As I am working on my manicure I figured I would give some background on my usual routine.
I polish my toes every three weeks, or as needed. I don't always do a pedi in the wintertime.
I polish my fingernails about twice a week. I usually do it on Sunday, and again on Tuesday or Wednesday night - depends on whether I've picked it off and what I have going on.
Speaking of picking it off, this is my biggest struggle - I pick my nail polish off. I often end up having to buff my nails just to even out the pits I've caused by picking off my polish.
My usual routine is this: Polish remover (I like Beauty Secrets for natural nails). Once I've removed all my polish, I follow with a swipe of acetone. Basecoat is a *must*. I try to stick with the same brand, if I have it. If needed I follow this with a coat of ridge filler. I usually do three coats of polish, but I'm willing to go as much as five coats. If it's not opaque I take it off and wear something else. I don't really like jelly polishes - it has to be a pretty special color for me to accept VNL. Once my color has dried a little, I go for topcoat. Seche Vite is my holy grail topcoat - it covers a MULTITUDE of sins.
I've just recently started doing a decent cleanup. I used to not even try to keep my polish neat, and just pick off the excess once the polish dried. I really envy MeganChair's gorgeous "gap" - I could never get this right. Then I came across her amazing tutorial, and this is the method I am using now. I'm not very good at it yet, but each time I can tell it is getting better.
I use a cuticle oil daily at least. I have a bottle of Solar Oil at my desk at work - I use it every day. At home I use either Solar Oil, Barielle Intensive Nail Renewal Oil, or CND Cuticle Remover. I also have Lush's Lemony Flutter, but I usually forget that I have it.
For keeping the length in check, I always file - I never, ever clip my fingernails. I do clip my toenails, though - I'm just not flexible enough to file them.
Hope you found this information useful!