Friday Faves: Nail Edition

I have a secret. I’m addicted to a lot of things – not just baking. From nail polish and lip gloss to shoes and home decor, I pretty much have issues.

I love when people share their “must-have” have products in blog posts and on YouTube, so I thought I’d start a new series on MBA that focuses on my current favorites for a variety of topics. Some will definitely be baking/cooking related, but most of them will be random things that I’ve purchased, used and fallen in love with.

As the weather warms up, I find myself drawn to bolder nail polish colors, so I thought I’d share my must have products for at home manicures and pedicures.

I hope you enjoy this new series and I encourage you to feed into my shopping obsession by telling me about all of your favorite things in the comment section below!

What are your favorite at home manicure essentials?

1. Essie First Base | 2. Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat | 3. Diamancel Flexible Nail File | 4. Sally Hansen Insta Gel Strips | 5. Essie Turks and Caicos | 6. Essie Peach Daiquiri | 7. Essie Ballet Slippers | 8. Essie Bachelorette Bash | 9. Soap and Glory Hand Food

DISCLOSURE: This is NOT a sponsored post. The links above are provided for your reference and are from My Baking Addiction’s Amazon affiliate account. If items are purchased via these links, My Baking Addiction will receive a small commission.

26 Responses to “Friday Faves: Nail Edition”

  1. Deborah Pucci — April 26, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I love all the Soap & Glory products!


    • Jamie — April 26, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Me too – I especially love Hand Food and their foot cream. Both are amazing!

  2. Daniele — April 26, 2013 at 10:53 am

    If you like the Sally Hansen nail gels, then try SesatioNail by Nailene!! It works better and last longer. I LOVE THE STUFF!! It’s also less expensive than Sally Hansen…


    • Jamie — April 26, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Thanks so much for the info, I’ll definitely check it out!

  3. Daniele — April 26, 2013 at 10:55 am

    BTW- I’m liking this “Friday Faves”!!


    • Jamie — April 26, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Yay! I am glad to hear it! I have some really great ones lined up! :)

  4. Mr. & Mrs. P — April 26, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Love the Ballet Slippers color!! Need it


    • Jamie — April 26, 2013 at 11:37 am

      It’s definitely my absolute favorite nail polish – ever!

    • Emilie — May 18, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      With Ballet Slipper, do you ever have trouble with getting transparent patches at the base of your nails? I bought a bottle a while ago after reading rave reviews, but when I used it on my fingernails, that was definitely the case (which can be an issue with sheer polishes). I tried using a ridge-filling base coat because it’s tinted, but it didn’t help. I love Essie polishes but seem to have better luck with OPI sheers, at least so far. So I’d love any tips!

    • Jamie — May 22, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Hi! It’s definitely a sheer polish – I typically apply two coats, but I have never noticed patches at the base of my nails. Which OPI Sheers are you loving – I’d love some recs! Thanks so much for stopping by – have a great day!

  5. Amy — April 26, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Nice list!

    I’ve worn one coat of Essie’s “Waltz” followed by one coat of “Ballet Slippers” for years – almost looks like a French manicure.


  6. Jolene Hampton White — April 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I too love the Essie products, and I use their “Grow Faster,” and the “All in One” base/top coat products, too! Have recently fallen in love with Essie’s “Mademoiselle” and “Limo-scene.” They are VERY forgiving for those of us with busy hands in the kitchen! As for
    Seche Vite…well, since I discovered this product it has meant smudge-free home manis for me! It is the BEST product I’ve found for truly drying the polish down through each layer!

    Loving this commentary, and it’s always fun to get “word of mouth” (even if it’s WRITTEN, not spoken) regarding the “girly” things of life. Keep it up! Jolene


    • Jamie — April 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks for the recommendations, Jolene! I will definitely check out the polish colors! :)

  7. Gloria @ Simply Gloria — April 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Jamie, I love this! Please continue and do more posts like this…and about anything! My favorite home mani is ummm…actually my hubs! While we watch tv at night, he files and pampers my feet so they are always high heel ready! Plus, I do my own french tips on my toes…just did them this morning! hmm, maybe I’ll instagram them today! (hehe) (=


  8. shelly (cookies and cups) — April 26, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Love the Soap and Glory products! Just got the Face Soap and I love love love it :)


  9. Alaine — April 26, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I’m wearing Turks and Caicos on my nails right now! lol Good choice!


  10. Paula B. — April 26, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Loving the “favorites” list, it’s always great to have positive feedback before buying new items. I have also had good luck with a polish drying product called: Out the Door!


  11. Sarah E — April 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I love Essie – I have Peach Daiquiri and it’s one of my faves :)
    I really need to try the Seche Vite – everyone swears by it and I don’t yet have a favorite base/top coat


  12. Amanda — April 26, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Love love love love Seche Vite – it dries my nails SO quickly. Definite must have.


  13. Casey@Good. Food. Stories. — April 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Love this! I gave up painting my nails last summer when the book work had me in the kitchen constantly, but I missed it so much – now I’m back on the wagon and I’m obsessed with the matte finish topcoat from Nails Inc. at Sephora. Try it with a dark polish!


  14. Katrina — April 27, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I love love love Essie too. Wearing it now :) I an also addicted to nails and lip products. I’ll have to try the top coat. Though I use Sally Hansen InstaDry now and love it.

    Hand food sounds good. I also love Burt’s Need Shea Buyer Hand Repair.

    Looking forward to more Friday Faves :)


  15. Miss Messy — April 28, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I just love soap and glory!! Also loving that colour of purple Essie nail varnish!


  16. Debbie — April 29, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I’m addicted to nail polish too! Thanks for posting your faves!


  17. Laura — April 30, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I bet that hand cream smells amazing! Aside from my arsenal of nail polish, some of my manicure must-haves are Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat and CND Cuticle Eraser.


    • Jamie — April 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      It does, it’s my favorite!

  18. I love the hand food cream. It really helped with my dry hands over the winter. And anything Essie rocks in my book. Seche Vite is my favorite top coat too! Nothing else leaves my nails as nice and shiny!


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