Grow Strong & Healthy Nails✨💅🏻 #CheriePartner
Here are my secrets to growing strong & healthy nails: 1) Stop using acetone nail polish remover (or ones with strong alcohols) as they can really damage the nail. I used to use any kind of nail polish remover that got my polish off fast. But I noticed that over time, my nails got more brittle and dry even with cuticle oil. That’s when I decided to switch to an acetone and alcohol free nail polish remover like ella+mila - Soy Nail Polish Remover Unscented
Acetone nail polish removers
Moisturizing nail polish removers
Aug. 31, 2020
GAME-CHANGING TIPS FOR THE PERFECT MANI 💅🏻💖✨
Everyone always wants to know how I manage to keep my nails looking healthy & freshly painted every time they see me. And no, I don’t just paint my nails every time before seeing them. It’s a whole process and habit that I’ve curated for the healthiest strongest nail routine! These are all things that I do and have learned from listening to pro nail artists, from nail care brands, etc.: 1) For a mani that always looks fresh and glossy, repaint your Top Coat every 2-3 days to keep up the shine! You can turn a slightly buffed nail back to it’s glossy glory days easily. This way, your nails will always look like they’ve just been painted and it also prevents chipping! I love my OLIVE&JUNE - Nail Polish Topcoat - it dries fast and looks super shiny. 2) When prepping your nails for your next manicure, shape and cut your nails with your old polish still on! This way, you can easily visualize the shape of your mani without getting distracted or thrown off by your natural nail line. 3) Use a cuticle oil, treatment, or serum! This will help promote healthy growth of your nail, keep away any dry cuticle bits around your nails and always complement your mani with smooth, beautiful cuticles! I love OLIVE&JUNE - Cuticle Serum Set - it’s super lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin so goodbye greasy fingers! 4) More on the cuticles, try not to cut or trim your cuticles- push them back gently with your nail or a cuticle stick instead! But make sure your cuticles have been softened (like a few minutes after applying a cuticle serum or right after a shower). This is something my grandma taught me when I was very young. By gently maintaining your cuticles with this method, your cuticles will never over grow to the point where you need to trim them! Once you start cutting/trimming them, it’s really hard to stop. 5) If you struggle to keep you hand still while painting your nails, try Olive&June’s Manicure Tool, Poppy! It’s a rubber removable tool that fits over most nail polish handles and its ergonomic shape guides you to make smoother and more even strokes! OLIVE&JUNE - The Poppy Manicure Tool 6) Keep up the hand cream! I keep it on my bedside table as a visual reminder to put some on. If you want a super rich one, try L'OCCITANE - Shea Butter Hand Cream ! But if you want something more lightweight and not as thick/sticky feeling after applying, try OLIVE&JUNE - Olive&June Hand Serum ! This will really help moisturize and nourish your hands daily. 7) Use an oil-based, acetone/alcohol-free nail polish remover. An oil-based one like ella+mila - Soy Nail Polish Remover Unscented will help to nourish nails your nails while removing nail polish instead of stripping them of its natural oils! *I know I mention Olive&June a lot but I just want to mention I’m not sponsored by them, I just truly love their products!
🖤 DIY Almond black nails on Press-Ons 🖤
The struggle to grow your nails and not break them is real. I rubbed them with castor oil all the time, but they just kept going *snap*. But I have small nail beds, and the almond shape is my favorite. And by painting press on nails, I think I saved time and money. I did it in 2 steps: 🌟 Step 1) Glue your press-ons. I used the KISS - Kiss Salon Acrylic Natural Nails Forbidden Stiletto Shaped Nails from Amazon. I had to shave the edges of the smallest nails to fit mine, but the acrylic material is REALLY strong. I can hear the click clack of my nails on my phone while typing 😆 It comes with a glue I just applied directly to my clean nails. Then you need to act fast- press the acrylic firmly on your nail. It’ll be dry in 10 seconds, really. Careful, though~ It CAN tug and bond your skin together 👎🏼 my only criticism besides size is that the glue stick hurts to squeeze. It’s tiny and tough to release a little bit at a time, but still- a softer grip would be nice. 🎨 Step 2) Paint time I used the Sally Hansen Xtreme wear polish in 629) Black Out. 🌑 Here’s a review of each: ORLY - Orly Base Coat & Top Coat One of the best base coats imo. With regular polish on my natural nail, this has prevented chipping for up to 5 days. It has a tiny orange tint, evening out nail tone like a primer. Sally Hansen - Xtreme Wear Nail Polish In two coats, this black was super opaque. It’s a true black, not blue-tinted or brown. But as shown in pic 3, 1 coat is a little translucent under the sun. The polish also smells more like chemicals, stronger than other brands. Still, it delivered in the color department. essie - Gel.Setter Top Coat I love this little one. It’s thick and viscous, but way glossier than traditional lacquer top coats. It made my nails shine like a mirror. Don’t lay it all at once to avoid air bubbles, but pick this up if you like extra glossiness. 🌰 On nail shapes: Almond Some people label this as stiletto nails. I think it’s more almond because the end is round instead of sharp and pointy Almond nails give the illusion of a longer nail than square, oval, or ballerina nails do. I thought fully sharp stiletto nails would look too vampiric for my taste, but that’s just me. But if you get these nails and want them to be sharper, you can definitely file them They’re flexible enough to fit comfortably, but strong enough for reshaping. 🌹 FINAL NOTES 🌹 I’m happy with each of these products, all things considered. Something about applying polish to press on nails also feels like it dries faster. This method doesnt have the same security as salon-grade acrylics. I had to re-glue my pinky nail last night. 💫 But if you want DIY acrylic nails, this is worth a shot.
essie-Gel.Setter Top Coat
The best manicure I’ve ever given myself!
