We've all been entranced by the colorful bottles calling us with their cheeky names and flashy colors. We also all have a nightmare story about a polish job gone bad-- One time I ran out of polish remover and had to go to an interview with only 3 nails painted, classy. I have grown a lot since my three-nail-painted days, essentially I have learned how not to paint my nails. I have learned how to get the most out of my at home manicure and what my nail weaknesses (both literal and figurative) are and how to deal with them.
Essie: Butler Please, Turoqise and Cacaos, Cute as a Button, Watermelon
Sally Hansen: Dies Instantly Top Coat, Hard as Wraps Base Coat, Hard as Nails Strengthener, Cuticle Oil
DYI Ring Holder from my Mom!
Top 4 Polishing Mistakes:
1. Polishes are fun, Nail care is essential: As much as I wish I could just slap a coat of electric blue (oh I'm sorry Essie Butler, Please) and be on my merry way a good polish job really only works (and lasts) with healthy nails. I make sure my nails get a break in between coats. Even just 12 hours polish free does wonders for the strength of my weak nails.
2. Cuticle Oil is Liquid Gold: Hi my name is Meg, and I am a cuticle biter. Due to the fact I am a notorious cuticle biter I have finally resolved to the fact that I need to keep my cuticles oiled up. I have noticed the better shape my cuticles are in the longer my polish stays!
3. Top Coat and Base Coat are Non-Negligible: I must, I must, I must... wear a top and base coat (hum doesn't have quite the same ring as the old sleep over classic). One time a small Vietnamese woman told me not wearing a base coat was like forgetting a bra and not wearing a top coat was like not wearing a shirt (or at least I think that is what she said...). Yes, it is a strange analogy but she is right. No bra and no shirt... well yeah lets just wear those.
4. Patients is a Virtue: Even with the promises that come with every "dry in 30 seconds" we all know that it takes more than 30 seconds for the polish and top coat to really dry. Sit down, relax, enjoy (or die of second hand embarrassment) a episode of Real Housewives and let your nails DRY, like completely. If all else fails you can hold them real close to the TV the housewives have all the hot air you need to really dry those nails.
For the Record: I have weak, brittle nails that break at the slightest bump and I bite my cuticles. Basically my nails are a mess. For those of you with super strong nails that never break... you suck (just kidding) take these tips with a grain of salt (and a wedge of lime?) remember I am not a professional just a girl learning via pinterest like the rest of yall!