Monday, April 22, 2013


after returning to work for the week, my day was running pretty smoothly for a monday morning. i'd somehow forced myself out of bed, slapped some makeup across my face, put together an outfit that covered the necessary areas and stumbled my way to the bus stop in a sleepy haze. arriving at work, things were good early on. as i served and placed items in a bag for a customer, we chatted about her plans for the day but i became suddenly confused when i proceeded to pass the kind lady her bag. it appeared it wasn't my hands passing it over, but the severely aged and dry hands of perhaps a ninety year old grandmother who hasn't seen the need to use moisturiser for the past ten years. i panicked even further when i realised these were in fact my own hands and although mine have never been close to hand model standards, i could not believe how much i'd neglected them. my hands have a tendency to completely dry out during the colder weather, while my cuticles seem to enjoy encroaching upon my nails personal space bubble and my nails themselves like to break, peel and show off all signs of weakness.
although the entire rest of the day i so desperately desired to stash these 'old lady' hands out of sight (perhaps into a nice pair of woollen gloves), that was unfortunately not appropriate nor practical. i have a feeling wrapping gifts would have proved much more challenging and probably would have tested the patience of many customers. fortunately for me, no one appeared to notice (or felt comfortable enough to point out my mitts needed some serious tlc), so that afternoon i scurried home to give them the love that they truly deserved. after all, the least i could do was primp, preen and polish them so they could face the public eye with a little confidence. they do enough for me, don't they?
want some ideas for your own emergency hand rescue? read below.

EMERGENCY HAND RESCUE: for your neglected mitts.
1. rescue those nails from encroaching cuticles and tiny bits of skin (the ones that hurt like hell and enjoy bleeding when you pull them). i usually just press the cuticles down with my own nails or 'cuticle pushers' and trim them with nail clippers.
2. don't let those nails think they're escaping a little snip here and there. trim into your desired shape. feel free to use nail files but they make me shiver (nails on a blackboard anyone?).
3. plop a nice twenty cent piece size of l'occitane one minute hand scrub onto the palm of one hand. get imaginative and pretend those hands are having hanky panky, so rub them together close and vigorously for, oh i don't know, probably a minute or so. once done, rinse and dry those now substantially smoother mitts.
4. massage some l'occitane cuticle and nail cream into and around your nails. this is your way to apologise for trimming their unruly 'locks' without their permission.
5. encourage those nails to grow long and stronger with some help from butter london's - horse power nail fertiliser. one coat should do the trick (for best results continue to use as the bottle directs).
6. once those babies are dry, smother them with love in the form of body shop spa wisdom africa hand and foot butter.
7. if you do this a while before bed, before your slumber you can apply l'occitane shea butter hand cream for some extra goodness and if you desire, a pair of moisture gloves to soften those hands all night long.
i'll be doing a product review on these products, including prices, over the next few days. until then, i hope you keep your mitts in better condition than i have and if not, that my ideas might give them some much needed relief.
much love, t&e.

* please note that i am NOT in any way, shape or form connected to any business or company. all products are purchased with my own money and all opinions are my own.

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