Monday, July 22, 2013

Nail Care Basics

Today we have a guest post from Stephanie and it is all about taking care of your nails to the best of your ability.

Recently I embarked on a challenge on my blog: 52 Weeks/52 Polishes. This involves reviewing a different nail polish every week for a year (not that the title gives it away or anything…) Although I review each polish on a number of factors, the main one is longevity and I firmly believe having the right kit to start with can help prolong your nail polish wear.

I find that a good buffer is essential; smooth nails mean a better surface for nail polish to glide onto. I’m between buffers at the moment but I can tell you one thing: you tend to get what you pay for with this piece of kit. I’m planning on buying this one from Nails Inc, which is £5 from Boots.

I’m funny about basecoats, but I have one I swear by absolutely: Orly Bonder. This rubberised basecoat dries slightly matte and has a sticky consistency as it dries. I’ve really noticed a difference in the length of my polish wear since using it; even ones that are notoriously flaky (pardon the pun) seem to last just that little bit longer. It’s a bit more expensive than your basic basecoat at around £10, but totally worth it in my opinion. Plus a bottle lasts an age.

I use Seche Vite for my topcoat, I like the fact it dries quickly and to a high shine- even if it is a little bit temperamental at times…If I need to dry it really fast, I find that using Revlon’s Liquid Quick Dry does the job. The Liquid Quick Dry is a really easy to use product: unlike drops and sprays, this has a little brush, meaning that it’s super simple and tidy to apply.

You need a good remover, right? I find that a cheap and cheerful remover from Boots does the job - even for hard to remove polishes such as glitter-based ones. It’s only £1.30! Seriously, you don’t need anything else.

With these products in hand, I’m confident that whatever colours I wear, my nails are well protected and looked after.

Thanks again Stephanie, please check out her blog here - link

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  1. Very useful post :) Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Great tips, buffers so are underrated!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

  3. So useful, thanks for sharing! I want to try the Orly Bonder now! Thanks for such a good tip! xx

  4. Great post!
    I really want to try Orly bonder now!

    Emily / Glittery Teacups

  5. I love painting my nails and making them look nice :) looking after them really is key! Good hints and tips :)

    Katie xx

  6. Thanks for the bottom and top coat recommendations as never know what to go for.

    Carrieanne x

  7. Hand and nail care is so important so many people dont realise how keeping your hands neat can make such a difference to your overall appearance!


  8. I love Orly Bonder but it does dry my nails quite a bit

    1. I've started using a nail oil (CND Solar Oil) which is fabulous for restoring my nails. I also give them a breather every few days and take everything off. Seems to work!

  9. I love nail polish and keeping my nails in tip top condition

  10. I swear by the Revlon quick dry!!! It's so glossy and is true to its name!

    I must have the ORLY bonder now. I don't usually use a base coat and my nail polish lasts me a week. I do manis EVERY THURSDAY without fail though so I don't really need my polish to last me any longer than that.

    Great post. Btw what polish are you wearing on this post? I'm looking for a bright orange that will last. I tried Essie Bazooka which is my FAVORITE but since it's a neon it lasts me a few days :(

  11. The picture above is one of Adrienne's (my photos went all weird...) I can recommend Bourjois So Laque!- they have an orange that lasts really well. I'll try and dig it out for you when I get home so I can tell you the name.

  12. Thanks for this post! Very helpful indeedy =] xx.

  13. I loved the nail shape so much and the way of applying a shading with glitters. Looking so cool.

  14. Lovely post and Quite useful tips.Yes Orly Bonder Basecoat prevents nail color from wearing off. Thanks for sharing :)

  15. thanks for sharing,


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