Just The Nail Tips

I am pretty much a textbook Type B person, except when it comes to one thing: my nails (I guess that’s technically 10 things). I could give a shit about my toenails, but I am an anal retentive monster when it comes to the upkeep of my fingernails, needing to have them buffed, filed, and painted at all times. If I find even the tiniest of chips in one painted nail, I spend most of the day picking at it and eventually peel off the rest of the polish on the rest of my nails, then I fixate on my hands until I can get to the nearest cotton ball and bottle of non-acetone remover to clean it up. Although I do like to treat myself to the occasional manicure, I’ve been doing my own at home since I was in 2nd grade and consider myself an expert amateur.

  • Take Biotin to help with nail and hair growth.
  • Don’t bite your nails because I had a friend who had an uncle who totally got a weird stomach worm from biting his nails. He died. Just kidding, but he did have surgery.
  • If your favorite nail polish has gotten too thick, add a tiny bit of nail polish remover to the bottle and shake it. Repeat process until the viscosity is right!
  • Don’t just file your nails, buff them too. Just do it, please. (talking to you, Allie)
  • If you change your nail color as often as I do, skip the top coat but not the base coat.
  • I can’t cut my own cuticles to save my life, so I can’t give any advice on that other than “seek help for that step”.
  • To dry your freshly painted nails, put your fingertips in a bowl of ice water.
  • Don’t take a nap immediately after you paint your nails.


Although I own more bottles of nail polish than I care to admit, I tend to stick with a more neutral palette of nude, black, gray, or any shade of pink. If I’m feeling particularly colorful, my favorite thing to do is add a bright polka dot on top of each nude nail. It’s a ridiculously easy way to liven up an at-home manicure. NAILED IT.


One thought on “Just The Nail Tips

  1. seche vite!!!! that thing dries your nails SO FAST!
    10 minutes top. so you can go to sleep right after. which is great considering we’re for some odd reason wired to ONLY want to do our nails right before bed.

    i bought a bottle back in feb and i barely have to replace it.
    works amazazing!

    and i LOVE that mani with the colorful dots.


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