Selecting the Manicure Kit For Men

Good grooming and proper hygiene are essential not only for aesthetic purposes. These also require more than just having a shower, styling your hair, and putting on clean work clothes. The modern man knows that creating first impression means more than that. Missing out the smaller details of your bod, such as your nails, may just cause you a lot of embarrassment, so need to make sure that these are also taken care of. Selecting the best manicure kit for men will then be one of the smartest things you can to do to help save yourself of the possible embarrassment that you may experience in any case you may need to have a quick trim of your claws.

Manicure Kit For Men

You do a lot of things with your hands, and it is one of the parts of the body that others get to see much when you during a face to face interaction. Needless to say, you need to make sure that your nails are kept clean and trimmed to the appropriate length and shape.

Going to a nail salon every time you need have your nails cut is not a practical thing to do. Most men do not actually enjoy doing the same. Having one of the best mens manicure kit will just be a good thing to consider, so you can do your nail trimming whenever you need to without having to spend much on a professional manicure

To ensure that your nails will always be looking healthy, you may need to remember the following tips:

  1. Find the best manicure kit that contains at least the basic tools that you will need for proper nail care. You will need to get yourself at least the basics of proper nail care like a good nail file, nail buffer and perhaps some cuticle oil which you can usually find in a nail kit. Remember these are very basic products which can be found in any drugstore and you don’t need to spend a fortune on name brands with these products.

A typical manicure set will include the following tools:

  • finger nail clippers
  • toenail clippers
  • small pair of scissors (for trimming nails, nose hair, ear hairs and facial hairs)
  • file or emery board (or dolphin nail file) (for trimming the side of the fingernails and toenails)
  • tweezers
  • cuticle tool
  • comb
  • shaver
  • shaver blades
  • small pocket knife


  1. File down the nails to a proper length with a good-quality nail file. Filing helps trim down nails and remove any bump or ridges that may cause get stuck to cloth fibers, paper, or whatever it is that they can stick on to. However, you will need to file your nails only when it is already about a quarter inch grown from the top of the pink part of your nails. Frequent filing can weaken your claws and cause them to chip off or break easily.


Elemis Musclease Oil and Refreshing Gel

I don’t know about you guys, but wow am I overwhelmed lately.  It’s been quite the year for me… I can’t even begin to tell you.  I could write a book… or maybe a soap opera? Hmmmm….  Anyway, anything to help me de-stress and relax is aces in my book.

A few months ago I picked up some Elemis Muclease Oil and Refreshing Gel while I was on vacation.  Let me tell you, they’re awesome!


I’ve kept these on my nightstand and they are true aromatherapy mixed with a lovely cooling sensation to easy my tense muscles.  If you’re like me and your shoulders are basically a pile of knots, this won’t get rid of them… but it sure can help you forget they’re there!

I’ve even put these on my feet after a long day out Christmas shopping.  I put a quarter sized dollop of gel mixed with a few drops of the oil.  It’s such a refreshing and relaxing smell all at the same time that cools my muscles and helps me put my stress to bed.


Lisa from My Stunning Nails Guest Post

I have a special treat for you today!  We have a guest post!  I haven’t had one in quite a while, so I’m really excited to have Lisa here with us.


Hi all! My name is Lisa from My Stunning Nails. I haven’t done a guest post for a while although I have guest posters on my blog regularly. This is exciting and I appreciate Mandy letting me post on her blog.

Today’s post is a peach flower painted with acrylic paints on a pink background. I used a clear rhinestone for the center of the flower. The polish is China Glaze Spring in my Step which was a part of there Spring Collection last year (I think). I like the peach and pink together. What are your thoughts?



I used:

Zoya Anchor Base Coat
China Glaze Spring in my Step
Americana Black Lamp
Americana Green Tea
Americana Peaches n’ Cream
Ceramcoat White 

Seche Vite Top Coat
Jessica Brilliance
Nail Art 3D Embellishment – Round Clear Rhinestone

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out this post. You can find more of my nail posts at

Your Friend in Polish,
Lisa Oswald

New perfume for Mother’s Day?

Are you wondering why I posed the title “New perfume for Mother’s Day” as a question? Well, it all started with a magazine ad and my bad (good?) decision to have my husband smell it.

