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just1n3, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 15:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

ok i'll start:

i need a good hand cream rec - my hands get pretty abused due to my job (they're in water a lot, in rubber gloves a lot, handling fabric a lot - which is surprising abrasive - and handling chemicals a lot).

also: do you get regular manicures? do you give yourself regular manicures? tips? tricks?

just1n3, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 15:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

I have a $50 gift card to Bliss. Do I buy a giant vat of their best body lotion, or do I get a one-time great mani or pedi?

If the latter, then which?

Ask foreigners and they will tell you the gospel comes from America. (Laurel), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 15:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

i don't know bliss, but in my v v limited exp manicures can be had for cheap, and still be good, from many places. body lotion i think is a lot more particular, so maybe that is the better splurge.

just1n3, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 15:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

i would get my nails done every week if i knew i wouldn't feel wracked with guilt over the cost of it, tho. not even painted or anything - just filed and smoothed and tidied up, since i have the ugliest nails ever and am completely hopeless at maintaining them.

just1n3, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 15:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

New fabric is awful on hands because it's coated with sizing -- starch or clay that the factory applies to the fabric that makes it stay ironed nice and flat until you buy it and wash that crap out.

I don't have a special hand cream, but I adore Aveeno in any variety. It just has the best all-day staying power without any greasiness. For heavy overnight use, I buy Eucerin.

Ask foreigners and they will tell you the gospel comes from America. (Laurel), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 15:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

I tend to agree w you about the -cures, you can get a decent version of either in NYC for a very reasonable price (under $20). I have wondered if I were missing out on something special by getting the cheap kind, though. Does anyone here use a chi-chi salon and want to pull the curtain back for us?

Ask foreigners and they will tell you the gospel comes from America. (Laurel), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 16:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

good hand cream

I can't recommend Working Hands highly enough - it is amazing, non-greasy, heals severe chapping and splits almost overnight, no scent at all, and a tub lasts for months.

Jaq, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 17:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

i work with stuff that we make ourselves, so not sure if the fabric has sizing? i don't think so, since i dye it all. but it's really just the fabric itself - folding it etc. just wears away at your skin.

just1n3, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 17:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ahh, okay. Used to know someone who worked in a major chain-retailer fabric store, and her hands were always callused and peeling from the dryness.

Ask foreigners and they will tell you the gospel comes from America. (Laurel), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 17:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

I like Mavala hand creme, which is hard to find unless you have a mother-in-law who sets you up with tons of it in your stocking every Christmas. You can order if from folica.com, too.

Crabtree and Evelyn make a gardeners' hand scrub and hand cream that are also really good.

Cuticle cream is U&K. Burt's Bees makes a lemon cuticle balm that comes in a little tin. It smells pretty nice.

Pedicures are worth the cash imo because a decent one will look good for at least three weeks. Hands I take care of myself for the most part (if by "take care of" you mean "mostly ignore, sometimes put cream on). I do like nicely polished nails and can do a decent job myself, but rarely bother since I invariably get chips within 2-3 days.

quincie, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 18:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

How topical: my mother sent me an Easter package with a tube of Crabtree & Evenlyn's La Source Hand Therapy cream! The outside says it contains shea butter but they seem to have gotten rid of that faux-chocolatey smell that I hate.

I've been pretty broke lately and not able to replace any personal care items I run out of, so it's extravagant to get this and some Fekkai hair stuff in the mail.

Ask foreigners and they will tell you the gospel comes from America. (Laurel), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 18:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

I mean I don't have any foundation. Or lip gloss. Or dinner. But I gots some lavender bath salts, dark dark chocolate truffles, and a 3-pc set of Fekkai "Glossing" products.

Ask foreigners and they will tell you the gospel comes from America. (Laurel), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 18:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

I bite my fingernails all the time, they're delicious. But, ugly..

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 18:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

REVIVE!
Since this very last post(!) I've stopped biting my nails and now they are ferocious talons of gorgeousness.

Problems: I can't get used to how easily I can scratch myself
Raw meat under fingernails EWWW KILL IT WITH FIRE
Obsessively painting and repainting nails because the smallest chip will send me on a biting frenzy

Anyway I would like to post nail pictures and ask what you guys are liking lately! I don't have a picture though.. but right now my nails are blue with two white stripes each, which in a former life was a humble strip of scotch tape that I painted with french manicure polish & sliced into tiny strips. I sealed it all off with a couple coats of topcoat. Yay!

