How To Make A Peel Off Base Coat Last!

Hi everyone, welcome back. Today I’m going to show you how I can wear a mani using a peel off base coat for around five days.

1. Cleanse the nails!

Like the rest of our bodies, our nail plates produce oil, this needs to be removed to ensure proper adhesion. You can do this using rubbing alcohol or acetone. Don’t clean your nails by using hand soap or ordinary nail polish remover as these contain oils. This will give your nails a nasty white, flaky and dry look, but stick with it.

2. Apply a very thin coat of peel off base.

I find that applying a normal coat of polish makes my mani peel quicker. So I apply a very thin coat, make sure to wipe most of the product off the brush.

3. Don’t apply the peel off base like a normal base coat!

Make sure that you don’t push the brush as close to the cuticle like you normally would.

Yes I have yellow nails, no I don’t take drugs, nor do I smoke. I don’t often use a stain preventing base coat. I’m just addicted to nail polish and because you’re reading this, I’m guessing you are too. 😝

Also, make sure that you don’t apply the peel off base close to the edge of your nail, leave a gap!

4. Don’t wrap the free edge with the base coat!

Wrapping the tip of your nail with the peel off base coat will cause it to lift a lot earlier!

5. Make sure you cover the peel off base coat!

When applying your first coat of coloured polish, make sure you push past the edge of the base coat with the brush. This ensure that the peel off base can’t lift, and water and oils can’t get under it.

I probably should have used a more opaque polish here but I was trying out a new thermal. 😝

6. Make sure you wrap the tip with the coloured polish!

Because we didn’t wrap the tip with the peel off base coat, when you wrap the tip with the coloured polish, you created a seal.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 with the top coat.

8. Don’t use cuticle oil how you normally would!

Don’t put oil on your cuticles when using a peel off base coat, oil will just causes the polish to lift. So I only use oil on the underside of my nail, this way my nails stay hydrated but my mani won’t lift.

Those are the steps I use to make my peel off mani last. Obviously it won’t last as long as it would if you used a regular base coat, but you should get around five days wear. I’ve even had seven days wear.

If you try my tricks, let me know how you got on! If you have any questions, leave a comment below or you can email me at aeaf1999@gmail.com.

Thank for reading!

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Tropical Nail Art | Blogger Collaboration

It’s time for another collaboration! This months theme is tropical, I’m so excited for this one so let’s do it.

So this is the mani I created, neon gradient, one of my favourite nail looks.

As always, I’m starting with my base coat. I used Ünt Ready For TakeOff.

No matter what I’m doing with neons, I ALWAYS use a white base colour. It makes them pop. I usually use Glow Up from TwinkledT, but I’m trying out a new one as it was out of stock in the UK. This is Rainbow Connections white stamping polish.

It’s not bad, but it’s not a one coater unlike Glow Up.

Now, if you’re doing a gradient, now is not a good time for a memory lapse. (I’ve done it before.) We need liquid latex! I used Border Patrol by Girly Bits Cosmetics. I really like this one!

For the gradient I used two neons from China Glaze, the yellow isn’t really a neon but it worked perfectly.

I applied stripes of all three colours onto a latex free makeup wedge.

I did three thin layers and then peeled of my latex.

I was tempted to make this design matte, but I wanted a little bit of holo, so I added Northern Lights holographic top coat by INM.

On my ring finger used a little “aloha” water decal.

On the rest of my nails I stamped black palm trees. I used this stamping plate from Born Pretty.

For my black stamping polish I used Liquid Leather by China Glaze.

And finally, I topped it all off with a nice thick coat of Air Dry by CND.

So that was this months blogger collaboration!

Don’t forget to check out the other amazing girls blogs.

Minna – https://talkandbake.blogspot.com/

Paula – https://realpolishfanatic.com/

Zuzia – http://zumaluje.blogspot.com/

Weronika – https://www.malinaila.pl/

Patricia – http://www.nailsthatmatch.com/

Celeste – https://celestelovesnails.blogspot.com/?m=1

Nicki – http://glittermynails.com

Thanks for reading! I have lots of new blogs in the making, so stay tuned.

Anne. X

Dupes!

