What nail polish do you have on at the moment?

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I haven't been to a nail salon forever, but to this day I will always be picky because of one bad experience. the first salon I ever went to was run by 2 brothers, and they were AMAZING. I never knew how great they truly were until I went somewhere else to save a few bucks. The tech did the bare minimum, kicked me out of the chair with wet nails, cut me several times with the nail file, and they looked so crappy I had to go back to my normal guy to have them fixed.


these aren't my nails but this is what I had done today. Except the technician took the picture, I brought this image in with me as a point of reference, to literal and painted white lines across the non-matte tips of my nails. She didn't realize that the "white polish" was actually the light reflecting off the nail tips. FML.
Originally Posted by Parissy198907
Oh no. Thats ridiculous.

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Have you all seen this blog post on an easier way to do sponge gradients? The time they take the "regular" way always deterred me from trying them, but I may try this!

Layniefingers: Another way to do a sponged gradient!

And I love, love LOVE this!



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Originally Posted by Nallia
I believe Bretty posted the Laynie link up thread. I tried it once, but it took off all of the polish. Maybe my sponges aren't right. I'll have to try again.

Cutepolish has a new video using temporary tattoos. It looks easy and pretty.


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Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Your so right the tattoo nail design is totally awesome!! It has to be awesome since I normally will not talk in this way but I stand by totally awesome. Great nails with tattoos
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Pedicure in OPI pompeii purple. A hot fuschia with blue/violet duochrome. One of my fave polishes of all time!
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Layali, that pedicure color sounds amazing! I've actually been looking for a color like that. I'll have to check it out.
Originally Posted by nynaeve77

Yes, it's amazing! The name is misleading, because the base color is a pink, but I LOVES it!

Zoya Lola is another hot pink with blue/purple duochrome. Also a great color
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Have you all seen this blog post on an easier way to do sponge gradients? The time they take the "regular" way always deterred me from trying them, but I may try this!

Layniefingers: Another way to do a sponged gradient!

And I love, love LOVE this!



http://nailasaurus.blogspot.ca/2012/...rthday-or.html
Originally Posted by Nallia
I believe Bretty posted the Laynie link up thread. I tried it once, but it took off all of the polish. Maybe my sponges aren't right. I'll have to try again.

Cutepolish has a new video using temporary tattoos. It looks easy and pretty.


Siri types my posts for me.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Your so right the tattoo nail design is totally awesome!! It has to be awesome since I normally will not talk in this way but I stand by totally awesome. Great nails with tattoos
Originally Posted by Naturalbeauty81
I still say awesome because I'm still stuck in the 80s lol.


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Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.

I believe Bretty posted the Laynie link up thread. I tried it once, but it took off all of the polish. Maybe my sponges aren't right. I'll have to try again.

Cutepolish has a new video using temporary tattoos. It looks easy and pretty.


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Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Your so right the tattoo nail design is totally awesome!! It has to be awesome since I normally will not talk in this way but I stand by totally awesome. Great nails with tattoos
Originally Posted by Naturalbeauty81
I still say awesome because I'm still stuck in the 80s lol.


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Originally Posted by redcelticcurls

I say awesome and cool, and occasionally right on, because I refuse to adopt any new slang. I hate slang.

Unless killer came back. I'd be all for that.


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^ Oh, I like 'killer'! I forgot that word and I plan on using it again at first opportunity. : )

(and I still use 'neat' and 'cool')
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Zoya Venus. 3 coats. I really like this color.

I say awesome, neat, and cool. I don't really say killer, but I should.
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Zoya share the love points = amazing. I seriously love Zoya so much.

I have three free polishes...and eight polishes in my basket...Zoya, you temptress.
Quick Question:

Do any of you ladies use base coats when you paint your nails? I've never used one before but recently I bought a couple bottles of different brand of polish that chips a ton more than I'm used to. I bought Revlon Quick Dry base coat the other day and I'll probably try it later this week.

In your opinion, is a base coat worth the time/effort or should I just stick to better quality brands and a top coat?

Thanks!
Yep, I use a base coat every time. I'm not one of the experienced ladies here but one thing I've noticed.

Try to get the base with one stroke. Every freakin' time I add more I end up with bubbling, every.dam.time. I guess they just dry faster, IDK.

It doesn't matter which base I use either. I have SH Double Duty, Essie Grow Stronger, Poshe Strengthener and NutraNail Green Tea Strengthener (supposed to be ok as a base). I just picked up CG Strong Adhesion but have only used it once so the jury's out.
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^ Oh, I like 'killer'! I forgot that word and I plan on using it again at first opportunity. : )

(and I still use 'neat' and 'cool')
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
Oh ya, neat too.

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Today is Nubar Earthen. It's the only one from the Spring Garden collection that I haven't used. I felt sorry for that poor neglected polish, feeling all sad when the others have been used heavily for the last month.

It's a light shimmery grey, sort of mushroomy. My other light greys are creams, so it's nice to have this one as a subtle shimmer.

I tried to do some daisy artwork. I wasn't that fond of my stem, and the large one looks a bit like a dippy egg, but I really like the ones where I did two smaller ones.








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Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
Quick Question:

Do any of you ladies use base coats when you paint your nails? I've never used one before but recently I bought a couple bottles of different brand of polish that chips a ton more than I'm used to. I bought Revlon Quick Dry base coat the other day and I'll probably try it later this week.

In your opinion, is a base coat worth the time/effort or should I just stick to better quality brands and a top coat?

Thanks!
Originally Posted by greenjumper
I always use a base coat. Polish sheets right off if I don't.

I use Nubar Nu Nail as a protective coat, and the Nubar Foundation Base Coat to help keep the color on.


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Med/Coarse, porous curly.
Quick Question:

Do any of you ladies use base coats when you paint your nails? I've never used one before but recently I bought a couple bottles of different brand of polish that chips a ton more than I'm used to. I bought Revlon Quick Dry base coat the other day and I'll probably try it later this week.

In your opinion, is a base coat worth the time/effort or should I just stick to better quality brands and a top coat?

Thanks!
Originally Posted by greenjumper
I've been using this one and really like it:

American Classics - American Classics Gelous Nail Gel
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American Classics - American Classics Gelous Nail Gel[/URL]
Originally Posted by curlyserf;1936585
I've been using this one and really like it:

[URL="http://www.sallybeauty.com/nail-gel/SBS-507020,default,pd.html?cgid=Nail15-01"

Does that soak into the nail curlyserf or is it a coating like polish?
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American Classics - American Classics Gelous Nail Gel[/URL]
Originally Posted by curlyserf;1936585
I've been using this one and really like it:

[URL="http://www.sallybeauty.com/nail-gel/SBS-507020,default,pd.html?cgid=Nail15-01"

Does that soak into the nail curlyserf or is it a coating like polish?
Originally Posted by missbanjo
It's a coating like a polish. I use it just like any other base coat.

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cleanse:Organix Vanilla Silk, Use Me Cleansing Cream
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Thanks! I appreciate all of the responses.

I don't know why it took me so long to figure out that's what I needed. Maybe because last time I was really into nail polish was back in middle school. I would repaint my nails at night to match my outfit for the next day so chipping didn't matter. I had soooo much time on my hands back then. Lol

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