Monday, September 24, 2012

Mani Monday {Make it Last}

 This is a 1 week, 3-day old manicure.

I cleaned, washed dishes, spray painted, sewed, blogged, and even 
helped my hubby change the rotors on my van. 
{True story!!}


First, I start with taking Biotin daily.
It makes for beautiful skin and healthy hair and nails.

Put the kiddos in bed, clean up, and turn on a show.
 Good manicures take time!
Next, I follow this method of manicure:

After cleaning hands thoroughly push back and trim cuticles if needed. Trim nails as needed. 

1. Start by filing your nails for shape.
If you use an emery board, try to file in one direction to prevent breakage.
I usually round my corners slightly.
Be sure to file the sides as well as the tip!

2. Smooth edges and buff top of nail with buffing block.
Get the moon of the nail and sides.
Using a cotton pad soaked in acetone, wipe each nail from moon to tip.
Try not to touch your nails with fingers to prevent oil getting on them.

3. Base coat: Orly  Bonder (Rubberized Base Coat)
This creates a rubbery surface that will help adhere your color to your nail. One thin coat is all it takes! 
Allow 30-60sec to dry.
It will feel like rubber!

4. Color:
Good nail polish is worth the $$. 
Cheap polish isn't going to last the way brands like Essie or OPI will.
Apply 1-2 coats of color, allowing 60 secs in between coats.
Allow 2-5min to dry.

5.Top Coat:Orly No Chip
This stuff is fantastic. 
It goes on without being super thick, which I love.
That means, less bubbles and wrinkles.
And it is true to it's name! No chips!
Apply 1 coat over dried color, making sure to cover tip.
Allow ~10min to dry.

Clean up edges with fine Q-tip soaked in acetone.

For touch ups during the week:
Orly Glosser
When nails look a little dull or scratched, this shines them right up!

 I've also come to love the Sally Hansen Salon Effects.
I put them on over the base coat and they last 10-14 days.
On the toes, 2-3 weeks.
They are a good alternative if you don't have the time as they dry instantly.
They can be a bit costly, only 2 sets from one box at $9/box.


  1. What a great tutorial. My problem is I don't have a dish washer so my hands spend a lot of time in water and the polish peels off. Would this process help me?

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    1. I bet it would help! Especially if you used the Sally Hansen Salon Effects. They are seriously durable! ;)

  2. Very cool post - who ever would have thought about good nail care? I just wish mine would grow :o)
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  3. Great tips!! My manicure never lasts more than three days unless I use gel.

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