Classic French Manicure
You can never go wrong with a classic French manicure! I've always loved getting French manicures because it reminded me of going to the nail salon with my mom and watching her get it done when I was younger, now I'm doing it myself! It's super simple and actually really easy! All it takes is some practice and you'll have a perfect French in no time! One tip I have right off the bat is that doing a gel French is much easier than using regular polish! This is because the ability to cure each layer means that cleaning up the French line is much easier! 1. Apply a base coat! This will keep your polish on and smooth out your base. I use THE gel BOTTLE - White Biab Builder in a Bottle
Gel nail polishes
How To: DIY Manicures
White tip nails
THE gel BOTTLE
Aug. 14, 2020
yasmeeennnwhen you cure the nude color first does your polish still stay tacky?? mine won’t cure no matter how long i leave it in
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❓How to know it is time to throw away your nail polish: 5 ways!
Whenever I am in the mood to refresh or declutter my beauty spaces, I always open up my nail polish drawer and check which ones are getting old and dry. My nail polish collection is a tad out of hand. I like painting my own nails, and many of my friends come to me for an at-home mani, so I tend to hoard a lot of polishes. I always use regular nail polish when I am doing my own nails as opposed to at-home or DIY gel. I leave that to the pros at the salon. Also, the vast majority of my nail polishes collection is by Essie and OPI - if you were wondering! How to know when your polish is expired? Check the package - Like all other beauty products, nail polishes expire. On the back of the bottle, you'll see a small symbol with a number on it - that tells you how long the polish is good for. As a general rule of thumb, nail polishes last about 2 years. It's dry and tacky - When you dip your brush, and a bunch of strings and goopy polish comes out, that means that it's gone dry. If it has a weird smell (besides the typical nail polish scent) - Old nail polish has an even more pungent chemical smell. If it stinks, toss it out! It's discolored - If the color is entirely different now than the day you bought it, the color probably has been compromised. That can happen from heat, sun exposure, or oxidation. It's separating - If you notice a clear demarcation line where the polished separates, it's probably time to go. Why I Love DIY Nails: For me, painting my nails is relaxing! But it's super annoying when one of my favorite colors becomes too sticky to use. I know it's time to say goodbye to my polishes once the formula isn't like it was when I first purchased it.
Cow Print Tips 🐄
Check out these fun cow print nails I did! I think it's a fun way to keep up with trendy nails without doing too much! I've loved all the cow print nails that I've seen, but I just knew I'd get tired of looking at an entire manicure of them after a few days, this way I still get to try out the trend but add a classic twist with the French tips! I also love neutral nails and the multi colored hand trend going on so I decided to incorporate that in too! Let me know who you think and if you've tried out the cow print nail trend or have used different colors of the same design on each hand! I used KIARA SKY - Sock-Off Gel Polish Colorbase in the color Bare Skin as my base color, OPI - OPI Gel Nail Polish Alpine Snow for the white French tips, and The Gel Bottle Gel Polish in Brunette and Mustard for the cow print spots.
How I Grew My Nails Out
I loooove having long nails. I actually had acrylic nails for years and every nail tech would comment on the health and strength of my nails! Last year I decided I would start doing my gel manicures at home, hoping that the gel alone would be strong enough to maintain healthy, long nails! Well it wasn't, I would spend time doing my nails perfectly and growing them out but I'd get little tears at the edges of nails and broken nails every week! I didn't want to go back to acrylic because my nails were so much healthier without them, so I tried dip nails. It was a FAIL. Then I found builder gel! Builder gel is similar to regular gel polish, with a few exceptions: ￼It's super strong and actually comparable to acrylic in strength. ￼It goes on like gel polish ￼It removes just like gel polish I use builder gel that comes in a gel polish bottle, they do have some versions that come in a pot. My favorite is the THE gel BOTTLE - White Biab Builder in a Bottle or BIAB. It comes in different shades of nude, clear and white. There is a learning curve when learning how to use it because you need to understand what nail structure is. Over applying or not applying enough can cause your nails to break! I apply at least two coats of BIAB every time I do my nails usually opting to completely remove my previous gel each time. Like acrylic it can be infilled and doesn't need to be removed! There are a few different brands that have builder gels like Orly, Luxa and Gelish! #CheriePartner
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!
