Best Nail Top & Base Coat Ever!

Hi girls! Okay, so I have another great product to share with you today…sorry about all of these, but I’m on a roll apparently! If you really hate them, let me know and I’ll stop immediately Surprised smile! Today I’m talking nails. Nail polish and nail polish organization.

I don’t know about you, but I’m very rough on my nails. Having four children, homeschooling, taking care of a home, and blogging all take a serious toll on my nails. Typically they break easily, and nail polish? Oh forget it. I just didn’t even bother since I knew it would get chipped off that very night as I did dishes.

But then…

I found Revlon Colorstay Top Coat and Revlon Colorstay Basecoat.  Oh my heavens…yeah! No kidding ladies, this is my new holy grail for no-chip nails.


I’m not sure what’s in these…probably something terrible…but whatever it is, my polish actually…gasp…stays on! No chips, no kidding.

Really my polish lasts so long with this, I’m usually bored of it and end up taking it off before I see any chipping!

The other thing that I’ve noticed is that my nails aren’t breaking either. It doesn’t say anything about strengthening your nails on the packaging, but I think it does. I don’t let my nails get long anyway, too impractical for my life style, but at least they’re all about the same length now and long enough to look nice when polished.

Now, let’s talk polish. My numero uno polish brand is O.P.I. It is good quality, they have a TON of colors to pick from, and they glide on smoothly which I like.

I recently found this cute acrylic cosmetic case hiding underneath my sink. It’s been there for years and had VERY old makeup in it that was from a gift of some kind. Probably from back when I was a teenager or something. But I kept it, and now I’m finally using it!


(I’m so sorry, I can’t find this exact one online, but I’ve seen similar type things at Target, Wal-mart, The Container Store and Ulta. I did find this Small Craft Organizer from The Container Store, not as cute, but still functional!)

So, little to my knowledge this thing makes a great nail polish caddy! When opened fully, it has two drawers that fold out to give some added space for all of your supplies.



And with 4 girls in the house…lets just say we paint a lot of nails. SO the top drawer holds all of our supply type things, files, clippers, toe separator thingies, and a buffing bar.



The next one holds my top/base coats, and some of the crazier colors…namely blue…and really ones that were flat enough to fit in the tray.



The bottom large container holds all of our polishes. You’ll notice that most of them are O.P.I. I’d just rather pay for them than purchase the cheap ones that actually peel off your nails in about 5 minutes.



So here it is, our nail polish organization caddy all closed up. It has a nice handle on it too that allows us to grab all of our colors at once and have a painting party. Or a painting assembly line which is more what it’s like at our house.



Today’s post is brought to you by the color Anti-bleak from O.P.I. One of my new favorites, kind of a cranberry color.



Just kidding about the “brought to you” part above. I’m not affiliated with any of the companies above, just wanted to share some great stuff with you, my awesome readers!

Have a favorite nail polish or polish organization tip to share? Leave a comment below! Now that my polish actually stays on, I’m game for new colors! YAY!


  1. I have 2 girls and while we homeschool we also run a tiny little farm, more of a “farmette”, and this is great news! Often, we forget that we are ladies and forget to make ourselves presentable. This will be such a fun mommy/daughters bonding time and can give us just the boost we need to take better care with our outward appearance. God created us in his image and we are not shining examples of that most days. Thanks so much!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I don’t necessarily HATE these product posts but definitely not what I come to your blog to read about. I would not miss them if you stopped writing them. 🙂

    • I would have to agree. Your blog is the most amazing homeschooling reference for me but I am not into the product awareness info.

  3. Hi Erica! I love your product posts…why…well because as a homeschool mom we usually put ourselves last on the list or not even on it! These products are simple ways that we can take a few minutes for ourselves and have a lasting effect such as the smooth lips or nail polish that stays on. Most moms feel guilty about spending any time on themselves. That all their time should be spent on others. Although the Bible says to put God first, others second, and yourself last, most of us too often follow put God first, otherse second and yourself never! Thank you for reminding us that we are important too and taking a couple minutes out of busy life to take care of ourselves is ok!

    • Hi Erica
      I totally agree with Amy I enjoy your product post because it shows there is more to you then homeschooling. I can relate more and enjoy your blog more knowing you think of other things just let me. It doesn’t have to be all about school all the time, because lets face it as mom we are faced with more then just educating our kids. By the way I am a huge fan of your nails I love to get my nails done and I love doing them myself , but now I know where to spend the money so that they can last long. TFS!!

