Best of: Manicure Essentials

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I really love having my nails done all the time, but I don't like to pay for pricey salon manicures, so I've learned to master the at-home manicure. In my quest, I've found some of the very best products for manicures out there, and these products make my home manicures last way longer than a salon manicure! The Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover makes pushing back cuticles a breeze.  CND Stickey base coat gives your nails a solid foundation, and my go-to red OPI Vodka and Caviar seems to last longer than other colors I've tried. After I do two coats of color, I put another coat of the Stickey on top, and finish it off with Seche Vite's fast dry top coat. This is my holy grail top coat, by far. It makes my nails extra shiny, and is completely dry within 5 minutes of using it! I use the Sephora cuticle oil throughout the week (the pen brush makes it easy to brush on when you're on the go) to make sure my cuticles aren't peeling apart, especially now since the cold weather has left my hands very dry. 

When I use these products, I can make my at-home manicure last an entire week! 


  1. My go-to red has been OPI Bastille My Heart...but I like the looks of the Vodka and Caviar. May be time to switch it up!


  2. I desperately wish that I had the patience to be this thorough. My nails would look soooo much better.
    xo Josie