My Top Tools For the 10 Minute Quick Mani

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True story I absolutely love getting my nails done but I hate sounding so cliche like my life is so jam packed…..but currently it is.  I have no time to wait for a late manicurist to get my nails done and then I can never fully relax for that whole massage the arm thing because I’m thinking about all the things I should be doing and how that lotion is going to get all of my steering wheel when I’m done.  I know I have problems.  I usually get scolded….”relax your arm!!”  I can’t!!!  I have visions of poison ivy wedding dresses floating in my head right now!  Anyways……
Don’t get me wrong I love a manicure but right now it’s like 10 minutes and I got to go.  I have perfected my tools for an efficient at home mani and thought I would share some of my tried and true favorites.
10 minute manicure

Daily maintenance materials
I finally gave coconut oil another try.  I think I had a previously bad jar.  Also now that I have one residence that people live in and don’t abandon for 14+ hours a day…..there is appropriate air settings.  My last condo I kept…..lets call it warm… jar was always liquid.  Now it’s a thick consistency.  I have been using it on my face at night for moisturizer and then swiping it over my cuticles when I’m done.  Absorbs quickly and I can really see a difference with how healthy my nails are.  I’m also a huge fan of Caudile hand/cuticle cream especially with how dry the air is right now and for deep hydration lush lemon cuticle cream is a must.   That little tub has lasted me so long.
Buff & File It

I know I sound like a broken record but get a glass nail file.  It doesn’t shred your nail when you file.  It creates a nice smooth edge that grows out well and your nails aren’t all micro frayed.  Then get one of these four way buffers from Target or wherever.  Buff lightly(<– key lightly) the top part of your nail and edges after you filed down with your glass nail file.  It does a nice job of smoothing that top layer so your polish will go on all smooth.
Wash and dry your hands.  Make sure all the oils and lotions are off your paining surface area.
Top & Bottom It
Butter London does not add formaldehyde, toluene or DBP to any of its nail products.  So basically you don’t feel like you are painting your fingers with paint thinner that is then absorbed into your skin and instantly giving you cancer.  There I said it.  I love the end result of Seche Vite but it has a warning label on the back and apparently it’s outlawed in California.  Therefore I stopped using it.  Sometimes I just use the bottom nail foundation by itself; a more put together nude nail if you will.  The top coat is totally legit.  It looks like a clear coat of glass when done.  It also makes any manicure look professional even if painting your right hand looks like a 5 year old did it.  Totally worth the splurge I have had both bottles forever.  Also, so intrigued by this two step rescue system by them.
Two Coats of This
The first coat never looks right.  It usually looks streaky.  Don’t be scared.  Let it dry for a minute to two and then apply the second coat.  Let dry and apply your top coat.  Find it basically everywhere, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Amazon you name it.
Life Saver Tools
For the Quick Mistakes.  Nail Polish Eraser pen.  
Favorite Nail Polish Remover.  Zoya Remove.  No more having to flip over the bottle and spill half of it down your arm.  Flip the lid up, push down and get the perfect amount on your cotton ball without the mess.  Finally.  Naturally you can find it on Amazon.  
End result
That is my quick 10 minute mani.  Are there some tools that you can’t live without?  What is your go to top coat?   Hope you are having a great day!  xoxoxo
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  1. February 3, 2015 / 10:39 AM

    I still need to try the coconut oil! Maybe I’ll hit up Trader Joes this weekend. And I need to try the Butter top and bottom coat. I’ve still been using the Seche Vite but I cringe every time I put it on. Luckily I never keep my nail polish on for more than a few days! Love that color you have on in the last picture, so pretty!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. February 3, 2015 / 11:39 AM

    Thats your end result when you do the manicure yourself???
    I haven’t heard of using coconut oil before but it sounds like a good one! I’ve used the Butter nail polish before and it works really well!

  3. February 3, 2015 / 11:53 AM

    YES!!!! One of my goals this month is to not get my nails done at a salon so this post could not have come on a more perfect day!! I’ve never seen the erase pen – buying that ASAP!! Thanks for all the tips girl – I love it!! Question, how long before it starts chipping with this top coat? xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  4. February 3, 2015 / 12:39 PM

    Great post, lady! I love me some coconut oil, it’s so versatile and smells so yummy!

    Love your mani, the color is perfection!!! Thanks for the great tips!