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Thursday, 21 June 2012 19:43 (six years ago) Permalink

Seche Vite. Seche Vite. Seche Vite.

how did I get here? why am I in the whiskey aisle? this is all so (Laurel), Thursday, 21 June 2012 19:59 (six years ago) Permalink

It is the best topcoat. No question. Even with Seche Vite chips will happen after a couple days.

You do too have a pic - I have seen it on the instagrams.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Thursday, 21 June 2012 20:01 (six years ago) Permalink

I'll look out for it when I finish my current bottle! (which is, heh, Sally Hansen..)

E, you're right! Is there even a way to get to my instagram pictures from web? Instragram is a weenie.

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Thursday, 21 June 2012 20:03 (six years ago) Permalink

Wait - the stripes are actually pieces of tape or you taped off your nails to paint the stripes?

Mine are a hot pink chipped mess atm but I'm chosing to igmore it and just get them done on Sat. I could do them myself but I like them perfect and they just don't look as good when I do it. I quit smoking again so that's how I'm justifying it. $15 a week on my nails seems fair in comparison to like $70 on smokes.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Thursday, 21 June 2012 20:04 (six years ago) Permalink

We had our gratis orders a few weeks back and they are hopefully coming into the office tomorrow and I am getting the two dudes on the left, yay:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7070/7006943093_8c3ab3eb6f_z.jpg

I painted the tape and then stuck it to my nails and topcoatted it! I used to do the tape off sections & paint bit but I saw this on some nail blog (I have subscribed to a few.. I'm silly) and enjoyed the result.

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Thursday, 21 June 2012 20:06 (six years ago) Permalink

Yay for quitting smoking! I have not, but I also have lots of time on my hands lately, so thought I'd spend that time on my hands. Heh.

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Thursday, 21 June 2012 20:07 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh I always upload to instagram from my phone so I assumed your pics where on your phone. :(

In any event, they looked great!

Thing I'm into now - neutral nails with colored tips. I found out yesterday you can use those hole reinforcer stickers as guides for perfect french tips. Clever imo.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Thursday, 21 June 2012 20:09 (six years ago) Permalink

Where do you think I found out about using the hole reinforcer stickers as tip guides? I totally read the occasional nail blog.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Thursday, 21 June 2012 20:09 (six years ago) Permalink

lol I just went into my phone & got the URL from mny instagram app then pasted it into Zing. Technology!

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Thursday, 21 June 2012 20:11 (six years ago) Permalink

Hole reinforcement stickies sound like a great idea! I can't freehand anything, ESPECIALLY with my left hand. Bump city.

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Thursday, 21 June 2012 20:12 (six years ago) Permalink

wow, those are some amazing nails!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 21 June 2012 21:18 (six years ago) Permalink

i just stick to Essie these days. i put on some lesser nail polish the other day, two coats, and it was chipping by evening! essie seems to hold up really well for me.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 21 June 2012 21:19 (six years ago) Permalink

Thanks dude! I took it off. I have to get some Essie to try, the blue was just a dollar store purchase & the topcoat was what saved it, heh. I have a few bottles from work so I mostly just play with those cuz I'm cheap.

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Friday, 22 June 2012 00:10 (six years ago) Permalink

Whoa ffm your nails are the business.
I'm going to a wedding a week from now and I want to do my nails today but I don't want to have to do them again in five days. -_-

the magic butterfly made everyone feel relaxed (Abbbottt), Friday, 22 June 2012 01:20 (six years ago) Permalink

Thanks! I sometimes throw another coat of topcoat on after a day or two to prolong a coat..?

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Friday, 22 June 2012 02:16 (six years ago) Permalink

naw I'm just being a whiner

the magic butterfly made everyone feel relaxed (Abbbottt), Friday, 22 June 2012 02:17 (six years ago) Permalink

Hahaha <3 understood

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Friday, 22 June 2012 03:13 (six years ago) Permalink

I painted my nails Barbie pink! I hope I don't smudge them in my sleep as I always seem to.

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Friday, 22 June 2012 03:14 (six years ago) Permalink

We don't have fairy bread here! I only know what it is because I saw it mentioned once somewhere and looked it up. I've never actually understood it - do you butter the bread before adding the sprinkles?

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Friday, 22 June 2012 19:12 (six years ago) Permalink

yes indeed

Cussing like a bunch of Bukowskis (sunny successor), Friday, 22 June 2012 19:41 (six years ago) Permalink

I have never bothered to count all my bottles but it's definitely triple digits. It's a problem.

