HOW TO: DRY BRUSH NAIL ART
Today I have some nail art which I've tried for the first time. Basically, it's a technique where you remove as much polish as possible from the brush and dab it over a base colour - easy peasy. Today, I've done this using 4 polishes: Sally Hansen Red Snapper, Sally Hansen Good to Grape, Sally Hansen Shell We Dance, and Essence Off to Miami. Here's how to get this nail art look: Apply your base colour. I think this looks the best with a light base colour and darker/standout shades over the top. Let this dry a bit so you don't scuff the polish. Decide which color you want to use next. Wipe the brush of the polish until there's hardly anything on the brush, then dab your nails in random spots to create the dry brush strokes. You can do this with as many colours as you want, but I think that more than four is too messy. I started by applying 3 coats Shell We DanceSally Hansen - Miracle Gel
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Aug. 11, 2020
5 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TOPCOAT
A good top coat is more than just clear nail polish! Tell me this—do you find your manicure always chips faster than you want it to? (I know, this makes gel manicures really tempting, but hear me out). 1) It makes your manicure last longer Nail polish top coat adds a glossy seal over the polish you’ve just put on, ensuring it doesn’t chip away as easily. 2) It helps your nails dry faster I don’t even consider a top coat these days if quick dry isn’t mentioned anywhere on the label.To put it simply, quick dry top coats work by literally solidifying faster, making bumps and nicks harder to make in the nail polish itself. 3) It can make your manicure look like gel Top coats add a more glossy finish and high shine to perfect nails, giving them the illusion of a thicker layer of polish that looks like gel. 4) It smooths any over application mistakes If you accidentally nick or smudge your nails, here’s no reason to stress—your perfect nails aren’t ruined! This is where the top coat comes in. It’ll smooth over and fill any tiny little nicks and bumps just enough so that they’re not noticeable, saving you from doing over your nails. 5) It makes your at-home nail art look pro It adds that finishing touch and makes everything look 100% better. Which top coat is best? A lot of people think that their nail polish chips because they’re using a cheap brand. The thing is, it doesn’t matter what brand of nail polish you use—if you’re using a good quality top coat and base coat, you can make ANY nail polish last (and look good!) for perfect nails. Here are my favourite top coats! Seche Vite Top Coat Seche - Vite Dry Fast Clear Top Coat Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat is a classic. There’s a good reason it comes so highly recommended—I don’t think I’ve ever had my nails look so much like gel before. However, it thickens very quickly and requires the Seche Restore brand thinner to use it again due to Seche Vite’s unique formula. Essie Good to Go essie - Good to Go Top Coat It dries quickly and super shiny, but doesn’t make nails look as gel-like as other top coats. However, it’s one that I relied on for a long time and I would happily recommend it. Essie Gel Setter Reviewessie - Gel Setter Top Coat It’s definitely similar to Good to Go, but to me has a little more plumping and a gel-like finish for nails. Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat Sally Hansen - Big Shiny Top Coat I really, really liked the Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat. It was Big, Shiny, and quick-drying—and easy to get and cheap. What’s not to love? ￼So, what's the fastest way to dry nails again? Answer: with a top coat—so skip all those Pinterest hacks about putting your hands in iced water. Apply thin coats of nail polish, let it dry a little in between, and seal everything off with a good top coat (and your nails will probably look better and last longer than gel, too!) Here's to good manis and pedis ahead!
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Winter Nails: OPI Budapest
Base coat: Revlon Quick dry Base coat OPI: You're such a Budapest Silver: Sally hansen Miracle gel in Buffalo nickel Top coat: Nail Aid
Which Drugstore Gel Polish Reigns Supreme?
