One thing that I’ve seriously missed during quarantine is going out to a nail salon to treat myself to a manicure.
I’m not the best at doing my own nails — but here are some of the things I use to achieve an almost salon-worthy manicure from the comfort of my home.
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Olly Undeniable Beauty Multivitamin Gummies
I take a variety of Olly multivitamin gummies and are constantly trying out different ones, but the Undeniable Beauty ones are always in my rotation. They contain vitamins C and E to help promote brighter and stronger hair, skin, and nails, and even contain biotin and borage oil to help strengthen them as well. When I take these regularly, I particularly see how my nails get stronger and thicker to prep for a manicure.
Ella + Mila Nail Care Nail Strengthener First Aid Kiss
If your nails are thin or weak because of excessive gel or acrylic application, quarantine is a perfect time to let them detox a little bit. This Ella + Mila nail strengthener is a “7-free” product, and it’s also formulated vegan, cruelty-free, and PETA-certified. It’s a good-for-you nail treatment that can really help strengthen your nails over time. Just note that, while you can use it under polish, it’s not actually a base coat (so your mani might not last as long).
If you’re looking for a nail strengthening product that you can add to your daily routine, try out CND’s RescueRXx. It’s a daily treatment that helps thicken, strengthen, and repair your nails with continuous daily use. It contains jojoba seed and sweet almond oils to deeply hydrate the nail bed, as well as keratin to help strengthen the nail.
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Zizzon Professional Nail Care Kit
Everyone needs a nail care kit in their medicine cabinet, both for at-home manicures and those random hang nail emergencies. This kit comes complete with so many different tools, you’ll definitely be able to find whatever you need to prep your nails and cuticles for polish application.
Olive & June The Poppy Manicure Tool
Let’s face it — holding a nail polish brush isn’t easy, especially with your non-dominant hand. While it might seem weird to get something like Olive & June’s The Poppy, this little silicone attachment (which fits on most nail polish applicators) really helps keep a steady hand. It gives you a better grip on your nail polish so you can get the perfect application. Just switch it from bottle to bottle as you work through the steps of your mani.
Nails Inc. Nailkale Superfood Base Coat
This Nailkale base coat from Nails Inc. is perfect if you’re just looking for a one-and-done product. Rather than having to worry about a treatment that you have to apply separately from your polish, this one treats and preps your nails all in one swipe. Use this to prepare your nails for polish and also help strengthen them while you wear it.
Essie Nail Polish – Ballet Slippers
Anyone who follows me on Instagram knows that Essie Ballet Slippers is my absolute favorite nail polish shade. It’s that perfect faded pink that’s almost white, which is so easy to match with everything. It looks chic and sophisticated so my hands always look prepped and ready for an Instagram-worthy shot.
Olive & June Nail Polish – Top Coat
I go to the Olive & June salon here in LA and am always amazed by how shiny and perfect my mani looks when I leave. This top coat is thick and protective so your mani lasts a long time, and it also has an irresistible shine that really ups how polished (forgive the pun) my hands look.
Touch Beauty Portable Nail Dryer
One reason why it’s always hard to do my own manicures is because I forget my nails are still wet and I smudge them on something. With this mini nail dryer from Amazon, I’m able to dry my nails in between each coat to ensure that they dry quickly and fully. Plus, it also works double duty with an LED dryer on it so you can even attempt an at-home gel mani if you dare.
Tenoverten Celery Nail Oil
Finally, after the entire mani is over, I give my cuticles a quick brush of hydration with this Tenoverten Celery Nail Oil. Like the Ella + Mila product, this one is also “7-free,” as well as vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free. Plus, it has an easy brush applicator so you don’t have to worry about applying too much and making a mess.
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