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…


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


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


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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