“Mmm, that smells really nice!” I had no idea that such a simple statement would make Mother’s Day more difficult. My hubbs smelled the ad in the magazine I was leafing through and fell in love. Two days later, as I was getting ready to leave for the grocery store when he told me to make sure to stop at Ulta on my way home and buy it! He said he couldn’t get that scent out of his head. If that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is!

How could I refuse? Hubbs is actually SENDING me to Ulta to buy something? I mean come on! Seriously… take a moment and think about the last time your significant other SENT you to Ulta? Other than the time my hubbs wanted some sunscreen that wasn’t oily, I can’t remember him ever sending me there. Not even once! So I stopped and bought the perfume and there you have it. But, I am a mom and I just got a new perfume. That’s weird right? I mean, Mother’s Day is coming up in a little over a week and perfume is a perfect gift! So now what?

I’ll have to get back to you to see if my hubbs and the teenager come up with any good ideas for for Mother’s day now that the tried and true option of perfume is already covered. But, if you haven’t picked out a gift for your mom, perfume might be the answer! There are always great sales and incentives on perfume this time of year.

At Ulta you can get a free bag with purchase (I got the cornflower blue one!). Sephora is offering extra points on fragrance purchases. Pretty much every store that sells perfume has some sort of incentive right now. Really, what mom doesn’t love a new bottle of perfume? Well, except for that mom with really bad allergies. I know her personally… definitely don’t buy her perfume.

Oh! And in case you’re wondering, my new perfume is My Burberry Black. It’s not a summer smell in my opinion, but it is beautiful. It has notes of sun-drenched jasmine flower and peach nectar with a touch of rose that are deliciously intoxicating. I know my hubbs is loving it!

Are you going to be gifting (or wishing for) new perfume for Mother’s Day? I’d love to know!

Dotticure inspired by spring

It’s a dotticure day! I can never get enough of dots. Whether they are on my nails or a scarf or even a pillow, they just always make me smile! And right now I need to smile and think spring because the weather sure isn’t cooperating!

It’s been raining non stop and it is simply exhausting. I’m ready for sunshine and flowers. I would love nothing more than to be out in the yard tending to my rose bushes. But, it looks like today will be another day of laundry and binge watching Fixer Upper!


Since I’m stuck inside, I think a fun spring inspired dotticure is in order. I started with color inspiration and I also thought it would be fun to do a semi-skittle. I haven’t done anything like that in quite a while. I landed on a simple Orly White, Color Club Age of Aquarius for a pop of mint, Ulta Stampede of Approval for a neutral and OPI dipping powder for a bit of texture. Why not!?!?!

Layer one on my pointer, middle and ring fingers is just a white base. Then I took the other three colors and embellished the edges with dots. I left the free edge blank for no reason other than the fact that I usually concentrate my accents at the top of the nail instead of the bottom. Today is the day to mix it up!

My thumb and pinky fingers got two coats of the OPI dipping powder. That was one of their Bond Girl colors with a sparkling sand finish. If you’ve used these types of textured polishes before, you know they’re a major pain to remove. But, there are some tricks!

The easiest trick to removing tricky polish is to apply a base that doesn’t stick very well. Oddly enough… those bases tend to hold up really well until you decide to remove them. Weird, I know! I actually did a pretty detailed comparison of some of my favorite options that you can read. I’m not sure how many of these are still available, but you can easily make your own. There is a do it yourself option in my list!

Today I went with the OPI Glitter Off. It should be fine for a couple of days of fun and frivolous dots!

What kind of manicure do you gravitate towards when you need to brighten your day? I’d love to know!

My Recent Empties

Have you ever had one of “those” weeks?  I know you have. We all have them from time to time.  One of those weeks where everything just feels a little sideways and nothing gets done like you want it to.  I sure had one of those last week.  This week has to be the opposite just based on odds, right?

In the spirit of starting fresh, I have some recent empties to share with you.  I’ve used up a bunch of different things recently and thought I would share them.


Product: It’s a 10 miracle leave-in plus Keratin
Pros: Supposed to offer everything + the kitchen sink to your hair, great price
Cons: Weighed my hair down and didn’t add shine
Would I use it again?: No
Do I need to restock?: No

Product: Matrix Heat Resist Blowout Tamer
Pros: Made my curls look defined and bouncy, heat protection
Cons: Hmmm…. I can’t think of one
Would I use it again?: Absolutely
Do I need to restock?: I will

Product: Pureology Colour Stylist Volumizing Mousse
Pros: Volume, softness
Cons: No hold, no shine
Would I use it again?: Probably not because I prefer more hold
Do I need to restock?: No (more…)

Dove Dry Spray from Target

Today I have deodorant to share with you.  Deodorant isn’t something I tend to think about a lot.  I’ve pretty much used the same kind forever and ever.  But, I received this new Dove Dry Spray from Target through Influenster and I do have some thoughts to share.


