Battle of the top coats pt. 1!
I want to start a series where I try top coats to find the best ones! On my left hand, I have the CND - Gel-Like Effect Long Wear Top Coat
Dec. 17, 2020
Fall Nails with CND 🍁// Lasts Up to 1 Week
First of all, I’m not the best at painting my own nails so please don’t be too harsh. 😄😓 I usually get my nails done and go for a gel mani. I lived a really fast-paced life style and was always on the go pre-covid. But now I am able to work from home and slow down a bit. Also nail salons are closed so I have to paint my own nails. I don’t like to do gel nail polishes that have to be cured under the light...not to do myself at least. I tried doing it myself and my nails end up being damaged plus it’s hard to remove so I gravitate towards gel polishes that can be applied like regular polish. I really enjoy Essie’s gel couture, but that doesn’t have as many color options so I go for CND. Sally Hansen’s gel system is great too, but I’d say Essie and CND are my go-tos. This is a 2 step system. You don’t need a base coat, but I honestly prefer a base coat. I use a strengthening base and then CND’s base coat. I find it lasts longer. However, it is optional. CND - Stickey Base Coat Nail Tek - Moisturizing Strengthener 2 This one is in the shade “Hypnotic Dreams”. It is a chameleon shade so it shifts from green to purple depending on the light. This one is perfect for fall in my opinion. This one applied sheer, but buildable. I am wearing 3 coats. It was easy to apply and the brush was on the smaller side so it isn’t too messy. I used the CND top coat as well and it dries in 8 minutes. The top coat dries shiny and has a satin finish. This can be purchased at Walgreens, Target and Walmart. CND - Gel-Like Effect Long Wear Top Coat CND - Vinylux Long Wear Polish What’s your favorite gel polishes? Francesca 💋
Key to long nails
While I think my “ability” to grow really long, strong natural nails is largely due to my diet and hormones, there are some tips I want to share that can benefit anyone. -a mineral-rich diet, including lots of vegetables like kale and spinach for calcium, calcium supplements if needed (you can get yummy chocolate flavored chews) and honestly this my hack- tap water. Where I live, the coty is basically built over a bed of limestone which is known to be a good source of caliated rock, and I think that affects the water supply, so I get even more calcium in my diet. 😈 -this may be a no brainer- but pinch with your fingers- not your nails. I feel like we all know this, but for so long I was picking this up with my nails, and just applying too much pressure on my nails when cleaning for example. Channel that pressure into your fingertips and your nails will break much less. -I find that rounding my nails or giving them an almond shape makes less round for breakage too. When theyre squared and have corners, I always found hitting them against a surface would break the nail at its corner, so when I gave my nails softer edges this stopped happening. -lastly, i use an amazing top coat- essie - No Chips Ahead Top Coat it’s seriously amazing at strengthening your nails and keeping them hard as rocks (or nails if you like the pun) and is largely why I think my nails dont break, and are able to grow longer. I use this too coat over top of all my nail polish looks, and even if I’m not wearing any nail polish, I’ll still apply this as a clear coat. Let me know of other wqys you grow your nails, I hate when mine break 😭 #cheriepartner
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.
No More Hangnails! Perfect at-home Mani Care
deborah lippmann - Cuticle Protection & Repair Set is the perfect set for hydrating and maintaining cuticles in between salon appointments! Theyre small enough to pop in your purse and use on the go, or for longer travel they can also go on planes. deborah lippmann - Cuticle Remover - Exfoliating Cuticle Nail Treatment is gentle but gets the job done of helping to rid excess cuticles. It doesn’t sting or irritate my skin during or after use and my hands are always softer than before. The smell isn’t noticeable or crazy and it washes off leaving no residue easily. A star has been knocked off for price, as it is expensive but works well. deborah lippmann - Cuticle Oil Nail Cuticle Treatment is also a great addition to any at home mani collection. It smells heavily of coconut, almost like tanning lotion, so if that’s not your thing you will definitely not like this. Though a dry oil, it doesn’t sink in as quickly as you would expect so it truly is more of a treatment as it stays on really until you wash it off or it rubs off. This with some gloves is very moisturizing. Again a star has been knocked off for the price, the smell is also very strong.
deborah lippmann-Cuticle Oil Nail Cuticle Treatment
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
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
Can we remove nail polish without involving any harsh chemicals😱😱？
My previous nail removers had included chemicals like acetone, and after using them, I found that my nails were very dry, and for people like me who put on and remove nail polish frequently, it was very damaging. So I started looking non-chemical methods to try. In the course of trying, I've found that both of these methods really work👏💖! One of the most effective ways to remove nail polish without involve any harsh chemicals is simply soak your hands in hot water for about ten minutes. If you have access to a spa, circulating water will help loosen the polish so you can rub or pick it off. This works by hydrating the keratin of your nails, basically getting under the polish and weakening its bond with your nail. This method works best with thick layers of polish! Another method I have tried is the recipes for homemade nail polish removers, mixing equal parts of vinegar and lemon or using toothpaste. It's possible the acidity in the vinegar and lemon might help loosen polish. All you have to do is rub a slice of lemon on your nails and remove the nail polish. Trust me! Whether you want to make a homemade nail polish remover that's safer than the stuff you can buy or you're simply desperate for a way to fix your scary manicure, you must have a try🙌!
Simple Nail Care Essentials
1) Nail Clipper I use it to cut my nails and start to give them their shape. 2) Cuticle Nipper Need to buy a new one, but this simplifies the process of removing the excess cuticles by nipping them away. It’s important to not pull, tear, rip, ir force the cuticle from the nail. Be gentle! Tip! A nice way to soften the cuticles, which will make it even easier to remove them, is to soak your hands in warm water for a couple of minutes before nipping them. 3) Emory Board I use it to perfect the shape of my nails, which tends to be square-rounded edges. Tip! Do this in a single direction, that is much gentler on your nails. 4) 3-Way Buffer The one that I have has following: remove ridges, smoothening, & shining buffer. 5) Strengthening Coat This typically have more natural ingredients embedded in them such as keratin, natural oils, vitamins, among others. 6) Natural Nail Polish Remover Acetone is really harsh on your skin, so I use nail polish remover that doesn’t have acetone. 7) Moisturizer Always need to keep them hands moisturized to give that shiny and hydrated look!
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