At Home Fake Nails

Hi guys!

Today I wanted to share with everyone what I do when I want to have fake nails. I can’t always afford to go and get my nails done, so this is a great alternative. It a lot cheaper and you get multiple uses out of the set.

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This is all the stuff I use to prep and apply the fake nails. There aren’t many steps so it goes by kind of quickly. (Sorry the pic isn’t great.)

 

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So the first thing you want to do is take care of your cuticles. You want to make sure your cuticles are pushed back and your nail bed is nice and clean. So to achieve that, I use the Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover. I love this stuff. It comes out in a gel form, which is extra nice so it doesn’t get all over the place.

You just make a line on your nail bed where your cuticle is. Follow the shape of your nail.

Next, take a cuticle pusher, I have a medal one but any kind should work just fine. GENTLY push your cuticles back. The bottle says to leave it on for 15 secs or no longer than 1 minute for calluses.

Once you’ve pushed the cuticle back, all you need to do next is wipe off the gel. You can use a napkin, paper towel, or cotton ball or you can just go wash your hands. That’s it for the cuticles!

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The next steps that I take are cleaning underneath my real nail. Even though I’m putting a fake nail on, I can’t stand the feeling of having dirt under my fingernail. Then I trim my nail and lightly file it to smooth out any harsh edges.

So I forgot to take pics of the next steps but all your going to do is pick out the nail size that you need. If they still seem a little to big for your nails then all you’re going to do is file a little bit at a time around the part of the nail that will sit up against where your cuticle is. Go slow and take your time so that you don’t file too much and mess the nail up.

Then, using the nail glue that the set comes with add one drop to the under side of the nail and gently spread it out on the nail leaving the tip alone. Then quickly apply the fake nail on top of your real nail. I try to press the bottom of the nail down near my cuticle first then try to smooth it out over the rest of the nail. There might be some air bubbles in the center of your nail and that is okay but you don’t want a bunch of air bubbles. Once the nail is on, press firmly making sure it’s on there pretty good. Obviously try to line it up as straight as you can before you apply it all the way.

That’s pretty much all there is to it. You can skip some steps if you already take care of your cuticles on a regular basis or if your nails are already short and clean. Oh! The brand of nails I get is just the Kiss brand in the more square shape. Then all that’s left to do is paint them and you can use whatever nail polish you normally use.

To take off the nail polish, you don’t want to use any kind of remover because it might “eat” the nail so just use a nail file. I like to use a more coarse file like the Tropical Shine 100/180 files and then the Sand Turtle Sand Sponge coarse/med 100/125 to kind of smooth and buff out any roughness. You can get those from Sally Beauty Supply. They are really cheap but work really well. Then before you paint your nails again just wash your hands and make sure there isn’t any left over dust or nail polish on your nails.

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XOXO

Kristy

How To Remove Glitter Nail Polish

Hey everyone!

Today’s quick tip is on how to easily remove glitter nail polish. I recently painted my nails using a glitter top coat and usually once it chips I can’t help but pick the rest off instead of using remover. Doing that is so bad for your nails. You’re not only picking the nail polish off, you’re also peeling a layer of your nail off! That’s not good. I’m a picker though and sometimes I just can’t help it.

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The way I did my nails kind of reminds me of Cinderella, which is kind of fitting since the movie just came out. I used Ulta brand base coat and top coat and then sinful colors in “sail la vie” and “queen of beauty”.

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So since glitter nail polish is so difficult to take off, I thought I’d show you an easy way to remove it. There are actually two ways you can do this. Both ways are not damaging to your nails at all. So don’t be afraid to try it next time you have glittery nails.

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What you will need for the first way:

  • Nail Polish remover
  • Cotton Balls or Cotton Rounds
  • Foil

What you do is first tear pieces of foil to fit around your finger. Then soak a cotton ball or round with the remover. Now if you aren’t using acetone nail polish remover, this is going to take a little longer. So once cotton is soaked, you just place it on top of your nail, then wrap your finger with the foil and let it sit for a couple of minutes. You can do one hand at time but if you do all your fingers, usually by the time you are finished with your last finger the first one is done.

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Once you’re ready to remove the foil, the best way to do so is one at a time. Unwrap the foil then give the cotton a little rub then remove the cotton. That should be all it takes to remove the glitter polish!

The second way of doing this is instead of using foil, you can use tape. Some people have a hard time getting the foil to hold the cotton down. So you do the same steps as the first way and when you are ready to put the tape on, start near your cuticle and wrap strips of tape around your finger holding the cotton in place. Keep in mind though that using tape and acetone remover, the remover will sort of “eat” the tape or melt it. So after a couple of minutes, again if doing all fingers the first one should be ready by the time you are done wrapping the last one.

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So when ready, give your nail a little rub with the cotton if you can, and then slide the tape and cotton off your nail. If you have some tape residue left behind on your finger you can just take another cotton ball and put some remover on it and rub your finger with it and it should take it all off. Remember that if you are using non-acetone nail polish remover these steps will take a little longer. Either way both ways should work. It just takes a little time but it will come off.

Also be careful if you have little cuts or something on your fingers. The nail polish will make it sting and that’s no fun. That’s it!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope this helps next time you have glittery nails! Don’t forget to follow and subscribe to keep up with my latest posts!

XOXO

Kristy