Saturday, September 12, 2009

Now and Then

Let's explore the changes in my nails over the last year...

June 2008 - OPI Russian Navy

August 2008 - OPI My Private Jet

September 2008 - Sephora by OPI Never Enough Shoes

August 2009 - Urban Decay AC/DC

August 2009 - The Icing Roger That

This post demonstrates how applicable the phrase "practice makes perfect" is to nail polish. As you can see, only just a year ago my nails looked like hell after application!! My cuticles were dry and cut and hurt! So here are some of my tips about nail application that may help those of you just getting into nails:

- Apply your nail polish s-l-o-w-l-y. I am the least patient person on earth and it took me awhile to get the hang of a slow application. Applying slowly ensures less mistakes and therefore less cleanup!
- When I do make mistakes, I usually clean up either in the shower the next morning or I apply cuticle oil all over my cuticles and then clean up with a cuticles stick.
- Creative Nail Design Cuticle Eraser (most beauty supply stores) and California Mango Mend (Sally Beauty Supply) are my HG (holy grail) cuticle products. I also use cuticle oil most mornings.
- I use Nubar Nu Nails as my basecoat, which has proven to be very effective for my nails. Remember, however, that everyone is different - just because one basecoat works for me doesn't necessarily mean that it will work for you. Keep trying!

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adorepink said...

Wow this gives me hope! LOL I still feel I havent perfected my polish technique

mKat said...

Great tips! I like the time lapse.. :)

Evil Angel said...

You've come a long way baby!
Your nails look beautiful!

Adrienne said...

totally like night and day :) keep it up!

I've been using NuNails since June and still get awful staining :( BUT my peelies have stopped completely.. so I'll keep using it until I find something better

Lucy said...

What a huge difference in the look and condition of your skin and nails. I don't paint my nails slowly so I'm always cleaning up. I'm really bad when the colors are very dark. My nails used to peel and crack. Since I've been taking Biotin for 6 months my nails have improved. They're stronger and longer. Peeling has stopped. The last of that mess is at the very end of my nails. I just have to use that cuticle oil more often.

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