COOL TONED NAILS (PERFECT FOR SCORPIOS)
Here’s the thing as a Scorpio - everyone expects us to like black or super dark nails because we’re ~mysterious~ and spooky. Most Scorpios (including myself) also have a soft side and I like using my nail polish to express this. We’re also a little cold and standoffish, so I’ll go with a cool, but soft shade today - OPI Icelanded a Bottle of OPI It’s a cool-toned taupe-grey - it’s not a cute, sweet pink that might suit another star sign better. As always, I put on a coat of Duri Rejuvacote before two coats of polish, then Essie Gel Setter. This combination hasn’t let me down yet! Icelanded a Bottle of OPI is perfectly flawless in two coats and I’ve gotten up to two weeks of wear (especially with base and top coat) out of it. I like it better than gel since I can actually take it off whenever I want and just put it back on again (if I want!) I’m a practical Scorpio (I’ve outgrown having long nails) so I’ve painted my natural nails. I like to keep them at a natural, rounded shape. Just in case I have to help my friend bury a body or something… Just kidding! ;) duri - Rejuvacote 1 Nail Growth System
Cool nail designs
Dark nail polishes
Gel nail polishes
Zodiac nail designs
OPI Nail Polish
Base & Top Coats
Oct. 11, 2020
MY FULL MANICURE KIT
Here’s my full manicure kit that I rely on whenever I do my nails and how I use them! I’m not a pro, but I have found a really good routine and method that works for me, so I hope this helps you! I've listed everything except nail polish. ✔️ Glass Nail File Glass nail files are so much better for nails than emery boards. They’re fine grain, but very effective for safely and quickly shaping nails. I can’t live without one! ✔️ Buffer This helps to smooth out any ridges in nails and lift any nail polish staining. However, don’t buff your nails too much otherwise you could thin them out and damage them. ✔️ Cuticle Oil Conditions nails and cuticles. So handy for strengthening nails and keeping cuticles from getting ragged. ✔️ Base Coat Helps nail polish last longer and strengthens nails. This one is non-negotiable! ✔️ Top Coat Helps nail polish last longer, dry quickly, and look shiny and professional. Another non-negotiable part of a manicure kit. ✔️ Cuticle Tools Perfect for gently pushing back cuticles, as well as wiping up any wet nail polish if application has been messy. ✔️Toe Separators Makes it super easy to paint the perfect pedicure! No more smudged toenails!
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!
My favorite at home “gel” manicure!
I’ve gotten so much better at painting my nails after not going into a salon in months, and this combo of products allows my manicure to last a full 2 weeks. I haven’t ventured into gel polishes that require a UV lamp, but the OPI Infinite Shine formula is the same quality. OPI - Infinite Shine Prostay Primer I had never used a nail primer, or even really a base coat, before trying this one, but I definitely feel like it helps the polish stick to the nail better. I’ve tried the infinite shine polish without the primer and my nails chipped much faster. OPI - Long Lasting Nail Polish Infinite Shine 2 this is the shade “engagement to be” which is described as a pale lilac, but appears more grayish purple in person. It’s a beautiful neutral shade and very glossy. The wide brush helps with easy application, and the formula is thick enough to not run, but still allow for buildable coverage through multiple coats. With this particular shade I use 3 coats, but most of the collection only requires 2 coats Seche - Vite Dry Fast Clear Top Coat Super quick drying but also super chip resistant! Makes my nails super glossy but isn’t thick or gummy at all. My nails dry significantly faster with this top coat than any other I’ve ever tried #cheriepartner
Your nail polish Zodiac ✨
So I decided to have a little fun today and assign zodiac signs to my nail polish collection! It became a little hard when I realized all I owned was every shade of green, a few blues, and a few purples 😂 but we made it work! I’m really huge into the zodiac. I’m an Aries sun, Virgo moon, and Cancer rising. If you know your signs let me know below! Aries - Red and Gold. For this I chose the KL Polish Prince Cornelius as it’s a burnt red base (aka fire sign) with gold and silver suspended glitter. Taurus - Green earth tones. For this I chose Sinful Colors Electric Sage. To me Taurus’ seem chill until you get them to a certain point and they can be just as fiery as Aries. That’s why I choose a sage green with gold suspended glitter. Gemini - Top Coat/Transformer Polish. For this I chose Pacifica Crystal Gloss Top Coat in Milky Way. Just like Gemini’s have two sides this nail polish has two uses. You can use it as a beautiful holographic base coat or double up on layers for a beautiful purple opaque nail polish. Cancer - Grey. For this I chose KL Polish Graham. Most cancers I know in real life (including my ascending sign) are really moody so I chose Grey. Leo - Orange. For this I chose OPI Suzi Needs a Loch-Smith. Leo is a very bold and passionate fire sign. I chose orange for them as this bold color signifies that to me. Virgo - White. For this I chose OPI Alpine Snow. Virgo represents the virgin and white is what I think of. Libra - Gold. For this I chose OPI I Pull the Strings. Libras represent the scales which in my mind have always been gold. Scorpio - Black. For this I chose OPI Black Onyx. I feel like this is super cliche but there is no other sign I feel like black polish represents more than Scorpio (as much as I’d like it to be Aries 😂) Sagittarius - Blue. For this I chose KL Polish Cozy in There. Every Sag in my life is so nurturing, calm, and soothing. This pale denim blue is the most soothing shade I have in my collection. Capricorn - Earth tones. For this I chose OPI Things I’ve Seen in Aber-green. Capricorn is an earth sign so I choose a more brown green shade. Aquarius - Blue/Green shift. For this I chose OPI Nessie Plays Hide & Sea-k. Aquarius is the Water Bearer so naturally a blue green shift with suspended glitter to represent water seemed best. Pisces - Purple. For this I chose KL Polish Mozart. It seemed logical for Pisces to be a blue shade but I felt like it wasn’t quite right for them. Purple is still in the cool family but not stereotypical for a water sign.
