Lately, I keep receiving compliments and questions about my manicure. Lots of people think it’s a gel manicure because it is so shiny, other know that I don’t use gel so they want to know what I use. So, no, it’s not a gel, nor a professional salon manicure, it’s just a nail polish and a top coat that I use at home. Yes, I do my own manicure and I have 3 main reasons for it:
- I tried gel manicure and it ruined my nails. My nails are thin and with a tendency to brake easily. I thought the gel will work and my nail polish won’t chip so easily anymore. Well, it did work, but after 3 rounds of gel manicure, my nails were so affected that even the manicurist said I should take a long break from doing it. If you use gel manicure or intend to do so, maybe you should read this article too.
- I’ve been doing my manicure on my own since I was in school. Why stop now?
- I haven’t been very satisfied with any of the salons I attended or the professional nail polish they offered. None seemed to last too long on my nails.
Over time, I tried all sorts of nail products and polishes, less or more expensive, but a few months ago I discovered one that I’m totally in love with, as it lasts for a week and sometimes more, it has a wider brush so it’s easier and faster to apply and you don’t have to use any base coat. You rarely hear me talking about a beauty product, but when I do it, it’s because I tried it and I’m really happy with the results.
This is what I used lately and I’m extremely satisfied with both products:
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (bought from DM) and a Flormar quick dry top coat. Nothing too fancy or expensive.
Sally Hansen promised 7 benefits in 1 bottle: a base coat, growth treatment, beautiful color, top coat, gel-shine finish, chip-resistance, and a strengthener with keratin complex for up to 64% stronger nails, this all-in-one formula delivers up to 10 days of chip-resistant wear. That’s why I bought it, but now that I used it, I can say it delivered everything it promised.
Even though it wasn’t necessary to apply a top coat, I did it because I thought it will make it last longer. Sometimes I do apply it, sometimes I don’t, but in my experience, it does last longer with the top coat on.
In the near future I will tell you how I apply my nail polish and my tips on how to make it last longer. I’ve been improving my technique over the past years and I now can share some of my secrets . 🙂
My nails have been a problem for a while now, but since I discovered this Sally Hansen nail polish I’m finally happy to have a product that really works and does what it promised.
If you use it too, let me know if you are satisfied with it.
PS: These photos were not shot on a fresh done manicure. It had about 4 days.
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