Let’s sit and talk about nails shall we? What is it about getting a mani or pedi that makes us feel like a million bucks even if we are walking around in sweatpants…albeit cute ones. While my pedicures usually last a long time before I have to go back in, my manicures never last longer than a week. As soon as I see a chip my little heart breaks. There goes 20 bucks down the drain. And let’s be honest…. I just can’t be going to the salon to get a mani/pedi every 2-4 weeks- I have kids to care for and a home and business to run. Oh the luxury! Can you tell I am a teeny tiny bit jealous?
Now, for those in my shoes that would love to have their nails all pretty most of the time, I found an awesome solution. And an affordable one at that. Here is how to make that manicure last longer than a week. Mine lasted 7 days without a single chip to my left hand but some chipping on my right! And I do normal stuff like laundry, washing dishes, typing, bathing kids, etc. I also do my nails at night because I am less active and have more down time to let my nails completely dry. The cuticle oil I use helps with drying time and smudging….or so I have experienced. Alright, let’s get your nails all pretty!
Orly Base Coat (this is the key product so use this exact one)
What To Do:
1. Get your nails prepped by washing hands, drying, trimming/cutting nails, pushing back cuticles.
2. Buff nails lightly and wipe off residue with a towel or cotton ball.
3. Put one coat of the Orly Base Coat and let dry.
4. Apply one coat of nail polish color of choice and let dry a bit.
5. Put one coat of Orly Base Coat again and let dry.
6. Put nail polish color on again.
7. Brush cuticle oil over polish and let dry.
**This isn’t an exact science and the results won’t be the same for everyone depending on level of activity, nail polish brand and what not but I am sharing what has worked for me several times.**
So for comparison’s sake- I used the method above on my left hand and just did regular base coat, 2 coats of polish and top coat (no bonding base coat or cuticle oil) on my right hand. As you can see, I have chips on the middle finger of my right hand and some on my thumb and ring finger by Day 7! My left hand might have a tiny chip on the thumb but it is hardly noticeable. That is pretty darn good for someone who uses her hands quite a bit. Now that being said, there may be hidden variables like I use my right hand more, etc. And this method really doesn’t take much longer than just applying polish. You just add an extra coat in there. I say it is worth it.
And what goes with perfectly with polished nails? Summer and swimsuits. Have you entered the Lime Ricki giveaway yet? Ends on Sunday!