Happy #ManiMonday! There really is a hashtag for every day isn't there? #ManiMonday is one of my favorites though. When I was in elementary school, most kids passed the time playing video games, rollerblading, or watching cartoons. I got super into nail art. That hobby eventually expanded to include all aspects of manicures. One thing I've learned is that the right tools and products make a big difference. I've developed a few favorites I'll go through, as well as a few techniques that make a quick, clean manicure simple.
My list of "must-haves" follows:
- Good base coat and top coat. I love Seche's base coat and topcoat. The topcoat goes on thick and smooth, dries fast, and keeps my nail polish perfect for days. I can usually go 1.5-2 weeks before I need to re-polish. Alternatively, CND's Vinylux line is another favorite. It lasts me typically 2 weeks, and only requires a topcoat, no base coat. Basically magic.
- Quality polish. I know, I'm a snob, but I'm convinced it makes a difference. I favor OPI and CND. I've tried Essie and China Glaze and been unimpressed with their longevity and coverage.
- Cuticle cream, cuticle pusher, and nippers. I've linked the exact items I have of each below, and I swear by them. Clean, groomed cuticles are one factor that really sets a professional mani apart from a DIY.
- Nail file. I don't have any strong feelings about these (shocking I know...)
And on to a few items that are super convenient, but not required:
- Quick-dry spray. I swear by OPI's Rapi-Dry spray, plus a bottle lasts like a decade. No seriously, I bought the big size nearly a decade ago and it's just now getting low.
- Plastic backed cotton pads. These handy little plastic backed cotton disks make polish removal SO much easier. Plus they protect your nails, so if you're doing a pedi you won't ruin your mani.
- Nail polish removal pen for all the oopsies.
Any handy manicure tips? What is your favorite top coat and polish?