[all pre acrylics removal, boo]
So about 2 months ago I went and had my acrylics taken off. It was a sad sad day, I’d had acrylics for over 2 years. I know they’re no good for your nails, but they were always all the same length, with near square tips and they rarely broke. However in a bid to save money (See how I am attempting it here) and because pregnancy is meant to make your hair and nails stronger (hair is growing FAST, and my right thumb nail is strong so far) I decided to get rid of them, and save myself £16 every three weeks or so.
My nails have always grown quickly, but were pretty weak before I started, so I knew I’d have a couple of months of flaking brittle nails before I got anywhere, and I knew I’d have to forgo long talons, keep them filed down and just wait. However, one bonus is that glitter varnishes come off real nails WAY easier than acrylics!
[stubby nails of recent weeks]
And then on Thursday night I was invited along to The Lanes health and beauty (in Market street, opposite Donatello’s) to take a peek at their salon and have a manicure and my lashes done (more on the lashes and the salon at a later date) but I was given lots of tips by Julie and the girls at the salon for a successful polish!
never file/paint your nails after a bath, this is because they’ll have expanded and will shrink back down, plus will be weaker when filing
even if you had no varnish on, always wipe over your nails with remover, to get rid of the natural oils and other accumulated gunk
ALWAYS use a base coat, not just to protect from staining but because the colour will hold better onto that than your own nail
two THIN coats of polish, not one thick goopy one!
always finish with a top coat, and re apply this every 2 days to stop chips. Also ensure that you paint the very tips of the nail (equals less chips!)
This is the finished thing on my nails, although I had a few that were getting long, they were really weak, so I had them all filed to the same (short!) length and rounded, in the hopes they will grow at the same speed and get a bit stronger.
The polish is Essies ‘Maximillian Strasse her’ (Seriously, who thinks of these ridiculous names?) and is a really muted bluey/grey colour that I love!
Any more manicure tips for me? Most ridiculous nail varnish name you’ve come across?