After months and months of trying various nail effects, I've been wearing patent black varnish the past few days. (Butter London's Union Jack Black/Nails Inc's Black Taxi).

gyac, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 21:34 (six years ago) Permalink

a friend of mine just txted me this with "your next manicure" hahaa :)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7248/7450553470_6ab1bd8f4a_z.jpg

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 21:42 (six years ago) Permalink

Butter London has great colors but their polishes went weirdly gloopy in record speed. I had to toss a bottle after only a couple months!

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 21:45 (six years ago) Permalink

This is what I've had since last week. Probably gonna paint them tomorrow though as it's starting to wear a bit:

http://i.imm.io/u7wB.jpeg

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 21:53 (six years ago) Permalink

dang that's nice

nicest bitch of poster (La Lechera), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:01 (six years ago) Permalink

i think my problem is that i have the hands of dorian grey

nicest bitch of poster (La Lechera), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:02 (six years ago) Permalink

xxxp oh that's no good. I got them reduced so hopefully will cut my losses, either that or just use them up before they turn to shit?

I love Chanel's colours more than almost any other brand but they seem to chip more easily even with Seche Vite. However, they do seem to stand the test of time & I have a half full bottle of Blue Satin that's as good as new 6 years on.

I love it! What's the gold you have on?

gyac, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:02 (six years ago) Permalink

You have such pretty nails! I have stubby, wide, flat, ridged nails, that are vvv ugly :/

just1n3, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:03 (six years ago) Permalink

I got really into the A England polishes for a second and bought two of the metallic ones: "Princess Tears" and ummmm ahh, oh, "Princess Sabra." Of the two, the bronzeness of Sabra suits my skin a lot better--"Princess Tears" is silver and just too cold. They're both v v pretty tho.

how did I get here? why am I in the whiskey aisle? this is all so (Laurel), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:04 (six years ago) Permalink

i admire pretty hands a lot (like i genuinely admire them and compliment them when i see them) but i sure as hell don't have them.

nicest bitch of poster (La Lechera), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:07 (six years ago) Permalink

my hands are kind of giant octave-spanning hands but not man hands
i think hands in general are interesting

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:16 (six years ago) Permalink

i admit that some women's slim straight tapered fingers do amaze me

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:17 (six years ago) Permalink

mine are small and bonies

nicest bitch of poster (La Lechera), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:18 (six years ago) Permalink

Thanks dudes! I'm sorry - searching ILX on iPhone can be so frustrating! I wrote:

Nails thread not on ILS & no search fnctn in Zing, so.. Are fake toenails a thing? Hear me out :( I'm a lifelong ingrown big toenail sufferer so this winter I cut insanely deep Vs into them to try to fix. It's working, but not fast enough and toenail baring season is upon us. Was thinking maybe I could paste fakes on top of my big toes then paint and hide the bad stuff? I hate bare foot season :( xp

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she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 04:09 (four years ago) Permalink

This is the third time fake toenails have come up in conversation in my life this week and, yes, they're a thing! I know a couple people that have had them. I'd leave it to the professionals and ask what they think but it's definitely possible.

Airwrecka Bliptrap Blapmantis (ENBB), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 10:33 (four years ago) Permalink

Yes, you can def get acrylics on your toes! Go to a salon that does it on the reg, though, you know? I've never had acrylics so I'm not sure what they do if there's no nail covering the area you want? But let them advise you on that.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 13:51 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm making minimum wage so probably just gonna search out some stick on dudes and do it myself like my teenage years :( I'll keep a backup in my purse for emergencies obviously! Glad to know they exist, haha. Thanks ladies!

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 17:12 (four years ago) Permalink

(There's no exposed underbed at play here but they're shaped like so: \_/ to poke past the edges on the sides - just need to cosmetically cover the inner bit so it doesn't look like my toes are always throwing devil horns!)

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 17:13 (four years ago) Permalink

get pink and whites, they can build you a fake nail

homosexual II, Wednesday, 7 May 2014 23:01 (four years ago) Permalink

also i type a shitload and still have acrylics. acrylics forever. until my nails rot away.

homosexual II, Wednesday, 7 May 2014 23:01 (four years ago) Permalink

Pink and whites?

