CND - Stickey Base Coat
Gel nail polishes
Long-lasting base coat nail polishes
Aug. 7, 2020
RhanebeauxThis is good to know! I too work healthcare and don’t paint my nails for the chipping reason.
Sep. 6, 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 💋
It’s simple but special enough for daily💅
I am a manicure lover, never show up with bear nails! I changed my manicure style and color depends on seasons, in summer I prefer light or glittery color; in winter I choose darker or bolder colors. I don’t fancy ornament on my nails, it’s quite disturbing if I have some household chores to do. So, I always pick ombre style as one of my routine, it’s simple but special enough for daily! Compare with basic manicure, gel manicure lasts longer and well-kept shiny! But if you wanna remove it, you need to find a professional manicure technician, don’t peel, lift or chip it! That would be harmful to your nail health. The price for gel manicure usually charges $45, $15 higher than basic one. If you wanna ombre, it may need extra charge with less than $5, if you wanna ornament, it also charges. The time for doing gel manicure takes 45 minutes, includes gel polish cured under UV light twice. UV light enables the gel stay stronger and longer, if you wanna do it at home, don’t miss it! This week I chose white gel manicure, on the tip added with a bit light grey. White colour is not a picky colour compared with orange or purple. I don’t need to worry what colour to wear or where I go, it matches every occasion, clothes or foot wear! White colour is a photogenic colour if you wanna take picture on the beach, truly a summer colour! If you feel all white is boring, I could add with glitter or a bit grey on the nail tip as I did! The shape I picked is squoval, because it flatters all fingers and never out of style. It works for either short or long nails, and keep nails strong! I feel square shape has sharp edges and catches things, I do hate it! Squoval shape is the best for me!
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
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
Trust me! You can never go wrong with nude💅
Nude is classic, intellectual, versatile, timeless... A nude nail polish is a sign of confidence, independence, and most importantly, elegance. It doesn't have a distracting effect, but rather makes people more attractive. Nude nail polish, don't you want to try it on? I've bought a lot of nude nail polish products, but I can't resist buying more. I've been a fan of H&M's Kalahari, a relatively cool nude nail polish. H&M's nude nail polish comes in many varieties, and there are some noticeable differences in tones. But this Kalahari is the one that caught my eye the most because it's not too cold and it's not too warm, it's a moderate tone. The color matches any tone of your skin no matter you’re quite pale of sun-kissed, and the color is very classic, suitable for women of all ages, will not make mistakes, will not raise your age. As anyone who has ever used H&M nail polish knows, it is a really good product! First, its brush head is very large, very easy to paint, you can basically brush a nail once. Second, its color is very good, the pigment is full, basically brush once can achieve the desired effect; Third, it dries quickly and has no unpleasant, pungent smell. It can be bought on H&M's official website or offline stores, with a price of about $9. It is highly cost-effective, so it is recommended to try it.
Easy Electric Red Nails
In this post, I’m going to show you how to get this bright pop of colour on your nails. The colour is a very bright electric red, perfect for all seasons of the year – this look pairs easily with your summer dresses, or even for the holidays with your Christmas jumper. Stay tuned if you want to know what I use to achieve this look! For this bright pop of red, I used the “double decker red” by Rimmel London from their “60 seconds super shine ” range (and I just want to say that it definitely lives up to its name). As always you want to start off with a clean nail before applying any varnish. Once your nail is ready to be painted on, you just need to apply the one coat of the Rimmel varnish (yes you heard me) and wait for just a minute. The brush that comes with this varnish is quite thick - so unless you have wider nails I would use the Cellotape trick (stick some tape on either side of your nails so it doesn’t go all over the sides). I’m absolutely in love with this nail polish. It dries extra fast and leaves behind a nice shine, making your nails appear healthy and luxurious (almost looks like a gel finish). You don’t need to finish up with a top coat either – the one coat of the varnish is enough. If you want a bit more definition, follow up with an extra coat of the varnish. The only thing that I would change about this varnish is the brush applicator – it is a bit wide so be mindful of that. Otherwise a perfect shade of red - I have my toenails painted in this same colour at the moment (I thought you should know!).
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