The basics

I figured I should go over some of my favorite products that I am likely to be using every single time I do a mani.

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1. Seche Vite top coat. I seriously love this product. It’s $10 bucks at target and ulta. (However, I’ll let you in on a little secret- I found it for 2 for $8 on amazon. You’re welcome). Some reviews say that Seche Vite causes the polish to “shrink” making it look like the tips are worn or the nail has grown out, but I have honestly never had an issue with this. For me, it’s great because it dries really fast, stays incredibly shiny and doesn’t chip for at least a week or two depending on how much wear you are putting on your nails.

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2. Sally Hansen Maximum Shield base coat is another product that I use a TON and it’s only about $6. Sally Hansen has a lot of products that are specific to different nail issues. I like this particular product because it’s main purpose is to strengthen nails and protect from staining.

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3. CND cuticle away is a gel that I usually use to quickly remove and soften my cuticles. It is a professional grade product and you can purchase it on amazon for CHEAP! But it works really well. All you have to do is dab a bit on your cuticles and around your nails, let sit for a minute and then rub. Dry skin and cuticles will rub off. Just make sure you are washing your hands well after using because it could potentially damage your skin and nails if it’s left on for too long. I use the product alone when I am too lazy to trim my cuticles, and sometimes after trimming to remove whatever I may have missed with the trimmer.

A proper introduction.

Hello friends! I’m happy to be moving my nail art blog from my personal Instagram account to this new blog DEDICATED to nails. I will be posting finished manicures, my favorite products, and tutorials for all to enjoy.

But a little about me – my name is Jenna, recent graduate with too much free time on my hands. I’ve been creating nail art (self taught) casually for about 3 years for family and friends. I have somewhat of a black market nail salon running in my kitchen but often speak of opening my own salon where I would not only do nail art, but sell my crafts as well (as to be seen on my crafty sister site, City Kitty Crafts ). I live in Minneapolis with my boyfriend, best friends and my beautiful kitty noodle. That is my life in a nutshell.

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