Mischo Beauty’s Ultimate Guide to Perfect Nails

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Something you may not know about me is that as much as I love a good hair day, I’m equally obsessed with nails. I’m all about fabulous, colorful manis and am known for painting my nails any time and any place (stop lights included!). Over the past six months or so I’ve been addicted to gel manicures but as you can imagine, the experience has been a blessing and a curse. It’s nice to know that my nails will look flawless for days at a time, but truth be told, every gel manicure compromises the health of the nail bed, making for weak and brittle nails that break within seconds. While I love how pulled together a gel mani makes me feel, it’s definitely time to give my poor nails a break. Luckily, I have women like Kitiya Mischo King, founder of Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquer, on speed dial.

While pregnant with her son, Kitiya was determined to find a 5 FREE nail formula that was as chic as it was healthy.  She has a degree in chemistry and is a licensed Cosmetologist, Manicurist, Esthetician and Makeup Artist. Who better to create a luxe, 5 FREE nail lacquer?

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Just in time for my long overdue gel polish hiatus, Kitiya presents the ultimate guide to perfect nails in three easy steps. Tired of bubbling, chipping and peeling with regular polish? This one is for you!

1. Use 5FREE polishes only: Why 5 FREE? Because five toxins still found in most nail polish formulas—formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, formaldehyde resin, and camphor—can cause some ugly side effects: nausea, light-headedness, headaches, and more. Some of the carcinogens are even linked to cancer and birth defects.

2. Avoid cuticle clippers: Cuticles are a natural barrier against fungus and bacteria. When you cut them, you risk infection. Trimming them during a manicure can cause cracking, fraying and redness. It’s better to soak, condition and gently pull them back

3. Keep your cuticles and hands moisturized. Use a cuticle oil or moisturizer to prevent dryness that leads to peeling and splitting cuticles, and hangnails.

Kitiya also encourages every woman to invest in an at-home manicure kit for use in between salon visits. It should include: a fingernail clipper, nail file, orange wood stick, cuticle pusher, nail buffer and a manicure brush.

To learn more about Kitiya and her beautiful nails movement visit, follow the brand on social media via @mischobeauty and check out the hash tag, #mischobeautytips.


As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

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