Monday, February 7, 2011

Editor's Choice Awards: Nail Products


Welcome to the Sasha Says Editor's Choice Awards! We'll be sharing with you our favorite products in many different categories.

(Please know that this is very tongue-in-cheek. "We" is just me, and it's actually just a list of *my* favorite products. There's no nomination process, voting, or scoring. Just a simple list of things I like and use myself.)

So without further ado, here are my favorite nail products, shown in order of use for the perfect salon-quality mani:

1. Sally Hanson Instant Cuticle Remover. I apply this all around my cuticles, wait a bit (you can wait longer that it says), then use the thumbnail of my opposite hand to push back/scrape the cuticles. I typically do this twice.

2. Wash your hands and dry them well.

3. Orly Bonder. This is fab- it overrides any oily residue on your nails and gives your polish something to stick to. Key to a long-lasting mani.

4. Sally Hanson Nailgrowth Miracle in the gold bottle. Love this as a basecoat. Watch for CVS/Wags to have their BOGO or BOGO half off on SH products and stock up.

5. 2 coats of color. OPI polish is one of my favorite brands.

6. Seche Vite top coat. I won't use any other top coat. This is a super-fast dry topcoat with a fab shine. Expensive, but worth it!

7. Creative Nail Design Cuticle Eraser. Keeping your cuticles neat and clean is one of the keys to making your manicure last longer. This product is fabulous and I massage this into my cuticles a few times a day to prevent hangnails and prevent cuticle buildup.

Also, I love nail polish so much that I've got a separate blog just for my nail polish review and pictures! Visit me at if you like nail polish as much as I do!

Any other suggestions for categories for the Sasha Says Editor's Choice Awards?


Maria said...

I use Seche Vite too and I LOVE IT!!! You have great nail tips.

Kyetra said...

I have always wondered if the Cuticle Remover worked. Thanks for the review. I have to try it now!
Also - I have never heard of the Orly Bonder. I will be looking for the this weekend.

Unknown said...

I love love love OPI. I'm a big fan of the Burlesque collection right now, by my favorite will always be Kinky in Helsinki. :) Thanks the rest of the tips, I'm definitely trying out the cuticle remover!

AndreaLeigh said...

I could have written this post! I love the SH cuticle remover as well. Loving all the new OPI polishes lately. OPI is my favorite brand!

Lori said...

I'm awful with the nails so these were helpful tips for me! Thanks1

Beth McC. said...

Just added a few of these things to my shopping list! Thanks for the tips!

Lauren@ Not Your Average Southern Belle said...

Thank you for the step by step! I get so caught up in the pretty nail polish colors I forget the things that make it last :)

Holly said...

I've never tried OPI polish! Maybe I'll have to now!