I love a gel manicure. Partly becauseВ that plump, almost juicy nail polish finish is so satisfying, butВ mainly because I possess anВ innate ability to chip every single manicure within an hour of its existence, without fail. But this gel manicure dependence has led to some pretty crappy results: My nails seem flimsier, and my cuticles are drier. And you can preach all you want, but I'm just never going to be one of those people who meticulously apply a slathering of cuticle oil every hour, on the hour. I mean, are any of us?
What I really need is something that will do the work of that regimental cuticle care routine but in one flash of low-lift effort. Something that willВ negate the effect of my beloved gel manicures and that takes up basically no time and no brain space at all. So I guess that's where Le Mini Macaron'sВ Rose Nail Masks (ВЈ5) come in. Keep scrolling to hear what these weird little finger socks have done for me and my nails.Le Mini Macaron Rose Nail Mask $5Shop
Like mini sheet masks for nails, they look by-and-large like paper versions of the foil thimbles your manicurist uses to remove gel polish. These little, er, let's call them finger helmets (orВ is that weird?) come soaked in aВ hydrating concoction ofВ glycerin, rose and lavender. Slip them on and sit forВ 10 minutes (there's one for each finger, so you can, with some skill and finesse, still scroll through Instagram whilst doing it), and the formula seeps into not only the nailbedВ but also the frayed skin around each finger.
YourВ nailsВ emerge lookingВ healthy andВ glowy. We're not talking Fenty BeautyВ Killowat Freestyle Highlighter-level glow here, but more like "I'm a dedicated cuticle-oiler" kind of glow, just with way less effort and none of the greasiness. And my hands feel better too. My cuticles are no longer sore and red and ragged,В and my nails don't look so ravaged when polish-less, either. Basically,В I can now go on about my gel manicure-loving business without a single ounce of regret. And for that, Le Mini Macaron, I salute you.
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