Best of 2013 Top 5 Nail Care Brands

by Lisa Heath

Over the last 2 years I have been asked several times if I had fake nails.  No I don’t.  My nails are 100% mine and I do all the work to take care of them.  I have also been asked through comments and private messages what I use to keep them strong and to clean up the cuticle area,  so I decided to do a Best of 2013 Nail Care Brands post.  These are items I’ve been using throughout the year to try to keep my nails in decent shape.  While they may not be perfect, they are moisturized, strong and have some people wondering if they are real – and I have the following 5 brands to thank!

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So here are the Top 5 Nail Care Brands I couldn’t live without in 2013!

Number 5 – Trind Perfect System


I have been recommending Trind Perfect System this whole year to people who ask.  It’s on the pricier side, but it’s worth the splurge for me to keep my nails and cuticles in check.  I received my first set to review in 2012, but have continued to purchase it after I ran out because it’s that good.  Every Sunday I go through the Perfect System routine of application and cuticle cleanup and I will continue to do so until I find something better, but this works so well, I haven’t really been looking for anything “better”.

Price: $79.95

Where to Buy: The Trind Website

Number 4 – KBShimmer Cuticle Oil Pen, Sugar Scrub and Hand Lotion


I had the opportunity to review (and guest post!) for KBShimmer Bath & Body several months ago, and received her cuticle oil pen, hand lotion, sugar scrub and soap in the scent Pink Sugar.  All 4 of these items were amazing, but the cuticle oil pen, hand lotion and sugar scrub really did a fantastic job of keeping my skin looking and feeling amazing.  The cuticle oil applies from a pen with a brush tip applicator, which made oiling up my cuticles on the go fast and easy!

Prices: Cuticle Oil Pens are $6.00, Hand Lotion is $10.00 and Sugar Scrub is $10.00

Where to Buy: KBShimmer Bath & Body Website

Number 3 – Girly Bits Frazzle Fixer

frazzle Fixer

As you will see in this post, I never stick to just one cuticle oil.  I like different ways to apply as well as the different consistencies.  Some oils are thicker and give a more intense hydration.  Frazzle Fixer smells amazing (I have Cupcake!), soaks in fairly quickly and hydrates really well.  Definitely a must have the next time you shop on the Girly Bits site!  It comes in a dropper style applicator and is very easy to apply and control.

Price: $6.50

Where to Buy: Girly Bits Cosmetics Website

Number 1/2 – Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat, Glis-tics and Nail & Cuticle Balm

Glisten & Glow

I seriously couldn’t decide places 1 and 2, so they tied (which is why it says Number 1/2 next to the name).  Glisten & Glow carries a TON of nail, cuticle and hand/foot care items and 3 of my favorites are the Glis-tics Cuticle Oil, Nail & Cuticle Balm and HK Girl Top Coat.  Now Top Coat isn’t a “nail care item” but I use it constantly to keep my polish looking fresh and glossy, so I felt it deserved a spot.  Glis-tics are roller ball cuticle oils in a variety of scents but the blue frosted glass containers and personalized labels (I have some that say Cosmetic Sanctuary right on the label) make these amazing gifts as well. Presentation is gorgeous and the product is amazing.   The Nail & Cuticle Balm are fairly new and are great for overnight hydration if your skin is especially ragged from the weather or paper cuts (which I suffer from a lot).

Prices: Glis-tics are $10.50, Nail & Cuticle Balm are $8.50 and HK Girl Top Coat is $6.95 (Use the code CS10 now through the 31st of December for a 10% discount!)

Where to Buy: Glisten & Glow Website

Number 1/2 – 365 Days of Color Hand Cream, Cuticle Oil and Miracle Balm



Tying with Glisten & Glow for the 1st and 2nd place spot is 365 Days of Color.  I religiously use her hand creme (and own about 14 containers), cuticle oils and miracle balms.  She sells them full size or in sampler packs so you can get a few at once at an affordable price.  The hand creme soaks in quick if used sparingly and she has well over 100 scents to choose from and is always adding more.  365 Days of Color cuticle oil soaks in fast and are in roller ball applicators (and also come in over 100 scents) and the miracle balms aren’t only for nails/cuticles but for any dry area, such as knees and elbows, that need extra moisture or love.

Click here for previous 365 Days of Color reviews

Prices: All 3 products range in price from $4.00 to $8.00 each

Where to Buy: 365 Days of Color Website

And there is my Top 5 Nail Care Brands to check out!  I have all 5 of these brands to thank for keeping my cuticles as moisturized as they have been!

Have you tried any of the above brands?  If not and you are in the market for a new care routine – take a peek!  A lot also sell stunning polish you need as well!

More ‘Best of 2013’ posts are coming, so keep an eye out!


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FilipinaMacBarbie December 28, 2013 - 6:11 pm

Thanks for the information! I’ll have to check these out.

Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries December 28, 2013 - 6:17 pm

Oh, I am shameful, I haven’t tried a single one of them!

Phyrra December 28, 2013 - 6:25 pm

I agree with all your choices! I really love KBShimmer and HKGirl

MarciaF (beauty info zone) December 28, 2013 - 6:41 pm

I’m impressed that you do so many things to take care of your nails. I’m going to have to check out some of these myself.

Brooke @ Blushing Noir December 28, 2013 - 6:56 pm

KB Shimmer is definitely on my list of must try for 2014

Laura MyNewestAddiction December 28, 2013 - 7:22 pm

The KB Shmmer has been all over my favorite blogs lately. I definitely need to check them out.

Polarbelle December 28, 2013 - 8:06 pm

I’ll have to check these out. I’ve never used any of these cuticle helpers.

Ange December 28, 2013 - 10:48 pm

I have yet to try KB Shimmer! I need to!!

Vedrana December 29, 2013 - 1:45 am

Trind Cuticle Remover has been my favourite for 10 years or more. I have only recently tried their Cuticle Balsam and I loved it. Their products are great and people usually don’t know about them so I hope your recommendation will encourage some to give them a try.

Catherine Dream December 31, 2013 - 9:09 am

Glisten and Glow ROCKS! : )

Pam January 3, 2014 - 6:59 am

♥ Thank you for including me in this list of amazing products!!

Reen January 3, 2014 - 10:13 pm

LOVE Sunny’s Miracle Balm! Now I need to try the others, as I’m also addicted to HitPolish and Polish TBH’s cuticle oils :)

HKGirl’s up there for my favorite top coats, too! Now I just need to dive in and pick up a KBShimmer… been eyeing up some shades for a while.

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