4 Ways To Get A Perfect At-Home Mani If You Really Miss Your Nail Salon

One of the things I miss most about normal life (aka Pre-COVID) is my bi-weekly trip to my local nail salon. I like to refer to my nails at “Unicorn Claws™️” and I can’t tell you how naked I feel without them.

Who knows when we will be able to frequent our local nail salon again, but there’s no need for your nails to suffer. These 4 brands are making at-home manicures easy as pie, even if you hate painting your own nails. I highly recommend putting on an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race and grabbing a glass of wine for the ultimate self-care ritual.

Olive & June “The Nailfie Ready Box”

This limited edition nailfie-ready collection is perfectly fit for fall and has every single thing you need for the perfect salon-level manis and pedis. Inside the beautifully packaged box you’ll find a 8-piece mani system of tools and products plus 6 new 7-free long-lasting nail polishes for the new season. My favorite part is the step-by-step guide they provide so you can truly get the perfect salon manicure. 


Orly Desert Muse

This fall I’m obsessed with these romantic crémes inspired by natural desert landscapes. Warm clay, rose, and burgundy crémes inspired by picturesque sunsets partner with cool-toned sage and midnight blue crémes reminiscent of chilly nights under the desert stars. I love this collection because it’s also vegan, Leaping Bunny Certified cruelty-free, and made with love in Los Angeles.


Rave Nailz

Do you get acrylics and miss your long talons? Same. Most press-on nails are garbage, let’s be honest. I love these sets from Rave Nailz because they actually stay on my nails for a long time. They are super easy to apply and come in a bunch of fun and spunky designs. These press-ons take your nails from basic to artistic with unique, one of a kind painted designs like seasonal clouds for spring, flames for all the  fire signs, trend-setting animal prints, and fun patterns with customizable chain accents. Each set includes 24 nails in a full range of sizes as well as a nail glue and file. 



MiniLuxe is known for pioneering clean self-care in both their beautiful nail studios and expansive line of non-toxic, vegan, cruelty- and gluten-free nail polish and treatments. Their bottles basically double as vanity décor, they are so pretty! I love their Get Ready Pedicure Kit for the ultimate self-care pampering session. If if you’re looking for designs, they offer nail wraps in the prettiest prints like soft florals and juicy fruits. 


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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram