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Manicure Self-Care Sundays

Sundays = nail days.

For as long as I can remember, without fail, my mom would bring out her nail file and polish in the evening, and paint her nails. It was the signal of a new beginning to the week.

When I lived in New York City, it was so easy to find affordable nail salons. But, not all of us live in NYC, and not all of us have the luxury of spending money on a manicure! I had the good fortune of living with a roommate who was a self-proclaimed polish addict. Thanks to her, I learned about so many great brands: Rescue Beauty Lounge (RIP), Butter, and my personal favorite, Zoya.

Here's what I love about it:

1. It's 5-free (free of: formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, and camphor)

2. It applies beautifully

3. It happens to be the name of my grandmother!

Doing your own manicure is one of my favorite little luxuries. Over the years, I’ve acquired a number of nice, high-quality polishes. Usually, I will bring them with me when I go to get a manicure, because I love them so much. I have found some really great brands such as Butter at TJ Maxx – they also carry various 3 and 5-free polishes that I am always eager to try even if I’m not familiar with the brand. I have found Butter polishes at TJ Maxx for $5.99 – it’s a great way to build a collection on a budget!

My Products

1. Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover: the most effective (and gentle) polish remover ever. I also use it to prep my nails before a manicure - I add a few drops to a cotton ball and wipe over my nails. This removes any oils that may have accumulated, and allows polish to adhere and last longer.

2. Polishes: Zoya, Butter, China Glaze (Sally's tends to have great specials on this brand!)

3. Seche Vite Dry FastTop Nail Coat. The holy grail. This top coat makes even the most inexpensive polishes look exquisite. I learned about this top coat from my nail polish addict roommate, and now I am paying it forward by sharing it with you. You’re welcome.

What are some of your favorite nail polish brands and manicure tips?

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