After counting 109 nail polishes in my collection the other day, it is safe to say that I am an insane person. I know that I'll probably never use up a whole bottle in my lifetime, but... just... so many pretty colours! I'm one of those girls that has to have nail polish on at all times because without it, I just feel naked and I love that pop of colour. I don't paint my nails as often as some girls do, but I also don't leave my chipped nail polish on for weeks and weeks like some others. I paint my nails around once a week as I find my nail polish doesn't chip very easily, though leaving it on any longer tends to drive me insane. I can't stand the feeling of long finger nails and I always get that itch to peel off chipping nail polish. When I have a good hour or so to spare, I go through my YouTube subscriptions or the TV show I'm currently watching and begin the routine of caring for and painting my nails, as well as giving ample time to let them dry.
To remove my nail polish on my fingers, I use the Sephora Express Nail Polish Remover, which I picked up in Paris last year. It's one of those bottles with the sponge soaked in nail polish remover, which you stick each individual finger into, and I don't think I could ever go back to regular nail polish remover. I leave each finger in for a few seconds and like magic, my nail polish is vanished. I bought two bottles of this on my Europe trip and as I'm on my last, I'll probably order the Bourjois equivalent from eBay as I'm not sure if they stock anything similar in Australia. For my toes, I've recently started using the Zoya Big Flipper Nail Prep & Remover, which not only removes nail polish amazingly, but smells slightly herbal and is a gorgeous purple colour. Zoya do refill bottles of this stuff too, which is really handy.
Once my nails are naked and ghastly, I cut them using regular old nail clippers, and then shape and buff them using my glass nail file and Revlon Shape 'N' Buff. Having never known of the existence of glass nail files, my friend got me one many Christmases ago simply because I'm obsessed with France and this just so happened to have a picture of the Eiffel Tower on it. It's ended up being one of the best gifts I've ever received and I can't live without it now. When my nails are in good shape, I like to wash them to remove the nail dust before brushing on the OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go all around my nails. I don't have the patience to do this step every time I paint my nails, but I'll take extra care of them if my hands are dry or if the skin around my finger nails are looking a little worse for wear as I have a bad habit of biting the skin! With the oil still on to soften the cuticles, I go in with my Sephora 2-in-1 cuticle pusher and remover. I only really use the pusher side just to neaten them up a little as my nails and cuticles are in pretty good condition.
I leave the cuticle oil on my fingers for a few minutes and then after washing them, it's time to start painting them. My base coat of choice is OPI's Start to Finish Base & Top Coat and it was my top coat too until I switched over to Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat upon recommendation from Kat. The Sally Hansen offering is by far more superior as not only does it dry faster, but the shine is incredible. The first time I used it, I couldn't stop staring at my nails! Of course, in between my base and top coat is my chosen nail polish colour for the week, which unsurprisingly, is not an easy pick considering the amount of nail polish I own is not normal.