I’ve been doing my own manis and pedis since my days in college. I find when I pay for a mani or pedi, I’m left unsatisfied because I’m so used to DIYing my nails. Through some experience, I’ve come to love some products I wanted to share with you. These products can really make or break my mani or pedi, so I have stayed true to these products: 1) CND’s Stickey Base Coat, 2) Julep’s Oxygen Nail Treatment (Sheer Pink), 3) INM’s Out the Door Top Coat, 4) Julep’s Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops, and 5) Burt Bee’s Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.
I am still deciding on my favorite hand cream. I have used the Body Shop’s Hemp Hand Protector, but I really want to try the Rose Hand Protector, so cannot say I’ve exactly committed to a hand cream, just yet. Do you have a favorite hand cream you’d recommend? Which one would it be?
I have decided the longevity of a good manicure is as good as the base coat you use. CND’s Stickey Base Coat is so good, I would cry over spilling it. Oh, and I have! I have coupled this long-lasting base coat with CND, Julep, OPI, and Zoya polishes and have consistently found a mani that lasts for two weeks. I strongly recommend this base coat and the INM’s Out the Door and Northern Lights Holographic Top Coats. That’s a triple threat and ensures a lasting mani and pedi.
Come December, I’ll be studying for the Bar and I decided, I’m keeping my nails short and committed to this great nail treatment. I just bought two bottles during Julep’s JETSET promo and I am really excited to get these in the mail because I am literally down to two polish changes worth of the Oxygen Nail Treatment. I like the way a sheer pink is never wrong and how the treatment has its own shine to it. I feel like this treatment is a definite go-to when you want a polish to hold you through mid-week, in time for your weekend mani. This nail treatment has helped my nails grow strong and my nails usually peel and chip easily. See the Julep Maven link below if you want to become a Maven, which is a monthly subscription of nail polishes, and receive your first trio of polishes for free. You may skip your monthly subscription, but must do so manually.
I have been using Out the Door and Northern Lights Top Coats for over three years. I have gone astray and have come back to this top coat because it doesn’t shrink my polish, it goes on and dries super fast, and gives a nice shiny finish.
4) Julep’s Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops, $14.00 $11.20 Maven*
I never go without my Ta Da! I will wait a minute after my last coat of polish and use Ta Da! to ensure a quick dry. I like how my cuticles are also moisturized. I love the smell of Ta Da!, also. See the Julep Maven link below if you want to become a Maven, which is a monthly subscription of nail polishes, and receive your first trio of polishes for free. You may skip your monthly subscription, but must do so manually.
This stuff is awesome and goes a really long way. I see the benefit of the Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream especially during the winter and when traveling in an airplane. I usually slather this on before bedtime because the formulation is thick.
If you aren’t already a Julep Maven, check it out, HERE. Being a Maven, you’ll get monthly polishes in the mail. You can get the limited edition beauty box, which features a polish trio full of holiday sparkle. The 4-piece Welcome Box is ON JULEP. ($50+ Value) and shipping is on you ($2.99). As a Maven, you’ll be privy to free shipping and Maven discounts. Feel free to skip any month. I’ll send out personal reminders on my Charmnomgo Facebook Page!
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