The Imperfect Manicure

I inherited two things from my grandmother:
Her chin, and her belief that all men are shady.


What I unfortunately did not inherit, is her ability to be  ambidextrous.

And so I bring you today’s post: “The Imperfect Manicure”

I say “imperfect”, because no at home manicure is ever going to be perfect (I don’t even think nail salon manicures are perfect … but that’s just me).

The products I’m about to tell you guys about will give you a great, long lasting manicure. They’ve been my holy grail nail products for years, and using them have actually helped strengthen and grow my nails.

If you follow these steps, you can count on achieving a beautiful manicure … Buuuuuut if you suck at polishing your non-dominant hand like me, your manicure might end up looking like this:



Let’s Begin!


1. Apply Sally Hansen Instant Cuticule Remover



Apply The Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover to your cuticles for 15 seconds. I love how easy and effective using this product is. I can’t imagine giving myself a manicure without it. It’s formulated with chamomile and aloe, and leaves my cuticles feeling soft and smooth.

Get Yours Here: Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, 1 Fluid Ounce

2. Push Back Cuticles


After 15 seconds is up, push back your cuticles. I use Revlon’s Stainless Steel Nail Groomer. I love that this tool is double ended with a cuticle pusher on one end, and a nail cleaner on the other.

Get Yours Here: Revlon Stainless Steel Nail Groomer

3. Clip off Cuticules


Clip off the excess cuticle skin around your nail bed.

4. File Nails


File your nails to your liking. I like for mine to be square shape, so I file them until I have achieved my desired look.

5. Wash Your Hands


Next I wash my hands and finger nails thoroughly, to prep them for polish!

6. Apply Nail-Aid 3 Minute Artificials



After applying the Nail-Aid Polish as my base coat, I set a timer on my phone for 3 minutes. This product is going to strengthen and protect your nails, while giving you the appearance of a gel manicure!

Get Yours Here: Nail-Aid 3 Minute Artificials

7. Apply Two Coats Of Polish


I love wearing a dark nail year round. Today I’m using Essie’s “After School Boy Blazer” which is a really pretty blue-black shade! It’s one of my go-to favorite nail polishes.

Get Yours Here: essie Nail Color, Blues, After School Boy Blazer

8. Apply Nail-Aid’s 3 Minute Articifials Again

After applying my two coats of polish, I like to apply Nail Aid’s 3 Minute Artificials again, to ensure the longevity of my manicure.

9. Apply Top Coat


I’ve been using In A Hurry’s Air Dry Top Coat for years. The 3 Minute Artificials can act as your top coat, but I like to apply an additional layer of a polish with fast drying properties.

Get Yours Here: In a Hurry Air Dry Top Coat

Voila! You now have your very own imperfect manicure! When I follow these steps, I can usually go a good week without having to re-polish my nails. In my opinion, doing your nails at home is a cheaper, safer, and smarter way to get a manicure. Hope you guys enjoyed!

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3 thoughts on “The Imperfect Manicure

  1. Such a brilliant post – love this 🙂 Is the top pic your grandmother? She looks absolutely stunning – movie star looks!!! Really enjoyed this, thanks for sharing, Karen xo


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