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It’s time for my favorite nail care products to make a debut on the blog! The last time I posted nail art was December 3rd, 2014. And the reason is that I did not take the time to care for my nails during the Holidays. And now, as a result, all of them are little nubs. So it’s time to bust out my secret weapons to get them back into shape!

Here are my favorite nail care productsNail Care Products

  • Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover
  • OPI Nail Envy
  • Neutrogena Original Hand Cream
  • Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

I use Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover once a week! It is a great alternative to soaking your hands in warm water for 10 minutes (which can dehydrate your nails), to soften your cuticles for easy push back. I just apply a little gel on the cuticles let it sit for 2 minutes and then, using an orange stick, start pushing the cuticle away. I am not a big fan of the idea of actually cutting the cuticles. With this, removing them is easy peasy and way less painful.

Now my holy grail is OPI Nail Envy! I know that just with this, my nails will be back to nail art appropriate length in no time. I tried lots of nail strengthener, and nothing comes even close to how well OPI Nail Envy performers! See my full review on Nail Envy here.

I probably own a bucket full of hand creams, and one smells more delicious than the other. But what actually keeps my hands soft and prevents cracking during the cold month is Neutrogena Original Hand Cream! I use it every night before I bedtime. And use my good smelly stuff during the day for the scent.

To keep my cuticles soft and good-looking I use Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. And I swear this stuff seems to instantly fix any rough spots on the cuticle. I own 3 of these and keep one in my purse, one by the bed, and one in the office. During the colder month, I try to apply it as often as I remember! So if you need some TLC for your rough-looking cuticle, this is the stuff you want to use

Here are my sorry excuse for nails at the momentNails Day 1

You can see, they are discolored, peeling, and I have quite a few tears in my cuticles. But after I will give them a royal treatment with all the nail care products I mentioned they will be back in shape in no time! I will post pictures on Instagram every 2 days, to document the process. My plan is to let them grow for a couple of weeks, and then get a professional manicure done, for a nice clean start into 2015 nail art adventures!

Your turn: What are your favorite nail care products? Are you struggling with weak nails like me?

February 4, 2015 0 comment
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remove glitter nail polish

Glitter nail polish is my favorite! But oh boy, it is a pain to take off. I tried out the most recommended method to remove glitter nail polish, the foil method, and have to say, it works like a charm!


remove glitter nail polish

What you need to Remove Glitter Nail Polish

  • 100% Acetone Nail Polish Remover
  • Cotton balls/squares
  • Ten small pieces of aluminum foil

How to remove glitter nail polish with the foil method

Pour the Acetone into a little dish (the cap from the bottle works perfectly for this). Soak a cotton ball with the remover and place the piece on your nail. Secure it with the foil and let it soak for five minutes

I always do one hand at the time, so I am not completely handicapped ūüôā

After the time is up, take the foil off, press down hard on the cotton, and wipe the polish off!

remove glitter nail polish

I do like to give my hands a little TLC after I use this method to remove glitter nail polish. A nice scrub down to remove all acetone that is on my skin followed with a big helping of hand creme and some Argan Oil for my cuticle.

This method to remove glitter nail polish is better for your nails than just scrubbing the glitter viciously down! The scrubbing will weaken your nails, and hence make them more prone to breaking!

Check out my post on using glue underneath the glitter to make the removal even easier!


Until next time

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April 12, 2013 4 comments
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OPI Nail Envy
¬†OPI Nail Envy is the only base coat you will ever need! Don’t believe me? Well let me tell you my story why I swear by OPI Nail Envy.
My nails are very thin and soft. Growing them out is nearly impossible, at least one of them would rip before they would grow to a decent length. So when I became interested in nail art, one product got recommended to me over and over to help my nails:

OPI Nail Envy for Soft and Thin Nails

I tried it and never looked back. This stuff works like nothing else. Not only does it strengthen your nails but also improves the appearance! ¬†The instruction says to apply two coats of OPI Nail Envy and reapplying an additional coat every other day. I just use it as a regular base coat and the results are just the same. I actually have to start to file them down, because they don’t get too long if I make sure to always wear OPI Nail Envy.


 

OPI Nail Envy comes in different formulas

OPI-nail-envy

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OPI Nail Envy Original  Strengthener

Maximum strength formula with hydrolyzed protein and calcium helps nails grow harder, longer, and stronger, and resist peeling, cracking, and splitting. Recommendation: Takes the most severely damaged nails from mush to muscle.

OPI Nail Envy Matte

Same strengthening benefits as Original Nail Envy, but with a natural-looking matte finish. Perfect for men and women who prefer a totally natural look. Great as a base coat, too!

OPI Nail Envy Dry and Brittle

Proven Nail Envy technology in a moisturizing formula that also protects with antioxidant vitamins E and C. No more snaps, splits or breaks!

OPI Nail Envy Sensitive and Peeling

For sensitive, thin nails. Concentrated calcium strengthens and thickens. Protects nails from peeling with Vitamin E & Kukui Nut Oil. Formaldehyde-Free.OPI Nail Envy Soft and Thin

OPI Nail Envy Soft and Thin

Proven Nail Envy technology in a formula designed specifically for soft and thin nails. Fortifies nails with extra calcium.

