I have had my “Eureka” nail moment. My nails are are mortal enemies with any type of nail polish – no matter the base or the top coat. I have tried many base coats and many top coats, trying to get my nail polish to last on my nails for any length of time. I used to think that two days with little wear was a great accomplishment. I was able to achieve that when I first bought my bottle of ORLY Bonder. But after using it for a month or so, the base coat stopped working for me. I was getting serious chips with a day of painting my nails, and that is with using my Seche Vite top coat.
Well, I was in Sally’s Beauty Supply recently and I came across China Glaze’s Strong Adhesion Base Coat and decided, to try it out. Well, I must say that it is a wonderful base coat and I plan on doing a review on it, as I want to give a decent run before giving it a rating. I jumped the gun on my Bonder review, giving it a good one, before really giving it a try. Well, it has taken me a long time to come up with the right combo of base coat and top coat that works for my nails. And I think that I now have it down.
My new technique is something that I read about on the Makeup Alley Nail Board. It’s called the “sandwich” technique. This is where you apply your base coat, then the nail polish, and then you apply your base coat again over the nail polish and then you add your top coat on that. It sounds like a lot of steps, but I’m telling you right now, it works.
Pure and simple.
I tried this technique with a new bottle of China Glaze Wagon Trail from the Rodeo Diva collection. I applied one coat of China Glaze Strong Adhesion and then I applied three coats of Wagon Trail on top of that. I followed Wagon Trail with another coat of Strong Adhesion after I let the polish dry for a couple of minutes. After Strong Adhesion I finished my mani off with a coat of my go to top coat Seche Vite.
This was a long process that wasn’t exactly paint and go, but it was completely worth it. MY nail polish hels strong for about 5 days with ABSOLUTELY NO CHIPPING WHAT SO EVER. I didn’t even have tip wear and tear. I did my nails on Saturday night, and I took it off Wednesday and there was one TINY chip on my index finger, and that had happened earlier that day. I went 5 FULL DAYS with no chips. MY mind was completely blown. I couldn’t believe my eyes. My nails, have finally been beaten into submission and I couldn’t be happier. I love polish with all my heart and it nearly broke it to have so many problems with my nails. As of right now, that problem is over. I hope that this continues to work for me, but I still have to try this with other polishes, ones that I KNOW don’t like my nails. Those polishes include ones by MAC and NYC. China Glaze usually works well for my nails, so I can’t really trust this test of it.
But as of right now, it seems promising. I will continue to use this method, until it stops working or I find something better. So the next time you want to do your nails, take some extra time and give this a whirl. You may be pleasantly surprised.
What’s the worst way to spend Halloween? I fell sick on Thursday night and I am still fighting this damned thing. It was really strange to, I was perfectly fine on Thursday afternoon, and Thursday evening to night I started to become sick, and I’ve just gone down hill since then.
As of right now, I can’t speak, can’t taste, can’t smell and I can barely breathe. So this is a quick note on how I am doing right now, and why postings have been extremely sparse. I’m not ignoring you guys, I’m just sick. But I shall leave you guys with this video by TheFashionMaven, who does some amazing stuff on youtube.
One thing is certain, I have wayyy too many lipsticks, and those lipsticks tend to take up a lot of space in my makeup stash. So I decided it was time to do something about it. I bought a ton of little 5 gram jars and I took the lipsticks and melted them in a stainless steel ladle and make little lippie pots. I actually prefer potted lipsticks and lipglosses, because it gives me the best opportunity to use lip brushes, which I love.
When I learned the technique for doing this, I followed Enkore’s tutorial on youtube. He made it look sooo easy. And I think I’m getting better at it, now that i figured out the correct way of pouring the melted lipstick into the pot.
So, if doing this will help you, then check out his tutorial
So if you are bored, give this a shot, but just be very careful Dealing with heat and flames is very dangerous. So just be safe .
Some of you gals have been asking me what palettes I put my depotted NYX trios in. Since the trios I have come from the tester bag, they are smaller and rectangle shaped. I will post what I use personally later tonight or tomorrow, and until then, this should help you