Game-changing nail DO’S and DON’T’S!
Alright ladies and gents, get ready for some major do’s and don’t’s when it comes to doing your nails at home! I’ve been painting my nails a lot more since COVID started; probably mostly because I’m bored and anxious and it gives me something to do. I’ve had some hit or miss nail looks over the past six months, and I’ve learned some do’s and don’t’s that work well for me and my nails. So let’s get started! First of all, DO:
Make sure you eat a balanced diet and supplement with a multivitamin containing biotin. A lot of the time, weak/brittle nails are our body’s way of telling us something is off nutritionally. Nourish your nails from the inside out!
Make sure to nourish your nails externally, especially if you use polish or other harsh nail products often. Use cuticle oil and hand cream daily.
Give your nails a break from being painted or otherwise done (acrylics, dip powder, etc). Give them regular breaks so they can heal and grow.Now, for some DON’T’S when using nail polish:
Don’t just do one coat. As you can see from the picture on the left, this makes nail polish look streaky. This is why I love to use a quick-drying polish like the orosa - Pure Cover Nail Paint
Pn the other hand, don’t do TOO many coats/don’t do multiple coats without letting the polish dry first, because your nails can end up a gummy mess. 2-3 coats is typically enough, and waiting at least 5 minutes in between coats can help avoid this issue.
Don’t paint outside the nail. This typically happens by accident because you have too much polish on the brush. To remedy this, simply make sure you wipe off any excess polish before painting. If you do get polish on your skin though, just use a q-tip dipped in polish remover to clean it up.
Don’t paint without buffering your nails first. I used to think this was an unnecessary step, but buffering my nails helps the polish apply so much more evenly. Just don’t overdo it; a few quick buffs is usually enough.Does anyone else have any tips or tricks for at-home nails? #CheriePartner
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Nail polish comparison: Jinsoon/Orosa
Today I wanted to compare these two polishes. I never used to think of brown as a neutral, and I had never worn brown polish until recently. Now I love it! There’s nothing like a chocolatey nail look to make bright colors in outfits or accessories pop. First up, the JINsoon - Dulcet . All of Jinsoon’s polishes are priced at $18. Jinsoon is formulated without 10 common harmful ingredients: Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde resin, Camphor, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide, Triphenyl phosphate, Parabens, and Lead. They are vegan and not tested on animals. The polish itself applies smoothly, and j get good coverage with two coats. It has the typical nail polish smell, but it dissipates quickly as the polish dries very fast. This shade, Dulcet, is a light brown that works very well as a neutral. I’ve found that this and other Jinsoon polishes last about 5-7 days before I start to get any chips—that’s pretty impressive since I type all day for work, play with my dog, cook, etc. For these reasons, this polish gets five stars for me. Next up is the orosa - Pure Cover Nail Paint in the shade Dune. All of Orosa’s shades are priced at $12 each, and they are free of 14 potentially harmful substances. They are also vegan and cruelty free. The polish itself has the typical nail polish smell. It dries pretty quickly, but the brush is fatter and wider than the Jinsoon brush, so I ended up applying too much polish on some nails, which caused them to take longer to dry. It took me three coats to get the opaque coverage I wanted. The color is really nice; it’s a deeper chocolate brown than the Jinsoon. Sadly, it started to chip badly within 3 days, despite Orosa’s claim that it should last 7. Once I got one chip, it all started to come off. For the longer wear time and more convenient brush, I prefer the Jinsoon over the Orosa. However, I think both are great brands that are doing a great thing by formulating their products without potentially harmful ingredients, and I also love that they don’t test on animals! #CheriePartner
Amazing NUDE shades for tanned skin that you must try!❤
We love crazy manis but sometimes, the best neutral polishes goes with everything. Skin-complementing shades are utterly elegant, understated, and helps to elongate your fingers. If you are a warm undertone, warm nude shades are going to complement your undertone well. If you are a cool undertone, pick the cooler nudes. Lucky ladies with neutral undertones get away with all the nude shades. There is no single ONE nude color for all of us so I’m trying out two shades of neutral nude here. The first pick is Orosa Pure Cover Nail Paint in shade Pâtisserie. I love how Orosa nail polishes are cruelty-free and vegan, and free of 14 harmful chemicals typically found in nail products. The application is super easy thanks to the flat, wide, and curved brush that glides across the natural shape of my nail. The pink shade does