Category: manicure

Easy Home Manicure With New Essie Gel Couture

Last week, on a routine drugstore stop for paper towels and toothpaste, I spotted the new Essie Gel Couture nail polish display and it drew me in like a moth to a flame. I love a DIY mani (see: 6 steps to the perfect home manicure) and I think Essie is one of the best nail polish brands in the biz, so when they launch something new, I’m all in.

Manicure Monday: Summer Mani Pedi Color Combinations

I LOVE this graphic of ‘The Prettiest Manicure and Pedicure Combos for Summer‘ from Real Simple! If you’re stumped on which colors work well together for your fingers and toes, this has it all covered. Whether you’re pulling out your home kit or standing in front of the ever-intimidating wall of polishes at your nail salon — why is it always such a daunting decision?! — here are 22 pretty pairings to get you through…

Manicure Monday: My All-Time Favorite Neutral Nail Colors

My childhood Caboodle is stocked with Essie nail lacquers in every shade of the rainbow,  but these days all I want to wear are easy neutrals. They’re like the t-shirt and jeans of nail color: classic, comfortable, and er, polished (pardon the pun). Annnnnd, if I’m being honest, part of me feels like my neon nail polish ship may have sailed when I crossed over the big 3-0; right alongside denim mini skirts, super low-rise jeans,…

6 Steps to the Perfect Home Manicure

I love a good salon pampering sesh as much as the next girl, but I usually don’t have time to sit down for a professional manicure. {Sometime soon I’m going to make time for this cherry blossom mani.} Over the years, I’ve mastered the DIY five-minutes-or-less version of a basic manicure. It’s worth splurging on a few good products to get salon-worthy results at home, over and over again. 1. PREP. I like to start with…