In college I tried out the Broadway Nails from Target, and wore those all the time for a few years, and this helped me begin to kick the habit. Then I switched to getting polish changes (not manicures - I can't handle them cutting the cuticle away! Just push it back! Plus so inexpensive...) about monthly, and paint them myself in between. I have been so much happier with my nails! I keep them pretty darn short and square so I am not tempted to mess with them. I will never have long, perfect nails, but having them look fresh, unbitten and polished is enough for me!
I am a nerd and bring my own polish because I like to plan ahead what color I want on my nails. I pin fun polishes that I like and then go on a hunt to try and find. I feel like it is so hit or miss choosing just looking at a bottle. A few of my all time (and probably forever) favorite polishes.
OPI Mod About You - almost ALWAYS will have this polish on. I purchase others but am the happiest with this polish. It is so thick and opaque and the perfect shade of pink! I used to wear Essie Fiji but once I discovered this, Fiji got the boot (still gets worn every now and then).
Essie Wicked - this is a fun color for holidays, fall, winter, etc. I love that it is, again, opaque and paints very smoothly.
Rimmel Burgundy Flirt - super fun, thick Christmas red (shown here with glitter on ring finger). I LOVE Rimmel brushes - they are more flat and square than other brushes. Makes it easier to paint when doing it yourself!
OPI Sapphire In The Snow - a perfect dark purple. I first wore this from a random manicure years ago and fell in love with the color. I ordered one bottle online (from a random salon store - paid like $17 but it was worth it!) and have been keeping it safe because I can't find it for sale anymore! (No pic yet but have been jonesing to wear this polish - will get one soon!)
Sinful Colors 24/7 - LOVE this color for fun, neon pink nails. Perfect for summer or vacations (or everyday if you are feeling sassy!).
Granted, I will wear other colors and love switching it up. Those are some that I always have on hand.
As for toes, I love China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, but am pretty open to those colors. If I don't love the toe color I don't have to stare at it all day long like I do my finger nails!
I need a better way to store my polish - this is getting too full and heavy and it is hard to see the colors. I will add it to the list of to-dos!