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Old 04-10-2015, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Austin
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I use Hoof Lacquer as a top coat and my nail polish will stay on about 5 days, even when I'm doing the dishes or gardening.
Where do you buy that?
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Old 04-10-2015, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I do housework and gardening for those who are asking what I do and, yes, my nail polish actually does start chipping within a short period of time. Sorry for those who don't believe it Sally Henson doesn't work for me. I will try buffing and alcohol. I haven't tried OPI yet but I will. Thanks to those who gave helpful suggestions.
Do you wear gloves when you do those activities?
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Old 04-10-2015, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Do you wear gloves when you do those activities?
I but gloves on to clean the bathrooms and for gardening but that's it.
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:23 PM
 
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I have the same problem. To start with, my nails are thin, flexible and have ridges that crack. I am very healthy, and they have just always been this way. Wearing too many coats of anything is counter-productive. My fave polish is Essie, in a very light natural "pearl" color. I start with one coat. Then might add another when it starts to chip in a day or so. That's about as good as it's going to get for me.
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:40 PM
 
Location: NYC
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gel polish is the only one that works for me......
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:53 PM
 
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Sally Hansen's Hard as Wraps has solved my problem with this. It's an acrylic and nylon gel topcoat.

I do all my chores that are going to be tough on my fingernails the day I am going to polish them. Then in the later afternoon or early evening I polish and give them plenty of time to dry before bed. After a night in bed they have "cured" sufficiently to be well set.

This will last me a week. Sometimes during a less busy week it will last longer.

Should I be careless and get a nick, I use a heavy duty file to get through the gel and a fine one to level it out. Retouch with color and then another layer of gel.
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Old 04-10-2015, 01:03 PM
 
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Because they shape my nails much better than I've ever been able to. And applying nail polish with my left hand results in polish that looks like it was done by a spastic monkey.
I've got the same problem as I've gotten older. Here's my solution:

Do the best you can but be sure to get to the edges of the nail all around. It's best not to use a brush that isn't too full for that first swipe that goes around the bottom. Softening and pushing back the cuticle before you start will help with raising it.

Now, if you're like me, you probably have some polish on your skin around the nail. Let it be. The next day you will be happy to discover most will come off with a good soap and water scrubbing. If not, try an application of greasy hand lotion and some scrubbing.

A third, and final solution is a gentle rubbing with a very low abrasion file. Voila!
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Old 04-10-2015, 03:30 PM
 
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For a long time, I wore acrylic nails, applied in a <gasp> nail salon. The tech was very personable, it was her own shop, and it was scrupulously clean. My go-to color was OPI Hopelessly in Love. I had my own bottle, brought it with me each visit and she applied it - two thin coats and a top coat. Usually lasted 10 to 12 days with minimal chipping.

When I got sick with cancer, I was more concerned with recovering than nails and I stopped getting acrylics. But OPI would still be my polish of choice. And professional application.
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Old 04-10-2015, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Where do you buy that?
(hoof laquer) You get it at a horse tack store or maybe a TSC. This would dry up before you use much of it and I think it would be expensive compared to what I use (see below)

I've done my own French pedicure and used a white craft paint for my nail tips, and an acrylic based satin varnish from the craft area of Walmart or a craft store for the top coat. All you need is a small paint brush (you can also get at Walmart/craft store in the craft paints area) and it cleans up with water so you can reuse it.

All this for under $10.00 is a thrifty way to do a French pedicure and if you're careful painting the white on, it looks like a professional job.

The varnish gives a nice hard finish and dries into a semi-shiny coating. I imagine? nail polish takes it off, but I just let it wear off over time as I clip my toenails.
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Old 04-10-2015, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Up North
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I think essie polishes are pretty good. The key is to use thin coats instead of thick coats.
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