It's been waaay too long since my last blog. It was a VERY busy holiday season, but it was fun. I am glad, though, to be back in the swing of things.
Lately I've found myself wandering away from makeup for a little bit and veering towards nails. I'm slowly becoming obsessed with nail polish. My reasoning to myself every time I purchase a new color is "its cheaper than getting a professional manicure" haha. ;)
I have run into one problem. (I think all ladies at some time or another have this issue).... HOW the HECK do you get nail polish to last longer than a day?? I recently treated myself to one of those gel manicures for the holidays and there was absolutely NO CHIPPING for 3 WEEKS. I had to finally take it off because my nails grew out. Not because the mani looked bad. Now, I know I can't get the gel polish results at home because you need a special UV lamp to cure the gel layers, but I really want my DIY manicures to last more than a freakin' day!
After countless trial-and-error experiments, I've run across a concoction that has proven to last again and again. This discovery works waaay too well not to share with you all. So feel free to pass it along!! :)
1. BASE LAYER: Sally Hansen's "Hard as Acrylics: Hard as Wraps" (with nylon)
Apply not a thin, but not a thick layer of this.
Make sure it dries completely!
2. COLOR: Any color you want is fine.
The one I am wearing currently is from Revlon's new collection called "Flirt" #250
It's a gorgeous cool-toned bubblegum pink
Make sure you apply 2-3 coats to get your desired opacity.
Make sure every layer dries completely before you apply a second coat
3. TOP COAT: Sally Hansen's "Mega Shine"
(dupe for Seche Vite but without the stink or nasty chemicals)
**It says it dries within 60 seconds...and it will be to the touch, but
wait about 10-15 minutes before you touch anything
because it will smudge.**
Then I apply the mega shine top coat every 2-3 days to give it an added layer of protection and to extend the life of my manicure by a couple days.
And there ya go...this is after 2 days (and counting!) after I applied another layer of the
Mega Shine and it's still lookin very purdy! :)