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Thursday, 8 May 2014 02:08 (four years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

i bought one of those X formula polishes from sephora that are supposed to be so amazing and long lasting and it chipped off the second day

i bought a $1.50 (the 2nd one was half off!!) wet n wild polish and it's now 6 days with minimal chipping just at the very tips

just1n3, Friday, 17 October 2014 05:22 (four years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Been getting back into painting my own nails again. I just painted them hot pink (Wet n Wild Wildshine Lavender Crème, which is not lavender in the least) and used some old black and white striped nail stickers of an "accent nail" despite having misgivings about whether that's still a thing (I saw a grocery cashier and a random woman on the bus with accent nails recently and decided that was good enough for me) and it's kind of silly but I'm still enjoying it.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 21 May 2015 15:52 (three years ago) Permalink

The striped accent nail is silly. The pink nails are great.

I tried it previously with this really pretty sparkly red (Star Spangled by Orly) on all my nails but used a shiny top coat on the ring fingers and a matte topcoat on the rest. They both looked good just because the polish is so pretty but there wasn't enough of a contrast between the shiny and the matte to really make it noticeable.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 21 May 2015 15:54 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm really into the Sally Hansen miracle gel nail polish! Decent colors, dries insanely quickly and lasts a lot longer than regular polish. No lights needed to cure it!

just1n3, Thursday, 21 May 2015 16:00 (three years ago) Permalink

You gotta apply three coats plus the top coat to get smooth finish though

just1n3, Thursday, 21 May 2015 16:01 (three years ago) Permalink

Intriguing. I've seen it in the stores but never really looked into it. What does it take to get it off?

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 21 May 2015 16:04 (three years ago) Permalink

Just regular remover. Even my acetone-free remover gets it off. It might take a little longer if the color is dark.

just1n3, Thursday, 21 May 2015 16:47 (three years ago) Permalink

I think you're supposed to go outside and let the sun cure it too but I usually paint my nails at night so I don't bother. My job is hard on my hands and I can get at least a couple days in before I start getting minor chips.

just1n3, Thursday, 21 May 2015 16:49 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Gather round let me tell you my tale of woe...

I decided to treat myself to some indie nailpolish and bought three colors from Super Black Laquers - The Bends, Switch, and Spanked. GIS for Super Black the Bends and you can see how amazing that looks. THEORETICALLY. It is possible jelly nail polish is just too advanced for me right now, but my nails looked like junky, uneven, streaky shit after three coats of that stuff.

So I took it off and tried Switch, which is cool but really not for me. It's kind of a greenish black, which doesn't work on me in the least, and I was unimpressed by the holo effect.

I'm going to set The Bends aside and try it again some other time when I'm done being angry at it but I will never like Switch. LET MY MISTAKE BE YOUR WINDFALL. I will send Switch to anyone who wants it. If you want to trade something, that's fine, but I mostly don't want it to go to waste nor do I want it taking up precious space in my nail polish box. LET ME KNOW.

http://superblacklacquers.com/products/switch

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Tuesday, 9 June 2015 18:16 (three years ago) Permalink

ugh that's disappointing - i thought her stuff would be really good!

ytth bought me a couple of nars nail polishes - i haven't tried the metallic purple yet, but the forest green was a lame, flat black with greenish cast like yours, and was not impressive at all. looked really cheap.

just1n3, Tuesday, 9 June 2015 18:51 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah I wanted to like it so bad. I remain hopeful that The Bends and I can reach an agreement. I can't bring myself to try Spanked yet because if I don't like that, I will be too sad. Also I've painted my nails three times in two days, which is ridic and my cuticles are paying the price.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Tuesday, 9 June 2015 18:52 (three years ago) Permalink

And I don't mean to be like "This is fugly. Who wants it?" I really think switch would work well for the right person.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Tuesday, 9 June 2015 19:06 (three years ago) Permalink

do you read lab muffin? she's a scienc-y beauty blogger, but she posts about a lot of indie nail polish companies.

just1n3, Tuesday, 9 June 2015 19:09 (three years ago) Permalink

Ooooo no! I love science-y beauty bloggers and posts about nail polish!

