Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Nail Care Necessities

As someone who does her nails a lot, I've tried my fair share of nail care products. Some have been good, some have been awful, but few have been good enough to claim a permanent place in my nail care routine. 

On the rare occasion that I find an amazing product, I dive whole heartedly into it and endorse it with everything I have. I seriously become a product fan-girl and talk about it to all of my friends and on more than one occasion a stranger or two. I feel like it's my job to share these products with the world because they're just that much better than the rest! 

Luckily for me, I have this little bloggy-poo and I get to shout it from the mountains round up this cute little post so I can share it with you guys as well :)

Drumroll please... here are the nail care all-stars: 

1. Everyone needs a good nail buffer! I'm not a huge fan of nail files (that sound!), so I opt for a multi-sided nail buffer instead. I like to smooth my nails a bit before applying polish and use the rougher side to even out my nail shape instead of using a nail file. You definitely need one of these!

2. Tweezerman nail clippers are the best of the best. Clipping your nails can be uncomfortable so you want to make sure you're using sharp clippers instead of old dull ones. It makes the experience so much more enjoyable and easier, too!

3. The key to a great manicure is moisturizer. No manicure looks good on brittle and broken nail beds! I keep the lotion version of this product on my night stand to use before bed and another smaller version at my desk at work. Trust me, once you start moisturizing you'll notice a huge difference!

4. This base coat is amazing. I've talked about it on the blog before but it's definitely worth a second mention because it's just that good. When you put this on it fills every little ridge on your nail to give you a smooth base coat that makes it easy to apply your colored polish. Plus the consistency is a pale white, which makes your nail color show up brighter than it would against your skin colored nail. 

5. If you want your at home mani to look like you just walked out of a salon, it's all about the top coat. I get compliments constantly from this top coat and people always think my nails have gel polish on them. Even my manicurist has been tricked multiple times by how thick and shiny this top coat is! It also dries incredibly fast, so pair it with #6 and you'll be dry and ready to go in a matter of minutes. 

6. This product ties with #5 for being my favorite on this list. These Julep quick dry drops work so well that it truly only takes a matter of minutes for your nails to dry to the touch. If you're tired of smudges or nicks, this product is going to be the best thing that's ever happened to you... er.. I mean, your nails. 

Do you have any nail care favorites you swear by?

xxo, Kristen


  1. I need to buy that top coat! Thanks girl!

    Her Heartland Soul

  2. I love your blog! Do you still use the CND base coat and top coats? I have an old post of yours bookmarked where you talked about using the CND base coat, then color coat, then CND top coat, and then a CND extra shiny coat on top of that. How do they compare to the Julep base coat and Seche Vite top coat? Have you changed the order of your polishes? Thank you for any tips you can provide!

    1. I've actually started using the Julep Base Coat because it came in one of my maven boxes right when I was running out of my CND Stickey Base, but I think if I had to pick between the two I'd pick the CND base coat I posted about before. The Seche Vite top coat has a result that looks a lot like the CND Top + Shine coat combination I had used before, so I think they're pretty interchangeable. They both dry really quick and give the thick gel-like appearance that makes them last!

      In terms of order it's, clip, buff, base, color, top, quick dry drops, lotion.

      Hope that helps!