Let’s start at the very beginning…

Since I started this blog, I’ve had several friends ask me about my love for nail polish. And then my best friend goes and starts her own blog – one that’s very well-written and profound. Mine’s about nail polish…

Let’s talk about the polish that you can’t see: the base coat and the top coat.

I have used all kinds of base coats. My current fave is Perfect Formula gel coat (I get mine from QVC). I generally only use one coat for the base. But when I know the polish I’m going to put on is one that really stains, I’ll put on two coats.

Then there’s the polish.

And for the top coat, I use Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Clearly Quick. I love their Insta-Dri line! The brush is nice and wide so I can cover one nail in two-three strokes and it does dry very quickly. When I was pregnant with my son, I didn’t wear nail polish and after he was born I still didn’t wear nail polish because there was always some motherly thing to do and it takes so long for polish to dry. Then I got pregnant with my daughter and stopped with the polish. In all, I went about three years without wearing nail polish. After I had my daughter I discovered this Insta-Dri line and had to try it out. Let me tell you, I fell in love! I could paint my nails in the morning and they’d be dry enough in about 15 minutes to change a diaper, fix a bottle or any of the other things I’d need to do! So, I still use the line (in fact, I’ve got these three from their Fall 2012 line on my Want List) and I use the Clearly Quick as a top coat on every manicure. It’s so super shiny and again, dries very quickly.

So, that’s the start and the finish of my manicures. Now, for some polish pretties…

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Zoya Shelby (I think) and Color Club Disco Nap on accent nail

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Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Mint Sorbet with Milani Jewel FX in Silver on accent. It looks very Tiffany’s to me!

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Zoya America with Milani Gold FX

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2 Responses to Let’s start at the very beginning…

  1. marys2324 says:

    Thanks for the link back. I happen to be totally jealous of your fingernail fabulousness. No nail product on the planet sticks to my nails for more than about 18 hours. Got a gel manicure at a nail salon. It was supposed to last 2 weeks and it lasted 3 days. So, I will just have to live vicariously through your 10 pretty nails.

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