I haven’t done a beauty post in awhile, and let me just tell you it’s the dead of winter and my cuticles and nails are in dire straights. They are so dry and look absolutely horrid, plus I’ve been known to pick at them which makes them look even more terrible. Lucky for you (and my nails) I’m friends with the lovely Lisa from Beauty and the Books and she has shared with me some great frugal tips to save your nails this winter!

Below I have three simple steps to solve all your dry hands and finger issues this winter:

Step 1: Cuticles Step 2: Exfoliate Step 3: Moisturize

Step 1: Cuticles

My cuticles drive me up the wall. I cannot stand looking at them, and frankly I’d prefer if they didn’t exist. However, Lisa has told scolded me numerous times when it comes to the health of my cuticles. Apparently, if you decide to trim or tear them you can cause an infection in your finger. This is no good. So instead Lisa recommended a simple beauty regime to me that takes at most 5 minutes.

Push back your cuticles while using something called a cuticle pusher, then take a cuticle erasing stone to remove excess cuticle. This is the safest and healthiest way to give yourself a manicure. After this is done add cuticle oil and you are set.

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Cuticle Pusher
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Cuticle Erasing Stone







Lisa’s cuticle oil recommendation: Orly Argan Oil Cuticle drops ($15)

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My DIY version of cuticle oil/lotion:


What you’ll need: Coconut Oil, Aloe vera juice (I used a leaf), and grape seed oil. Recipe: Put 1 tbsp on coconut oil, the juice from 1 leaf of an aloe vera plan (~1/2 a tsp) and 5-10 drops of grape seed oil in a bowl. Blend all three ingredients for about 30 seconds to a minus. Voila, you now have soft, silky cuticle lotion that can double as lotion in a pinch. It’s a little oily, but man does it put moisture back into your hands.

Step 2: Exfoliate

Lisa tells me that sugar stubs are great for your hands, they remove dead skin to keep your hands feeling silky smooth! Because I typically try to be frugal in my beauty regime I’ve created a DIY sugar scrub, which should save you the $20 it would cost you in the store. 

DIY Coconut sugar scrub: 

What you will need: coconut oil, brown sugar, (coconut) essential oil

1/2 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of coconut oil

5 drops of coconut essential oil or really any flavour


Recipe: Mix 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 of a cup of coo nut oil and 5 drops of coconut (or any flavour) of essential oil together, make sure you don’t heat the coconut oil up before you mix it up or it will dissolve the sugar.

Use a tablespoon on your hands to exfoliate and then rinse off for beautiful, silky hands! I keep some of this made by my sink and use it whenever my hands are feeling a bit dry! They end up smelling delightful, I do love coconut!

Step 3: Moisturize

I couldn’t leave you without sharing another secret DIY moisturizer tip and you guessed it, it involves coconut oil!

What you will need: coconut oil, and a set of beaters

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Recipe: whip up a couple tablespoons of coconut oil, I did this above in the cuticle oil section and was actually quite surprised at how soft and silky the coconut oil becomes! You can then use the coconut oil on your hands, feet, legs, arms, face, and lips. Basically because it’s all natural you can use this stuff anywhere! It’s pure gold!


Lisa’s pro tip: power is knowledge, if you don’t want to go to a salon, find REPUTABLE videos (Leah Light, a celebrity manicurist has a great mani video) to learn from. Not every beauty blogger knows what they are talking about. Do your research!