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Old 05-14-2020, 08:44 AM
 
Location: New to the BA & l o v e it
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I'm not happy to say this but I've taken off all my nail polish on my fingers and toes. Since the salons closed I've been doing my own nails with base coat, color and topcoat. I know how to properly care for my nails and cuticles but the chipping and constant color upkeep was too much. I wear gloves when doing housework but I'm still washing my hands so much more now and the home nail polish (even ILNP) with the chipping that goes along with it just didn't work for me. I'll eagerly await the re-opening of the salons but until then, I'm just going to keep them color free and use a clear coat to protect them. At least if there are chips, they won't be noticeable. When the pandemic first started I tried glittery polish and it seemed to adhere longer than the matte polish but I really didn't want to wear sparkles every day.




Ita....I don't like sparkly nail polish. IMO personalities ought to be sparkly.........& not nail polish. I've been using a lot of muted & neutral colors since being stuck at home.

I haven't had problems with chipping with Smith & Cult but my nails are rounded & not too long. They advertise as chip resistant & I've been told on my channel feedback that it seems like to subscribers they couldn't chip it if they tried....

I'm getting kinda used to doing manicures myself.........I don't mind. It's pedicures that I miss tho.
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Old 05-14-2020, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Southern MN
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It's gardening time and that's always means that even with gloves my nails take a beating. I'll add again that a couple of coats of Sally Hansen Hard as Wraps is a super protectant. The best I've found.

But I have something else I do when I have a chore like gardening to do that works well for me. I tried the soap under the fingernails and that didn't work well at all.

Instead I put a thin layer of super glue under the nail. The secret word is "thin" so you don't want to use gel glue. Hold your hand over a newspaper, away from you and pointing down, palm up. Using a pointed nozzle put a very small drop in the middle where the skin and nail meet and using the nozzle spread it over the surface and toward the end of the nail. It will dry quickly so do one at a time, prepared to wipe up any mistakes quickly.

Any that accidently gets on the skin will come off in a day or so and any that gets on the top nail can be gently buffed off with a nail file.

This work-proofs my long nails. I don't know if there are health effects to this. Let's face it, any of the number of chemical formulas we put on our selves may not be good for us.

Some may rather not try it. But I've been doing it for a couple of decades with no ill effects.
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Old 05-17-2020, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I really love Barielle polish. They have lots of colors, and their clear coat really protects from chipping and wearing. Hard to find in stores....I get it online.
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Old 05-17-2020, 10:40 AM
 
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I have been using Zoya products for years. Lasts 10 days without chipping.
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Old 05-20-2020, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Neutral by Butter London
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Old 05-20-2020, 03:16 PM
 
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I did an ombre on my nails once and it was fun. Get two similar colors, one lighter, one darker. I did lavender and a darker purple. Get one of those makeup sponges and cut a small section off. Paint the lighter one on the first half of your nails. Take the darker one, pour a little out, take the sponge and dab the rest of your nails with it, overlapping a little bit of the lighter coat.
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Old 06-22-2020, 04:49 AM
 
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Personally, I don't have just one favorite brand and price-wise I own everything from Barry M to Chanel. I think your application is much more important than brand. I also find there can be a lot if variation within a brand. I have OPI polishes that are a dream and some that are just awful to apply.

Color-wise I love pinks that have a grey or beige undertone as they are so pretty against the skin and feel very grown-up. Also I like kinda holographic nail polish and have several of them
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Old 06-22-2020, 05:26 AM
 
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I have to agree about OPI. Since I’m back to doing my own pedicures, I’ve noticed with OPI the polish isn’t as thick as the ones used at the salon. I applied two coats just as the nail tech would, and I can see my nail through the polish. I used a top and bottom coat as well. I’m assuming the salons use professional grade products for nails versus the consumer ones.

I bought Sally Hansen Gels. I haven’t tried them yet, but I’ve used SH in the past and was pleased with them.

I like muted colors. It also depends on what I’m in the mood for. For summer, I like more vibrant colors, like reddish-orangey to blues to greens. Otherwise, I like muted pinks, blues, greens and nudes. I also like a deep wine. I stay away from the sparkly colors.
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Old 06-22-2020, 07:52 AM
 
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I like muted colors. It also depends on what I’m in the mood for. For summer, I like more vibrant colors, like reddish-orangey to blues to greens. Otherwise, I like muted pinks, blues, greens and nudes. I also like a deep wine. I stay away from the sparkly colors.






Ita Jay on staying away from sparkly nail polish......it just seems cheap to me! I like vibrant reds & different shades of red year round tho.......it's a classic nail polish color IMO like shades of red lipstick.
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Old 06-22-2020, 12:44 PM
 
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I favor OPI polishes for the quality of colors and texture.

For people with mobility issues, the Essie brand bottles have small stubby brushes that work better to brush on the polish in small strokes.

I'm middle aged so I noticed neutral and flesh toned polish looks better on my hands. Bright loud nailpolish colors are for the young, lol....
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