I’ve been doing my nails every week for a few months now, and I thought I’d share some of my favorite at home manicure products.
Over the summer I started doing my nails regularly. While I used to do them all the time when I was in high school, I hadn’t done them in years and years. It only takes an hour or two on Sundays, but it gives me a week’s worth of happiness when I look down and see my nails everyday. I usually share my nails every week on Instagram. If you’re looking for more of my beauty posts, check out my beauty page.
I’ve always had dry skin, so cuticle oil has been essential in keeping my fingers and nails looking good. I find that applying it twice per day is the sweet spot for me. It keeps my skin and nails looking good but I don’t have greasy hands all day. The Sally Hansen cuticle oil (affiliate link) I’ve been using absorbs pretty quickly and I’ve really liked it. It makes a huge difference for me.
I found that using a base coat before I put nail polish on makes a big difference in how long my nail color stays chip free. I know it adds another step to the process, but it’s so worth it to make my manicure long lasting. My favorite base coat is Essie’s Smooth-e base coat (affiliate link).
Essie nail polish
My go to nail polish since I started doing my nail again has been Essie (affiliate link). It’s definitely a bit more expensive than your typical drugstore brand nail polish, but I think it’s worth it. It covers well and so far I’ve only needed 2 coats to get good coverage. That definitely hasn’t been the case with other brands of nail polish that I’ve tried. I would much rather pay a bit more for good quality nail polish than struggle with patchy coverage that doesn’t look very good.
If you’re like me and have a tough time sitting still waiting for nail polish to dry, I highly recommend trying out Expressie (affiliate link). It’s Essie’s fast drying formula. While they definitely don’t have the same selection of colors as they do with their regular nail polish, I love how quickly it dries.
The final step when I do my nails is applying a top coat. It helps to protect my nails throughout the week and make sure that they continue to look good. I also like the shine that it puts on my nails. I feel like if I put in the effort to do my nails then I should try to make sure that it lasts as long as possible.
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What’s your favorite at home manicure products? Let me know in the comments below.
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