THREE TIPS FOR SALON-WORTHY NAILS
So here’s the thing - I get asked ALL THE TIME how much I paid to get my nails done. The kicker? I don’t pay to get them done - I’ve done my own nails for YEARS and I’ve perfected my technique for making them look like I got them done in the salon - even though they’re just regular nail polish. Here are my top three tips for perfect nails (no more mistakes) ➡️Sit at a table to do your nails You have GOT TO STOP trying to paint your nails while sitting on your couch or on the floor (unless you’re giving yourself a pedicure). Painting your nails while sitting at a table ensures that your hands are on a flat, stable surface so you have more control of the nail polish and are less likely to flood your cuticles, or look like a child tried to paint your nails. ➡️Always use top coat and base coat A quality top and base coat will make your nail polish look better and last longer. It’s honestly what matters more than the brand of polish you use - it will make dollar store, drugstore, or department store nail polish ALL look equally amazing and salon-worthy. Seche - Vite Dry Fast Clear Top Coat duri - Rejuvacote 1 Nail Growth System ➡️Don’t overload your brush with polish Trying to get a mani done quicker by painting a too thick layer on of polish is totally counter-intuitive. First, you’re more likely to do a messy paint job because you can’t control the polish and it will just go everywhere. Second, it’s going to take AGES to dry - much longer than thinner two coats of polish! These are my three top tips for salon-worthy nails - and they’ve never let me down! The shade of polish in the photo is Essie Van D’Go, a gorgeous peach shade. essie - Longwear Nail Polish
HOW TO SAVE OLD NAIL POLISH W/ BASE COAT
We all have an old nail polish that we’ve used until it’s basically a dry, gluggy mess at the bottom of the bottle - that’s what OPI Tickle My France-y is to me. It’s a really nice wearable nude pink that I just love. It’s been gluggy for a few months now and I just haven’t worn it as much as I wanted to because the formula is so dry and hard to use. I know what you’re thinking - just put nail polish remover in the formula to thin it, right? WRONG. You should never do this with nail polish as it ruins the formula over time. Nail polish remover DISSOLVES nail polish, remember - so it actually destroys it over time. Ideally, you should use proper nail polish thinner, but that can be annoying to find (I haven’t been able to find it for a while). ORLY - Polish Thinner What if there was something that you could add to the polish that had the benefits of: ➡️Strengthening your nails ➡️Improving wear time ➡️Refilling your nail polish Well, that thing is basecoat. Here’s the thing - I’ve had this bottle of Rejuvacote for years now and it’s hardly gone down in volume. So I figured, why not use it to revive my bottle of Tickle My France-y? I actually did this before I decided to post about it (doh) so I don’t have before pictures, but trust me when I say it was unusable and gloopy. OPI - OPI Nail Lacquer I decided to add about a fifth of the bottle to my OPI Tickle My France-y and see what happened. To my delight, it worked a treat (and didn’t dilute the colour too much either). It’s just like new, plus my bottle went from 1/4 left to just over 2/3 full of polish - and now it’s reinforced with a nail strengthening formula! I call that a win and I think I’ll be keeping this on hand to add to any other gloopy polishes. duri - Rejuvacote 1 Nail Growth System
Believe it or not, your nails need a 'primer'💅
If you do manicure frequently and found that your nails are becoming weak and brittle, it means your nails are damaged by nail polish. There is a layer of protective film on the surface of the nail. But if the way of manicure is improper or you apply nail polish too frequent, the efficacy of this protective film will be weakened, then the nail will be easier to get corroded. That’s why we should pay attention to nail care. Base coat is the best foundation for nail care. You may consider what is base coat and is it really necessary? Base coat for nail manicure can be regarded as primer for make up. Sometimes you may skip this step, but by taking this small but meaningful step, you’ll get stronger and longer-lasting manicure. With this extra layer between nail and polish, your manicure will be smoother, shiner and less easy to get chipped or cracked. Base coat can also protect your nails from getting stained by chemicals and dyes in polish. I recommend that all the girls who do manicure frequently and want to keep nails healthy and to get lasting manicure add a step of base coat before nail polish. butter LONDON - Nail Foundation Priming Basecoat There is one base coat I like very much and want to share with you, that is Butter London Nail Foundation Priming Basecoat. It costs $18 a bottle. This base coat works well, and I quite like this brand in general. Butter London is a professional nail brand which provides quality products for manicure enthusiasts. It believes a healthy manicure starts with healthy-looking nails. This base coat helps strengthen and smooth nails according to preventing nail staining and filling ridges in fingernails. I really like this base coat. It is a good coverage for nails and it dries quickly. By the way, its packaging is so cute!
