As I’ve been away from my blog (which I actually do miss. It was all I could think about yesterday), I jumped on the severely-late train and tried gel nail polish for the first time and I love it! I went to a spa and had it done there, and it’s been about 3 weeks. I took the plunge and bought a Seche Ultra V light and some supplies to try it on my own at home. Seeing as though I need to get the strong polish off, I searched YouTube for tutorials on how to remove gel nail polish at home. And I just wanted to cry.
I’m not knocking these people for how they choose to take off their gel polish, but I (personally) wouldn’t be telling my followers/viewers/readers/friends to do these things. I would say 95% of the tutorials that were posted were 33% true. Saturating some cotton in acetone, placing it on the nail, and wrapping your fingertips in foil is totally fine and normal (seeing as though I do that already to get off my stubborn glitter polishes when I wear them). Really, that is the most you should be doing. But the steps afterward were just heart-stopping.
The rest of the tutorial(s) were: “Use a metal nail groomer/cuticle pusher and SCRAPE YOUR NAILS UNTIL THEY COME OFF.” There was one that I watched that had me dying, and they followed up with “Now, use a nail file and file off the pieces that you can’t get off.” My fingers were sore just watching.
If I had to give someone a tutorial on how to remove gel polish, I would have one step (and maybe an optional step #2): Soak a cotton ball in acetone, place it on your nail, wrap it in foil, and soak it for as long as you need until the polish wipes off. Optional step #2 (if truly necessary): Use an orange stick if you have to apply (almost little to no) pressure to get the polish to ‘pop off’. That would be it. Scraping and filing your nails is just damaging, no matter how you put it.
So, please. Don’t scrape. Please don’t. Just stop at step one.
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Playing around with some swirls, feat. Zoya’s FeiFei!
Here are some neon polishes out of my collection under the black light. Cool, right?!
Leopard-print nails and rhinestones, inspired by the great and wonderful Betsey Johnson!
My 3 new polishes from Zoya’s promo: Zara, Sienna, and FeiFei!
Good thing I checked my e-mail, because I would have missed out on this! I needed some way to ease myself back into things (and I am RUSTY), and what better way than a request? A wonderful viewer named Emily needed something to go with her dress, and I created something simple but pretty and not over-the-top. I hope you enjoy it, Emily! Others my follow as well, of course.
I’m warning you from this point on until my nails are back to normal: they are nubs.
1. Start with creating a chevron french by sweeping in a diagonal from one side, then the other. This is L’Oreal’s After Hours. I swear, it’s dark blue.
2. Use a shimmery silver to outline. This is Sinful Colors’ Out of This World.
3. (OPTIONAL) I wanted to make the effect that there were petals floating in the background, so I painted over the dark blue with Sally Hansen’s Glass Slipper.
4. With a light purple (I mixed white with Sally Hansen’s Lacey Lilac), create a flower. I used a thin brush, but use what you have.
5. To make the center of the flower, I used holographic glitter pieces. You can use glitter, rhinestones, whatever you want.
Add your top coat and you’re done!
I keep saying “I’m gonna get back to making art!” but I have yet to do so. If I’m not at school, I’m at work. And vice versa. With all the million other things going on, it’s hard to find time! I am trying to find that balance. I actually log on very often and I love to answer questions about anything that you have. So please leave me questions/messages in my ask box (or e-mail/Twitter/ChatBox); I’d love to answer them!
My job has destroyed my nails and they’re not pretty and even anymore. Would you all still want to see me do art, even if one of my nails is basically a nub? PLEASE ANSWER!
I have been drawing up designs in my sketchbook… I just have yet to paint them.
And I have been working on a separate project with nail art. It’s going to take forever to complete, but I think the ending result will be awesome. I can’t wait to finish it and show it to you all!
That’s really all I have for you. Please help me out and let me know if you still want me to do nail art! It would be so appreciative. And if you have any nail questions (or any type of questions for that matter), I’d be more than happy to answer them for you!
Thank you to my 4,000+ followers. You’ve all been extremely patient with me and I appreciate everything. You all mean the world to me.
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