Nail Polish Necessities

Something that I do almost every week without fail is a manicure -- I just love having my nails painted and swapping out the color on the regular.

I used to feel discouraged because my nails never looked as nice as they did when I scheduled a professional manicure. However, one of my friends at Life Time introduced me to two products that have been a total game changer for me.

The first is this base coat, and the second is this top coat! This base coat will help any polish go on super smooth while the top coat helps the polish to dry to a super shiny finish. This combo lets me go at least a week with zero chips, which means I can enjoy the manicure much longer before having to redo it.

Now, before I paint my nails, I always clean up my cuticle area using this handy little kit. This kit contains everything you need to prep your nails and cuticles before applying polish. I've been using this set for years and love it so much! 

Now, for the actual polish, I'm very loyal to the Essie collection -- I love the quality and color selection and rarely stray to another brand. Below are a few of my favorite polishes that are in heavy rotation:

Muchi Muchi -- The perfect light pink that works year-round
Lounge Lover -- This coral-hued polish is such a fun spring / summer color
After School Boy Blazer -- This navy blue is perfect when paired with your fall wardrobe
Mint Candy Apple -- The name is a little unappetizing but this baby blue is one of my favorites
Marshmallow -- This is the best neutral because it's such a soft white!

When painting my nails, I always add the base coat, two coats of polish, and then the top coat! I typically paint my nails in the evening while watching a show and the whole thing takes me maybe 30 minutes from start to finish. 

My toes are another story -- I like to get a professional pedicure every so often because I find it very relaxing. I'll paint my toes as needed, but prefer to sit in a massage chair for an hour while someone else does them. ;)

What's your favorite color of nail polish?
How often do you paint your nails?