The Nail Game

Steph from Minnesota Maven asked if I had any nail tips to share, so even though I am not a nail expert, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my finds, faves, and other random stuff about how I do my nails! Don't worry, I'll have an outfit post later on-- I'm leaving thesis land for a bit and am gonna just spend this whole day reading comics.


This is my giganto-cupcake cookie jar that I use to store my nail varnishes in. It's huge, it's heavy, and I like it. 


As you can see, everything is just kind of a mess on the inside. You can also see that I use a lot of different brands of varnish. What can I say? I like a good deal. It's very rare that I purchase an item full price. That is especially true when it comes to nail colors. I paint my nails about twice a week, and since I change my mind so often about what color I want to wear, I don't ever find it worth the price to splurge on expensive nail polish.

That being said, here are some of the brands I use. The most expensive ones I own are OPI's that I got on sale (for $8 or so dollars). I did splurge on some $15 dollar ones for my wedding, and to be honest, they wear the same as most other brands. I'm actually really surprised because the Wet n Wild nail varnishes last a long time, and you can buy them for less than $2.  

My favorite top coat. I used to have really brittle nails and could only wear them super short. But this topcoat really helped so my polish wouldn't chip as much or as quick.


My new favorite product. I cannot do my nails without these drying drops! They save so much time and anguish! $14 at Sephora.

How I do my nails:
1. Make sure your nails are clean. Rub polish remover over them, taking care to get all the corners. 
2. File, if needed. You don't want bumpy nails. Use a very fine file, and don't rub too hard. I don't have bumps on my nails, and I file maybe once every 6 months, if I even remember to. Wash hands after filing.
3. Lotion your hands and rub some of the lotion on your nails. Let dry. I usually am watching TV while doing my nails, so I don't mind all the steps. 
4. Apply an even coat of varnish on the nail. I don't bother with a bottom coat, and my nails aren't yellowed. I usually let my nails "breathe" every two or three days. When I apply polish on my nail, I do three swipes per coat-- one swipe at the center, then on either side of it. If I'm really bored, I'll apply polish on the front part of my nail. That doesn't happen very often.
5. Once I get the first coat on all my nails, I return to the first nail and apply a second coat. Usually 2 coats should do it. You don't want to put in glops of polish because it takes longer to dry and becomes easier to chip. Apply 2-3 coats max
6. Let dry for one minute then drop 1-2 drops per nail of the Sephora drying drops. Your nails should be dry to the touch in a minute after that and should be fully dry in 5 minutes. 
7. Apply a topcoat, then the drying drops. 


  1. Thank you! I haven't tried actually applying more than one coat! Plus those nail drying drops seem pretty fantastic!

    I love that you store your nail goop in a giant cupcake, so cute!

  2. I Really Love the giant cupcake ! So Cute !

  3. I am in love with your nail polish storage container! Wow!

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  4. That cupcake jar is so cute to boot!

  5. Thanks for the tips! I have never heard of drying drops before. Genius! I will have to give that a try.

  6. I love the giant cupcake (I store my nail polish in a shoe box....). Thank you for the tips, my main problem is that the color starts to chip in a couple of days but I'll try the top coat and the drying drops.

  7. I'm so glad you did this post!! I am terrible at doing my nails. I for sure am getting that top coat cuz my nails are super brittle too.
    ps- your cupcake jar is faaaaabulous!

  8. I love doing my nails.
    I get bored with doing the same thing all the time, so lately I have been painting 8 nails one color and my two pointer fingers a totally different, contrasting color -- black/pink, purple/bronze.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  9. Oooh, I need to look into those drying drops! I can paint my nails pretty well, but they always seem to smudge or pick up lint because they're not fully dry.

  10. Your post makes me feel putting nail polish right now !!!

  11. that giant cupcake is awesome! great place for nail polish. i'm about to go do mine and watch tv right now! :) pink for spring.
    <3 mode.

  12. That container is so cute and creative. I need to get going on my nails, they are in desperate need of some polish. Have you tried the stick on polish yet? I think by Sally Hansen? I'm thinking about trying that.


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