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10 Minute Manicure

Going to the nail salon can take a lot of time and money. First you actually have to go there, sit, wait, get your manicure, wait for your nails to dry, and then go about your day. That time really adds up!

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I must confess that I do like to change my nail color every week, but I don’t go to the salon AND I don’t spend hours at home doing them every time.  I actually only spend 10 minutes doing my nails! That includes, scrub, cut, file, and polish.

1. I’ve laid out:

  • My favorite nail tools: nail clipper, file, cuticle pusher, cuticle trimmer, and angled eyeliner brush (my secret weapon)
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton pads
  • Base coat polish
  • Essie polish
  • Top Coat polish
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Salt
  • Cuticle Oil

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2. Remove any nail polish. Take about a tablespoon of salt, combine with a little bit of water and scrub your hands with the salt. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water. This will help to make your hands smooth and soft. (~2 minutes)

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3. Trim your cuticles and cut and file your nails to desired shape. Make sure to remove any nail dust or pieces before the next step. Using your angled brush, dip the edge into the petroleum jelly and paint around the nail. This will help to remove any excess nail polish you get on your skin and will help give that clean and polished look. (~3 minutes)

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4. Apply your base coat (make sure it’s a thin coat!) and wait 30 seconds to dry. (~45 seconds)

5. Apply your color of choice. Mine is Essie First Timer. (Tip! For a quick manicure try using nail polishes that require only one maybe even two coats, but no more! This will help cut down on drying time.) (~2 minutes)

6. Wait 2 minutes to dry and apply quick drying top coat.

7. Apply 1 drop of oil per nail. Or if you have spray oil such as Pam, you can hold the can 8 inches away from hand and spray nails and wash off excess oil gently. (~15 seconds)

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Enjoy your ten minute manicure!

Peace, Love & Coconuts

-Nalani

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