I think most people who know me are surprised by this, but I love to have my nails painted — and am too frugal to pay someone else to do it. I loved painting my nails in high school (I remember having sheet prints in the polish because I fell asleep before they were completely dry. In college I also enjoyed having my nails painted but when kids came along — who has time to wait for them to dry before someone is calling for you?
This post contains an affiliate link, for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
A few months ago I started painting my nails again and had so much fun with it. I love, love, love purple so 95% of the time they are some shade of purple but at Halloween I had white with bat sticker, pumpkin stickers, etc. Loved it!
What I didn’t love was that within a day or two at least 1 of the nails would have chips in the paint. I would touch up at night but was still feeling disappointed that it wasn’t lasting longer. I did some reading and found a great base coat and top coat. This easily doubled the amount of time before I had chips. If you polish, with regular polish, I highly recommend this base and top coat. In addition to the polish lasting longer, it sped up the drying process too. I would start with my little finger on my left hand, put on the base coat and continue to my right hand. By the time I was done with both hands, I could do color on my left hand and back to my right hand. I usually did one coat of color (at least with the brand I was using) and then top coat. I was really glad I found the base and top coat.
Oh wow! I really love these!
These last 2 weeks, no chips of any kind! The taking off process is a bit more time intensive than I thought it would be but once I had everything together, it didn’t take too long either. I will admit that I did not feel that the colors shown on the gel polish package were true to what came. They were all more pink and bright.
I have ordered a few more colors of gel polish. I am hoping the pink/red combo (heat sensitive) gets here by the beginning of February so that I can wear it for a week or two leading up to Valentines Day.
Originally when I made my list of desired things for Christmas for my family, I asked for gel polish, UV/LED light, Acetone Nail Polish Remover and little clippy things to help with the removal process. Once Christmas was here and I opened everything, I realized that I needed a base coat and top coat too. So I ordered those and once I had those, then I painted my nails.
The first time I painted them, I added stickers to my ring finger on each hand. This time, I put little bling flowers on each ring finger. The way I did this was put on the base coat, dry under UV/LED light, one coat of color, dry under light, second coat of color, dry under light, place rhinestones, put on top coat, and dry under light. Those rhinestones are not going anywhere — they are staying in place 🙂 I have tried putting them on with regular nail polish and ended up knocking them off before the day was done (i.e. I didn’t know what I was doing). I got the rhinestones in a nail set (for cheap) and also used some tools (also cheap). I have watched some YouTube videos where people just used a pencil to pick up the rhinestones so that is an option too.
After about 12 days, I was very ready for a change. So I used this nail polish remover on cotton, placed it on my nail and then wrapped my finger and cotton with tin foil. I could have used the plastic clippy things but haven’t just yet. Let it set there for 15 minutes — i.e. make sure you have something to watch for 15 minutes because even turning pages of a book is difficult with foil on all your fingertips 🙂 After 15 minutes slide a finger out and use a wooden stick to start scraping/pushing off the nail polish. Do as much as comes off easily and then put the foil with cotton and remover back on finger. Move on to another finger. You want to be careful to not peel the nail polish off — if it is sticking to the nail, it can pull a layer of the nail polish off. I was patient and didn’t find it hard at all. Had Once Upon a Time going on Netflix and all was well.
I hope you have some fun kind of way of expressing yourself — which works with whatever level of time and energy you have. Wishing you peace, joy and hope!
Last week I changed my polish to a light pink / dark pink combo. When my hands are warm, my nails are light pink, when they are cold, they are dark pink. And sometimes they are somewhere in between. Looking at my nails and seeing how they change throughout the day brings a little joy into my life.
Can I just tell you that it is hard to take decent pictures of my finger nails? I can’t use my good camera because I need 2 hands — one to hold the camera and one to focus. With my phone, I am supposed to tap the screen to get it to focus and then tap a different place on the screen to take the picture. My thumbs just are not very coordinated.
When I ask Miss S to help me, she acts like I am asking her to jump over the moon. Silly kids 🙂