First of all, they sent us two cans!  One for me and one for the hubbs.  Mine is cucumber scented and smells really refreshing.  But, I did notice that it has a bit of a metallic scent over time that I didn’t totally love.

The one for the hubbs is called Extra Fresh.  It has a manly smell that’s hard to describe.  It’s fresh and clean and has a bit of masculinity to it.  We both actually liked the scent.

I don’t generally reach for sprays.  For me, I just like the precise application of a stick. My hubbs agreed.  He doesn’t like the “cloud” you get when you use a spray.  Maybe it’s just what you’re used to.  We can be creatures of habit after all.

Do you use spray?  Have you tried these?  I’d love to know!

Almost kimono inspired stamped mani

If you’ve stopped by the stampede before, then you already know how much I love a good stamped mani. They are probably my top favorite mani’s both to look at and to create. You can get any pattern you want and in any color you want. The options are ultimately endless! The funny thing with this kimono inspired stamped mani is that, well, it was not inspired by a kimono!

I knew I wanted the base to be a fun, summery cherry red. Cha-Ching Cherry from OPI was a no brainer color choice. I did one heavy coat instead of multiple thin ones because I knew that the stamping would hide any thin patches anyway and I have a new puppy in the house so I only get so many minutes to let nails dry these days. All of you mom’s and/or dog-mom’s know what I’m talking about!

After the base, I wanted some metallic sheen. I chose to use Penny Talk from essie which is a gorgeous rose gold. For the pattern itself I went with a GAL stamp plate and my MoYou stamper. I thought I had put together a fun summer mani with cute little daisy doodle flowers. Simple, cute and quick. Done deal!

When the Hubbs got home from work he immediately said, “Neat…. you put a kimono pattern on your nails.” I looked at the pattern for a minute or two. I guess I can see it. Perhaps it has a bit of a Japanese influence with the combination of a red tone and a gold floral creating a kimono inspired stamped mani. But it was definitely not what I was thinking when I did it. That’s just how it goes sometimes!

I wish these pictures had turned out better. I really have no idea why they look a bit blurry. Sorry about that friends! It seems I’m having one of those days.

Have you ever had a mani that other looks one way to you and a totally different way to your friend or significant other? I’d love to know!

IT Cosmetics CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder

I feel like I’m absolutely always on the hunt for a compact that I love. I suppose I usually “like” them, but it never fails that there is a one or two things I would improve. For me, compacts are a necessary evil pain in the butt. Those of you who have oily skin know what I’m talking about. So, I’ve been trying IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder with SPF 50+. If the name that goes on for 10 miles doesn’t give a girl high hopes, I don’t know what does!

This is no mini compact. It’s pretty big in my opinion. But, it does come with a little sponge that rides along under the compact (why I forgot to take a picture of it before it got all clogged up with makeup I have no idea… oops!) That’s a really nice feature when you need to pop a little powder on your nose in a rush.

I do prefer to apply this with a brush when I have more than a few seconds to spare because it does have a lovely airbrush finish like the name suggests and it’s buildable.

To make sure I’m covering all my bases, I need to take a moment and discuss the SPF 50+. I’m sure it does offer that SPF, but I’d imagine that you have to lay it on pretty thick to achieve it. I raise an eyebrow with all powders that profess to offer sun protection. I really don’t think I ever apply enough to get that kind of protection. But, even if it gives me 5+ SPF I suppose it’s worth it. Something is better than nothing as they always say at the casino roulette wheel! I may or may not have some experience with that… tee hee!

The color I went with is called light. I wish it was darker. Or, maybe I wish my complexion was darker. I suppose it’s the latter since the color matched me really nicely. I did try to swatch it on my hand, but it didn’t show up in pictures. That’s probably a good sign that it’s the right shade? Here’s a closeup on my fingertips. The thing I liked the most is that it doesn’t lean too pink or too yellow. It’s slightly on the yellow side, but not too much. I really struggle with this when picking out powders and foundations.

Have you tried IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder with SPF 50+? Did you find the color builds really nicely? I’d love to know!