ITEM OF THE WEEK is a weekly series on Stained Couture that highlights a product we’re currently loving. This week: Essie Gel-Setter Top Coat
After getting acrylics on my nails, despite me knowing my nails hate it, I’ve had to take a break. My cuticle go dry and cracked and my nails became paper thin. So. I’ve had to take a break from my monthly gel manicures to help my nails heal and get stronger. Other than using the right products for healthy nails, it’s best to leave the nails alone to help them heal.
So, I’ve opted to give myself at-homie manicures to help my nails get stronger, as well as my wallet. While looking for products to help my basic manicures looks salon quality, I stumbled across one of the best topcoats I’ve ever used. Keep reading to see the best nail product I’ve recently bought and for under $10.
Last week, I felt like I was living on an arctic tundra. Take it that I’ve never been on an arctic tundra, but I imagine it resembled my city last week. All the snow, ice, and below freezing temperatures proved too much for my hair, skin, and nails. After trying every product I owned that claimed to hydrate and moisturize, there was only one product that did; coconut oil. When you have a closet full of beauty products in luxe packaging with claims to blow your mind, you can forget about that jar white solid oil in the pantry.
To be honest, coconut oil has been transforming my life, inside and out, for years now. However, I use it more for my exterior than interior. Keep reading to see the ways that this miraculous oil has been upgrading my everyday life.
Over the past few years, I’ve been learning how to properly take care of my natural nails. Up until I was 24 years old, I was an avid nail biter. My dad bites his nail, which caused me and my brother to bite ours. However, unlike them, I was able to eventually stop. Take it, it took me a couple of decades, but I did it. Ever since I stopped, I’ve always looked for ways to maintain healthy nails. The first step is knowing everyday nail care is a thing.
To maintain my nails, there are some things that I do everyday to my nails. I believe that these little things attribute to my nails staying strong and healthy.
A couple of months ago, I had a less than average wax job at a wax bar by a big makeup brand in a bigger makeup store. If you know the players in that sentence, please know that I still love those brands. However, they did your girl and her brows wrong this one Saturday. However, my brows and I were able to regrow and prosper again thanks to patience and one product. That product is Jamaican Black Castor oil.
I decided to try it on my brows and voila, brows are back! Jamaican Castor Oil has been a blessing to my life for the past couple of years. Trust me, this oil has helped me with more that my brows and probably for you, too. There are so many benefits to this oil and I’m going to share a couple of my favorites with you.
One of the things that love to do in my downtime or when I’m bored at work, is pull out my on-the-go nail kit. What is that? Oh, it’s just a little cosmetic bag full of essential items I need to maintain my nails when I don’t have the time to stop by the nail salon, which tends to be more times than I would like.
However,there is something so instantly calming about filing, buffing, and polishing my own nails. I recently cut down my natural nails from long and oval to short and square, because spring and summer is the season for bright and colorful polishes, which tend to look better on shorter nail. However, I am slowly going them back. Therefore, I always make sure that I’m in reach of my bag of nail tricks otherwise known as my on-the-go nail kit.
Check out the complete list of the nail maintenance items that I keep in my nail kit bag.
ON-THE-GO NAIL KIT ESSENTIALS:
- Nail File – I’m always buying nail files left and right. My personal favorite are the 4-1 files that are designed to file, shape, buff, and shine. However, I keep a simple 2-sided file in nail kit bag, because I usually only have to smooth any rough or uneven edges.
- Cuticle Remover – Dry cuticles are the worst. So, I try to apply cuticle oil to my nails and cuticles throughout the day. However, for those times when my cuticles are out of control; I apply this cuticle remover, let it sit for 15 seconds, gently push my cuticles back with cuticle pusher (not pictured, because I need to replace it), and wash my hands with warm, soapy water to remove the excess. Pretty simple and quick to do.
- Nail Polish Remover Wipes – Portable nail polish wipes are ingenious gems. So far, the best one I’ve used are these Cutex one, because they aren’t super saturated and don’t drip remover everywhere. Plus, one wipe is strong enough to remover polish off of all 10 of my nails and that was with red polish. Super impressed.
- Nail Clippers – keep nail cuticles and clippers, but I learned to leave cuticles to the professionals and applying cuticle oil to my nails have really helped me no longer need them. However, a mini pair of nail clippers not only help me when I break a nail and decide to even up the rest of the gang, but also great at snipping away those horrific (and sometimes painful) hang nails.
- Nude Polish – As you might already be aware, I stan for nude nail polishes and always keep one in my personal nail kit. There’s always a bottle of Wet n Wild’s Private Viewing in my bag. It’s simple, glossy, and dries fast. What more can I look for when doing my nails on the go? Nothing.
Do you keep certain nail products in your purse? If so, what are your must-have nail essentials in you bag? Share below!