Monday, March 25

Mani Monday:Nail Care Tips
+ Essie Nail Wardrobe Giveaway!

It's here!! The big day has arrived and, together with a lovely group of ladies, I am giving away a HUGE Mani-Monday prize!!  But, before I jump to that, I wanted to share a few of the ways I keep my nails in good shape.

Believe it or not - it all starts with the right diet.  If you are lacking nutrients in your diet that support strong healthy nails - then chances are you might have issues with frequent nail breaking, splitting and chipping like me.  I personally do not drink cow's milk and avoid most dairy, so calcium and vitamin d3 are great supplements for me.  And as for nail growth specifically - Biotin, Magnesium and Cod Liver Oil have helped strengthen my nails (and hair as well).  Of course you could just go out and by specially formulated Hair & Nails vitamins too.  
 **Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or pharmacist, so please check with your doctor before adding supplements to your diet, especially if you are on other medications, pregnant or breastfeeding**

Other great things you can add to your diet are bone broths which are rich in minerals as well as  gelatins.  In the book Practical Paleo - there is a recipe for herbal tea infused gelatin, which is just amazing for a nice afternoon treat, with the added benefit that it helps your nails grow healthy.
 I just recently started using Essie Millionails treatment.  I saw an advertisement in a magazine for it, and it just sounded really amazing.  Guess what? It is!!  Since I started using it my nails have gone from thin and splitting to smooth and growing fast.  I couldn't be more excited to have it as a part of our huge giveaway today!
Another fantastic product is Julep Oxygen Nail treatment.  I use this a couple of times per week to give my nails a rest from polishes.  The best part of using it is that it is this perfect light milky pink - and it makes your nails look gorgeous and healthy, even when they may be a little roughed up from lots of polish changes.

My other tips for maintaining healthy nails are:

  • Clean your nails regularly using a little scrub brush and warm soapy water.
  • Keep your hands and nails moisturized, especially in cold Winter weather!
  • Clean under your nails to keep dirt and residue from getting under the nail.
  • Use quality nail polishes that are free from harsh chemicals that hurt your nails.
  • Never peel your polish off - always use a conditioning nail polish remover!
  • Don't bite your nails - use a file or clippers always! (Keep a file in your purse!!)

Are you a nail-biter?  What are your best nail care tips?

Now for the part you've been waiting for! Some of my very favorite ladies in blogging have joined together to give one very lucky reader a complete Essie Nail Wardrobe featuring 13 gorgeous colors, a base and topcoat and the millionails nail treatment ($135 Value)!  This is one giveaway you don't want to miss out on, so max out your entries!  For a close-up of the gorgeous colors with their swatches and details on the other products being given away, you can visit our Essie Giveaway board on Pinterest.
This giveaway is open to US & Canadian Residents, 18 years of age and older!  
Good luck & share on!!

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36 comments:

  1. Bikini so Teeny is CUTE!

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  2. I love the Lena B, Actually. I think that's what it says.

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  3. Butler Please, I have been eyeing that color for a while now!!

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  4. Amy StarkeMarch 25, 2013

    I love Miss Fancy Pants and Tart Deco.... thanks for the chance to win all of them!

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  5. Mint Candy Apple! :D

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  6. This is such a generous giveaway!! I just found your blog through it and have been scrolling through your previous posts for a couple of hours now:) I love all these colors♥

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  7. i love the Bikini so Teeny!

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  8. i like mint candy apple

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  9. Brighton HarperMarch 26, 2013

    Definitely the mint candy apple!

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  10. mint candy apple


    kport207 at gmail dot com

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  11. I think I'm most interested in Watermelon, but there are some great colors there!! Thank you so much for the giveaway! The Millionails treatment sounds wonderful too!

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  12. I'm most excited about Tart Deco!!

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  13. Mint candy apple.

    Thanks for the chance.mogrill12@gmail.com

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  14. I like them all but I really like Watermelon

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  15. Butler Please,
    such a
    pretty blue.

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  16. I like the the blues/mint and the go-to-go one.

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  17. Mint Candy Apple!

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  18. mint candy apple!!!

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  19. Heather FackelmanMarch 28, 2013

    I'm in LOVE with Butler, Please!

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  20. I would love to win Bikini So Teeny!

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  21. Jennifer ReedMarch 28, 2013

    sugar daddy is my fav

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  22. mint candy apple

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  23. Ladies, I feel like I just ran a marathon (but in a good way)! I absolutely adore essie and am just now building my collection and would this grow my collection hehe I love Mint Candy Apple it's such a pretty pastel :) lovely giveaway!!

    Miranda M. | Pretty Squared | prettysquaredmm@gmail.com

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  24. I LOVE the tart deco!

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  25. jules mcnubbinMarch 31, 2013

    mint candy apple

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  26. Patrycja MaccMarch 31, 2013

    Butler Please is probably my favorite :)

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  27. I am really interested in seeing who won this!

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  28. Heather FackelmanApril 11, 2013

    Still can't believe I won! I can't wait to swatch each and every one of these! Thank you ALL again!

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Thank you so much for your lovely comments! I don't always have time to respond to each one, but I do read them! XO