Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Quick Dip nails , Red gold ombre with Stars .

My ring finger on my right hand broke , instead of redoing it with gel , I decided to try a new overlay .  I don't know why but the gel nails were still not strong enough for me .   I recently read an article in nails magazine about how Acrylic dipping is coming back .   I once did these type of nails for my sisters wedding and I was impressed with them , but due to the condition of my nails they never lasted very long .  

Instead of repairing my broken nail with gel , I decided to do the repair with quick dip acrylic instead.    I just started with the ring finger because that was the nail that was broken .The nail came out smooth and strong , it has not broken yet :) I was so impressed with how it looked that I decided to do all my nails. 

When I first did the repair it took less than 10 minutes , I actually did it while I was working and on hold on the phone .  I later decided to do the rest of my nails.   There are a lot of videos on YouTube to use as tutorals ,you can either purchase a kit or make your own kit .  I brought a wrap kit a little while back and saved the gel and activator spray.   I had also purchased a tub of Beauty Secrets acrylic powder in pink . 

Items that you use are for this type of application are  acrylic powder , risen or UV gel , and if you use risen an activator for the risen.   You can usually get the activator if you purchase a quick dip kit or nail wrap kit or you can also use nail glue dryer .   I found that you can find all of these items at Sally's Beauty Supply.    I have also found that there are many kits for sale on amazon however they are about $45.00 to $100.00.  I just figured I could make my own with the stuff that I had on hand.   

For this set I just filed the gel nails that I had with the 180 grit side of my file .   I took my nail risen and applied to my nail like nail polish .  I dipped my nail in the acrylic power , brushed off any excess powder and then took my risen and applied in a slow tapping motion.   In stead of applying the risin like polish , I just applied in small sections and let the risen spread onto the nail.   Once the whole nail was covered I dipped in acrylic again and did the same procedure with the risen.   I sprayed the activator on the nail allowed the nail to dry and once my nail was dry I filed the shape with the 180 side of my file and than filed the nail smooth with the 100 side of my nail file and than followed with a white buffing block.  

After filing my nails I brushed off the nails and cleaned them , I applied my red nail polish and than took a gold polish and put it on a sponge and dabbed in on the tips of my nail creating an ombre effect.  I used my clear stamper and applied white stars from my Konad stamping plate. 

So far I have been impressed with quick dip nails no more have broken so far .  I am hoping that these last .  The best thing about  this application was that they were super easy and very fast to do , also the filing was not bad.   I shaved about two hours off of my usual time for doing my nails.   I have even gotten compliments on these nails.     I feel I still need some practice on my painting technique , but so far so good .  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pink Spring Nails and new clear nails stampers !!!

My nails are holding up a bit , its been a couple of days.   I got a lot of compliments on my Easter Egg nails , however I noticed that the design was not quite straight .   I turned to my trusty internet and you tube and found that there are clear stampers .   I first checked if Konad had any and they don't .    Next I check Amazon and found some , purchased three of them on Saturday and got them on Sunday. 

Of course I had to try them out and these things are amazing and make it so much easier to place stamps on your nails .   You can see where you are putting you image on your nail.   I did these pink nails with light pink flowers from one of my Konad plates.  You can use these stampers with both regular nail polish or Konad special polish.

Pink Nails light pink konad flowers .

Clear nail Stampers

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Nails 2017

I have finally recovered from my surgery and what better way to celebrate than to do my nails.  For the past three months I have been confined to my recliner because I could not move .   I had to have a Hysterectomy and it was a long recovery .  I could not have nails for the surgery so I had to take them off .   During my recovery I did not have any energy to even try to do my nails.  However during all my down time I viewed a lot of YouTube videos on how to do gel nails.   Every time I did my nails they would only last for about a week.   I had to find out what I was doing wrong .  I came to the conclusion that I may not have been applying enough layers of gel and may have not been allowing the gel to cure properly and I have also been using the wrong nails tips .  I found this You tuber Jessica Angelique, you  must check her out. Her videos are awesome , informative and easy to follow . www.Jessica-Angelique.com

On to my design , I decided to do a round shape as I have notice that round nails seem to be the style this year.    Because it is Easter what better design to do with round nails than an Easter Egg.   I used square tips and followed the usual procedure for adding tips to your nails and shaped the nails into a round shape. 

I dehydrated my nails with alcohol and added to thin coats of primer.   I applied the required amount of IBD bonder and than followed with two thin coats of builder gel cured for two minutes.   I went on to building up my nails .   I applied a slightly thicker layer of builder gel to the middle of my nails and capped the free edge and cured for two minutes.  I applied another thick layer and applied to the middle of my nail again but this time pushed some of the gel just to the cuticle and than tried to float it to the free edge of the nail and cured again for two minutes.   At this point I check out the nails and you could tell that they were taking shape I applied another thick layer to the nails starting in the center and pulling the gel to the free edge and cured again for two minutes .   At this point I checked out the nails again and added gel to any areas that needed it then cured for two minutes and cleaned off the dispersion layer with alcohol. 

