tips for the perfect manicure

I am completely and utterly obsessed with nails this season, along with a billion other people, and the number of beauty blogs sending new posts about nail colors, mani-pedi tips and etc to my inbox is just making the situation more intense!

Dot & Lil has a few products that can make a huge difference for nails! And at the bottom of this post, check out the manicure I gave myself yesterday with Revlon 'Minted'. I also swear by Sally Hansen 'Hard as Nails' for my production-ruined, always-splitting nails.

Foot Soak
It's called foot soak, but you can go ahead and use it to soak your hands, too. Before a manicure or pedicure, soak your hands and feet for a few moments in warm water with Dot & Lil's Tea Tree & Rosemary foot soak. This will soften up your cuticles like a dream, making them easy to push back, and make nails easy to trim. It's also really refreshing on summer feet, and makes all mani-pedi tasks after it go so much smoother.

Body Butter
If you're like me, then your cuticles are often a mess. Not only that, but the dryness, hangnails and more around my nails can sometimes make me feel like I shouldn't have bothered with polish! Recently, to solve this problem, I've been applying Dot & Lil's Satsuma & Shea body butter to my cuticles and feet every night before going to bed. I can't tell you how much of a difference this has made, and it's only been a few days! Shea butter--powerful stuff! You'd think I would have thought of this sooner, considering I'm the one who formulated the product! But it's use as an outstanding cuticle balm somehow escaped me until now. I spend a minute rubbing it into my cuticles, and then apply all over my feet--I'm a big flip-flop wearer, so summer is extra-tough on my heels and feet.

And here, below, is my Revlon 'Minted' mani. I also picked up L'Oreal 'Yellow Seahorse' and Revlon 'Peach Petal'. I love getting excited about summer colors!

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