July 30, 2013

Courtney Em's Manicure Essentials

Hey y'all!
I did the biggest blogger fail and forgot to prepare myself for posts this week, and kinda maybe sorta had a party last night and kinda maybe sorta forgot to even think about what I would post today.. but then I remembered, Courtney sent me her guest post! Perfect :)

I have THE shortest nails! Like it's actually horrible but I just can't stop biting them. I did this year for Lent cause I'm a good Catholic and all, and totally didn't break it because I felt bad to, and then the minute lent was over, whoops - and they were gone! I really need to stop biting them so they can grow out and look cute again, but I have no will power.

Anyways, Courtney has nails.. so see what she does with them!

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Hi everyone! I'm Courtney of Courtney Em. I'm so honored and excited that Caroline allowed me to guest post on her blog; it's one of my favorites!


I love painting my nails; it's so relaxing and I love experimenting with different colors and designs. I've painted my nails myself for years, and I'm always so flattered when people ask when I got my nails done. I didn't get them done at all! I'm no expert by any means, but today I'll be sharing my tips for getting a perfect manicure.


1. Prep your nails. Wipe them clean of any polish using a polish remover. I like to get the strengthening or nourishing kinds: that stuff isn't good for your nails on its own, so it might as well have other ingredients in it that are!
2. File your nails. File in one direction to prevent breakage. I love my nail file block: it has sides that smooth and buff nails, too.
3. Choose a polish. Quality matters, but expensive does not equal high-quality. I like Revlon (around $5), Essie (around $7), and OPI (around $8) polishes because they look smooth, shiny, and opaque. My favorite place to score nail polish is Bed, Bath and Beyond: they have every color imaginable at great prices. In the collage are three fun colors for summer: Revlon Coastal Surf, Essie Mint Candy Apple, and OPI Theodora You.
4. Paint! I usually skip a base coat unless I'm using a red or pink polish because these colors tend to stain nails. Brush once down the middle of your nail, then once on either side. Finish up by lightly brushing downward across the tip of your nail. Repeat once, or twice if your polish is sheer. Five minutes after finishing the last coat of polish, add a top coat if desired. I really like Sally Hansen Double Duty base and top coat. I can never use up a bottle of base or top coat before it gets gummy, so this one is great because you'll use it up twice as fast.
5. Let your nails dry for at least 20 minutes. My preferred activity while I wait for my nails to dry is to use my laptop: it's productive, but won't ruin your nails. If you're in a hurry, run your nails under cold water for one minute: this will help set the polish faster.

I hope these tips help you create a salon-perfect manicure!
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Thanks Courtney for the awesome post! I never know how to do my nails, so thanks for the tips! Don't forget to check out her blog!
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