butter LONDON-Nail Foundation Priming Basecoat
💅You can't get perfect nails without a BASE COAT
Everyone may know base coat, but not everyone realizes the importance of base coat. Base coat can strengthen nails, isolate nails from nail polish, and protect them from excessive nail polish damage. Base coat is also an important basic step for nail art. Without it, your nail art won’t be durable and the effect of coloring will not be so ideal. It will also increase the difficulty of removing the nail polish later. Base coat can be used as a stand-alone treatment or as a base coat alternative. It can be said that no base coat, no beautiful nail. It takes a lot of learning to tell the difference of kinds of base coats, because you have to choose basing on your nail types. For example, for those have soft, damaged and brittle nails, a nail strengthener is needed. OPI - Nail Envy Nail Strengthener Original Formula I’m so impressed with OPI Nail Envy Strengthener, which is a miracle product for too weak nails to break off. I bought one because of the good reviews and it worked great indeed. This base coat contains hydrolyzed wheat protein and calcium, helping build manicure ready nails that are harder, longer and stronger than ever before. It also adds protein to improve the brightness of natural nails. In order to better results, follow the instructions. 2 coats the first day followed by 1 coat every other day for a week, then take off and repeat. After about two weeks, there was a noticeable difference in the nails that had Nail Envy, the edges lifting stopped. And the nails are no longer thin and split, becoming strong enough to file them. This product is also suitable for girls who try to get longer nails, use as directed over a period of time and you can get the length before they would break or tear from being so soft. In short, I will buy and use this product for as long as it is available.
OPI-Nail Envy Nail Strengthener Original Formula
The coolest iridescent nail polish 💿
I don’t paint my nails too often because they only get ruined by the time I start working but this nail polish from H&M looks magical and lasts forever! And it’s appropriately named ‘CANDYFLOSS’ 🤩 You can use it as a top coat and it turns any lacquer into a beautiful fairy dream or just use it on its own like I do to add just a touch of color and glow to bare nails. This is a very liquidy formula that dries super quick and on me lasts quite a while, I can push it even to a week and a half without retouching, and it’s only $3.99 I believe! I haven’t tried any other nail polishes from H&M but this one’s a winner for me!
My go to Simple mani style
When it comes to nails I’m a simple girl. I never get them done professionally, I always do them myself. I also work in a hospital so having short clean nails is a must so I never keep my nails long. I start by trimming my nails with some clippers, then file in a rounded shape. Lately I’ve been using this sally Hansen top/bottom coat and while it’s OK it’s definitely not my favorite. I then follow with 2 coats of my chosen nail polish ( here I used Essie in shade “mooning”). After that dries I apply a top coat and let dry. To add some fun/pop I did a glitter accent nail on each hand. It was an ELF polish that I got in a gift set some time ago. Unfortunately this only lasted me about 3 days before major chipping happened. I chalk it up to the top/base coat not being the best.
essie-Enamel Nail Polish
Best White Nailpolish Ever!
OPI - OPI Nail Lacquer #cheriepartner I’ve tried SO many white nail polishes and I’ve always been on the hunt for the perfect white. This OPI Nail Lacquer in Alpine Snow is the absolute perfect choice. What I love the most about this OPI formula is how opaque it goes on. I usually use two coats but you technically could just use one with how flawless this formula is! On top of that, I usually use a top coat but this is one of the only polishes that doesn’t chip after one day of wear. OPI formulas are seriously some of my favorites. If you’re looking for an opaque application, this is the option for you. I do enjoy sheer white polishes, but I feel like for an all white nail look, there’s something striking about an opaque polish.
OPI-OPI Nail Lacquer
How to care for dry nails
It can be so hard living with dry and cracked nails! Mine used to be so ugly and would split and crack when I let them grow out even a little bit 🙃 To help them grow stronger I’ve started taking a daily woman’s vitamin with biotin and I think that has really helped! I have also been applying a cuticle oil once or twice a week. This helps the nail grow stronger and more moisturized! Plus I will almost always have on a treatment nail polish! The current treatment I have been using is the DERMELECT - Makeover Peptide Infused Ridge Filler Base Coat I’ve been loving this treatment! It’s a thin, sheer formula that gives the nails a slight glittery glow! It dries super fast, completely dries in less than an hour! Next, I make sure to trim them at least weekly. You don’t have to trim them down super short but at least checking to make sure if you have any splitting to trim that off! #cheriepartner
DERMELECT-Makeover Peptide Infused Ridge Filler Base Coat
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