Monday, February 4, 2013

My nail polish lasts a whole week...

On average, my nail polish is chip free for about 
a week. I know, crazy right? I do my own nails
at home, I put designs on them and I can manage
to keep it chip free for about a week.
Whats my secret?? :) 
You absolutely must prepare your nail bed and
nails before applying nail polish and expecting
it to stay on for more than a day or two.

*Start by either removing existing nail polish
or just swiping a polish remover soaked cotton 
ball, cotton round or swab over each nail to
make sure they are clean. 
*Then wash your hands thoroughly w/ warm water.
*While you hands are wet, use your opposite
hand to push back cuticles on each finger, 
those nasty things get in the way!
*Dry your hands and use a cuticle nipper to 
remove any excess cuticles, but be very 
careful not to injure your cuticles, only 
remove excess!
*Lightly file at edge of each nail to remove
inconsistencies, do this whether you see any
or not, this truly makes a difference! 
*I like to also use a soft nail file cube to 
remove any ridges on my actual nail bed. 
*Wash hands again to remove any file shavings.
*Apply a base coat to your nails and let dry.
*Apply at least two coats of polish, allowing
a few minutes in between coats to semi dry.
*Add designs, stickers or glitter if desired.
*Allow a bit of drying time, then apply a top 
*Allow about 5 minutes of drying time and top 
with Nicole Drying Drops. These drops only take a 
few minutes to finish the job, so feel free to rub 
excess oil into nails and cuticles after about 3-5
*I like to rub Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle 
Cream into my cuticles and over fresh nail polish 
as a final step! It feels good and it smells