Happy Hump day!
Brace yourself for what I am about to say [drum roll]…I may be the only girl on the face of the planet who does NOT enjoy getting a manicure/pedicure. Let me rephrase that, it’s not that I necessarily DISLIKE the process, but I end up doing more work at the nail salon than the nail tech does, so it’s never a relaxing experience. I am a perfectionist, so I don’t think there’s ever been a time when I’ve walked out of the nail salon and didn’t think “well, I could have done a better job than them. That was a waste of $100”. Let's face it, we could all save the money and do it ourselves!
I rarely ever have bare nails. I know how I like my cuticles, the length of the nail, the shape, the base coat, top coat, etc. I’m crazy; I know that’s what you’re thinking. It’s kind of like the 10 times I’ve gone to get my makeup professionally done at a makeup counter--won't mention any names--and walked out of there looking like Bozo the clown and washed it off and re-did it ALL myself. Now that I’ve expressed how obsessive I am over my nails—because I don’t have better things to stress over--let’s discuss a few of my FAVORITE things when it comes to getting a flawless “do it yourself” manicure/pedicure.
-Okay, cuticles I'm not the best with. They kind of skeeve me out. Regardless, they have to be managed and I have found that the easiest, most effective way of handling cuticles is by using a cuticle oil pen. This Essie Cuticle pen is hypoallergenic and softens and moisturizes cuticles. LOVE IT!
|Essie Cuticle Oil Pen-$6|
2.) Base Coat
-My favorite is OPI Nail Envy. Gives dry, brittle nails the strength to LAST!
|Retails for $15|
3.) Color Me Fancy :)
Here are three FaceFirst Faves that will be great for the Holidays:
-Essie: Ballet Slippers. This is a classic, barely there pink polish that will flatter any skin color.
|Retails for around $8|
-Essie: Plumberry. A fun take on your standard red nail polish. The perfect pop of color for your digits!
-Essie: Hot Cocoa. This is my absolute favorite! A mix of grey and brown, such a hot trend right now and goes with everything you wear!
4.) Top it Off
-Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Clear has changed my life! You can put it on as your top coat and your nails are DRY as a bone within five minutes. It's amazing! No more tacky, smudged nails ladies.
You should be well on your way to a perfect manicure/pedicure. Hope this helps. Have a wonderful night everyone!