The tips, tools and best products in my home kit that help my DIY manicures last up to two weeks.
I’m calling it: OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy is going to be my go-to summer nude. It’s a warm peachy-pink with a sheer formula that you can layer for more opaque coverage. This is three thin coats over their ridge-filling primer base, topped off with my favorite high-shine ‘instant gel effect’ top coat.
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
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
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
Inspiration: The Beauty Department Base: Essie’s Ballet Slippers Am I the only one who finds DIY French manicures impossibly difficult? Over the years, I’ve bought at least a dozen packs of these drugstore nail guide stickers to try to master the perfect clean tip, only to experience a dozen frustrating fails. The polish never peels
I’m really digging olive-hued nails for fall. Last night, I slapped on a couple coats of Essie’s Sew Psyched — a “soft cashmere sage pewter-grey” — while I watched The Big Bang Theory reruns in bed. I sealed it with a swipe of Good to Go quick-drying topcoat, and dozed off for a luxuriously interrupted 8 hours. I woke