My Manicure fundamentals

I like doing my nails. It’s relaxing, as well as I always feel proud of myself afterward for saving a few dollars (so I can spend it on more makeup, obvs).  

That being said, I usually don’t have a ton of time, so right here are my fundamentals to get the task done as quickly as well as quickly as possible.


Nail Clippers as well as File

Pretty obvious choice, however nothing ruins adorable polish like ragged nails.  I’ve bought more costly nail files, however I always go back to these affordable ones that come like a lots to a box.  I like being able to stock these at work, in my handbag as well as in my fitness center bag.  I likewise utilize the nail data to clean up the polish around the edges of my nails.

Cuticle Remover

I felt like such a pro the day I incorporated Sally Hansen immediate Cuticle cleaner into my manicure routine!  I never had the patience to soak my nails in water before pushing back my cuticles, so this product is perfect.  I capture it around my cuticles, lightly, push them back with my fingers, as well as then rinse it off.  It’s simple as well as truly effective.  Sally Hansen immediate Cuticle cleaner is offered at Target for $5.

Base Coat

I’m always looking for the very best base coat, and lately I’ve been reaching for Orly Bonder.  I believe it works well with different polishes, as well as I like that it dries quickly.  


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It’s an additional step, however my nails won’t last more than a day without base coat.  Orly Bonder is offered at Ulta for $10.

Lak na nehty

I’m usually selecting between a neutral as well as a strong color, however I almost always end up going for the neutral.  I’m truly difficult on my nails, so I like to pick something that won’t show the chips.  When I sat down to do my nails the other day, I debated between Golden Sand as well as Cashmere, both by Mineral Fusion.  

I ended up selecting the nude, of course!  Golden Sand is a neutral tan with subtle silver shimmer.  It’s a unique as well as truly quite shade.  I like exactly how it’s close sufficient to my skin tone to be subtle however doesn’t look muddy or boring.

Top Coat

I’ve tried a few different top coats, however I’m not dedicated to one right now.  I’d been using Seche Vite for a while, however sometimes it makes the polish shrink, so I’ve been looking for something better.  


This time I tried Mineral combination Gel top Coat, as well as I like exactly how it provided my nails that plump as well as shiny look that you can only seem to get from a gel manicure. This was the closest I’ve ever gotten to achieving that exact same look at home, which is amazing.

And in spite of the thickness of this top coat, my polish dries crazy fast.  I was so shocked since I was completely expecting to wait a long time for my polish to dry, as well as my nails were totally dry in about 5 minutes. Mineral combination polishes are offered now at Ulta for $8.

Do you do your nails at home?  If so, what do you like to use?  Let me understand in the comments!

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