Nail Envy – Maintenance

When nails have achieved optimum strength, keep them at their best with this balanced formula of strengthening and protecting ingredients. Continuing to harden strong nails can result in brittleness; once nails have achieved their optimum strength with our other Nail Envy formulas, switch to Nail Envy – Maintenance. Not recommended for users of Sensitive & Peeling Nail Envy.


 

So don’t worry what state your nails are in, OPI has you covered! Just pick your poison! You might be initially put off with the price tag it comes with, but with this you get what you pay for, and that is an awesome base coat that will help your nails to grow into a beautiful strong length!

But there is on negative with this! As with all nail polishes, base, or top coats, when you reach the end of the bottle (about a quarter left) it tends to get gooey and stringy, and only a nail polish thinner will help to get the last bit of the bottle out!

May 27, 2013 1 comment
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I was in the middle of doing my nails, I hit the table with my nails in a weird angle and this happened:


I was sitting there literally for 5 minutes just staring at my nails. I couldn’t wrap my mind around what just happened. This is the first time in over 6 month that I broke a nail. And all of you nail art lovers understand that this is devastating!!!

Now my next step will be to cut them all down…hardest day of my Nail Art fan life!

I am not a big fan of nail art on short nails, it just looks kind of to busy for me. So I will be doing regular ole swatches for the next few weeks. But I will do an accent nail now and then. Or I will go full mani, and who knows, nail art on short nails might will grow on me after all.

BTW: The color on my nails is OPI “I am not really a waitress” My favorite deep red polish

July 9, 2013 0 comment
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stuck nail polish lids

A stuck nail polish lid, and of course, it happens to be one of your favorites! Today’s beauty tip is going to show you how easy it is to get that lid unstuck!

What is your first solution that comes to mind when you can’t get a nail polish bottle opened? Chomp down on it and let’s see if our mighty teeth can open it.

How did that feel? Yeah, I know!

What now? Do you just give up and throw it away? But it is your favorite, isn’t it? And let me guess, that color is discontinued or belonged to a special edition collection! So you can’t exactly replace it?

I wonder how many times you already tossed nail polish because you weren’t able to open the bottle anymore. And after I show you the super easy fool-proof solution, you are probably going to kick your butt for throwing out those precious.

How to loosen stuck nail polish lids

Oh, it’s child’s play! Take a cup and fill it with hot water! Grab your nail polish bottle and place it upside down in the cup!

Now here you have to be a bit patient! Depending on how dried up the nail polish is, you will need to hold the bottle up to five minutes to loosen stuck nail polish lids.

Just keep on checking every minute or so, if it started to loosen.

stuck nail polish lidsIMPORTANT!!! Make sure that only the lid is in the hot water, you do not want the actual bottle part to get in contact with heat (that can cause the polish to become gooey).

The heat is what will make the dried up polish liquid again, and you should be able to unscrew the lid.


There you have it, no more senseless tossing out nail polishes just because you couldn’t open the lid!stuck nail polish lids


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July 14, 2013 5 comments
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October-Fest-Nails

Ok, Oktoberfest is over by now, but I just found the time to post this cute little nail art. I did this as part of a challenge from the +The NPQueens.

Tutorial DIY Nail Decals

How to do DIY Nail Decals

These were really fun to do, and it was the first time that I colored in the stamping! I really took my time with this one. I waited up to 2 hours between steps. I would do a step, walk away and do some shores and continue. The key is to really wait between steps so that the polish has enough time to completely dry. Here is how I did it:

First I applied a thick coat of clear polish on a plastic lid. A lot of people use freezer bags for this too, but I just have an easier time with the lids, as they are sturdier then plastic bags.
After the polish was dry, I stamped the image on it.
With a very fine brush, steady hand, and patience I colored in the design. You can also use a toothpick for this step. But you will have to use the toothpick in a stippling motion!
After the colors are dry, apply a thick layer of top coat to keep it all together and give it some extra structure. When the top coat is dry, carefully peel of the decal. This is the tricky part. You might want to use tweezers to start peeling it. Also, if you have the feeling that you are stretching the decal too much, you might want to wait a little bit longer. It could be that the polish is not completely dry. I actually let my decals sit over night before I peeled them off! Or apply another layer of top coat to give the decal more thickness.
And there you have it: Your very own DIY nail art decal! Now you can cut it down in size or use the full image. Place it on your polished nails and smooth out! I placed my decals on my nails while the base color was completely dry, that way I could remove them easy when I did not like the way they where sitting on my nail. After I was happy with the way the looked, I applied a coat of top coat, just to make sure that the decal is sticking to my nail.
Obviously with this method the possibilities are endless! Instead of a stamp you could use free hand art, or you could tape a motive on the back of the lid and trace it with polish. As I am not very good at free hand art, I will probably stick to my stamps, hehehe
The stamping plate I used is Cheeky Jumbo Plate 10, and the polishes are from OPI’s Germany Collection.
October 1, 2013 0 comment
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