it was recently suggested to me to apply aquaphor healing ointment to my cuticles before i begin polishing. doing so has the dual effect of softening my cuticles and protecting my skin from the polish run-off. this is now the only way i'll DIY a mani -- it saves me the cuticle clean-up step at the end, which i never do anyway. it's also slowly healing my worse-for-the-wear nail beds, which have suffered from the recent weather schizophrenia.
in the manicure shown i'm wearing china glaze neon + on + on from their sunsational line for summer 2013, not yet on shelves -- but it is comprised of 12 of my favorites brights of all time.