I’ve mentioned before how I’ve been doing my own nails for many, many years. A few reasons: I find it more relaxing to do my own, I’m a germaphobe and I’m actually good it at and because of that I’m often disappointed with the result when I pay to get them done at a salon. That being said, I’ve had many years of finding my favorite at-home mani and pedi products. Whether you’re like me and enjoy doing your own nails or you’re in new territory now, because of quarantine. These are my tried and true products!
My Favorite At-Home Mani & Pedi Products
This mineral fusion nail polish remover is actually the most recent addition in my nail care routine. I really, really like it. It doesn’t dry out my hands, takes off the nail polish quickly and easily, and actually smells decent.
This has been the cuticle remover gel I’ve used since I think high school. It does the job and fast too, so I’ve never even tried any other brand. The instructions say to use it for 10 seconds, but I like to keep it on closer to a minute, as I’ve got some stubborn cuticles and roughness around some of my nails.
This cuticle pusher is great to use without the cuticle remover gel, but I find it really useful to use after the gel to help scrape off excess skin and unevenness on the nail and then to push up the cuticle before cutting. Of course, it’s also perfect to use if you rather not cut your cuticle at all and just push it up.
I’ve used this Revlon cuticle nipper for years. It last years before it’s time to replace, because of dullness. In which case, I always replace with the same one.
The day I discovered how truly important base coat is was the day my at-home manicures were forever changed. If you use a proper base coat, your manicures will last twice as long. I used to just use shine as my base coat because I thought it would do the trick and I was very wrong. This Essie Base Coat is my favorite and also helps my nail polish not to crack.
Maybe the biggest reason for not doing manicures and pedicures at-home is because of the mess-ups, but you can fix them all with a manicure clean-up pen. Same thing the manicurist does at the end of your mani, you can do too.
A cuticle oil is a nice touch of adding some extra TLC to your manicure and pedicure. Make sure your nail polish is completely dry before applying. I actually put this on my cuticles a few times a week before bed.
I have a few hand creams I love, but this Protecting Shea Hand & Cuticle Cream is at the top because of how well it works and the low price. By the way, I apply hand cream before the cuticle oil.
Another new addition to my at-home manicure is this hand repair mask. I purchased it because of the constant hand washing we’re all having to do and how drying that is for our hands. Now that I’ve seen the results of this mask, I’ll always keep some around. It leaves hands soooo soft and also has anti-aging ingredients too!
Now onto feet. I use all of the above (minus hand mask), in addition to this smoothing stone. It has a coarse and fine side, which is convenient and perfect for different parts of your feet.
About every 2 months I use a foot peel mask. They are truly incredible and get my feet softer than any salon pedicure ever has.