Sally Hansen-Big Shiny Top Coat
Pretty in 3D pink 💕 💅
I recently bought a ton of Floss Gloss nail polish and have her a bit too excited wanting to use them all! I initially wanted to do a 2-color French tip with this color but after watching it on my nail, it was soooo pretty I decided to let it rock on its own. FLOSS GLOSS - #WCW - Nail Polish this is the perfect chrome pink! I love that it’s a pretty blush but still has that edge. I topped it with Seche - Vite Dry Fast Clear Top Coat because it’s the best top coat. I also got FLOSS GLOSS - Gloss Topcoat but it’s not very good. It Chunks up on the nail way too easily, and the brush isn’t that great. Plus, on my precious abstract nails, it chipped after just 2 days :/
FLOSS GLOSS-#WCW - Nail Polish
Abstract nail art by me!
Here in LA, nail salons have opened again but I’m still cautious of going. I’ll probably hold off for the rest of the year until we get a vaccine or cases of Covid significantly drop, just to minimize outside interactions. With that, I’ve tapped into my inner nail artist! I forgot how much fun it is to create nail art and practice my steady hand. I did this fun abstract look and impressed myself! Now I’m excited to have a new design every week, and just bough a bunch of the Floss Gloss nail polish (I figured if I’m going to get into nail art, might as well be clean and independently owned!). Most of the nail colors used in this pic are Essie.
Nutty for Nudes
💅🏻 So I love nude nail polishes and I love the Lights Laquer formula and when this collection came out I knew I was going to buy it. Also I accidentally spilled one of them which is what led to this shot because I was in a picture taking trance and just started spilling all of them for the sake of the shot and now I am very very sad about pouring out half of my nail polish. 💅🏻 I bought the first Lights Laquer and I was absolutely in love. The formula is very opaque and on the thicker side. The brush is very user friendly and coats my nails in (almost) one swipe. And the formula is actually pretty long wearing which for me is saying a lot as most of my at home manicures start chipping in minutes. 💅🏻 The YNBB (Your Nails But Better) Collection features five nudes ranging in depths and undertones. From left to right: Mila: Ivory with cool undertones Matilda: Spft beige with yellow undertones Lyla: Neutral tan with pink undertones Emma: Warm tan with orange undertones Alyanna: Deep cool toned chocolate brown Olivia: Rich espresso brown with red undertones 💅🏻 I honestly couldn’t pick which is why I bought all of them but my favorites are probably Matilda and Emma. If you’re in the market for some neutral nail polishes I strongly recommend checking these out. The colors are beautiful and the formula is fantastic.
LIGHTS LACQUER-YNBB (Your Nails But Better) Bundle
Rock and Roll!!! Cool girls must have🖤🖤🖤
Black and silver nails are recommended for girls with cool or neutral styles. Because of the condition of my work, I always wear black on stage, so my nails are mostly black. My friend and I made these black nails for each other at home with nail tools. I chose the frosted black style. First, we need to trim dead skin and file the nails to make a square circle. Then, we need to apply black nail polish evenly to the nails. Because black is still a thick color, so you need to paint 2-3 layers. The second step is to apply the frosted gum. Black scrub can sometimes show more thick, let a person have no sense of vitality . Not only did I paint the ring finger of both hands silver for color jumping, but also I added some gold powder. The black nails were inspired by an Instagram blogger, who is a freelance musician who often focuses on rock and jazz. Unlike my usual cutesy nails, it's great to try a new style once in a while. My friend's black nails are a bit more complicated than mine, with beautiful diamonds and shades of silver, which took me about 90 minutes to finish. As someone who doesn't have a lot of diy manicure experience, it's still very difficult. First, we make our nails round. Then paint black on the thumb, middle finger and little finger, and silver on the forefinger. The hardest part was the ring finger, and I needed to use the thinniest nail brush to do it, which was quite a challenge for me when I tried it for the first time. But with the encouragement of my friend, he placed great confidence in me. After the last color, I used the base sealant. As we all know reinforced bottom glue is only needed when sticking diamonds and other ornaments. Finishing with yellow diamonds. wow! What a perfect DIY nail art experience
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