Do you all remember when drugstore gel polishes were all the rage a few years ago?! Everyone, including myself, coveted the extra shiny, long-lasting appeal of gel manicures but wanted quicker, more affordable alternatives. I must stress this - I’ve never had a professional gel mani. My comparisons are purely going to be based on longevity, color payoff, & shine. In this post I’m going to discuss 3 popular gel polishes at the drugstore: Sally Hansen - Miracle Gel , essie - Gel Couture Top Coat , and wet n wild - 1 Step WonderGel Nail Color . All of these formulas claim to be long-wearing, high-shine, & don’t need a UV lamp to cure like traditional gel polishes. Sally Hansen: I’m wearing the shade “tidal wave” on my thumbs & pinkies (only left hand photographed). This formula is opaque in 2 coats, has a shiny finish, and easy to apply. I topped it with its matching top coat Sally Hansen - Miracle Gel Top Coat for extra shine. I purchased this shade & top coat as a set for approx $16 a few years ago, and have not had issues with the formulas changing over time. I have 1 other shade (discontinued). They retail for $7-10 each depending where you purchase. Honestly, this formula is not worth the hype or price. This shade lasts longer on me than the other one, but no where near the brand’s claims of being long-wearing. I find that my polish chips within 2-3 days and it’s downhill from there. Easily removable with any polish remover. Essie: I’m wearing “once upon a time” on my index & ring fingers. I received this & essie - Gel Couture Top Coat in an Influenster box a few years ago. The formula has not changed over time. This shade is opaque in 2 coats, shiny, and easy to apply. Sets with a polish & top coat are $18-20 and single polishes around $10-11 depending where you purchase. The formula is true to its claims of even coverage, shine, & fade-resistant. I find this to last about the same time as the WnW polishes (keep reading!). Again, for that reason, not worth the hype or price. Easily removable with any polish remover. Wet n Wild: These are the cheapest at around $5 ea. The 2 downsides are the shade range is significantly smaller (WNW ~ 10, sally hansen ~ 100, Essie ~ 45) & availability. It appears WNW has discontinued most of this line, but you can still find them at Walgreens.com and on the WNW website. This particular shade on my middle finger, “stay classy”, is one of my all-time fave polishes I’ve worn a lot over the last few years. I also have teal shade & the formula is consistent. It’s easy to apply, opaque in 2 coats, and shiny on its own (the 1-step claim) or with Seche - Vite Dry Fast Clear Top Coat This lasts around 3 days without chipping. Easily removable. Because it lasts about the same time as its more expensive counterparts, I recommend these instead. #CheriePartner
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It was Matte to be!!💅🏾 In the winter my nails do get weaker so I decided to put the Sally Hansen - Maximum Growth Nail on as a base coat and protective layer. I don’t know about you all, but seeing broken nails makes me cry, especially if you just banged it on the car door or something🤣 The beautiful color that I chose was 184 Frill Seeker😍 I am such a sucker for soft pinks and nude colors. This color is very calming and graceful. After the 184 Frill Seeker I applied the Sally Hansen - Miracle Gel Nail Polish Matte Top Coat I love the matte top coat because it is super smooth and forgiving. I love the soft effect that it gives my nails. Also, for fun you can take the 184 Frill Seeker and place a design over the matte top coat to give it a popping look.
Springing with matte 🌿
I used Sally Hansen - Miracle Gel Nail Polish Matte Top Coat
I love my cute jelly nail!! Wanna get the same?💅💅💅
When it comes to nail trends, the most Instagrammed ones usually cost an arm and a leg to get professionally done (like my last $150 trip to the salon for glitter ombre nails). However, I’m happy to report that I’ve found an easy and cost-effective way to create summer nail trend that we all know and love—jelly nails. After all, summer isn’t over just yet. There’s still a month of “scorching heat one day, torrential downpour the next” weather to look forward to. Spoiler alert: you won’t need much more than polish that you already own and a trip to your local dollar store. In case you aren’t that familiar with jelly nails, I’ll explain. Anyone born in the ’90s (or with access to Google) have worn or at least seen jelly sandals—the warm-weather essential available in the prettiest, vibrant, translucent shades. Honestly, your childhood wasn’t complete without them. Fast forward to today where the trend is back and your nails are joining in on the action. Similar to the nostalgic sandals, jelly nails are a game-changing way to play with sheer color and a little texture. In hopes of saving some money while getting our nails all the way together, I found an easy way to create them at home without breaking bank. What you’ll need Your favorite nail polish A clear, non-matte polish A mixing plate/bowl/empty nail polish container Clear nail tips and clear nail glue (optional) Step 1: Start with clean and prepped nails Jelly nails are see-through, so your natural nails need to be as clean as possible. If you want press-on and opt for clear nail tips, you still need clean natural nails so they better adhere. Also, use a clear nail glue (anything tinted may mess up the jelly effect). Step 2: Choose your polishes and apply a clear base coat The colors you choose are totally up to you. However, through trial and error, I learn that really bright polishes make the best jelly nail polishes.Adding a clear base is optional, however, I highly suggest doing if you’re applying the jelly polish directly to your natural nails, as it will keep your nail beds from yellowing. Step 3: Mix your colored and clear polish This is the most important step and the most tricky. You have to get the portions right to ensure that your nail color is sheer enough to get the jelly nail look. I used a ratio of about 2:1, clear polish to colored. Step 4: Apply the mixed polish in thin layers Depending on the proportions that you used for your mix, the number of layers will vary. The most important thing is to make sure each layer is thin. Because the jelly polish is sheer, it’s not as forgiving as an opaque polish. Applying thin layers helps you avoid streaks and bubbles. I applied mine with the same brush that I used to mix polish. Step 5: Let your nails air-dry for a few minutes Of course, we’re going to apply a top coat, but to avoid disrupting the jelly polish, it’s best to let it air-dry a bit before moving further. Step 6: Apply a high shine top coat Jelly nails are nothing without a lot of shine. To seal in your polish and ensure brightness, apply a high shine topcoat. Step 6: Flaunt your jelly! I never thought I’d enjoy sheer polish so much but honestly, it’s a ’90s vibe that I’m all the way here for. If you’re into nail experiments like I am, I would recommend investing in an LED lamp for gel polish. While this DIY jelly nail polish works on natural nails with traditional polish, clear tips cured under a gel lamp really make the colors pop. The next time I do jelly nails, I’m definitely going that route for a longer-lasting manicure.