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Tuesday, 9 June 2015 19:13 (three years ago) Permalink

I've never ever been able to make jelly nail polishes work.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Tuesday, 9 June 2015 19:31 (three years ago) Permalink

xp you might like of faces and fingers too

just1n3, Tuesday, 9 June 2015 22:14 (three years ago) Permalink

http://ladycrappo.com/

i don't even understand how it's possible to do like actual miniature paintings on your nails like this.

just1n3, Wednesday, 10 June 2015 23:56 (three years ago) Permalink

OKAY I have unlocked the secrets of jelly glitter nail polish and conquered The Bends. After way too much time watching videos about how to paint my god damn nails, I decided to try two techniques: 1) use a complimentary color as a base coat and then use the "dabbing" method to apply the glitter and 2) put that shit on with a motherfucking cosmetic sponge.

The first method got way too goopy way too fast, wouldn't try, still looked like streaky shit, so I took it off. Rot in hell, first method.

The second method was successful. I started with a regular old clear base coat (this is pretty stainy stuff) and then did two coats of the glitter polish with a cosmetic sponge (well, a lot of cosmetic sponges). This put a lot of glitter on my nails without making a gross thick layer of polish. Then I went back with the brush and the dabbing method to fill in any bald spots and to deepen the overall color, which was key for getting that cool underwater look of this polish. Then I slopped on some Seche Vite top coat. Apparently somebody makes a top coat specifically for glitter polish but one nail polish vlogger who is practically my sister now because I have watched so many of her videos, said that gloopy Seche Vite works just as well. My particular bottle is old as fuck and it did a pretty good job smoothing everything out.

Big cons to this though, specifically - I used up a full quarter of this $12 bottle of nail polish and like my grandmother says, "I don't have money just falling out of my asshole." But the bright side is that it won't take long to use up this whole bottle and then I get get on with my god damn life and stop trying to replicate the nail polish techniques of people who take instagram pictures of their fingernails for a living. The other, bigger con is that it is so fucking messy baby jesus h. christ. This is why my best friends the nail bloggers put liquid latex around their nails before they use any sponge methods, but since I am a boring middle age midwestern mom I do not have liquid latex for nail art or sex dungeon purposes so I was like eh fuck it I have acetone and a paint brush how hard can it be to clean this up. REALLY HARD. REALLY GOD DAMN HARD. As in hopefully when I next shower I'll be able to get the rest of the glitter off my fingers because otherwise, I'm going to die as I lived: with blue-green stained glitter fingers.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Monday, 15 June 2015 18:20 (three years ago) Permalink

this is a technique that sounds v much not for me, i am sure i would manage to get it everywhere

we honor yr service, carl

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 15 June 2015 19:20 (three years ago) Permalink

ditto that! Any chance for pix? Or pix of what you were going for?

Also by cosmetic sponge I am assuming you mean the foam kind and not the cotton-pad kind?

Liquid latex, dear god!

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Monday, 15 June 2015 19:23 (three years ago) Permalink

right!? O_O

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 15 June 2015 19:35 (three years ago) Permalink

Here's some pics of what other people have managed to do with this polish:

From Super Black's website:

http://superblacknailart.com/bends-mani.jpg

And from some bloggers:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RJf6BOTZyak/Ubcvbuf1bHI/AAAAAAAAB9Y/jF0Il5GU5Wg/s640/Super+Black+Lacquers+The+Bends.jpg
http://media.tumblr.com/72eade95373bd30ebb110a082c410b32/tumblr_inline_mhdfedvm181qbvj4q.jpg

Looks cool, yeah? Like underwater. Love it.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Monday, 15 June 2015 20:00 (three years ago) Permalink

So here's what I managed to do to myself, and this is after round one clean up attempts with a q-tip and brush and orange stick:

https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5459/18219067883_53b715f1a4_z.jpg
https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3895/18653540619_77edd51a6d_z.jpg

Less cool.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Monday, 15 June 2015 20:06 (three years ago) Permalink

also IRL LOL at "we honor yr service, carl"

also also I hope Ivy's pediatrician appreciates my nails when I take her for an appointment tonight sigh

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Monday, 15 June 2015 20:07 (three years ago) Permalink

omg whoa -- welcome to the latest beauty trend that is impossible to achieve, good lord
i hope you manage to get it off without too much effort or chemical burns!

i got my first mani in years while waiting around for several hours in a city i'd never been to and i got manicured 1) by a man 2) who invented this cool exhaust system to get the fumes out of the small storefront
he was really nice! we talked about esl classes and vietnamese food (he's vietnamese)

Florianne Fracke (La Lechera), Monday, 15 June 2015 20:09 (three years ago) Permalink

HOLY SHIT that polish looks impossible to manage for pros, nevermind mere mortals. Super awesome, though! I love regular (non-glitter) jellies and have quite a few that are easy enough to work with, but that huge glitter is far too intimidating for me (to apply, not to wear).

