emalitsa asked: Your nails are absolutely stunning! such great swatches, so lovely! xx
Thank you for taking the time to say so! :)
Anonymous asked: Hi! I love your blog and I was wondering, do you file your nails so that they are flat instead of rounded at the tips?
Thanks! And yes, I file my nails like that on purpose for two reasons. First, it’s really easy to just file your nails into a straight line, lol. (I’m not sure I have the patience to file my nails in a rounded shape!) And second, I’ve been trying to keep my nails a little shorter, and I think square nails look great short. Of course…sometimes I get busy with life and my nails turn into claws before I have a chance to file them back down again!
Anonymous asked: How do you paint your nails so perfect?? I am amazed! Please tell me, I can never quite get my cuticle area as clean and perfect as i would like.
Honestly, it’s a “practice makes perfect” thing! Someone else did ask me this before, though, so I have a slightly more detailed answer here. :)
Anonymous asked: You're back! (Like Voldemort, only I'm much happier about it!) You /are/ back...right?
Haha! Yes, I’m back!
For anyone who actually missed me, I apologize for the extended hiatus. I’ve still been swatching, though, so you’ll see some older reviews popping up. Because sometimes, life takes priority over your nail blog, but not so much so that you can’t sport fabulous nails while you tackle life!
Thanks for sticking with me! :)
shalomsunshine asked: Hey! I love your blog! I have a question for you. I have a really big problem with my nails peeling. When they start to grow out at all, they layers just start separating and eventually peeling. Because of this, I have to keep my nails pretty short, and I'd really like to be able to grow them out! Do you have any tips that can help me with this problem?
Someone else recently asked about the peeling nails issue, and I answered here. Start reading where it says “lastly.” :)
10blankcanvases asked: wow, I have only just come across your blog and I'm blown away! Your art is amazing and your blog it so neatly organised too!! I am in love with your starry night nails - iv seen it done by a few other people (including myself) and yours is by far the best!! looking forward to seeing more great stuff :-)
Thanks so much for the sweet comment! :)
Anonymous asked: do you know of any base coats and top coats that will work well with any nail polish? i usually use essie's protein base coat, essie polish, and seche vite top coat..but it doesn't usually last very long ): i was considering CND stickey base coat and their air dry top coat, but i want some advice before buying! i'd appreciate it very much if you could help me out (:
Several people consider CND Stickey base coat the best base coat for prolonging a manicure, but I’ve heard people complain it’s difficult to remove. I haven’t tried it yet myself, though.
Currently, I use Butter London’s Horse Power Nail Fertilizer as base coat and Seche Vite as top coat. The combination works quite well for me. My 4th of July manicure lasted about a week and a half (with minor tip wear) before I got any chips!
You also want to make sure your nails are free of any oils, so use a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover to swipe each of your nails before you start painting them. Also, buffing your nails before you start painting them is also supposed to help prolong a manicure.
Hope that helps!
living-in-a-world-of-mystery asked: hi there! I was wondering if you use anything to strengthen your nails or increase the growth of them? if so, what would you recommend?
Currently, I’m using Butter London’s Horse Power Nail Fertilizer, and it’s worked wonders for me! It’s supposed to help your nails grow faster, but I find it has strengthened my nails as well. Not a single chipped nail in two months now!
Anonymous asked: Which treatments do China Glaze and Sally Hansen have? Those and other general drugstore brands are the only ones I buy, as I'm not a fan of Essie and don't have any OPI near me. Thank you!
josyrosado asked: Hey I have a quick question. So I've been doing my nails every week since the new year and I'm trying to continue my goal but recently I've noticed my nails are now yellow and are peeling. This has never happened, I started out by using acetone remover but when my nails broke, I started using non-acetone, but I feel like that has made my nails worse. I want to continue doing my nails though, I removed the polish earlier tonight but I plan on doing a St. Patrick's design. Do you have any tips??
Constantly using nail polish and nail polish remover (whether it has concentrated acetone or not) will definitely negatively affect your nails, so it’s important to try to use some preventative measures if you mean to keep painting your nails frequently. I have a regular regimen now, which means my nails are naked for at least two days a week (usually the weekend). Leaving your nails naked will allow them to breathe and sort of air out. Natural oils will be restored, and it’s those natural oils that actually help keep your nails strong. I also remember to apply cuticle oil to my cuticles/nails on the days when they’re naked.
I try to do some soaks, too. Soaking your nails in lemon juice will help decrease staining. I hear vinegar also helps, but boy does it smell! And if you’re willing to buy something, absolutely try LUSH’s Lemony Flutter!
