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5 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TOPCOAT

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AlexisA
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!
Aug. 12
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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 , a stunning sheer pink. Something I noticed about the Sally Hansen polishes is that the brushes are very wide - the width of the plastic stem is basically the diameter of the opening to the polish bottle. The wide, flattened brush makes application so easy though - perfect for getting close to the cuticle without making a mess. After SWD dried, I applied Off to Miami (coral), Good to Grape (purple) and Red Snapper (um, red) in that order. After finishing, I sealed my mani with a coat of Sally Hansen's Big ShinySally Hansen - Big Shiny Top Coat top coat. I haven't used any mainstream top coats for a while, so I was frankly really impressed with this one. I tend not to have high expectations for top coats from mainstream brands, so it's nice to be proved wrong for once. Its very shiny and glossy. The only drawback is the shiny, metallic bottle - it looks super cool but it will be hard to gauge how much top coat is left in the bottle after continued use. Also, because I can't leave things alone... I mattified this mani too. I used the other sibling in the top coat pair - Big Matte.Sally Hansen - Miracle Gel Nail Polish Matte Top Coat[] is similar. I haven't done a direct comparison yet, I'm pretty sure this is comparable to the Essie Matte About You top coat in terms of being a true matte. Love the different dimension it added to my mani - it totally reminds me of tie-dye. A tip for matte manicures - apply your regular top coat first and wait for that to dry before applying your matte top coat. I find that manis last longer doing this, rather than going straight for the mattifying one. Think of it as a special effects top coat, rather than a sealing + drying one. I hope you like this as much as I do - I'm so so proud of my first dry brush mani, and I'll definitely be using this technique with other colour schemes. I'm also very impressed with the two Sally Hansen top coats I used!
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AlexisA
Pretty in 3D pink 💕 💅
I recently bought a ton of Floss Gloss nail polish and have her a bit too excited wanting to use them all! I initially wanted to do a 2-color French tip with this color but after watching it on my nail, it was soooo pretty I decided to let it rock on its own. FLOSS GLOSS - Totes 3D this is the perfect chrome pink! I love that it’s a pretty blush but still has that edge. I topped it with Seche - Vite Dry Fast Clear Top Coat because it’s the best top coat. I also got FLOSS GLOSS - Gloss Topcoat but it’s not very good. It Chunks up on the nail way too easily, and the brush isn’t that great. Plus, on my precious abstract nails, it chipped after just 2 days :/
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annkrisha
If I am stuck on a desert island, this base coat is going with me!
Seche - Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat Seche - Vite Dry Fast Clear Top Coat Seriously though, this base coat works so well. I stopped paying for manicures unless it's a special occasion. I do my own nails and it's not a huge disaster like it used to be when no matter what I end up messing up my polish because it takes so long to dry. It truly dries your nails SO fast. If I have 2 coats of polish maybe 1 minute and 3 coats 2 minutes and I can literally go on with my day. The added bonus is that it stays shiny unlike any other top coat so it looks like a fresh professional mani and lasts longer too. This is a game changer and it works so well.I get disappointed when I go to a nail salon that doesn't carry it and go home to apply it afterwards because I want my nails to stay shiny longer. I painted my nails using the base coat and top coat 3 days ago. No chips yet and for me this is absolutely wonderful results! I bought this base and top coat set because my nail polish never lasts more than a day or two before it chips and looks terrible. The base coat goes on very smoothly and is transparent and shiny in finish- just smells like a normal nail polish would. The top coat is flat out amazing. It truely is a fast dry top coat and really helps keep your nails looking nice if you are very impatient like me and can't stop living life for over an hour to allow your nails to fully dry. Unfortunately, I didn't time how long to took to become fully dry but I'd say 10 minutes after applying the top coat I was doing activities that would normally mess up wet nails. The top coat creates a very shiny and pretty finish to the nails. It has a very strong smell but I don't mind because one coat over top of the nails is all you need and you're good to go. I definitely recommend these items if you are having a really hard time with your nail polish like I was.
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Lathel

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Classic French Manicure
You can never go wrong with a classic French manicure! I've always loved getting French manicures because it reminded me of going to the nail salon with my mom and watching her get it done when I was younger, now I'm doing it myself! It's super simple and actually really easy! All it takes is some practice and you'll have a perfect French in no time! One tip I have right off the bat is that doing a gel French is much easier than using regular polish! This is because the ability to cure each layer means that cleaning up the French line is much easier! 1. Apply a base coat! This will keep your polish on and smooth out your base. I use THE gel BOTTLE - White Biab Builder in a Bottle as my base, in the shade Clear. 2. Apply you favorite sheer nude. I use a combination of OPI - OPI Gel Nail Polish in the shades Bubble Bath and Put It In Neutral. This is my perfect nude! If you want more pink, stick with only Bubble Bath. If you want more of a nude then use Put It In Neutral only! Cure between each layer, I only do two layers total. 3. Apply a thin base layer of white to your tips. Using a flat, round brush dipped into acetone or alcohol to clean up the line! Cure. 4. Go over your white with one more layer, being sure to get full coverage! Cure. 5. Apply your favorite top coat, cure and enjoy your classic French Mani! #CheriePartner
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kali.janel
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Nutty for Nudes
Nutty for Nudes
💅🏻 So I love nude nail polishes and I love the Lights Laquer formula and when this collection came out I knew I was going to buy it. Also I accidentally spilled one of them which is what led to this shot because I was in a picture taking trance and just started spilling all of them for the sake of the shot and now I am very very sad about pouring out half of my nail polish. 💅🏻 I bought the first Lights Laquer and I was absolutely in love. The formula is very opaque and on the thicker side. The brush is very user friendly and coats my nails in (almost) one swipe. And the formula is actually pretty long wearing which for me is saying a lot as most of my at home manicures start chipping in minutes. 💅🏻 The YNBB (Your Nails But Better) Collection features five nudes ranging in depths and undertones. From left to right: Mila: Ivory with cool undertones Matilda: Spft beige with yellow undertones Lyla: Neutral tan with pink undertones Emma: Warm tan with orange undertones Alyanna: Deep cool toned chocolate brown Olivia: Rich espresso brown with red undertones 💅🏻 I honestly couldn’t pick which is why I bought all of them but my favorites are probably Matilda and Emma. If you’re in the market for some neutral nail polishes I strongly recommend checking these out. The colors are beautiful and the formula is fantastic.
