💅🏼removal +nail care guide (artificial nails)
Acrylic, dip, press ons, gel, you name it- I’ve tried it. But artificial nail removal can be really hard on your natural nails. I found a way to nurse mine in between manicures. 💧 REMOVING GEL, DIP, & ACRYLIC NAILS 💧 (Press ons get their own section)
Get a Glass bowl, a wooden cuticle pusher, & 100% Acetone.I use the ULTA BEAUTY - 100% Maximum Strength Acetone
Fill a bowl with enough acetone to soak your nails in.I know it’s super drying... Some people recommend putting Vaseline around the nail to protect your skin. I haven’t tried this yet. Still, let them sit in the bowl for 5-10 minutes.
Take it out, push off excess acrylic, & repeat.So gel, dip, and acrylic break down differently. Gel tends to chip off, dip fades into the liquid, and acrylic turns to jelly. When you take it out, use a napkin/ cuticle nail pusher to remove stubborn loose ends. Acrylic nails need this the most. You can use a wooden or metal cuticle pusher to gently shave down the jelly. Repeat the acetone -> pusher process until it’s completely off. ⭐️ AND DONE ⭐️ 🌺 REMOVING PRESS ONS FOR REUSE 🌺 Acetone destroys press-on nails. Yes, even Soy polish remover does. :( made that mistake once already. So what can you do?
Fill a bowl with soap & water to dip your nails in & soften the glue.
Use your wooden stick or floss to gently separate from loose edges of the nail.DONT work from the free edge of the nail because that will damage the length. And whatever u do, don’t yank it off! This process requires a lot of patience but is worth it to keep your press ons safe. 🧖♀️ POST MANICURE NAIL CARE 🧖♀️ Two things contribute to nail health: 🌊 Hydration 💎 Hardness Hydration helps your nails bend, making them less likely to break. But they can’t be toooo soft. To achieve both those things, I use nailtiques - Nail Protein Formula 2 Plus
Remove dip nails
Press on nails
Remove acrylic nails
Sep. 28, 2020
How To Grow Strong Healthy Long Nails!
How to grow strong, healthy, natural nails! Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well! This week I felt inspired to share how I learned to get my nails to grow longer and stronger. It’s relatively easy if you are dedicated and are willing to take a few extra steps. Here’s a little background on my nail story. I never bit my nails (only because the thought of the amount of germs and bacteria that live on our hands just grossed me out) or picked at my cuticles. What I noticed that significantly damaged my nails was when I got fake nails (obviously). They completely destroyed my nail beds. They were painful, soft, brittle, peeled, you name it! So I stopped and gave my nails time to breathe. Then I discovered gel and how convenient it was. But again the constant nail buffing damaged my nails causing them to dry out and peel. So I decided to track back to regular nail polish thinking it would solve all my problems but no! My nails continues to break and peel. I later realized that I wasn’t going to the best nail salons. Sure they were quick and inexpensive but they didn’t use the best products and techniques to maintain nail health. So I started doing my own manicures and learned from trial and error how to get my nails to where they are today. So first thing I’d like to recommend (professional nail tech please don’t come for me) is to stop ALL forms of buffing to the nail bed. I noticed once that stopped my nails got thicker and had less noticeable lines and ridges. Next I bought a better top coat. For the last two years I’ve been using the nailtiques brand. They have different formulas for different needs and they worked pretty good to protect my nails. I don’t recommend buying it on amazon they’re extremely over priced there. nailtiques - Nail Protein Formula 2 Plus ***This is very important: when changing your nail color be aware of the nail polish remover that you use! Most nail polish removers are very abrasive and skin the natural oils of you nails so make sure to wash your hand thoroughly after you finish. Make sure to apply hand lotion after to moisturize your nails again. Don’t apply your nail polish right away give your nails enough time to absorb the lotion. I noticed the EXTREME change this step did in improving my nails. Whenever I went to the salon they never washed my nails thorough to get rid of all the acetone and just applied polish right on top causing my nails to get chemically damaged and turn yellow.*** I also don’t wear nail polish every week. I like to give my nails a break every month and skip color for one or two weeks so my nails can breath. On the days my nails are bare I notice they can get dry so a good hand cream is a must. Our nails are very porous so just like our hands they go through the day to day environmental battles that can take their toll in the long run. So on the days you don’t wear nail polish make sure to keep your nails and hand hydrated. I use Cerave. Personally it’s the best body lotion that doesn’t irritate my skin on the market. CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin Next I know we all heard biotin is great for hair skin and nails but I would always always always break out. In my opinion it wasn’t worth the hassle of having bad skin just for my nails to grow quicker. That is until I discovered Neocell Biotin Bursts on amazon. They’re small chewy vitamins that taste like açaí berries packed with 10,000mcg of biotin. Now anything over 1,000 mcg of biotin broke me out and this guy does not! So if you always wanted to add biotin to your dietary intake but couldn’t because it broke you out I really recommend this product. I noticed my nails grow quicker and stronger since I started taking the vitamins. Another great vitamin that you can add to your diet is Omega 3 fatty acids. I read that it can aid in moisturizing the nails and helps combat dryness and brittleness. Okay and finally I left the less fun part for the very end...changing your bad habits. This includes biting your nails and picking at your cuticles. Using your nails as tools which includes picking and scraping at things. Having a bad diet and not drinking enough water. Exposing your hands to chemicals. All these can significantly make your nails weaken and brittle your nails. It may be a bit challenging at first but it’s worth it in the end! I hope this post brought some value to your nail growth journey! Let me know what think! Also if you feel like you have anything to add so we can all learn something to help us grow our nail drop a comment below!