  5. February 3, 2015 / 1:45 PM

    Funny you should post this because just this weekend I took off the gels on my nails… Which I’ve had on for about two years consistently. My manicurist said my nails needed a break, haha! These are great tips. I just gave real polish a try, but didn’t know Butter was so “holistic health friendly” and you know I’m all about that! Time to go get some new colors :)

  6. February 3, 2015 / 1:47 PM

    Your nails look great!!! I love to do my own nails. I use cuticle oil etc and follow essentially the same regime as this! Great post!

  7. February 3, 2015 / 2:15 PM

    I am so with you about doing my own nails! Not that I don’t love having them done, but I always feel so anxious because I have a million other things I should be doing while things are open. I like that I can do them at home, after hours, and catch up on missed shows simultaneously.

  8. February 3, 2015 / 2:29 PM

    I get manicures every week because I’m terrible at polishing them myself. I might as well have one of my little nieces do it haha. Your manicure looks beautiful though! :-)

  9. February 3, 2015 / 2:32 PM

    This is a fabulous tutorial! I’m all about doing my own nails, and you and I follow pretty much the same steps. Clearly I need to invest in a glass nail file, though. :)

  10. February 3, 2015 / 2:42 PM

    man you really do an awesome job!! I love this color, I was hesistant to buy butter because of the price but there are so many benefits so I need to give it a try!

  11. February 3, 2015 / 2:42 PM

    ok seriously that is the perfect shade of pink. my little nubs need some work. i blame this awful weather on making my skin and nails so dry. need sunshine, stat!

  12. February 3, 2015 / 2:58 PM

    Your nail color!! Gorgeous!
    I still haven’t found a top coat I love… and with my cosmetology license I have every brand imaginable at my fingertips. Ugh! Maybe that’s why I love shellac so much, I don’t have to worry about finding the perfect top coat!

  13. February 3, 2015 / 3:04 PM

    I love getting manicures but hate the waiting for it to try while in the salon!! I’m always like I need to go home I have stuff to do but I don’t want to run my nails! I will have to try that nail eraser pen because that just sounds genius!

  14. February 3, 2015 / 3:05 PM

    Lemony Flutter has been on my to-try list for forever. Burt’s Bees Cuticle Cream is my usual go-to.
    I haven’t fallen in love with a particular top coat yet, so now I’ll have to try this Butter one!

  15. February 3, 2015 / 3:21 PM

    I keep meaning to do a video of my weekly nail ritual. Too easy to not do at home.

    Sally Hansen cuticle remover is my secret weapon. I use CND-Vinylux Weekly Top Coat.

  16. February 3, 2015 / 3:45 PM

    Okay I did NOT know this about Seche Vite and I use it like 3 times a week!! Scary! I’m definitely going to try your alternative instead so thank you!

  17. February 3, 2015 / 3:53 PM

    WOW your nails look perfect! I used to be so intimidated by doing my own nails but I have gotten better about just going for it lately! But I usually kind of blunder through it and I didn’t know about all of these awesome products and tips! Thank you SO much for sharing, I need to get this stuff! Especially the nail polish eraser pen, how did I not know about this before?? Game changer! :)

  18. February 3, 2015 / 4:02 PM

    I totally need that nail polish remover pen. My cuticles are a hot mess at the end of self manicures

  19. February 3, 2015 / 4:06 PM

    love these tips! i actually do my nails once a week (when i’m being good) and they don’t chip too much. i file, use the 3-in-1 base, top and strengthener from essie and usually an essie polish. i have tried to love the butter polish but it chips so much! i know i know it’s good for you ha. glad you’re good with the coconut oil train! it’s the best!

  20. February 3, 2015 / 4:07 PM

    LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVE that color! Gorgeous! I cant paint my own nails though. I can do my right hand but NEVER my left. I leave this up to the professionals.

  21. February 3, 2015 / 4:28 PM

    I’m a fan of getting my nails done because they usually last longer and look better!I love the Seche Vite and from the research I’ve done and seen from others; if I’m going to stop using it I’ll stop using all polish like I will if I ever end up pregnant. I would be interested to see how the Butter does compared because I love using the few colors I have from them. I will have to try that one and the one Steph mentioned. You did a fantastic job on your nails!

  22. February 3, 2015 / 4:44 PM

    What??? I have never seen that warning label. Not that I looked. Cringe. Why the heck would it be outlawed?? I’m a huge fan of the Butter London polish but obviously passed on the top and base coats because of my love for the quick Seche. But um no thanks warning label…. Thank you for the public service announcement.

  23. February 3, 2015 / 4:46 PM

    Ah! I am so nail-stupid. I need to get into a routine and do my cuticles every day. Your mani looks fab! THanks for all the pointers.I think I’m getting a glass file!

