I am such a nail girl. I like having my nails done at all times, and if they aren’t, or they are chipped — it drives me nuts. I’ve always been good at painting my own nails and I do so at least once a week. I’m always on the lookout for new and better nail products. Especially if they are fast-drying or an amazing topcoat. New colors each season also get me very excited. I’m pretty seasonal when it comes to polish — I wear darks in the winter, and sometimes wear brights in the summer. Neutrals happen year round.
This month I wanted to see if there were some nail products I didn’t know about, so I asked my beauty bloggers what some of their favorite nail products are, and what the best at-home products for nails? I also wanted to know if they had any favorite go-to nail colors for fall/winter and if there are nail trends they were wanting to try.
Continue reading to see what they all recommend!
MEGAN SCHWARZ // Seed to Serum
LAURIE LEOPOLD // 312 Beauty
I paint my nails dutifully every Sunday – while watching The Good Wife – and know that the difference between a chipped mani the next day and one that lasts until I hang with Alicia Florrick again is a great base and top coat. I love the natural luxe AILA Prime and ‘Better Than Gel’ Top Coat (because it is!).
I’m fixated on a glossy navy nail right now. The key is finding one that is just blue enough it doesn’t look black under the fluorescent office lighting. Deborah Lippmann Rolling in the Deep fits that bill.
I also love manicurist extraordinaire Jin Soon’s seasonal collections. The metallic teal blue. Heirloom for fall/winter is everything.
Professional manis can ruin your nails, truth. Don’t buff your nails raw. Don’t let them cut your cuticles. Treat them with TLC! When I need a buff, I use Revlon Crazy Shine which makes my nail beds look like they belong to an 8-year-old.
CLAIRE ASHLEY // ULTIMAKEOVER
Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil — My cuticles really take over and disrupt my manis when they are not treated for. This is a great treatment to do at home before bed to soften the base of your nails.
Deborah Lippmann Stripper To Go Mitts — I haven’t used a traditional bottle of nail polish remover in quite some time because I am so hooked on these to-go mitts. They’re easy to stash in your purse, suitcase or tote.
I don’t have the patience for DIY nail art but that doesn’t stop me from lusting after cool digits I find on Pinterest. I stumbled across this Black and White Negative Space nail tutorial and I’m hoping one day I can recreate this, perhaps with the help of a professional.
Sephora Travel Tips Mini Mani Kit — Nothing is more frustrating when I’m traveling and I forgot to pack a nail file or nail clipper. This mini mani kit is the perfect solution if you’re always on the go because it includes all your essentials.
ELLE CHOI // Elle Choi
ELIZABETH DEHN // Beauty Bets
I get a shellac mani every 2-3 weeks (because how easy is that?!) and in the fall and winter it’s almost always with CND in Fedora, a classic vampy shade that goes with everything and wears beautifully.
That said, I often do my own toes like I’m still in high school. For a lasting DIY pedi its all about the top coat. Sally Beauty Gelous Nail Gel leaves a thick, shiny topcoat that lasts for days and doesn’t require a light or special remover. It’s just a killer top coat.
Keeping my hands and cuticles hydrated requires constant vigilance when you live in Minnesota. I’ve tried just about everything and keep coming back to Aveda Hand Relief, which smells amazing and also gently exfoliates.
One of my discoveries has been navy nail polish. I know—CRAZY!! But I’m a classic girl so would must rather admire all of the patterned trends on other people. Navy, on the other hand, has just the right amount of edge for my heavily striped wardrobe.
ERIN SOUSA // The Sparkle
I’m a huge fan of an at home mani! It saves time, and money. What’s better than painting your nails in your jammies while watching your fave show? Good girly fun!