How I’m Taking Care of My Nails Post Shellac ⚡️
A few weeks ago, I tried a shellac manicure for the first time... it was cute and quite durable, but would I ever do it again? NO. I wish I had known what I was getting myself into before getting them done, but it was my first time doing a girls trip to the nail salon. The first red flag for me was when they buffed my nail beds - for me to see many flakes of my nails felt unnecessary! It wasn’t until I tried to find out how to take it off, when I found out that it would be difficult to remove and realized that there was going to be some damage done in the process. About two weeks after getting them done, I decided to go back to the salon to get them removed professionally. They had to buff my nails even more and after the session, my nails felt so sensitive anytime I touched them. I couldn’t imagine doing another round right after this one! So how have I been recovering from my shellac manicure? 1. trim my nails with nail clippers as soon as I got home, so they don’t get caught on anything and break further. 2. moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! I use a an oil or cream whenever I remember to on my nails, as it apparently absorbs quite well into the damaged nail bed and protects it. And it helps keep my nails from drying out and feeling frail. I’ve been using Pure Anada - Shea Hand Cream as it’s smooth and not too dense 3. stay away from nail polish for a couple weeks, but if you use anything, use a non-toxic option after a few days, such as BKIND - BLACK HEART like I had to this week as a Cherie Partner 😋 4. keep taking care of them as such until they grow out It’s been about a week since my shellac removal and my nails are finally feeling stronger!
How I grow my natural nails
**Note that my nails used to be frail, brittle old things that could NEVER know length due to nail extensions! Just last year, I was so in love with getting nail extensions. The length, the designs, the colors—I did not go one week without my bare nails showing for most of 2019! Then last September, I decided my nails needed a break (and I needed to save some money!) so I started to rehab my nails! Rehabbing my nail beds The first thing to do is get your nail beds free from any damage from nail extensions. This takes some time! I let my nails grow but I always cut away when it started to get length. I was going off of the theory with hair; cutting it makes it grow faster. It worked because by November, my nail beds were healthy! Supplement growth To help my nails grow healthily, I took my biotin supplements. I love the nature bounty one bc it’s yummy mostly 😂 NATURE'S BOUNTY - Optimal Solutions Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies Prevent breakage A big reason my nails always broke was because I never protected them! So I started brushing them with .INC. - Back to Life Recovery Treatment & Base Coat which really kept it strong and healthy as it grew. I also stayed super conscious of doing things that would break my nails, like washing dishes, moving big items, etc. I live alone so I have to do all these things myself, therefore I wear gloves when doing dishes and try to avoid grabbing things with too much nail. Not sure how to explain the last one😬
.INC.-Back to Life Recovery Treatment & Base Coat
For nail beginners like me, you can't miss this kit!
