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.
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…..my 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 coatis 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.
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.
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