not really suit my tanned skin but it would be an interesting option for pairing it with another complementary shade or for a French manicure. This shade would be perfect for cool skin tones. US$12 for 0.5oz orosa - Pure Cover Nail Paint The second pick is OPI nail lacquer in Pale to the Chief. At first sight, I wouldn’t think that the shade would be suitable for my skin tone but it looks elegant after application. The award-winning nude polish is heavily pigmented and appears beautifully even with just one single coat. Application is a breeze with the larger ProWide handle and brush as well. It dries quickly, perfect for busy girls on the go. A nail lacquer also typically lasts longer than a nail polish but I would let time tell if that is true. US$10.50 for 0.5oz OPI - OPI Nail Lacquer
Summer Quarantine Nails￼
I love Essie nail polish color line. This color is called ~check in to check out~ it’s bright, fun and perfect for summer. It’s long lasting, but I always add a gel Top coat to my nail polish for longest lasting results possible. Cons~ 1 to 2 coats of this polish and it’s still see-through. It Took 3 coats of polish to achieve full coverage, which of course makes for longer drying time. This costs $9.00 at your local drug store. I love this polish but gave it 4/5 ⭐️ because you have to put 3 coats to get full coverage. I still think it’s worth it because I love the color. essie - essie Enamel Nail Polish #Cheriecreator
essie-essie Enamel Nail Polish
My favorite box ever 😍
Feeling all the fall vibes today (with my nails AND the weather -- it was 90 yesterday and now it's 40 ⛄️ I'm 👏🏽living👏🏽 for it!). This might be my favorite box ever 😍🍂🍁 I used some of my favorite essie colors, like suit and tied, find me an oasis, high class affair and exposed to create this look! What's the weather like where you live? 🤓
Top Coat on a Budget
Hey, y’all! If you’re looking for a reliable top coat that’s in reach by way of a drugstore, try Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri (red bottle)! When I’m in a pinch (which is usually lol) this top coat saves the day by drying in 5 min or less while coming through with an incredible shine. I’ve been using this top coat for over 7 years and haven’t looked back. One critique would be that because of its great drying chemistry the top coat doesn’t have a very long shelf life like the average product. Personally for me, someone who nail paints everyday, it lasts at most 4 months on the shelf. If you have tried this or considering it let me know! 💕
Sally Hansen-Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat
DIY POLY-GEL MANICURE AT HOME
Product: SEXY MIX Poly Nail Gel Kit [FiveStars] $46 (with nail light sold separately) What is it? Poly gel is a combination of acrylic and gel nails. It creates a hard shell nail like acrylics but with a shine like gel nails. What comes with the kit? This is a perfect starter kit that includes a base coat, top coat, poly nail gel solution, dual-ended brush, pink white and clear poly gels, glitters, flowers, diamonds, tape decor, nail filer and 2 different kinds of nail forms. Why I bought the kit? I kept seeing poly gel nail kits being advertised to me online and I decided to buy a kit to try for myself. How to use? •To use I first apply a base coat to my filed nails and set in the light for 1 minute. • I than apply a poly gel nail color with the brush to the plastic forms with some slip solution. • I press the completed form to a nail and let set under the light for 90 seconds. • When the nail is done setting, I carefully pop off the plastic form to reveal my new nail. •I file all over and shape the nail to a desired look and apply the top coat. The top coat then sets in the light for 60 seconds. • Your nails are then complete. Will I purchase again? I love this kit because it allows for complete customization from the color, design, and length. I have already repurchased parts of the kit because I love doing my nails with poly gel.
Sunset in a French village🌅
This is the gel nail I made in Nail Salon. Hand-painted pattern of flowers to create a comfortable and fresh countryside atmosphere. I select the oval shape，which is the most soft nail shape. Red, yellow and white is the main shades. Manicurist also used diamonds and pearls of the same color to decorate. Golden and silver coated paper made the pure color nail more unique. I spent the whole afternoon doing this! But the effect was so satisfying! Creating easeful and crepuscular space environment by this kind of color match.
this week’s at-home mani 💅🏾 with OPI
OPI - OPI Nail Lacquer in ‘put it in neutral’ is one of my favorite neutral nail polishes. it’s the easiest polish to use because you don’t have to be perfect with it - it’s very forgiving. it is described as a pinkish beige, and it just looks like your nail color but better. i also like the texture - it’s kind of gel-like. this is a great color to start learning how to do your nails at home!! it has been one of my consistent quarantine colors. i purchased this for $11 on amazon.
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