Sometimes, I leave my nails unpainted for more than a couple days, and wear nail treatments. Currently, I am totally in love with Butter London’s Horse Power Nail Fertilizer. It’s supposed to help your nails grow, but I find it has considerably strengthened mine, too. OPI’s Nail Envy is another nail treatment that is popular (I like it, but like I said, I like nothing more than Horse Power right now), and I know that Essie, China Glaze, Orly, and Julep all have at least one nail treatment within their brands, too.
Lastly, your nails are peeling because you’re most likely not doing enough to file them down, buff them, etc. This page has some great step-by-step tips for filing your nails. And the reason your nails might keep breaking is you might be trying to grow them out too quickly. Just like with your hair, they say it’s good to get regular haircuts as you work toward growing out your hair. It helps your hair stay healthy and strong. Similarly, if you want your usual nail length to be a little longer, you need to work up to it. So, start to regularly file your nails (I file mine once every two weeks). The strongest part of your nail is near the cuticle, so if you regularly file your nails, eventually, the strong part of your nail will be at the tip of your nail, and it will be easier to maintain longer fingernails.
I hope all of that helped! I had a couple anonymous people ask about peeling nails as well, so if you’re reading this…it’s basically me knocking out THREE birds with one stone. ;)
extraxrdinary asked: hiiii. I was looking atur tuxedo nail and i was wondering how did u do the splatter? [:
It’s actually not splatter! It’s a black and white glitter nail polish called Connect the Dots by Lynnderella. :)
comeflyaway asked: Hey! Love your blog! I was just wondering if you had a suggestion for a good silver or gold glitter polish that builds up well for gradients?
First, there are two ways I do glitter gradients. The first way is how I did it here: I used the glitter polish to paint my whole nail first, waited for that first layer to dry, then painted on another layer of glitter but started a little bit away from the cuticle. I repeated this process and worked my way to the tip of my nail until I was satisfied with the gradient look. The second way is to sponge on the glitter with a make-up sponge (I know it’s not a glitter gradient, but that’s how I created this gradient manicure).
I find the less expensive glitter nail polishes are great for creating glitter gradients using the first method. I love using Pure Ice or Wet n Wild glitters since each layer ends up really thin, meaning I can create a super intense gradient effect with lots of layers.
If you have a more intense glitter that’s close to opaque on the first coat, you may try sponging it on with a make-up sponge. Start sponging at the tip of your nail, and work your way up to the cuticle. If you need more glitter, start sponging at the tip of your nail again so that you ensure the glitter is most concentrated at the tip of your nail (thus ensuring a gradient effect). I’d say gold glitters like Oscar (Julep), Blonde Bombshell (China Glaze), and maybe even Ultamate Holiday (China Glaze) are fun options for this method.
I hope that helps. :)
lexnicoleeexo asked: Your nail art is sick! It totally inspired me to try some things.. But I don't have any thin paint brushes and really don't have the money to go out and buy a bunch of design brushes. is there anything I could use at home?
I’m glad you’ve been inspired to try your hand at nail art! It’s really so much simpler than it looks, and it’s way fun! :)
Anyway, I’m not sure of any at-home substitutes for thin paintbrushes, but my “secret of the trade” is to just use regular paintbrushes from a craft store like Michaels. This is currently my favorite thin paintbrush, and of course, Amazon doesn’t have a price listed, but it set me back about $3.00, I think? (Compare it to the other things listed in the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” section.) So, if you purchase thin paintbrushes from the craft section, I think it’s a great way to save money.
I hope that helps! :)
climaxxed asked: what would you recommend as a good cuticle treatment? i use this AWESOME nail hardener called "nail magic" and it does absolute wonders except it's very harsh on my cuticles and the other skin around my nails :(
I have two cuticle oils that I rather like. Beauty Secrets’ Nail Matrix is really inexpensive at Sally Beauty Supply, although the only issue I have with it is the oil stays on your fingers for a couple hours after you apply it, so when I use it, I use it before I go to bed. Butter London’s Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil is more expensive, but it really is something you can keep in your handbag because it’s a great cuticle treatment and leaves your fingers feeling oily for only about 10-15 minutes.
You should also consider cuticle butters because I find they do a better job of nourishing cuticles (which might better combat your harsh nail hardener). An inexpensive option is Burt’s Bees’ Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, and a slightly more expensive option is LUSH’s Lemony Flutter. Both do tend to leave your fingers feeling sort of greasy, so again, I’d recommend applying these before bed.
Hope that helps!
forevercemetery asked: I store my polishes in a few shoebox-sized Sterilite plastic containers I got at Target. They stack nicely and are just the right height to fit any polish bottle. Just make sure you get a kind with a FLAT bottom--some have a groove around the edge, which makes polishes sit crooked and it doesn't look quite as nice :)
Another great idea, and I love that they stack nicely. :) Sounds like a reasonable alternative for people looking for a tupperware-like storage container. Thanks for sharing! :)