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I bought this lovely festive rms Vixen Nail Polish Set a couple of days ago and was inspired to give myself a fancy manicure.

I start with a DIY hand scrub:

1/3 cup Organic Sugar

1 Tblsp Liquid Hand Soap

3 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

After giving hands a nice scrub, rinse and pat dry, I then apply this paste to whiten my nails:

1 Tblsp Baking Soda

1/2 Tsp Hydrogen Peroxide

It should be a paste consistency.  Just sort of glob it on each nail and leave it for 15 minutes.  Then scrub it around and rinse off.  Your nails will be whiter and shinier.  Even though I plan to put polish on I like to brighten up my nails regularly.

Deep Moisturizing:

1 Tsp Hand cream

1 Tsp Coconut Oil

1 Tsp Olive Oil

Mix well, apply liberally to hands, put on latex gloves and go about your business for an hour or so, then remove gloves and rub in excess.  If you want to do this at night and sleep with gloves on, wear cotton gloves.

This could be it for you or you can go on with your base coat, two coats of color and top coat. (make sure to use toxin-free products. I have an earlier post you can read).   Clean each nail with polish remover before applying polish.  You can also make extra hand scrub and keep in a covered container on the sink and use every few days.