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Monday, 15 June 2015 20:11 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah - applying each piece of glitter w tweezers sounds more appealing, jeez louise

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 15 June 2015 20:49 (three years ago) Permalink

Some people do that at the end! To make sure everything is perfect. I DO NOT CARE. I just want nails that look like they are underwater. I just want mermaid nails, OKAY???

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Monday, 15 June 2015 20:57 (three years ago) Permalink

I think this is a perfectly reasonable desire tbh.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Monday, 15 June 2015 21:02 (three years ago) Permalink

it's 2015, underwater nails shd be more attainable

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 15 June 2015 21:08 (three years ago) Permalink

I dunno, I've been waiting since the days of Sea Wees in the bathtub for my luxurious mermaid hair and I still don't have it!

Florianne Fracke (La Lechera), Monday, 15 June 2015 21:11 (three years ago) Permalink

Sea Wees!!!

I bought some Deborah Lippmann polish because it was mermaid themed.

tokyo rosemary, Tuesday, 16 June 2015 03:03 (three years ago) Permalink

For regular glitter polish removal, I recommend putting a cotton ball soaked in polish remover on your finger, wrapping it with foil, and waiting 10+ minutes.

tokyo rosemary, Tuesday, 16 June 2015 03:05 (three years ago) Permalink

I don't love gel polishes and usually put a base color underneath so the gel color doesn't have to be evenly applied. Then I kind of push the glitter blobs around with the end of the brush, maybe even using an orange stick or toothpicks to distribute it around. Then a small flat brush cleans up the gel from the edges but hopefully there won't be as much glitter flakes scattered around.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Tuesday, 16 June 2015 12:35 (three years ago) Permalink

I had no luck with that, but I don't have the same expertise and experience you have.

I'm happy to say that all the glitter on my fingers wore off over the course of the day. I did a little shower cleanup this morning and slapped another coat of Seche Vite on my nails on a hunch and while they definitely don't look nail blogger perfect, they are just fine for every day wear and have enough of the cool underwater look to make me happy.

I would say I'll never do it again buuuuuut I probably will.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Tuesday, 16 June 2015 15:40 (three years ago) Permalink

http://blog.flauntme.com/2012/02/14/daily-nail-art-purple-disco-nails/

Speaking of time consuming, precision glitter application jfc

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:58 (three years ago) Permalink

O_o

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 17 June 2015 16:46 (three years ago) Permalink

omg you guys guess what

I bought some of that liquid latex stuff. Just a little tube of it from "Mini Mani Moo" because even though the large tub of sex dungeon liquid latex is way more cost effective, I have no idea if I'll use it enough. I just wanted to try it out. Anywayyyyyyyy so emboldened, I actually did a gradient with a sponge and it looks pretty good. Far far from perfect, but I'm reasonably happy with it for my first attempt. I did a white to lavender gradient and then went over it with green glitter top coat to camouflage all of my mistakes. I won't be giving io any competition but as a hobby, it is fun.

Also these are beautiful and I wish I had the time for such an endeavor: http://www.thenailpolishchallenge.com/2015/06/mermaid-scale-nail-art-whats-up-nails.html

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:54 (three years ago) Permalink

and have enough of the cool underwater look to make me happy.

^^ urgent & key

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Tuesday, 23 June 2015 18:14 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

QUESTIONS:

1. Is Seche Vite still everyone's fav topcoat?
2. Is a base coat necessary, and if so, does it matter which one?
3. How much does polish really vary btwn brands? I'm looking at two v similar charcoals from CND and China Glaze but have never used either!

the masseduction of lauryn hill (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 13:58 (four months ago) Permalink

I think a good base coat is necessary- I started painting my nails again in March, once a week, but I wasn’t using a base coat and now my nails are fucked, peeling and cracking and weak af. So I’d suggest a strengthening base coat

I just use sally hansen quick dry top coat

Differences btw polish brands can be things like how long it lasts without chipping, how easy it is to apply, color quality. But there can be differences within a brand’s line as well, like maybe their regular colors are long lasting but their metallics are shit, for example

just1n3, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 16:02 (four months ago) Permalink

Try searching YouTube for the polishes you’re interested in to find reviews

just1n3, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 16:03 (four months ago) Permalink


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