I do this about once a week
I clean my hands, take off any nail polish I had on previously.
Then I apply Sally Hansens Instant Cuticle Remover. Leave it on for 15 seconds then I use my cuticle pusher and gently push my cuticles and rub them with the cuticle pusher and do this on the sides as well then I wash that hand and do that to the other side.
Then I soak my nails in warm/hot water for about 5 minutes and rub my cuticles and around my nail beds with a dry face cloth and it takes off any extra dry skin the cuticle remover didn't get.
I shape my nails. I prefer the square shape. Then I use my four sided buffer nail file (I bought mine from Walmart for like $3) I use each side for about a minute following the numbers. I also do this to the ends of my nails so that they aren't super sharp. This helps stimulate your nail beds! And make them shiny and healthy looking.
Next I put on the JR Watkins cuticle salve around my nails and let it soak in for about 15-20 minutes then I rub it in... I also rub it in my nail beds aswell.
Next, I will put on a nail strengthener like Sally Hansen's Triple Strength Advanced Gel Nail Fortifier.
Then I will apply nail polish if I choose to.
Sorry if you wanted pictures but its pretty self explanatory. You can alter it how you choose.. some people soak their fingers in oils and lemon juice. I just do warm water it works just as good.
I like using the cuticle remover because cutting the cuticles doesn't always work out the way you want... you sometimes end up with even uglier cuticles. they will dry up and start peeling more and its not a pretty sight! :-(
Another things as well if you are going to shape your nails into a square keep an eye on your nails on a daily basis they tend to be more weaker than a more natural shape.
I hope you liked this!