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How to Buff Your Nails to a Shine

Meet Buffy, the Dull-Nail Slayer

It seems like you can't walk through a mall these days without someone trying to check out your nails. You know what I mean, right? All you're trying to do is go get an Auntie Anne's pretzel, when you're accosted by a mall-kiosk clerk with a magical $50 buffing system. The good news about those kits is that they do make fingernails look glossy without polish. The better news: you can get the same results on your own without shelling out so much money.

All you need is a buffer like this one ($2.99). Be sure to use a buffer made for shine, not a nail shaper or file. Follow the directions on the package, but usually you'll have a two-step process: buff with one side, then follow with another to create shine. It's best to buff in one direction, with a light hand. (Going gangbusters on your nails won't make them any shinier, and you could wear the nail down. Ouch.) After you've achieved the shine you want, apply hand cream or cuticle oil for extra moisture.

If you've never done this before, try it. You'll be surprised by how shiny your natural nails can be, and you'll also be able to fend off the kiosk people by flashing your hands.

patriciamuller patriciamuller 7 years
I am deeply aggravated by how intrusive these people from Seacret are! In all honesty, their products are really good (I actually got a gift set with some of their products for Christmas back in 2007 - including the nail buffing thing and they are really good). Now, that being said, their selling approach is beyond annoying, to the point that I started avoiding going to the mall because of them (because most of the time they are placed somewhere you HAVE to walk through). And that's if you don't show any interest, God forbid you do, then they hold on to you at all costs. I actually made the mistake of asking for the price of a product I was interested in and made it clear I wasn't going to buy it, I was just inquiring. Well, from there, this woman proceeded showing me the nail buffing system I already had (even after I told her I did, she insisted on it) and when I repeated I already had it, she just had this attitude like she was deeply offended by it. And it's true, you can and should bargain with them, the product I was originally interested in costs $78 but after repeatedly saying I wasn't buying it and saying it was too expensive, she kept changing the price over and over until, in the end, she was willing to sell it for $42 - and I bet I could have milked it for much less, but at that point I just didn't want to deal with her anymore, period. But if you really want something, don't make the mistake of paying the full price they first give you. As for the nail buffing system, the pharmacy ones work exactly the same for a ridiculous fraction of the price and, yes, they are really good. :) I always use one when I don't have time for a full manicure or even before polishing my fingernails once a month, just to get them softer. I highly recommend it.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Did you know you can bargain with them? They are on commission and often try to sell the products for way more than the retail value. Nothing has a price on it so when they tell you it's $50, it's really only like $10. That's how my sister in-law got me a kit - she talked them down to like $12 for the kit.
mek123 mek123 7 years
sham28; I totally agree with you. I have a nail buffer and it is great.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Ah yes, Seacret. That's the name!
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I have a little buffer block and it is incredible how shiny it makes my nails.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Somebody bought me the seacret kit and the buffing block works really well. Makes your nails look shiny without having to put a clear gloss on it. You can get the same type of block at any drug store for so cheap!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
"Seacret," right? Is that what it's called? My mom just bought it for me for Christmas- I wish I would have known about this! That mall thing works wonders either way- I hate polishing my nails because I chip the polish of like there's no tomorrow.
sham28 sham28 7 years
I'm terrified of the kiosk people.
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