I filed the nails beginning at the cuticle area and working my way to the free edge .  To file the cuticle area I used the coarse side of my nail file , although next time I think I might use my E File to may it faster .   After filing the cuticle area I checked the shape of the nail and I could see the apex forming and a shape to the nail.  I took the smoother side of my nail file and evened out the rest of the nail .  I followed with some primer around the cuticle area and than applied a UV top coat and cured for four minutes .  The top coat that I used does not need to be whipped off .  I buffed my rest of the nails with a white block and added cuticle oil . 

For the color I decided to use this pearly pink color , its close to white but too white , I did one coat only allowed them to try and applied my Konad nail stamps in contrasting Easter colors . I still need more practice I think but I'm getting there .   I spent a lot of time on these nails and I am  hoping that they last a lot longer than my Christmas nails.   I am noticing that I need to spend a little more time on blending the nails. 

If anyone follows me I hope you have very Happy Easter weekend!!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Years Manicure ringing in 2017

Happy New Years Eve ,  I wish everyone a wonderful 2017 full of love and happiness.  I don't know what happened our what I might have done wrong , but shortly after I did my Christmas gel set they began to break.   After the repair of my thumb nail on my right hand , my thumb on my left hand broke off .   I putting up my pea coat and it feel on my thumb taking off the tip of my left nail.  I did not have time to repair it properly so I clued it back on for a while .   It irritated me that my nails were breaking , I was also begining to notice every imperfection .   I noticed that where I had applied my tips gaps were beginning to show .   Then I started to pick at them and ended up taking them off.  I think I may have applied the extension tips incorrectly.   My natural nails are extremely short and there is not a nail tip for an extension to adhere to .   My other thought was I may have not built up the nail enough on the apex.   

While I was out to dinner with my husband he notice that I took off all of my nails and said I was not allowed to do gel nails for a while .   He gave me a six month window,  He said I could paint them , but not do the gel.   My nails are in bad shape right now , brittle and snagging on everything.  In conducting my research of gel nails on Utube .   I am talking about countless hours of me watching tons of videos for endless hours .   I came across some tutorials where people have put gel on their natural nails to help grow them out.   I decided to give it a try and keep my nails short , meaning not adding any type of extension.   I think I tried this before , however it was prior to my apple cider vinegar treatment .  

Now that I have my natural nails somewhat back and have gotten rid of that pesky fungus (Yay) I want to try to keep my nails as strong and healthy as possible , however I do like having them done once in a while and I plan on figuring out the proper way to do extensions.  However for the next six months as a dare from my husband I can't do them.  Life with short nails to start 2017 it is.

For this manicure I started out by doing a try manicure , pushed back cuticle and file the shine from my natural nails.   I did something different this time , which I have notice in the utube videos that I watched . I cleaned my nails after filing with a wipe with nail polish remover.  Nail polish remover dehydrates the nail plate , which allows products like gel and acrylic adhere better.   I added the IBD bonder to my nails and cured for the required time .   I then applied a thin layer of IBD builder gel in pink to my natural nail making sure that gel did not get on my skin.   I cured my nails for the required time of one minute.   After this cure I applied a thicker layer of gel to my natural nail ,  to get a good amount of gel with this product you must dip your brush in the gel pot and lift up creating a string of gel .  I rotate my brush which helps create a little bit of a ball.   I unload the ball in the middle of my nail and with a circular motion I disperse the gel on my natural nail and use the string technique to build out a decent looking nail . Once I am satisfied with the shape of my nail I cure my nail for the required 3 minutes .  

I clean the sticky layer of gel off my nail with an alcohol wipe ( paper towel with alcohol on it) .  At this point I take the 100 side of my nail file and lightly file over the nails to get rid of any ridges.   I used the 180 side of my file and shape out my nail following the natural shape.  I think my natural shape might be round , because that it the shape that my nails followed .   after filing I clean my nails with my alcohol wipe and apply IBD intense seal and cure for the required time of 3 minutes.   I then lightly buff my nails with a white block and again clean my nails with an alcohol wipe.   I could leave nails clear as they look like a pair of healthy natural nails .  However I love to paint my nails and add some type of fun design .

Because it is New Years Eve I decided to so something a little festive.  I have this awesome glittery silver color from Sally Hansen called Guilty Party .  Which I think is perfect to ring in the new year with .   I than chose a festive full cover nail stamp in black pearl from my Konad nail stamp collection.   

It usually takes two weeks for gel nails to grow out needing fills.  We will see how these nails hold up , also I am excited to see if my theory of having gel on the bottom of regular nail polish will allow the color to last longer .   For some reason I having issues with gel color and think that clear gel or natural gel colors as a base are better.   If I want to change the color of my nails tomorrow I can without having to file the color off of my nail.   Time for me to clean up the house now and take down all of my Christmas decorations.  Happy New Years !!!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Update on Christmas gel nails .

