As we approach the end of 2020 and welcome the holidays, we’re sitting back and reflecting on all the good things we can take away from being quarantined for months. Self-care has been a big takeaway this year and we’ve invested in a lot of products to give us the professional experience at home, we were missing while under lockdown. With our favorite DIY project came a slew of products we learned to love!
When it comes to self-care, we often like to focus on skin and hair care first but we’re here to tell you that nail care is equally as important and should not be neglected. Although salon manicures and pedicures may be a little harder to get and gift these days, there are still a ton of at-home nail care options that we can take advantage of to keep our hands and feet looking like we came straight out of the nail salon.
Whether you’re looking for a specific nail color to rock during dinner, or tools to do an at-home mani and pedi, these are the best nail products of 2020.
1. Essie Expressie Quick Drying Nail PolishSource:Ulta.com Shop Now
Essie’s Expressie Quick Drying Nail Polish is the answer to all of your at-home mani prayers. Long gone are the days of sitting around for hours waiting for your nails to completely dry for fear of smudging or chipping the paint and having to start all over again. With Essie’s Expressie Quick Drying Nail Polish ($9.99), you can get perfect nails on the go and get back to your routine in no time. The formula is vegan, comes in 40 different shades and dries in about a minute so you can apply it literally anywhere. It also comes with an angled brush to make application easy, even with your non-dominant hand. This could be the perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite girl or a great new option to add to your personal stash. Either way, this is definitely a must have for every nail lover out there!
2. OPI Matte Top CoatSource:Ulta.com Shop Now
OPI’s Matte Top Coat is the perfect way to get salon-looking nails at home. Although it gives a matte finish, it also seals in color and prevents chipping like your typical top coat so you can get the best of both worlds in one little bottle. Not to mention the opportunity to get creative using the Matte Top Coat to try out unique nail designs such as a matte French manicure and other styles that’ll be sure to give your hands some added attention.
3. Red Carpet Manicure Color Dip Starter KitSource:Ulta.com Shop Now
If you’re like me, you appreciate a good dip manicure. It’s long-lasting, strong and helps my nails grow! And not being able to go to the salon regularly this year has put a strain on my nail care routine but this set is the perfect pick me up to help me get back on track! The Starter Kit has everything needed to get that salon dip powder look right at home. It’s gentle on the nail, easy to use, made with a non-irritating formula and doesn’t require any LED or UV lights to get that salon finished look. Not to mention dip powder is made to last for up to 21 days of wear.
4. Clinique’s Deep Comfort Hand And Cuticle CreamSource:Ulta.com Shop Now
Keeping your nails looking good is only part of the process. Ensuring your hands and cuticles look good as well gives you the entire package. Did you know that because the skin on your hands is so thin that dry hands can be the first signs of aging? With Clinique’s Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream, the skin on your hand can stay strong and moisturized against environmental stressors and help keep them looking youthful for longer. This cream offers 12-hour hydration to help boost your skin’s ability to retain moisture so your hands look and feel smooth, while conditioning your cuticles and nails at the same time.
5. Dashing Diva Gloss Ultra Shine Nail StripesSource:Ulta.com Shop Now
If nail polish isn’t your thing, then these simple stickers might be more your style. The Dashing Diva Gloss Ultra Shine Nail Stripes are the perfect alternative to nail polish as they’re clean, easy to use and last for up to 14 days. The strips are made with gel polish so they are ultra-shiny, super strong and wrinkle free. However, unlike your typical gel mani, the nail strips do not require UV dry time or soak off removal so you can apply on the go or switch up your style with ease. These strips can also be stored and saved for future use as they don’t dry out like other nail polish strips do!