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Cruelty Free, Vegan Nail Care I Love + 4 Steps and Two Weeks to Beautiful Nails

Monday, October 5, 2020

Vegan and Cruelty Free Nail Care 4 easy steps to longer, healthier nails

Recently I was listening to an interview over on The Modern Mom Lounge, a "go to" for advice on anything and everything related to the modern mom, i.e. me and most every other mom I know๐Ÿ˜ The particular topic that evening was self care, and, let's just say that self care is my middle name LOL! I have made it my mission to always practice as much self care as I can, and as always, it is vegan and cruelty free๐Ÿ‡ One of the points made was just taking a few moments every day for some hand and nail self care. This is something that I have done on and off for quite some time, and with amazing results!

Almost every evening I have taken a few moments after everyone has gone to bed to spend some quality time self caring (a glass of wine may or may not be involved๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿท)! My hands and nails take a beating...washing dishes, folding laundry, even paper pushing at work can cause hands and nails to become extremely dry. If I neglect my nails, I end up with dry cuticles and nails that are splitting and breaking. Keep reading to find out about my vegan and cruelty free nail care goodies, and how I have been able to grow longer, healthier nails in just two weeks!

My self care routine usually happens pretty late...the kids are in their rooms (probably not sleeping), my husband is in bed since he wakes up extra early for work and the dogs are snoring on the sofa ๐Ÿถ The dishes are done, lunches for the next day are packed, and I am ready to sit down, RELAX, and watch a little Netflix. The last few weeks I have really taken this time to amp up the beauty rituals in my self care routine, specifically for my hands and nails. I actually keep a little bundle of products handy to make it super convenient.

Start with Clean Hands & Nails

My routine begins with clean hands.  Once the dishes are done, I wash my hands and dry them thoroughly.  I like to take a nice gentle soap to lather up and wash my hands, as well as, a nail brush to get any dirt around the nail folds and from underneath.  A small soap dish with one of my favorite bars of soap from Wake the Dead Scrubs right next to my dishwashing liquid is perfect.  I also like a to go in with a hand scrub sometimes.  The one I currently use is no longer available so I am definitely looking for something to replace its spot on my sink.  Then I usually serve myself a glass of wine and settle in to watch a little television๐Ÿ“บ 

Do A Little Shaping

I don't do this every time but maybe once or twice a week, I do go in with a nail file to even my nails out and shape them neatly.  I have noticed that my nails tend to grow a bit unevenly and some nails actually grow fast than others.  I like a nail file with a fine/ultra fine grit since I find these to be gentler on the overall edges.  If  I want to shorten them more than I little, I would definitely go in with a medium grit to file them down faster and then a fine/ultra fine grit to focus on the edges carefully ๐Ÿ’…

Never Skip This Next Step - Cuticle Oil is Magic

Cuticle oil is THE most important step in this whole process.  Without it, it's a mediocre routine...with cuticle oil, your nail care routine just went to a whole new level of magical ๐Ÿ˜‰ It's all about the application and massage.  First, I go in and apply the cuticle oil all over the nail folds, that curve where the cuticle meets the nail.  Most cuticle oils I have seen come in a roller ball, like the Delia Organics Nail & Cuticle Oil or the French Girl Nail & Cuticle Oil, both of which are excellent.  I have also enjoyed the NCLA So Rich Vitamin-E Infused Cuticle Oil, which comes in a dropper form.  I have it in the Mermaid Tears, which is a honeysuckle and ocean breeze scent, but there are several other varieties available like Horchata, Pumpkin Spice, and even Bubbly Rose ๐Ÿน I would also highly recommend the Dimension Nails Cuticle Oil, which is available in soy for on-the-go moisture or almond for next level moisture ๐ŸŒฐ Feel free to enjoy 20% off at Dimension Nails with code: crueltyfreelucy20 ๐Ÿ˜˜

Delia Organics Nail and Cuticle OilFrench Girl Organic Nail & Cuticle OilNCLA So Rich Vitamin E Infused Cuticle OilDimension Nails Almond Cuticle Oil

Once I have applied, I like to massage each nail and really work the cuticle oil in.  I also like to ever-so-gently, push the cuticle back so that it separates from the nail.  I feel like this actually helps the nail grow faster since it isn't being held in place by the cuticle.  This is the game changer folks!  I also like to massage it directly into my nails since they tend to get so dry from washing dishes, folding laundry, paper pushing, etc...

Seal Everything in with Moisture Goodness

The last step of my nailcare routine is all about adding more moisture and sealing in all the work I just did with cuticle oil.  I like to go in heavy, especially if I am sipping on some wine, so my go-to is the Osea Malibu Anti-Aging Body Balm.  This stuff is magical all by itself, but paired with a beautiful cuticle oil, the results of my hands and nails speak for themselves.  If I am looking for something with a lighter formula, I also enjoy their Ocean Lotion, and if I am on-the-go, I will grab my Osea Malibu Ant-Aging Hand Cream.