  4. Hi, Erica! I love the product posts! It’s refreshing to read something that concerns just myself every once in a while! Your blog is fabulous, and I love your ideas! I just like to see what you have for us on Fridays, as far as a new product goes! I had been noticing in your recent videos that your nails always look great, and I was wondering how you kept them from chipping and peeling! So, I was very excited this morning to read your product post for this week! I am going today to get some of that top/base coat! Mine, as yours, chip and peel after a round of dishes and cleaning! Thanks so much, and please keep it up!

  5. Can I just say that after I watched your video on your homeschool room tour, I was not only inspired in the homeschool realm, but also in the nailpolish realm. I immediately went and painted my nails a really dark purple (which I never do – I tend to stick to red). And then after watching your next video, I painted my nails silver. I’m enjoying the switch from the usual! I probably have about 50 shades of nailpolish, but usually only wear three. 😉 So, I have no problems with you posting about nails. I may just have to give this new anti-chip stuff a try! Thanks.

  6. Hi Erica,
    I love these posts. I am reminded that not only am I a homeschool mom, but also a woman. I have always enjoyed taking care of myself, but with 3 beautiful children and one a 9 month old, brushing my teeth has been so refreshing. I recently left Fridays light for this particular reason.n I want to start taking care of myself, like painting my nails, waxing, plucking eye brows…..and am loving it. Thank you for these posts.

  7. Love the product posts – a fun break. 🙂 I use a pink caboodle from Target for my nailpolish. It has 2 little shelves on each side when you open it.

  8. Thank you thank you thank you!!! I’m going to get these two as soon as I can. I have 4 boys and a bundle on the way, homeschooler as well (probably a given) and photographer mom. Painting my nails is one of those things that makes me feel pretty. It’s a pain when my nails start to chip after a few hours or a day. So excited to try these out! Thank you, again, Erica!

  9. Thanks for sharing I have been wanting to keep my nails painted but hesitated because of the chip factor but maybe I’ll give it a try and make it a girlie thing for us.

  10. Love the beauty posts, please keep them coming! I am so tired of frumpy homeschool moms! Just because you homeschool doesn’t mean you have to always look like you’ve been hit by a truck – our poor husbands! 🙂

    • I agree Bobbie! Good point!

    • So true Bobbie! I agree and love the product post. Funny that I have been looking or something that would keep my polish on! I’ve all about given up and use clear because I rather have that then chip nails. Excited to try this! :))

    • I don’t consider myself a frumpy homeschool mom just because I don’t wear nail polish. Not a fair comment… And my husband hates nail polish!

  11. Desiree Bronleewe says:

    Okay, so funny! I almost didn’t read this because I rarely even bother with nail polish as it NEVER stays on long enough. I am glad I did read it though. Now I may just have to look into this Revlon Colorstay! Thank you for the tip. Have a great day.

  12. I enjoyed the nail polish post. You faithfully bless your readers with so many great homeschooling ideas and lessons, I think you should be able to blog about other things that excite you once a week. 😉

  13. I agree with the comments about liking this. Originally when I came on I thought oh no no homeschool post. It wasn’t that I didn’t like your post it is just that I LUUURVEEE your homeschool posts. Like the others say it is refreshing to read about something that is about ourselves. I always look enviously at women who have lovely nails as mine chip or flake within hours of putting on nail varnish even with base and top coat. I have searched and thankfully we are able to get this base and top coat in the UK so I am going to treat myself & E to some. I also have an eye on some OPI varnishes that I have coveted for a while! Again thank you for all your wonderful posts and you continue posting what you feel is right. At least I’m not going to have to get these sent from the USA like the Ticonderago pencils and mavalus tape!

  14. I love your new product posts. I am always hesitant to try new things because I never know if they are going to work or not. Also, I completely agree that a lot of times us moms forget about ourselves and doing something just for ourselves can give us a great boost. Keep them coming!

  15. Erica, thank you. This nail chipping biz has always been a huge problem for me too. In fact I gave my nail polishes to my daughters to play with because of it. I am re-inspired now.

  16. I have found putting on Orly Bonder before I put on my polish really helps with the peeling and chipping! I use Seche Vite top coat as well, and I love that!! I noticed a huge difference in my polish staying power! I have a Revlon Colorstay in the bag, so I might have to pull that one out! It might be as old as your case though!

  17. I like the product reviews A LOT! Keep them coming! I found this very helpful and never paint my nails because the color always chips. I will give the Revlon products a try!

  18. Confessions Reader says:

    I LOVE these posts.