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YNBB (Your Nails But Better) Bundle
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Favorite/Go-To Nail Polish! 💅🏽
Favorite/Go-To Nail Polish! 💅🏽
When I get my nails done, I can take forever to decide what color I want to get. However, when in doubt, I always end up going back to my neutrals because they never disappoint. 👏🏽 One of my very favorite colors is the OPI - OPI Nail Lacquer in “This Cost Me A Mint” - it’s perfect color for any occasion! It has a green tint to it but can look like a cement-ish color on certain angles. It’s a cool tone shade and can honestly be used in summer, spring, fall & winter. ✨ This color also goes on smoothly and I rarely or never have issues with it streaking of being too clumpy. If I’m getting my nails done professionally, I just bring the color with me and hav the technicians use it. However, if painting my own nails (which I’m sure we all have been doing since being in quarantine) I also like to use the OPI - Rapidry Top Coat so that I don’t have to wait forever for my nails to dry. Also included is a pic of my quarantine manicure that I did! 🌟 I was very proud of this nail job btw 😆 Tell me... what’s your favorite nail color? #CheriePartner 💛
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kia.moonchild
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CUTICLES! Everyone has them, and NOT everyone takes care of them! Recently I got a beauty basket as a birthday gift and included inside was this cuticle oil. I’m being real honest and saying i’ve never been into “nail health” they get taken care of when i go to the salon every two weeks and then whatever for the rest. QUARANTINE & this whole pandemic has really made me pay attention to things i’ve never had much interest in or never had to the time to fully ingulf myself with. My nails have been a main focus for me, i’ve had to be the one to up keep the maintenance on my fingers so i’ve been able to pay attention and see what they need to make sure they look clean and healthy. I got my nails done professionally the other day for my birthday and i seen my cuticles just look so dry and so not cute, luckily i got the BLOSSOM - Cuticle Oil- Spring Bouquet in my birthday basket and it had been SAVING my cuticles and IT SMELLS GOODT! I use it every couple days and i have been seeing a difference! i’m interested in trying other scents from this brand as well. Are you guys into cuticle care and nail care? Let me know what you use and have been loving!! 💅🏽
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Once upon a starry night 🌌
Once upon a starry night 🌌
I am really into stars and ILNP BOUTIQUE COSMETICS - Holographic Nail Polish is like having a stars on your nails. ILNP (I Love Nail Polish) describes it as a “captivatingly deep midnight blue nail polish that’s sure to remind you of a night sky filled with dazzling stars.” Looking Up was a part of the 2016 Winter Collections. It is also fully opaque in 2-3 coats. It has a gorgeous glossy finish. When doing these nails, I did these steps: 1. Base coat: I used Pink Amour) 2. Looking Up 3. Quick dry top coat: Sally Hansen - Big Kwik Dry Top Coat Pro tip: If you want to save polish, then paint a layer of black polish so Looking Up has a nice foundation to build upon. Price: $10 on ILNP; same on Amazon with added shipping fee. #CheriePartner
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NikeViki
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$4! My thought on the nail masks is...
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Any girl who wears nail polish for a lengthy time—without letting her nails breathe between manis—will know that nails are weakened, splitting, peeling nails. I try my best to prevent it with a regular regimen of hand lotion and cuticle oil, but even that might not be enough. That's where a product like KOCOSTAR - Nail Therapycomes in. How to use: Apply it to parched nails in the form of individual finger mitts, leaving it on for  30-60 minutes. The mitts are sized from large to small for thumb to pinky, respectively, so don't mix them up and try to jam your thumb into the pinky-sized one Ingredients: A mixture of botanicals, vitamins, ceramide, milk protein, shea butter, and aloe vera (among other ingredients) promises to moisturize and strengthen nails. Result: I removed the mitts and massaged in any extra serum. My nails were noticeably healthier-looking and the dry-ish white striations were gone. But, I'd like to make it clear that Kocostar Nail Therapy is NO substitute for hand lotion and cuticle oil. It won't reverse splitting and peeling that's already happening. But it is a nice supplementary treatment at a very wallet-friendly price, and I think it'd definitely yield benefits over time.
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Julianna_
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