Category Archives: Nail Care

Back to work!

So, that’s it, vacation’s over and I’m going back to work tomorrow. That means short nails, so today I grabbed my clippers and files and attacked my claws. It feels funny having short nails after keeping them long all summer, but I kinda like them. They are cute! And everyone knows darks and vampies look better on short nails, right?

Here’s how they ended up.

(Mani is Nfu-Oh 50 over H&M Temptress with Essie Matte About You on top.)

Are you going to be sporting short nails for fall?

Tutorial – The Foil Method

No, this is not a post about how to make a snazzy foil hat to shield your thoughts from the alien invaders. The “foil method” is simply a great way to remove stubborn glitter polish without any rubbing or other hard work. Magic, you say? Yes, it almost feels like magic. It has definitely cured me of my dread of wearing those hard-to-remove glitters.

To show you this wizardry I tried my chubby little snausages at a video! Now, this is the first time I’ve ever tried editing a video, so please be gentle with me. ;)

This is me removing my Kleancolor Chunky Holo Purple manicure. Watch and learn!

Treat me right!

I want to write a post dedicated to the girl who saved my nails from utter destruction and heartbreak – THROUGH SCIENCE! I’m of course talking about Anna, the beauty and brains behind the awesome blog loodie loodie loodie.

Before I got into this entire nail polish craziness, I never really paid any attention to my nails. I kept them super short and didn’t need any treatment, because there was almost nothing to treat. Then, when I started growing and polishing my nails, I realized that they needed some care.

My main problem was peeling. My God, the peelies! No matter what I tried, I could rip big flakes off of the top of my nails, and of course this lead to them breaking pretty easily. I went through a lot of stuff to try and get rid of this problem, such as OPI Nail Envy, Essie Millionails, Herôme Nail Hardener and Gelous, but nothing cured my soft and peely nails. In the end I just resorted to buffing away the peelies, which didn’t exactly make matters any better.

Then, one day, I found Anna’s blog, and I saw the light. She has written an entire series of articles on nail strenghteners, where she explains which strengthener is right for which type of nail (problem), based on the ingredients in the treatments. Suddenly, I understood that I had to find a treatment with the right stuff in it for my nails! This stuff turned out to be formaldehyde.

About a month ago, I started using Trind Nail Repair as a basecoat, and after three weeks the peelies were gone and my nails were super strong and hard! They actually grow so long that I have to file them down, something I’ve never experienced before. I’m very careful not to overharden the nail plate, though, so I’m having a break from Trind right now and using Barielle Hydrating Ridge Filler for a while instead.

Here’s a pic of my freshly filed nails of today, sporting Chanel Mimosa with Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure on top.

A big thank you hug to Anna for teaching me how to treat my nails right! Now, you go over there and get edumacated too! (And read the rest of her blog as well, it’s so cool!)

Thanks for reading!
Love, S.

Orly Nail Rescue Kit

About an hour ago a big flake chipped off from my nail, normally this would send me into a wailing frenzy, but not today. This is the perfect opportunity to try Orly’s Nail Rescue Kit. I got this off of eBay a while ago, because I was tired of having to file all my nails down once one of them broke.

This kit contains a bottle of nail glue, a jar of acrylic powder and a small buffer.

The instructions are pretty clear, just brush the glue on the nail, dip it in the powder and buff until smooth. You can repeat the process for added strength. To remove the stuff, soak in acetone until dissolved. Don’t peel it off the nail, because that kinda defies the purpose, doesn’t it?

Here’s the monstrous peel I’m trying to save. It just popped right off when I stuck my hand in my mailbox! (Probably too eager to see if I had recieved any interesting packages!) Please do not be scared, but the macro setting makes everything look super gnarly.

It’s a good idea to make everything ready before you start applying the glue, you don’t want to wrestle with the lid on the powder when your nail is sticky from superglue! So here’s the setup.

I don’t have any pics of the application process itself, remember, this has to go really quickly. I didn’t bother putting the glue all over my nail, so I just covered the crack with the glue and dipped it in the powder. This is how it looks immediately after dipping.

And here is the nail after buffing and cleaning.

And finally, the repaired nail with a fresh coat of nail polish.

The repair is practically invisible under the polish, and it feels nice and strong. I’m really happy I bought this kit, it works so much better than silk wraps. Good thing for my thumbs, they always peel and split down to the quick.

If you haven’t tried this repair kit, I’ll definitely recommend it!

Thanks for stopping by!
Love, S.

The Naked Truth

Hi everyone! I’m back in good old, ice cold Norway again! It was quite the difference traveling from 28°C to -10°C, but it’s nice to be back home again too. I had such a nice three weeks in Qatar, we had so much fun. I didn’t do a lot of nail polish shopping though, maybe I’m cured? Haha!

Today I thought I’d show you how my nails look without nail polish. I love to see other bloggers’ naked nails, so it’s only fair that I show you mine, isn’t it?

Sadly, I had to chop off all of my nails when I got home. They were so nice and long all the time I was in Qatar, but the left index finger nail broke immediately when I got on the plane. I couldn’t bare having just one nub, so I got a little clipper-happy, and this is the result.

Left hand.

Right hand.

So there you have it, my ugly little nubbins. I hope you’re not too traumatized.

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to everyone who keep checking out my blog! You are the best!
Love, S.

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