Natural colors or design? 💅🏽
Whenever I get my nails done, I’m always stuck between getting a neutral tone on my nails or going all-out and doing a fancy design. 🌈 More recently, I’ve been opting in for more neutrals since I like the tone of the colors against my own skin. ✨ However, I’m in love with anything iridescent and I love getting that style on my nails as well. Here are pics of my two favorite nail jobs that I’ve gotten done (pre-Covid of course). 💅🏽 I also love coordinating colors with my mood and what I’m trying to attach into my life. I’m a mystic of you can’t tell haha 😆 What are your favorite designs to get on your nails? Or you more of a neutral and/or single-color person? 💛
🦋🦋🦋I got butterflies on my nails😍
Butterfly nails are a particularly popular style this summer. Many bloggers have been posting pictures of their manicures on Instagram, so I went to the nail salon with the blogger's picture and wanted to do the same. Step 1, clean your hands and trim your nails into a square shape (if you're doing something cute like a fruit manicure, consider a round one). Step 2 apply nail softener and repair dead skin Step 3 apply OPI - Nail Envy Nail Strengthener Original Formula Step 4: Apply cuticle cream and champagne color nail polish twice (usually 2 times for darker colors and 3 times for lighter colors) to illuminate and fix the nail color. Step 5: Stick two butterflies on your ring finger and thumb. Fix them with glue. Why I recommend this manicure: In summer, girls' clothes and colors are mainly white, pink and other fresh colors, which are suitable for butterfly nails. The one I made was about $40, and because of the complexity, remember to choose a professional nail salon. I hope all the girls can wear beautiful skirts, have beautiful nails this summer.
OPI-Nail Envy Nail Strengthener Original Formula
Favorite Drugstore Nude Nail Polish 💅🏼
I’ve searched for so long to find a quality nude polish that didn’t look weird when applied and I’ve finally found it! ✨This nail polish is the Sally Hansen Insta Dri Polish in “Buff and Tumble”. It costs about $4.47 so it’s a great price for a decent sized bottle of polish (0.31 fl oz). ✨This comes in a glass triangular bottle with a thicker brush that is a great length and a wide rectangular shape which I like for more control, coverage and easier application. ✨This polish dries quickly and lasts a while even without top coat. It also goes on smoothly and is a quality polish, meaning it is pigmented properly so it’s not transparent at all with enough product. I tend to do two lighter coats but if you do one thick coat, that would work too! I also feel like this color is truly great for any occasion. I’d definitely repurchase and purchase some of their other colors too in this line. A great buy! #CheriePartner Sally Hansen - Insta Dri Nail Color
Sally Hansen-Insta Dri Nail Color
It’s time for you to get a PoBC
One of the main reasons I didn’t paint my nails for a little more than 5 years is because I hated using nail polish remover. It would leave my nails feeling dry and smelling foul. I was more likely to let it all chip away than to use nail polish remover. I got into watching nail-related videos ... but I still didn’t own any nail polish. Wait, that’s a lie. I had an unopened bottle of Pink Armor - Pink Armor Nail Gel that my mother sent me. But I wasn’t painting my nails. Then the pandemic struck and I decided to stay with some church friends for what ended up being three months. We all got into nail painting and sure enough my too much gene kicked in and I had nail polishes, nail stamps, stickers, etc. And my nails suffered. Whether it was because we were cleansing the plates with 100-percent acetone or because we were doing our nails every other day, my nails were not what they used to be. That is when we bought ünT - Ready for Take Off Peelable Base Coat . ünT - Ready for Take Off Peelable Base Coat is not for you if you are looking for longevity. It basically makes the nail polish chip in 1-3 pieces. I have done my nails one day, washed my hair the next and had remove the polish slip from my nail fully in tact. If you know you like to change up your nails a lot, then get it. But if you like to take photos of your manicures, then snap a few as soon as they are dry. I’ve waited and had nothing to show for it. Consider using a PoBC if you: are going to change your nail polish again in a few days are using stubborn glitter want to avoid using nail polish remover have weaker nails NOTE: Paint it on evenly and wait until it is completely dry. I put either Pink Armour or my Sally Hansen nail strengthener on underneath and when the PoBC peels away, then the strengthener is usually left underneath. Do you think you’ll get a PoBC? Let me know in the comments. #CheriePartner
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