Saturday, June 11, 2016

My AWESOME Home Mani Tips

To any new Awesomes visiting today, I'm so glad you stopped by to visit! Megan featured a few of my favorite products today in her newsletter, and I wanted to share a few more in case you've got the home mani bug. I've been doing my own nails for year and it's become quite a passion!

1. Sally Hanson Instant Cuticle Remover. To have a long-lasting mani, you've really got to prep your nails. Removing cuticle overgrowth is a key step. I apply this all around my cuticles, wait a minute or so (you can wait longer that it says), then use the thumbnail of my opposite hand to push back/scrape the cuticles. I typically do this twice. Find this at drug stores and mass-market retailers like Wal-Mart and Target.

2. Orly Bonder. This rubberized basecoat overrides any oily residue on your nails and gives your polish something to stick to, another secret of a long-lasting mani. Find this at Sally Beauty. If you don't have a Sally nearby, Sally Hansen makes great choices for basecoats, so you could always choose one from their line.

3. NYC Grand Central Station. This is my new HG topcoat... it works just as well as the pricy Seche Vite, but it's only $2! You know I love a bargain. Find this at drug stores and mass-market retailers like Wal-Mart and Target.

4. Poshe Cuticle Care.  Keeping your cuticles neat and free of hang-nails is another secret to making your manicure last longer. This product is fabulous and I massage this into my cuticles twice a day to prevent hangnails and prevent cuticle buildup. This is very hard to find these days, but I purchase in bulk from Amazon and would be glad to share my stash with locals- I pay about $6 a tube, so let me know if you'd like one.

5. Nail Polish Remover Dip-It. I change my polish pretty often, and this little treasure makes it quick and easy. Inside this tub are plastic bristles that really help scrub the polish off. Find this at mass-market retailers like Wal-Mart and Target.


Now, if you are trying to remove a glitterbomb polish, that's another issue, and you'll need to visit this post on my nail blog to see the trick for that.

6. Clean Up Brush. I often have friends ask how I get my polish to look so perfect, especially around the cuticles. The secret is a clean up brush dipped in acetone. You can read a bit more about it here, because I don't have any good pics to show you myself. I recommend the $1 ELF Concealer Brush- you can find this at Wal-Mart or Target.

7. Acetone. Pure acetone works best for clean up- I typically purchase this bottle at Walmart for $2.50.

Here's a list for you to cut and paste and print out for your shopping trip:
1. Sally Hanson Instant Cuticle Remover (WM or Target)
2. Basecoat: Orly Bonder (Sally's) or any base from Sally Hansen (WM or Target)
3. Topcoat: NYC Grand Central Station (WM or Target)
4. Poshe Cuticle Care (get from Amazon or Sasha)
5. Nail Polish Remover Dip-It (WM or Target)
6. Clean Up Brush ($1 ELF concealer brush from WM or Target)
7. Pure Acetone (WM or Target)

Have fun!

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