Hey There Polished People!
Just because I’m super nosy, I always love seeing how different people do their nails, what tools they use, their cuticle care, etc. I recently received some Wooden Orange Sticks/Cuticle Pushers from Winstonia for review and I wasn’t sure exactly how to review them (Are they wood? Yes. Do they push back your cuticles? Yes. DONE! Haha.) so I decided to do a nail tool post and include them here. Even though I just got these a couple of weeks ago, I have used this type of product forever and found these to be identical. Anyway- let’s see my favorite nail tools and then I’ll tell you a little about how I use them/why I like them, etc. Here we go!
- Wooden Orange Sticks/ Cuticle Pushers. These ones from Winstonia are great, and are a good price at $3.95 for 30 in three different sizes. I actually don’t use these to push back my cuticles, as I find the slanted edge to be a little sharp, but I do use these to clean old polish from under my nails, clean up a little polish around my toenails if I’m a little sloppy, I used the pointy end to make dots before I had a dotting tool, I use the pointy end to pick up studs and gleequins and the slanted side to push them down… there are a million uses for them. These from Winstonia are nice because they’re in three different sizes so you can use the long ones for your cuticles or under your nails, and the shorter ones for dots, etc. If you’d like to order them from the Winstonia store, click here. Right next to the Winstonia cuticle sticks is item number 1.5- this is the dual ended cuticle stick that I actually use to push back my cuticles. The ends are really dull and they’re just kind of wedge-shaped and work perfectly for pushing back cuticles. Cuticle care is absolutely KEY to having nice nails. I’ll do a cuticle care post sometime in the future. Meanwhile, if you have questions, just holler (or rather, leave a comment, tweet, etc cuz I wont hear you ;)).
- Makeup sponge wedges from Dollar Tree. I use these for gradients and other sponging nail art. They’re cheap and they work perfectly.
- Beauty Secrets Acetone Nail Polish Remover and Pure Acetone. I pour some of the remover into that little bottle so it travels more easily, but it’s all that same brand of remover. I use the acetone solely for cuticle clean-up. It’s too drying for me to use on my whole nails all the time, but I LOOOVE it for cuticle clean up. Again- cuticle care… learn it, love it, reap the rewards.
- Foil strips for removing glitter polish/gleequins, etc. As you can see, these are well used. I wrap these around cotton balls (also an essential tool, but I’m assuming everyone knows what those are) soaked in remover placed on my nails, let them sit, unwrap them, slide off the cotton ball and voila! nails are clean. When I’m done I just fold these back up and throw them in my makeup bag that I use for my nail tools.
- Small slanted paintbrush from the craft store for cuticle clean up. Dip it in acetone, run it around your cuticles, have a perfect-looking paint job. I like this one from the craft store, because when I used eyeliner brushes I always had problems with the bristles falling out because of the acetone. This one has been perfect and I bet I’ve had it for about a year.
- Scotch Tape. Everyone loves a tape mani!
- Hole reinforcement stickers. Doesn’t everyone love a half-moon-mani too?
- This is my dotting tool. It’s LA Girls brand and I got it at Fred Meyer along with three mini polishes for about 5 bucks. It has 2 sizes and is short enough to fit in my bag easily. I love it and am sooo happy I got it. You can use plenty of other things for a dotting tool, but I like having a legit tool.
- Revlon nail clipper. There is nothing I hate worse than a dull nail clipper. My nails grow so dang fast that when I shorten them I prefer to cut them and then file them smooth. Filing by itself is just too tedious. This particular brand of clipper is substantial and super sharp so it works perfectly, but it’s not all big and bulky. If I lose my clippers, I always wait until I find another pair of Revlon ones.
- Ulta 6-way buffer. I don’t use this all that often because it’s not healthy to over-buff, but when I have some little peely parts on my nail or want to buff out some staining, this is what I reach for. I think it’s about 5 dollars at Ulta.
- Tweezerman cuticle nippers. I lied when I said dull clippers are the worst. A dull pair of cuticle nippers is absolutely a torture device. I know cuticle cutting is largely frowned upon, but occasionally I do cut my cuticles, and I definitely cut the tough skin along the sides of my nails. I’m not even sorry. I love my cuticle nippers. Also, these are just what you need if you ever get hangnails, because you definitely don’t want to pick them!
- Revlon emery board. I have tried the super-cheap brands, and the slightly more expensive brands and I find that these are just perfect. They’re coarse without being TOO coarse and last a long time. Some of the cheapo brands get almost gluey feeling after you use them a few times. Yuck.
- I guess I’m a Revlon fan, cuz these are Revlon tweezers! I wouldn’t use these for my eyebrows because they’re not precise enough and they don’t have THAT great of a grip (I’ve got Tweezerman tweezers for that), but I do use them to remove tape and hole-reinforcement stickers from my nails, I even use them to fish out my cuticle sticks or clean-up brush when my nails are wet. Do you NEED tweezers in your nail bag? No. But are they super helpful at times? Yes.
Alright, there we have it! I hope you all found this helpful or at least marginally interesting. If I am missing any of your favorite tools, please make sure to let me know! As always, thank you all for reading and till next time- Happy Polishing!!
**The cuticle sticks in this post were provided by Winstonia for review. Everything else was purchased by me. Please see my disclosure tab for more info.**
PS: My first baby shower is tomorrrow!! Yayyyyy! Be looking on Instagram and Twitter for sneak peaks of the decorations, etc, if you’re interested!