Osea Malibu Anti-Aging Body BalmOsea Malibu Ocean Lotion
Osea Malibu Anti-Aging Hand Cream

Everything in the OSEA Malibu product lineup has the most amazing ingredients, and the brand's mission and identity are something that I can totally get behind.  I have a few posts regarding Osea can check these out to see some more in-depth reviews ⬇️

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I actually just came home from a baseball tournament with my son, and I received so many compliments on my nails from some of my fellow baseball moms ⚾ Let me tell you, this self care routine is perfect on-the-go during a baseball game.  I'm all about multi-tasking, so I can totally cheer and massage my cuticles all at the same time ๐Ÿ˜ I also find myself enjoying bare nails.  While I do love what my nails look like when they have a fresh new coat of paint, I feel like keeping them bare or with a light top coat, is also contributing to keeping them healthy overall.  

I hope you enjoyed reading about my vegan and cruelty free nail care!  With these 4 easy steps, you will start to see longer, healthier nails in no time...Trust me, don't skimp on the cuticle oil ๐Ÿ˜‰

Do you have your own self care routine to keeping your nails and hands looking healthy?  Let us all know in the comments.  

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5 Delicious Vegan Cookie Recipes for National Homemade Cookies Day

Thursday, October 1, 2020

5 Vegan Recipes for National Homemade Cookies Day

Welcome to October and Happy National Homemade Cookies Day!  I love celebrating weird holidays don't you???  When I saw the 1st of October celebrated homemade cookies I knew it would be fun to round up a few must-try vegan recipes to celebrate such a special day ๐Ÿช

It really isn't difficult to make vegan cookies.  There are so many dairy products on the market to substitute to what we lovingly refer to as "veganize" a recipe.  If you happen across a recipe in your www travels, but it isn't vegan, don't give up!  I bet with a little tweak here and there you can make that recipe into something any vegan could love๐Ÿ’› Keep reading to find some tried and true vegan cookie recipes, a few from local South Floridian vegans just like me!

WLDKAT Skin | A CBD Skincare Brand with Major Vibes

Friday, September 4, 2020


So I think it is pretty safe to say that when I saw CBD making its way into the beauty and skincare realm I was beyond excited.  I will admit I was consciously incompetent about my knowledge of CBD, but what I did know about it was that it was amazing!  My first edible CBD experience got me through hurricane shopping calmly and stress free, and if you have ever experienced hurricane preparedness in South Florida, then you know hurricane shopping is anything BUT relaxing LOL ๐Ÿคฃ

Now that CBD had made its way into skincare, I felt it was my “skincare aficionado” responsibility to do my research to really understand the inclusion of CBD as an ingredient.  I voluntarily jumped into the CBD rabbit hole๐Ÿ‡ Luckily this new project coincided with a new brand connection I had just made.  I was really excited when WLDKAT Skin reached out to me with the opportunity of trying out a few of their products and becoming a partner.  Keep reading to learn about the brand, my thoughts on a few of their goodies and what else I already have my eye on!

Where Have I Been Posting Lately?

Monday, July 6, 2020

My Adventress Magazine Contributions

So I am trying to make a more conscious effort of posting here on the blog on a more consistent basis.  I haven't completely stopped writing, as I don't think that will ever be possible, but sometimes posting on my own blog makes me feel like I am not living up to my own expectations.  Does that sound weird?  Traditionally, my blog posts are 1000+ words and maybe 3-5 images...all of it written, taken, and edited by me.  That is a lot of work!  

While I may not have been posting here on the blog, I have been making a few contributions to a new, online magazine.  Adventress Magazine is real stories by real women, and I am super psyched to get to be a part of it.  I have written three different articles so far, and content is definitely a more manageable size for me to start getting on a consistent posting schedule, and honestly, really trying to figure out where and how I want my content to be focused.  In the meantime, keep reading to enjoy my Adventress Magazine contributions, plus some of my fellow contributors' articles that I find especially helpful ๐Ÿ’–  

Cel Vegan & Cruelty Free Microstem Hair Care

Friday, July 3, 2020


My hair has been on a journey the last few years.  I went from salon and/or box color to using henna to deposit pigment on my all gray mane.  My hair is still a super vibrant shade of burgundy and I could not be happier.  The next step in this process is caring for my natural color and hair with good products.  Recently, I had the opportunity to try out the Microstem Hair Care System from Cel Beauty.  Keep reading to find out about this cruelty free, vegan friendly beauty brand and my experience with their microstem technology ๐Ÿ’‡