  24. February 3, 2015 / 4:53 PM

    I am obsessed with the nail butter after your rec! I hate the arm massages – I always feel so awkward at the salon…

  25. February 3, 2015 / 4:54 PM

    Those look perfect! Whenever I paint my nails, it seriously looks like a five year old did it. Maybe that pen would help!

  26. February 3, 2015 / 5:46 PM

    OMG! Great tips! I used to be so good at painting my nails, but now that I have a crazy toddler, I feel like I never have time to sit and wait for my nails to dry. But I could totally do 10 minutes! :)

  27. February 3, 2015 / 6:22 PM

    i never have enough time for my nails to dry so I forgo mani’s all the time. I am going to have to give coconut butter a try, it just seems like a weird thing to me, not sure why. Seriously, heart me so Butter nail polish! Great post!

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  28. February 3, 2015 / 6:29 PM

    Your nails look fabulous! But breathe with me gurlie… you do not have a poison ivy wedding dress. I promise you your dress will be fine even with your seamstress battling it.

    And you’re totally not a weirdo.. I’m the same way… I get very antsy when getting a manicure because I know I need to get out of there as quickly as possible. I typically paint my own nails too to save on cost and time, and they chip right away anyway unless they’re gel so it’s totally not worth it.

  29. February 3, 2015 / 6:48 PM

    I need that eraser pen STAT! And I don’t even know what I use for top and bottom coat. Shameful, I know. Love Butter’s though!

  30. February 3, 2015 / 6:50 PM

    I always feel like such a weird girl for not enjoying getting my nails done…it’s just too time consuming! I love the idea of coconut oil for your cuticles…I already use it on my face as a moisturizer.

  31. February 3, 2015 / 7:06 PM

    um WTF nail polish can give me cancer? is this real life? i am never painting my nails again. that butter stuff is a wee bit expensive for me. and i need that nail polish remover pen because i can’t not paint my entire hand.
    anyway. i’m gonna try the coconut oil thingy – though mine is always rock solid. i wish it was liquid. am i supposed to microwave the damn thing?!

  32. February 3, 2015 / 8:15 PM

    I’ve been trying to grow out my nails for the first time ever so this post is really helpful! I’ve heard good things about that Sephora nail file and now I’m wishing I had ordered it the last time I was shopping there. I’m with you on the Zoya remover being the best! Your nails look gorgeous!

  33. February 3, 2015 / 8:26 PM

    Your nails are the perfect shape and length! I need a “correcter pen” already. I usually put a big glob of a top coat on and then by the time of done dishes and showered it pulled all the color on my skin off (free correcter pen, if you will hah).

  34. February 3, 2015 / 8:29 PM

    Your nails look great! I’m the same, I have no time to go sit in the salon… At home all the way. My buffer and nail hardening polishes are my must haves.

  35. February 3, 2015 / 8:57 PM

    You are pretty amazing at the self mani!! I need to order the Butter polishes asap! I stopped using Seche Vite after I read how bad it was! Can you just come do my nails please?

  36. February 3, 2015 / 10:28 PM

    I didn’t know those eraser pens actually existed, I’ve always just used a brush and nail polish remover to go around the edges – that eraser seems so much more convenient! I totally agree – I will never go back to anything besides a glass file. It literally makes me cringe just thinking about it!

  37. February 3, 2015 / 11:26 PM

    I have never seen that eraser but I’m definitely getting one the next time I’m at Ulta! Your nails look great! xo

  38. February 4, 2015 / 1:42 AM

    I’m so bad with bottom coats…really bad, aka, lazy and cheap. I have to be better. Love the products you are using, especially seeing the coconut oil. This is the best thing ever!!!

  39. February 4, 2015 / 3:14 AM

    You have seriously nailed this! I am SO bad at painting my nails but I feel like these products might actually help me. I need to stop spending so much $$ on shelac manis!

    xo, Jen

  40. February 4, 2015 / 4:40 AM

    My go to for my nails is Seche Vite top coat. A friend told me about it, and I swear it makes my polish last twice as long (which, for me, still isn’t super long). I really need to get one of those polish remover pens!


  41. February 4, 2015 / 9:56 PM

    I like Burt’s Bees lemon cuticle cream. We don’t have lush around here so I haven’t tried theirs. I love Butter polish, maybe I need the top and bottom coats from them! Such pretty polish color :) I refuse to pay for a manicure when I can do it myself. I’m weird and don’t enjoy them. They always hurt my fingers or make me bleed.

  42. February 14, 2015 / 1:54 PM

    I use a teeny tiny makeup brush when I do my nails and dip it in acetone then remove the stray nail polish while it’s still wet… works wonders.

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