Essie is a little on the more expensive side (about $8) a bottle, but the colors are out of this world. Essie is available at a variety of locations including Target, but you can get limited edition colors at retail stores such as Nordstroms and J Crew.
Milan is a newer polish that I have discovered, but I have been a bit head over heels with this product. Milan is a fantastic go to polish if you are looking for a great glitter to bling up your nails. This is by far the best glitter polish I have found, because it can be applied thick or light depending on the level of bling you are going for. Milan is a very affordable polish (around $4 a bottle) available at such retail stores as Target and Walgreens.
There are a handful of tools I need to have in order to complete a self-manicure.
1. Swispers Rounds: These are basically just a cotton swap circles that have an exfoliation side that easily remove nail polish.
2. Clippers: I'm a short nail person. I have to have my nails short so I am constantly clipping my nails.
3. Cuticle Clippers: I have to push back my cuticles and trim them up every now and then. I love to use my cuticle clippers to trim up those pesky hang nails.
4. Nail Polish Remover: I personally have never found a favorite remover I feel as if most do the same thing and all are fairly cheap. Am I alone on this thinking or do you have a favorite?
5. Essie--Good To Go: This has been one of my favorite product finds recently. It is a top coat and express dryer all in one. Just put a coat of this over your nail polish and you will knock out your top coat as well as have your nails dry in less than a minute and a half. I have a bit of a problem sitting still when it comes to drying my nails so this product has been a life savor.
6. Bobby Pin: You may be wondering what the open booby pin is for and this my friends is my secret for making designs on my nails. Simply bend back a bobby pin, dip in a polish and use as a "paint brush" to create designs on your nails.
7. Nail Polish Remover Pen: This is a Sally Hansen product and basically it is a little sponge attached to a pen filled with nail polish remover. This is a life savor for carefully removing small paint smudges on your fingers that are very close to your freshly painted nails.
I'm no expert when it comes to painting nails it is just something that I enjoy doing in my spare time. I love to experiment with multiple colors, designs and different techniques. I recently started a Pinterest board dedicated to all things nail inspired. Here are a handful of Instagram photos of recent nail polish jobs I've done on my nails...
I'd love to hear what your favorite nail products are?