🙅Don't waste your money on these big brands! Least Favorite Nail Polishes ever！
While I love giving myself a DIY manicure, I’ve had some serious “misses” when it comes to picking out the best nail polish. I generally don’t have any nail problems. They grow pretty quick and don’t break easily, so I don’t have to worry about finding products with strengthening formulas. However, I do enjoy playing around with different colors and trying as many brands as I can. I’m sharing two of my biggest nail polish flops! 1. The Best-Est Polish by Essie: First, I LOVE Essie polishes usually. I get why they are hyped. However, this shade didn’t work for me at all. It’s a pale grey/purple color in the bottle. I don’t have an issue with the color, it’s the formula that drives me crazy. It’s so hard to work with because it’s so streaky! Essie polishes usually cost around $8, depending where you shop. It has the classic ‘nail polish’ smell, which I don’t really mind to be honest. I’m used to it by now! 2. The OPI Top Coat: I have a love/hate relationship with OPI nail products. I have some colors that I absolutely love and some that I threw right in the trash after one use. Their top coat was a miss for me. I don’t know why but this stuff does not last on my nails! It takes so long to dry and my nails chipped within two days after I used it. The funny thing is that the OPI base coat that works with the top coat is great! I’ll continue to use the base coat but I’ll be passing along this polish. This polish costs $9 and actually doesn’t smell that bad! Both OPI and Essie are known for being “3-free,” meaning they don't contain possibly toxic ingredients. These polishes are far from being all-natural, but at least it’s something!
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Oct. 21, 2020
Phoenix112.29Thanks for the advice I really never have issues with my nails I just like finding nice workable nail polishes!💯
Oct. 25, 2020
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guess I'm just a PLAY DATE to you
This shade is called Play date, which I think is an adorable name for a nail paint. It is a really pretty purple polish. You just need 2 coats for an ultimate finish. I love to top it off with Essie gel top coat.
3 Most Common Nail Mistakes You’ll Want To Avoid &How To Fix Them!
Since the pandemic started, I’ve had to do my own nails more often. My go-to nail salon has been closed for months. DIY manicures can be a little annoying if you don’t know what you’re doing. I’m telling you my mistakes so you can learn from what I did wrong. My Top 3 Nail Mistakes: 1. Only using one coat of polish I’m the first to admit it, I can be pretty lazy, but one coat of nail polish just doesn’t cut it. I know doing two coats takes more effort and adds to the drying time, but it’s so worth it in the end. 2. Not focusing enough on nail care Nail care is a game-changer! You need to buff, file, and cut your nails before applying polish to get the best results. Buffing really helps smooth out any ridges or inconsistencies on the nail bed. 3. Using a bad top & base coat Do you know that glossy top coat you get from at salons that makes your nails look super shiny and perfect? I didn’t use to care about which base or topcoat I used. I would just use the cheapest one available at the drug store. What a mistake! My Must-Try Nail Products: ● Seche Vite Base & Top Coat - The Sechevete base and top coats give you that salon-worthy shine you want from a DIY mani. Plus, it helps dry the nails super fast so you can get on with your day! ● Nail Buff - This thing was only $1, and it’s helped transform the way I give myself manicures! ● A glass nail file - Did you know glass nail filers are supposed to be healthier for your natural nails? The Final Look I did this fun look for the 4th of July! I filed and buffed my nails with the white buffer and topped them with two coats of my favorite nail polishes by Essie!
🤍 how to make your mani last 🤍
with current events, i’m doing my nails more at home than ever before! here’s a couple tips i’ve found to prolong the life of my at-home manicure. 1. tools I use are clippers, cuticle pusher, and cuticle cutter. tbh, I don’t trim my cuticles as often as i did before, i find its better to let them do their own thing. but if you want to, there’s a lot of ways to do so. 2. a HUGE step for me is to make sure there’s no cracks in my brittle nails. if there are, I have to cut down to where that is, if possible. otherwise my nails will bend and break there anyway, causing my manicure to not last. 3. I trim, shape, and buff my nails. 4. I apply my nail polish. ordinarily I’d start with a base coat, but in my recent move I lost mine. I love this shade by essie - Enamel Nail Polish in “east hampton cottage”. i picked it up at tjmaxx and it’s one of my favorite colors ever. 5. top coat is a must! this one by OPI - OPI Top Coat is so shiny and makes my polish look and feel like gel! one layer is plenty. all done!! I also like to finish off with some rosehip oil if I can remember lol. doing my nails at home is really gratifying and I love saving money by achieving my dream manicure myself! 🤍 #cheriecreator #cheriepartner
Nail polish tips!
