I really love going to get my nails done, but since I am a struggling student with no money, that’s not always the smartest thing to do, so instead, I like to treat myself at home every once in a while to a nice manicure. I paint my nails a lot, and usually I just take off the nail polish I have on and immediately paint them a new color, so occasionally, I like to really take the time to take care of my nails and give myself a nice manicure.
I’ll usually start by removing any nail polish I already have on my nails. Next I will cut and file them, just because I don’t really like having long nails. I really like this nail file/buffer that I got from Walgreens, it makes it really easy to shape my nails just how I want them. I like that this buffs the nails too, because I am guilty of picking my nail polish off when I’m bored, so sometimes my nails can get kind of rough, so I like to smooth them out with this.
I also really like to use this Burt’s Bees Cuticle Cream. It is super moisturizing and since I have really dry skin, naturally I love this. Also it smells amazing, which is always a bonus!
And then of course I go in with the polish! Recently I’ve been using the Essie Gel Couture polishes because I find they last a little bit longer than regular polishes. In particular, the shade Take Me To Thread has been my go-to shade. I really like that it’s a nice neutral everyday color, and I feel like this color lasts just a little bit longer than some of the other shades too.
Lastly I will go over with the Essie Gel Topcoat layer. Then I will take a Q-Tip and dip it in some nail polish remover to clean up the edges of my nails, because I’m definitely not a pro nail painter, so I mess up a lot, but at least it’s easy to fix!
And there you have it, my at home manicure! I don’t always spend this much time doing my nails, but it’s nice to pamper yourself every once in a while!