Makeup Monday x Nail Care

I think Makeup Monday has talked about mascara, eyeliner, brows, primers, everything! So for today’s take on the series I wanted to take a moment to talk about nail care. I’ve linked some of my favourite nail colours and treatments above. (Click the pic to shop!)

I have to confess; I used to be a rabid nail biter. My father always told me my hands would look so pretty if I would stop biting them! Growing up I tried everything: rubber band round the wrist, nasty tasting nail polish, cayenne pepper. Nothing would make me stop though. However, the day he was diagnosed with cancer I stopped, and haven’t bit them since. Perhaps it’s strange, but now every time I paint them I think of how proud he would be. It’s amazing how the little things can mean the most.

Let me tell you a little about the products I’ve put together above:

1: OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

In one light this is a deep purple, in another it looks black. This shade is one of OPI’s top sellers and is always a chic colour option for daytime or a night out.

2: Deborah Lippman Cuticle Remover

Dermatologists and doctors go back and forth on whether or not you should remove your cuticles. I may have stopped biting my nails, but I do tend to pick at my cuticles- so personally it is better if I use a formula like this to remove them. It takes all of 10 seconds and leaves your nail beds clean and smooth.

3: Essie Ballet Slippers

Another cult classic, this Essie shade is the perfect nude polish. Brides everywhere love it, but don’t discount it for everyday wear on fingers and toes.

4: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails

This is my secret weapon for growing long strong nails! I love the shiny clear coat on my nails, and the product works magic. I tend to apply it several times a week as it does chip off easily, but the results are well worth it (plus it dries in under 20 seconds).

5: China Glaze For Audrey

If you’re like me you love everything Audrey Hepburn related! This shade is the exact shade of Tiffany’s Blue in honor of her film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It’s so perfectly bright and lovely for warm spring and summer days, and completely plays up a tan!

Have you used any of these products? Or do you have a favourite shade? I’m always looking for a new one to try!

Happy Monday loves, I hope you each had a great start to the week.

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  1. Kat
    April 27, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    Oh my gosh I am so sorry about your dad! And I’m sure he’d be so proud 🙂
    Thanks for sharing! I love that purple OPI
    – Kat

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 28, 2016 / 6:31 pm

      Awww thank you love. Lots of Hugs, Kait

  2. Edye
    April 27, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    For Audrey is such a pretty color!! I love the brand Sinful Colors, they’re super affordable and great quality 🙂

    Edye |

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 27, 2016 / 9:57 pm

      Yes! Love the brand, and they are soooo cheap! They have a great dupe of For Audrey as well. Hugs, Kait

  3. April 27, 2016 / 1:22 pm

    nice round up! loving the OPI SHADE!

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 27, 2016 / 8:28 pm

      Thank you love! Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 27, 2016 / 8:33 pm

      Ugh I have to or they just drive me crazy! Deborah makes great products for sure. Hugs, Kait

  4. April 27, 2016 / 2:03 am

    Loving all these colors. Perfect for spring & summer! Thanks for sharing this with us, babe.
    Kisses, Raysa

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 27, 2016 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you so much love!!!! Hugs, Kait

  5. Mayra
    April 26, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    I absolutely love Ballet Slippers from Essie! My current go to color is Cake Pop from CND, it’s a pretty hue of pink. Kait thanks for sharing your faves!

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 26, 2016 / 8:57 pm

      Oooo I’m going to have to check it out! Thanks for sharing love. Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 26, 2016 / 8:58 pm

      It would look so good on you babe! Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 26, 2016 / 8:59 pm

      Thank you love! Hugs, Kait

  6. Morgan England
    April 26, 2016 / 8:27 am

    Aww I am actually about to do my nails this morning so I am glad that I read this blog post before doing so to use these tips! Thanks for sharing Kait!

    XOXO Morgan

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 26, 2016 / 8:59 pm

      Thanks for reading love! YOu’ve been killing it lately btw babe. Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 26, 2016 / 9:01 pm

      Thank you love! I hope you are having a great week. Hugs, Kait

  7. pear
    April 26, 2016 / 1:26 am

    Loving the China Glaze – Audery color as it’s such a pretty shade for Spring!

    Another color I recommend is anything with a peach/coral color – I think Essie has a lot of great options!


    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 26, 2016 / 9:01 pm

      It’s even more gorgeous in person! I have a peach on my toes now, so good for summer. Hugs, Kait

  8. April 25, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    Thanks for the advice! I have been trying to find a way to make my nails look a little more polished when I do them at home and I think the cuticle remover would help! I didn’t know there was such a thing! Alos… dark purple is literally my favorite nail color!
    Awesome picks.
    Milan Merlo

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 26, 2016 / 9:03 pm

      Yes! Keeping your cuticles super in shape helps them look so much nicer. Hugs, Kait

  9. Jenna at Boston Chic Party
    April 25, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Some of these products are my fave! I love Lincoln Park After Dark and Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails. Both are amazing 🙂
    xoxo, Jenna
    Boston Chic Party

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 26, 2016 / 9:03 pm

      knew I wasn’t the only one that is addicted to it! Hope you have a great week. Hugs, Kait

  10. Roselyn
    April 25, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    So sorry to read that about your Dad Kait. I’m sure he is proud of you for so many different reasons 🙂 thanks for sharing love 🙂 I am a sucker for a good mani! Xo, Roselyn

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 26, 2016 / 9:04 pm

      Thank you so much darling, that is so sweet of you to say. I hope you have a marvelous week. Hugs, Kait

  11. Liz
    April 25, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    Love Essie and OPI! Haven’t tried the others yet. I find my nail polish at places like TJ Maxx for half price!

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 26, 2016 / 9:05 pm

      I do the same! Also Ulta normally has good sales as well! Hugs, Kait

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