Whether you miss your nail salon visits, you’re trying to save a little money on manicures, or you’re simply going stir crazy, now’s the time to learn how to do your own gel mani. Unlike regular at-home manicures, gel require zero drying time, so you can get back to business ASAP (that epic 5,000-piece puzzle won’t put itself together, after all). Bring the spa to you, safely remove your old gel mani, then it’s time to get going. We found the best options for getting your gel mani on at home, from starter kits to lights—plus one super-easy cheat. Sally Hansen - Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit The Starter Kit Includes: * Cleanser Pads * Base Coat * Color (choice of three shades) * Top Coat * Remover * LED Light * Application Accessories: Cuticle stick, buffer and alcohol cleaning pad It is my first time using a gel kit. I figured I would try thus one in case I need to purchase extra nail polish or accessories, I could get them at a local cvs store. I have had gel nails for many years and wanted a cheaper alternative to going into the nail salon every month. This set worked beautifully. I bought the light pink as a neutral color I can use all year. It has a soft color with good coverage (using multiple coats). Below are the steps that I used. It took longer than than he directions, but felt the nails would be sturdier and more salon quality doing it this way. It's not perfect, but is a way cheaper option! 1. Prep - Followed directions. Pushing back cuticles, buffing nails, and using a cleanser pad to wipe my nails clean. 2. Base coat - Followed directions with the exception of lighting each nail at a time instead of all four fingers at once and then the thumb. Each nail got uv light time after applying the base coat. I repeated this step and did a second base coat on all my nails. 3. Apply gel nail color - Followed the directions with the same exception doing the base coat. Each nail got their own uv light time after coating with the gel polish. Did 3 coats on each nail instead of 2 as suggested in the directions. 4. Apply gel coat - Followed the directions with the same exception of each nail gets uv light time instead of four fingers at once and then the thumb. 5. Cleanse and finish - Followed directions. Used two cleanser pads because I felt like one dried out after using on one hand. 6. Removal - Haven't had to remove them yet, since I just started this kit. I plan to use it like the salon does and put acetone (Gel Polish Remover) on a cottonball and wrap foil around to soak each nail and then file down. The kit says it'll be able to push off. I figured I'd file down and just repeat because I don't see myself not having gel nails. The kit works great for beginners like me. It's not perfect and I have yet to see how it'll last. I hope to get better at the application and try new techies with colors.
Sally Hansen-Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit
I found this color on Pinterest (3rd picture) and thought omg I need it ASAP because this is a color I’m instantly drawn to. I love a good creamy light pink color! Sadly the OPI infinite shine 2 formula in the color its Pink P.M. was a complete fail as you can tell by the last two pictures that a completely raw and unedited. In the bottle the color looks like a cool pink color. Once you apply it, it changed to a pink with a peachy undertone (I instantly disliked it because peach colors don’t really suit my hands). I didn’t like the I consistency of the color formula but kept the color on to see how it would last throughout the week. Needless to say it didn’t. If you read my Sally Hansen post you probably know I’m a chef so I’m the ideal candidate to rest all nail polishes haha! So the nail polish chipped the second day. The funny thing is I’m not working! I wasn’t even doing anything with my hands that day and the nail polish was already failing me! Then things turned for the worst...the tips started to turn an awful orange color (I’m not a smoker)! Now I have a ombré of orange to pink going on and I’m still not sure what happened here.. I wanted my next post to be raving about an exfoliating product but this nail polish was just too bad not to share so you don’t waste your money. To be honest maybe the formula for their other shade might be better but this wasn’t the business girl! Unfortunately this color turned me off from wanting to try other colors from this collection. So I don’t recommend anyone buying this shade. OPI - Long Lasting Nail Polish Infinite Shine 2
OPI-Long Lasting Nail Polish Infinite Shine 2
All About The Cuticles BABY 💅🏽 Go-To Product!
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!! 💅🏽
BLOSSOM-Cuticle Oil- Spring Bouquet
If you have peeling cuticles or brittle nails, you can't miss this babe😘
Many people asked how to get rid of peeling cuticles and brittle nails, so today I'm going to share my tips with you. 1. Make sure to apply hand cream and sunscreen every day! 2. Wash your hands with warm water. Don't use soap frequently, or your hands will feel very dry after washing. I suggest you wash with a mild disinfectant hand sanitizer. Remember to apply hand cream and curicle oil after washing. 3. Don't tear the polish glue by yourself, which will bring damage to your nail!s You must use professional products to do so. 4. I sincerely recommendOPI - ProSpa Nail & Cuticle Oilto everyone, which contains avocado oil. It helps enhance nail nutrition.There are also white tea ingredients that can strengthen and recover damaged nails. Its smell is particularly good with light fragrance. After applying the hand cream, use the dropper to absorb the cuticle oil, drop it on the nail and gently massage until it is absorbed. It is not greasy after absorption. Keep on using it and your nails will be shiny! What do you think of this product?
OPI-ProSpa Nail & Cuticle Oil
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