    Here is a really fun type of polish cover. You could use this awesome non-chip stuff for the base coat, but here’s something you could try for the top coat:

    It’s called crackle nail polish. The above is just a random pack I searched for on amazon. I think it’s like 20 something dollars, and that is a REALLY good price. Usually they go for like $8 a bottle!

    here is a link with a picture:

    Let me just say I love this stuff!

    Happy polishing 😉

  19. I haven’t painted my fingernails since my second child was born in 2007 for the same reasons, chipping and not lasting long. So happy to learn that I might be able to venture back into the nail polish world! And I loved your lip balm post last week! With my husband’s mustache, my top lip takes a beating in the winter time. Thank you for sharing these simple tips, you’re such an inspiration 🙂

  20. Love your product posts too. After all life is not only about homeschooling 🙂 and I rather buy something that I heard from somebody that it really works.

  21. Oh, fun! I will have to see if my mom has my old Caboodles from high school days. They opened in a similar way.
    Hey, what color was the lavendar one you had on in your workbox video? I really like that shade & will have to look for it! Thanks!

  22. Erica,

    You read my mind! While I loved your videos, I must admit that I was checking out your nails. As for the product posts. I say one can take what they need and leave the rest. If someone doesn’t need the info they can simply skip the post. Please keep the good info coming all the way around. As women, we need to be well balanced.

    Have a blessed day!

  23. In love with the blog!! Reference it daily. Love the product shout outs!! So much so that I went and purchased a fun clear box and some bright colors 🙂 However, I am so, so bummed as I have just read the first ingredient in the nail polish and its FORMALDEHYDE. What?!? I came so close to having no chip nails. Ugh!!!…

  24. Ever since I got rid of my acrylics, I hate trying to polish only to see chips ASAP…ugh! I will look s for these 2 goodies tomorrow…thanks ever so much for your tips beyond the homeschooling. I know you goodies you post about have been proven or you would not post them…thanks!

  25. I was looking at this with my 3-year-old daughter and when she saw the toe separators for your feet she said, “What are those happy things for?” 🙂 This is great 🙂 My husband LOVES it when I paint my nails, but like you it feels like what is the point when it starts chipping within hours…or even minutes! Thanks for this great product idea!

  26. Have you tried the newer line from Sally Hanson? The salon manicure ones that include the top coat and base coat in with the color? They actually last a decent amount of time, and given that I’m usually doing my nails at 10-11pm, cutting down on a step helps. Just wanted to throw that out there. Thanks for telling us about the Revlon products….I’m trying those out as well. Thanks for the great posts! Love your blog!

  27. Thank you for this. My toes are always painted because I can keep it on there, but my hands are usually bare because it never stays on. I just bought the ColorStay base and top coat this morning to try it for myself! You may want to look into Zoya nailpolish. It’s an online company that have some really great colors. They were suggested to me a couple of years back and that’s pretty much the only kind of polish I have now. The quality’s really good and they run some really good deals if you follow them on facebook and twitter and such (like in January they had 3 free polishes if you paid the $10 shipping).

    • They also don’t use the bad chemical stuff most of the other companies do. 🙂 i love Zoya stuff!!!!

  28. Love these posts, Erica!
    My Mom and I just had a “girls night” with my daughters, and tried this new polish. We ALWAYS get chips within a few hours of doing our nails, and we’re going on day 3 with no chips. Great tip!
    I love homeschooling, but it is great to have these posts as well.
    Thank you!

  29. Giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirl… Thanks so much! I have my nails painted all of the time, but it irritates me that it chips after a couple of days. After you posted this, I went and bought some, and I’m now on day seven of this polish with NO chips! Thanks again!

  30. Erica! These posts are great! I had been wondering about LUSH for a while, but was too intimidated to
    1. Take my three-ring-circus in the store 2. Go into the store due to the fragrances wafting out of there. 3.i wasn’t sure what they had to offer. Now I do. Thanks for that.
    Also, I am so thankful to know there is polish/topcoat etc that helps polish not chip! I have not painted my finger nails in years, just toes, because I hated the fact that my polish would chip with the first dish washed!
    My sister originally wanted to be a makeup artist too, and she really loves M.A.C. Now I live in the big city, so I can actually check it out.
    Keep up the great work, I appreciate your work! It is a blessing to my family. And me.

  31. Catherine says:

    I just stumbled on your website after buying new polish and looking for a great top and base coat! I will definitely try this Revlon polish! I just bought Anti-Bleak today and I think it looks lovely! Thank you for this fantastic advice 🙂

  32. Oh..Thank you!

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