I have to be honest with you guys. I’m not SUPER into painting my nails. They either always come out super choppy/messy looking or chip away easily since I work part time in manual labor. However, this nail polish brand I found makes THE CUTEST nail polishes and they make super cute nails EASY! This look was created using the following nail polishes: HOLO TACO - Aurora Unicorn Skin HOLO TACO - One-Coat Black HOLO TACO - Super Glossy Taco OPI - Natural Nail Base Coat I’m usually not a huge fan of YouTuber brands but Holo Taco makes such unique nail polish formulas that help me save time (and subsequently money) with something that I would never pay a professional to do, but never felt comfortable doing myself. Here’s the step-by-step of how I created this look: PREP WORK: always wash your hands and remove any remaining nail polish before starting a new look. You can also use a nail polish remover just to remove any excess oils on your nails to make your polish last longer. BASE COAT: I used the OPI Natural Nails base coat. OPI - Natural Nail Base Coat I purchased this pretty recently (within the last month) since I work in manual labor and my nail polish chips (not to mention my nails BREAK) pretty often and I wanted to help offset that. This base coat works WONDERS and really does make my polish last longer. Pro tip: I always take the base coat along the tip of my nail and sometimes underneath it to stop tip chips. CREME BASE: What can I say? I love black nail polish...but so many black nail polishes I have owned in the past take SO MANY coats to make it fully opaque. I finally found a TRUE single-coat black nail polish HOLO TACO - One-Coat Black it’s insane. This is the first nail polish I purchased from this brand and it had me hooked immediately! So yes, I only used one coat of this polish before moving on. TOPPER: This topper polish has my heart. It’s a blue-pink-purple-everything-tinted iridescent flake topper. WHEW! I love using this topper on my nails by itself but on top of black it just takes the look to a whole new level! HOLO TACO - Aurora Unicorn Skin this is such a unique nail polish formula and it’s not chunky or strange feeling on the nail. However I would always recommend sealing it with a top coat just in case. I only used one coat of this. TOP COAT: This is the strongest top coat I have ever used: HOLO TACO - Super Glossy Taco and it really does completely flatten out any glitter, flakes, bumps, or ridges that occur on my nail. I love this stuff!! I only used one coat of this to complete the look. What do you guys think of the look?! #CheriePartner
HOLO TACO-Aurora Unicorn Skin
Chocolate nail polish look
A few years back I never would’ve considered wearing a brown nail polish, but here I am! Brown is my favorite neutral lately, and I’m loving this JINsoon - Dulcet polish. Jinsoon claims that their polishes are long lasting and fast drying, and I agree 100% with both of those claims. I’ve been using their polishes a lot lately because they dry so quickly (I’m impatient) and last so long (I’m lazy). I’ve tried other polishes before that claimed the same things, but Jinsoon has really impressed me on both fronts. I swear it dries in less than five minutes and lasts me about a week and a half with no chips! For that, it’s worth the $18. This color is so nice on its own that I didn’t feel the need to attempt any nail art or anything fancy. I think it would look super elegant with long nails, too (mine are usually long, but I cut them recently because one broke). Does anyone else love brown as a neutral? Or do you have another nontraditional neutral you’ve been loving? #CheriePartner
Surprisingly good nail oil 👀
Earlier this year I had ruined my nails due to a bad gel polish removal 😒 I needed something ASAP to help my nails heal and repair so I headed to my nearest beauty supply and found this Sally Hansen - Color Therapy Nail & Cuticle Oil It was affordable and easily accesible so I decided to give it a try and I’m so happy I did! It’s a pretty good oil I must say, like I said it’s pretty cheap and easily found at Target. It has a sweet smell, and you only need the tiniest bit. I only ever push my cuticles back, NEVER cut them and apply this oil after painting my nails and it keeps my cuticles clean and moisturized. Definitely a pleasant surprise! #CheriePartner
Sally Hansen-Color Therapy Nail & Cuticle Oil
$4! My thought on the nail masks is...
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.
Is the cheap price worth it?
** Picture in second slide provided of my nails within a 2 week span** I know my ladies love their nails and getting them done whenever they can just as much as I do! Ever since COVID-19, nail shops have been closed temporarily and left me in a rut trying to figure out what I’m going to do with my nails! As someone who is used to mani-pedis, I HATE doing my nails lol, especially my toes since I’m a perfectionist, I mean who isn’t? As a result of this pandemic, I had to resort to other options such as nail dip powder and nail strengtheners to get my nails back to max strength. I’ve taken a break from dip powder and these three tools keep me going! I hate having clear nails, as I’m sure most of us are but ... hear me out! The OPI Nail Envy strengthener has saved my life! Pros: strengthens nails within days makes nails stronger and thicker allows you to upkeep long nails Cons: can’t think of any for myself except the clear color 😫 It takes simple and easy instructions with FAST drying. Day 1: apply 2 coats of strengthener and leave it alone Day 2: don’t do anything! Day 3: apply 1 coat of strengthener Day 4: don’t do anything! Day 5: remove polish from nails with acetone (or whatever you prefer) and repeat the steps! Also, a tip - you can use 2 coats of the OPI strengthener polish and apply whatever color polish you prefer, to ensure your nails are still growing 😉 even I do it when I have the time! Hope you like this product as much as I do, if you have any recommendations on how to upkeep your nails or what I should do with my nails to keep them growing - please feel free to let me know! Let’s chat loves 😙
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