Tuesday, March 13, 2018

How To: At Home Mani

If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen my #manioftheweek posts.

I like to paint my nails. It's in a way, therapeutic for me. A typical Sunday evening for me includes my nail supplies, a glass of wine and shows on my DVR. Best way to relax for the week ahead. I would probably do the toesies as well, if it weren't for the fact that I can't bend enough to reach them due to hip issues. I instead treat myself to pedicures at the salon for that. 😉

Thanks to Marshall's and TJ Maxx, I've accumulated quite the collection of nail polish so there is never a shortage of color options in my collection. They carry brands like OPI, Essie and Butter London for less that $4! I refuse to pay full price for them anymore. But I've recently put myself on a ban because quite frankly, the amount of polishes I have is quite shameful. Also, I need to find a better way to organize/store them because my huge tupperware ain't cutting it anymore!

I get a lot of questions about how I do my nails myself and how they always last so long. I really don't think that they last that long, about a week, but I guess longer than most who use regular polish like I do. I thought I would walk you through my step by step process in painting my nails and point out some of my must have tools.

  1. Remove previous nail polish. I remove the previous nail polish I had by using a Target brand nail polisher remover. Nothing special. 
  2. File down and shape my nails. I do this using a nail file. Rarely do I use nail clippers. This is probably because I do my nails once a week. While there is definite growth, it's manageable with just nail file. Since I essentially work on a laptop all day for work, I like to keep my nails short - straight and slightly rounded on the edge. 
  3. Buff nails. I will use the buffer to buff the top of the nails. I really to step 1 and 2 of the block and skip step 3 and 4. 
  4. Wash hands. After doing all the filing I will go and wash hands to get rid of all the powdery residue on my nails. 
  5. Apply base coat. I am currently using this Hard As Nails by Sally Hansen. Nothing fancy. I am actually using this because my previous OPI Base Coat ran out and I just grabbed this from my stash. It's been working fine. 
  6. Apply two coats of polish color of choice. The key to this part is allow enough time between each coat for the polish to dry. If you don't allow enough time, that is when the smudging begins to happen. 
  7. Clean edges after each coat. Using the wooden pick, I will wipe off any excess nail polish on the edges of the nails. Do this while it's still went to prevent tearing nail polish once it's dry. 
  8. Apply top coat. If there is anything you MUST have from everything I am talking about here, it's this top coat. I swear by it. Since using this my nails last much longer. Seriously, game changer!
Hopefully, you found this helpful and can put some of the tips/tricks into practice in your nail routine. If you do, let me know how it goes!


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