Hope everyone had a great Christmas , I had a great time spending time with my family and getting lots of great presents . However during the festivities I broke two of my nails , the first nail broke on Saturday right before I was going to leave for my sisters Christmas Eve Party.   My nailed cracked in the middle but did not come off completely.   I was able to clue my nail , however I could still see the crack.   By not having to go to the salon to get my nail fixed , I was able to fix my nail at home.   I took out my nail kit and applied gel over my nail , however due to where the break was I determined that I must have not created a good C curve .   I built up the C curve  using the drag method, I dipped the brush into the gel and laid the string of gel over the nails and built up the nail.   I cured it for the required three minutes .  The nail came out very smooth , so I buffed the nail , cleaned it and painted it .  Fixed my nail with in five minutes , you can not tell that it was ever broken.

While cleaning up after the aftermath of Christmas dinner I broke my thumb nail .  Again I was able to fix my nail at home in less than ten minutes .  I repeated the gel application again, however due to how the nail broke I had to redo the complete nail .  Having everything at home and on hand made repairing the nails so easy and of course because I didn't have to go the salon and pay to repair my nail I saved money  and time.   

My nails are complete again and so far I have not had any problems , however its only been a day .  I determined that the problem could have been that I did not build up the nail correctly and create the  C curve I have looked at all nails and I see that they now appear to have pretty good C curves , so we will see how the hold up further.  

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Nails 2016

Merry Christmas,  What better way to relax after having surgery than to do your nails.  I tried to sculpt my nails but my nails are too short and it was a complete fail.  For my Christmas Nails I decided to add tips to give a little length and add a little structure.  

Since I just had surgery and didn't wanted to work to hard , I used my electric drill with a coarse file . I started with pushing my cuticles back and lightly filed my nails with my electric file.   I then cleaned my nails with paper towel with alcohol on it.  I sized the nail tips and clued them to my nails.  I cut my nails down to a preferred length ( I like to keep them short as I can't do anything with them when they are long).  I filed the nails with my electric file to blend the tips to my natural nail bed.  Then I took a regular nail file with 180 /100 grit side and shaped my nails into a nice square shape and cleaned them with an alcohol wipe. 

Next I did the gel application.  I used IBD builder gel in pink.  To begin the gel application process I applied IBD Bonder to my nails and cured for one minute under a UV Lamp.   Then I applied a thin layer of IBD builder gel and cured for one minute under the UV Lamp.   I dipped my gel brush in the builder gel and picked up a nice amount of gel .  I applied a thicker amount of gel to the middle of my nail bed and worked the gel from my cuticle to the free edge.  I kept the gel thin close to my cuticle and thicker towards the free edge.   Once you have a nice C curve and are satisfied with your nail you can cure for three minutes.   After curing for three minutes I wiped off the dispersion layer (stictky layer) with an alcohol wipe.  I took my nail file and filed the sides and free edge of my nail keeping the sides slightly rounded.   I than took my electric drill and used a lighter drill to smooth out the nail.  I then took a white buffer and buffed my nails , then applied IBD Intense seal to the nails and cured for three minutes.   After curing for three minutes I took my nails out of the UV Lamp , there was no need to wipe off a dispersion layer as IBD intense seal is a UV top coat. 

After the gel application process I add cuticle oil to all of my nails and massage the oil into my cuticle .   I wipe my nails with a clean paper towel and chose my nail color.   Because it is Christmas I decided to use a nice classy red color and a festive green.  I love Sally Hansen nail color and decided to use Bordeaux Glow and Combusteable for my colors .  I used Combusteable on my accent finer and used Bordeaux Glow on the other four nails.  I then decided to add a fun full cover nail stamp to the accent finger using Konad nail art stamps with silver stamping polish .  I finished the nails with Sally Hansen top coat .  

I don't really like to use gel nail polish as you have to file your nails to remove it or soak your nail in nail polish remover damaging your nail bed.   Using regular nail polish allows you change your color as often as you like , and having the gel overlay on the bottom of the polish allows the color to last longer with less chipping from my experience.   I have been doing my nails for years now and never had my nail color chip.    Lets see how long these last , I am hoping that I finally learned how to do them correctly.   I will be back to do a new years design if I have time next week.  Merry Christmas !!!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day Everyone ! I did this manicure last night , I am trying to grow out my nails , but it doesn't seem to be working .  I notice when I do my nails than my natural nails grow.   When I don't have them done they grow out , but the are split and chip and end up breaking .  For this manicure , I put tips and cut them really short , I used IBD builder gel , and Sally Hansen polish in some gold color , I can't remember the name of the color .   I decided to use my Konad stamps , I chose some cool little flowers that kind of look like stars ! Because all Mom's are Stars !