Nail polish can be tricky, especially if you do it yourself. Here are some tips to help you get a better finish and longevity. 1. Push back your cuticles with an orange stick. This step will help you get a more smooth finish and also to keep your nails healthy. 2. File and gently buff your nails, by doing so you are preparing your nails and it will help to keep your nail polish looking better for longer. 3. Base and top coat are super important to extend the life of your nails polish. So invest in a good quantity one like OPI - Nail Lacquer Base Coat OPI - OPI Top Coat The are under $15 but excellent 4. Allow a few minutes between layers will make a big difference in the way your nail polish look. Also apply thine layers is always best. I recently try the Sally Hansen - Good. Kind. Pure. Nail Color and I am very impressed, not only because it is VEGAN but because it last longer than other nail polish and it is super affordable, under $10, and you can find them at Walmart and pretty much every where. 5. In order to cut down drying process you should definitely try OPI - Drip Dry Lacquer Drying Drops I highly recommend, it really gets the job done
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
Do you need a base coat? Do you need a top coat?
💅🏻 Short answer: Yes 💅🏻 I know it’s no fun spending money on primer for your nail polish. I myself tried to avoid it for years but I was spending time giving myself at home manicures that were chipping off when so much as a strong breeze blew. Not only that but both the base coat and the top coat help smooth texture, prevent nail staining, and give your nails a gel like shine. 💅🏻 I really enjoy the Cirque Colors Base Coat and Top Coats, but there are plenty of other options out there that I’m sure work just as well. But no matter what brand you use, you’ll get the most out of your at home manicure and save yourself a lot of time and frustration.
Perfect At-Home Mani! No Chips or Smudging
Since salons are closed, I’ve been trying to perfect my at home manicure situation. Good products are half the battle, the other half is technique. deborah lippmann - All About That Base Correct and Conceal Base Coat gives my nails a smooth surface to work with, and gives whatever colour on top a true neutral surface to layer on top of. Because of this colour payoff is always true! It discourages chipping and keeps my nails from being stained or dried out. I love this brand because it’s 7 free (free of 7 common nail polish chemicals) and is cleaner than most polish brands out on the market. For technique, I paint three small strokes in a thin layer with only a small amount on the brush. I do this after i’ve filed and buffed my nails gently. Sometimes I have shaking hands, so I hold my breath when painting and hold the brush at the base! One key is having a small enough brush that is doesn’t go everywhere, and I love the size of this polish brush for my own nails. If you find it too big, go ahead and trim it to fit your needs and your nails! Good overhead lighting to see missed spots and patches as well as any debris caught in the polish is also key and very beneficial to perfecting the polish surface. I do one layer of base coat, two of colour, and one top coat. I chose a deborah lippmann - Glitter Nail Color as they’re some of my favorite polish formulations and don’t dry out of get chunky. When practicing painting nails, sheer polished and glitters are the most forgiving (versus opaque creme polish) as patches, bumps, and smudges are less noticeable . Any mistakes on my fingers I clean with acetone and an orange wood stick before moving on. Try not to use cotton as the fibers can get stuck in the polish! Make sure each nail is fully dry between each layer to avoid pilling of polish. If I mess up and it’s not recoverable, I take the polish off while it’s still wet and start over— it comes off the easiest this way! For beginners, liquid latex or the equivalent is amazing, you can put it around the perimeter of your nails on your skin to avoid having to clean up with acetone! deborah lippmann - Addicted to Speed Ultra Quick Dry Top Coat is an amazing top coat. Most of my smudges happen during the drying process, and this ensures my nails dry as quick as possible with a beautiful shine. Rather than a full hour, my nails take 20 minutes tops to dry with this top coat. I’ve rephrased this many times and will continue to do so! If a smudge does happen, I put oil on my nail like deborah lippmann - Cuticle Oil Nail Cuticle Treatment and smooth it out gently by tapping my nail on top with another finger (wait until it’s over half way dry to do this or you’ll end up with finger prints). The paint will last me about ten days before chipping. Happy painting! Finish with a hand creme to lock in moisture. Any questions, please leave in the comments!
deborah lippmann-Addicted to Speed Ultra Quick Dry Top Coat
Paint you own nails at home! 💅🏽
Painting your nails solo can be tricky, but here is how do them without any help. 🤩 🔥 using the OPI - OPI Nail Lacquer in “This Cost Me A Mint” ✨ Start with clean & manicured nails: clipped, filed, buffed. Next, using your dominant hand, start with your first or base coat of polish; Start at the cuticle and slowly stroke your way up to the top of the nail bed. Do this until the entire nail is covered. Wait a couple minutes to let the first coat dry and continue until the polish is opaque. You don’t want to use more than 3 coats of polish; the more you use, the longer it will take for your nails to dry. Finish with a fast drying top coat - my current fave is OPI - Rapidry Top Coat and voila! Freshly painted nails 🥳 I usually wait 2-3mins between each coat to let it dry. When I’m all done with the paint job, I’ll take a cuticle stick/pusher with a little cotton soaked in acetone to clean up around the edges. Try to do this throughout the process so that you have less to clean up at the end. 🌟 Favorite brands of polishes to use: OPI - OPI Nail Lacquer essie - Enamel Nail Polish ella+mila - Elite Collection Nail Polish 💛 hope you enjoyed the tips! #CheriePartner
ella+mila-Elite Collection Nail Polish
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