my writing on this sample? I tried to make it look like the writing on the real container :p. I have a big boy container of this stuff, but I've been using up this sample for a few months now. This stuff is amazing at taking care of your cuticles.
I still have a lot left! :)
Finally, this is OPI Avoplex Nail & Cuticle Replenishing Oil. I can't see myself using this all over my hands but okay. This is the first cuticle oil I ever used and I love it quite a bit. I think it works really well but it's just a little too oily to use frequently.
This one comes with a brush. The last one I had came with a dropper and it made using it a lot harder.
So this is how I take care of my cuticles:
1) Apply Solar Oil. Let soak in.
2) Apply Lush Lemony Flutter. Let soak in.
And that's it! I do this probably 2-4 (depending on how busy I am) times a day. I try to do it once in the morning, and 2 times at night. I'm kind of obsessive about my cuticles. :)
My Cuticle Care Routine has changed a little since this post. It didn't make sense to keep it this way! Instead, I'm adding more product information.
This is something I picked up a while ago on sale. It's Poshe Anti-microbial Cuticle Oil. This is perfect if you have cuts on your cuticles and you want to moisturize without getting your cuts infected or irritated. I recently had someone cut my cuticles (OUCH) and pulled this out. It has been working perfectly. I don't find it as moisturizing as other creams or oils I use, so I only pull it out for special times, like now.
And how crazy is this? It has a dropper! It's kind of cool packaging but very impractical.
This is Qtica Cuticle Repair Balm. This might be... my holy grail of cuticle creams. This stuff works like a charm! It's rather thick. I would compare the consistency to a thick, thick balm. Maybe like petroleum jelly without the jelly texture- if that makes sense. This has kept my cuticles looking GREAT.
The smell is a bit funny. It smells like cold cream. It reminds me of my granny.
This is a new cuticle stick I bought recently. Cuccio Cuticle Conditioning Butter Stick is perfect for on the go. It's moisturizing but I just don't feel it compares to my Qtica balm. I love this for in my purse.
Cuccio Butter Blends are becoming my favorite lotions as well. They're spreadable enough to feel like a lotion but rich enough where you get the moisture of a body butter.
How I currently take care of my cuticles:
Qtica Balm in the morning and at night.
Lush Lemony Flutter throughout the day.