Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Book Review: Rescue Your Nails by Ji Baek

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Ji Baek is the creator of Rescue Beauty Lounge. I first got the idea of purchasing her book Rescue Your Nails: a do-it-yourself guide to perfect fingers & toes while trying to solve my problem of peeling nails. I figured if anyone had the answer it was probably Ji.

Overall, Ji's book is a great buy if you're new to nails (or are like me and just don't take care of them as much as you should). She covers the basics, from moisturizing, cuticle care, how to polish, and how to file (which I'm constantly shocked people overlook the proper way to do this). She talks about all the tools of the trade and even covers the need to be sanitary and how to choose a good nail salon. Interwoven in her instructions and lessons are stories about her life, how and where she got to where she is. She is a natural story teller, a skill which makes this book an interesting read.

What I learned while reading this book:
  1. Paper saps moisture away from your fingers - I think I may have to re-evaluate reading right after treating my cuticles to some cream.
  2. It's ok to use facial products on your hands - she highlights this as a great way to use up products your not satisfied with on your face.
  3. Whirlpool baths are bacteria buckets - I will have a hard time setting foot in one again.
  4. Keep your nails even lengths: I am in continual violation of the most basic nail "rule".

What this book lacked:
  1. A solution to my peeling nail problem - she covers everything else. Did she intend this to fit in "weak nails"? Because if she did she never states it. I feel so neglected!
Overal: This is a great manual. It's a nice bathroom book or coffee table book. And yes, you probably will learn something, even it's just a small detail.

By the way, Rescue Beauty Lounge will be featured on Hautelook on March 9th at 11:00 AM EST. Hopefully there will be some good stuff for sale! I'm hoping for polishes Purple Haze and Bruised. Let me know if you need an invite!