Blog Takeover : Sophie's nail care basics

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hey hey!

I'm Sophie and I'm obsessed with nail polish. I used to go bare nails until I discovered shellac during a trip to Jamaica a few years ago, and I haven't looked back. I've learned through trial and error and decided to share some basic tips for great nails with you guys.

First, make sure your nails are buffed so the surface is smooth but not so much that your nails get too soft. Also file them in the shape you want. Current trends are going towards short and square, but any shape goes as long as all nails are the same. 

Tip: your nails should be clean and dry before putting anything on, you can use a bit of remover. 
A good base goes a long way. It protects your nails from staining and helps your color last longer. I use OPI Nail Envy as a base which doubles as a treatment on days where I don't have color on. For a less expensive option, I also like Essie Millionails. If you  don't feel you need a treatment, Essie's First Base is a good option as well since it helps the color bind to your nails. I tend to shy away from Base/Top combos mainly because I try to do good for my nails as well and would rather have a treatment as base. Also, the combos have less shine as a top anyway.
Always put at least two coats of color to make sure the color is uniform. 

Tip: use a wooden cuticle stick to clean polish off the side and the cuticles. Do this immediately after applying each coat, I put the tip of the stick in remover for best results.

I use Essie's Quick-e drying drops in between coats to have every coat as dry as possible before the next one, trust me, it makes a big difference if you're in a rush. Tip: the drying drop will dry your cuticles, so make sure to use cuticle oil once you're done.

Lastly, a good top coat makes a huge difference in the overall look of your mani as well as keeping it nicer for longer. My all-time favorite is Essie's Good To Go, no matter how uneven your color coat seems, Good To Go makes it look flawless. Trending right now, is matte top coats which look great with any color (I like this one from Essie). Also, my mani chips less with matte, but might seem cracked a bit after a few days. 
Matte top coat on pastel yellow nail polish after a few days 
Tip: I always hydrate my cuticles after, and a bit of cuticle oil ,like Essie's Apricot Oil, will do wonders against smudging. My fav cuticle butter is Lemony Flutter from Lush, it's super thick and results really last.

 Tip: Acetone-free nail polish remover is always better for your nails, but might take longer to take off. I recently discovered Crabtree & Evelyn's Nail Polish Remover Wipes which are great for on the go removal and also don't feel or smell like traditional remover. You only need one wipe for all your nails and they also hydrate your nails and cuticles. I also tried the Sephora Wipes, and was very disappointed. They are double the price and I couldn't get trough all my nails with one wipe, and truly, they're just wipes with remover.

Hope these tips helped! 


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