Since I've still been feeling quite lifeless it's taken me a while to remove my last manicure and cut my nails as I was planning to do. Now that I have I thought I'd give you a look at my nails au naturel before I go onto the next manicure :-)
As you can see I have long nail beds and long fingertips. My nails have always been very strong and fast-growing (maybe it's because I drank lots of milk as a child?!). They naturally tend to form a "squoval" shape: rectangular with rounded edges. I used to be so envious of other polishers' delicate round nails, but I've grown to accept and embrace my lot along with the rest of my body :-)
I tend to have dry skin so I use Lush's Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter on the bus to work and whenever my cuticles are looking worse for wear. I never trim my cuticles; I just push them back into place gently with an orange stick and occasionally use cuticle remover. Generally I'm a bit lazy so my nails probably won't be as neat as other polishers!
I'm not wearing Nail Envy in the photo but it is my go-to base coat. I can't tell you scientifically how much difference it makes, but I do feel that it counteracts the damage done by applying and removing polish very frequently.