I was not blessed with long, strong nails but inherited my mothers short and weak nails. There could be worse things in the world, however, and do my best to keep them looking groomed and polished as I can. I thought I'd combine all my nail routine essentials and mention the products briefly. I probably paint my nails once or twice a week. I just feel so much more put together when my nails are trimmed and there are minimal polish chips.
My cuticles grow fast and are quite stubborn and dry. The Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover does a good job of dissolving the cuticles and then I'll use my Revlon cuticle trimmer for the rest. Too keep them moisturize, I love good ol' Burt's Bees cuticle cream that I've used for years.
I know Seche Vite is probably the most talked about top coat but I've have yet to try it. The Out The Door top coat gives me significant shine and lasting power and is half the price. Something that I am willing to splurge a little more on is the Zoya Polish Remover. There are many things I like about this product- the convenient pump dispenser, the inoffensive smell, and a quick remover process that's not too harsh on my nails. I order mine from Birchbox.
We all know that what you put in your body is just as important that the products you put on top. When I take my Biotin regularly, my nails are noticeable stronger. I definitely see results with this supplement. Also, water because you can never go wrong with drinking lots of water.
Currently I have Essie's Chinchilly on my nails. It's a pretty grey/lavender color that works for any occasion. It's probably one of my most used varnishes.