my finger nails are my favorite accessory. hands down. [pun intended].
keeping them pretty + polished takes work, but I make my best effort to make it happen. as a child I fell victim to nail biting
especially when nervous, I found the only remedy was to keep my nails painted. because habits are hard to break, but chipped nails are worse. and I’d leave my nails alone only if they were painted. the routine has kind of stuck with me into adulthood.
7 steps to the best at home manicure.
1 // remove nail polish with 100% acetone nail polish remover. it gets off any polish [glitter included] so much faster + easier. once you go acetone, you won’t go back.
2 // file your nails to your desired shape. I tend to keep mine fairly square-shaped.
3 // lather your hands up with lotion.
4 // use an eyeliner brush, dip in acetone, and clean excess lotion off your nails.
5 // paint a base coat on each of your nails. I am a fan off essie’s grow stronger.
6 // two coats of your favorite nail polish. lately I’m loving: get in expresso lane.
7 // finish with a top coat. essie’s good to go is the only one I’ll use. it provides a glossy shine + it dries so fast.
I can be a bit impatient.
my go to winter polishes.