Hi everyone, today’s blog is a new one. It’s all about dupes, if you’re new to the nail community, dupes is short for duplicates. Meaning two or more polishes from either the same or different brands, that are identical or close to. This is so common given the amount of mainstream and indie brands out there. Dupes can be a blessing in disguise though! I’ll explain more with the first two polishes. 👇🏻

This is Are You Orchiding Me? From the China Glaze Spring Pastels 2017 collection. And I’m Gown For Anything from the OPI Alice Through The Looking Glass 2016 collection.

In the bottle, these are exact dupes. However, on the nail, Are You Orchiding Me is the tiniest bit brighter, a little more purple, but that’s just me scrutinising it to within an inch of its life. 😝 Now here’s where the dupes being a blessing in disguise comes in… The OPI one has a FANTASTIC formula, it’s almost a one coater. And for a light colour like this from a mainstream brand?! That is incredibly rare. The China Glaze one is okay, but nothing compared to the OPI. I can’t believe I’m saying this, I’m such a big China Glaze fan. But it’s thin wants to run down the sides of the nail if you’re not careful.

The swatches are shown fully dried with no top coat.

So, if you’re going to get one of these, get the OPI. You won’t regret it, it’s one of my all time favourites.

Okay, next up are two beautiful polishes, I adore both of these. This is China Glaze Royal Pain In The Ascot (I love that name 😂) from the 2017 Street Regal collection, and Zoyas Blair from the Pulse 2008 collection.

In the bottle, these are not exact dupes. The China Glaze has a slightly darker shimmer that mixes a little more with the base. Whereas the Zoyas shimmer stands out a little more, and is more red than a garnet colour.

On the nail, they are almost exact dupes. The China Glaze is a one coater, it has a fantastic formula. Zoya needed two coats to match the colour in the bottle. The only very, very slight difference is that the Zoyas base and shimmer doesn’t mix together like the China Glaze does. It’s ever so slightly brighter.

I saved the most unexpected for last. This is Pearl Jammin’ from the China Glaze 2016 Rebel collection, and Barry M Moonfish from the 2018 Under The Sea collection. When Pearl Jammin’ was released, everyone went mad for it, and rightfully so in my opinion. It was truly unique, even indie brands hadn’t come up with something like this. So the fact that a mainstream brand released it was even more shocking. So to find an almost exact dupe for it, from a UK mainstream brand, well I was mind blown.

The only difference between these two is the shimmer, Pearl Jammin’ has a slightly more orange shimmer. But that is the only difference, they even apply the same. Neither of them get fully opaque in three coats, so I either layer them over a white, or put a fourth coat on Pearl Jammin’. Moonfish would need more than four unfortunately.

So those were my dupes, I have more so stay tuned for that blog.

Thank you for reading,

Anne. X

Floral Nail Art Tutorial| Blogger Collaboration

The 6th is upon us again and you know what that means, another collaboration! This months collaboration is about floral nail art. I was really excited about this one because I’ve had this design on my tester wheel for months. 😊

I’m going jump straight in with my base coat, I always used Ünt Ready For TakeOff peel off base coat. My bottle is almost empty so it’s gotten thick and gloopy, but it still works great. I need to buy a new one.

For my base colour, I was torn between OPI Suzi Chases Portu-Geese and China Glaze Snow Way! I wanted an off white, plain base so I chose OPI. The shimmer in Snow Way was a little too strong and I didn’t want it to distract from the design. Suzi Chases Portu-Geese is a white cream with a drop or two of pink. I’ve really been into nearly white colours recently.

Now onto the stamping, I used this plate from the MoYou London Tropical collection.

I always use China Glaze Liquid Leather as my black stamping polish. It works perfectly and saves me having to buy a separate black specifically for stamping. I transferred this to my TwinkledT nail art mat. If you don’t have one, you could just leave the design on the stamper. You’ll just have to be a little more careful when colouring the image as the black stamping will pick up very easily.

I used China Glaze Lime After Lime to colour in the leaves.

I wanted to create a gradient look for the flower petals, so in the centre of each flower, I added a large dot of Flip Flop Fantasy by China Glaze.

Then I filled in the rest of the petals with China Glaze Bottoms Up.

When I turn stamping into decals, I always used clear nail polish, not a top or base coat. These dry too brittle and ridged. Clear polish dries with flexibility, so it will fit to the curves of your nail a lot easier.

After 15 – 20 minutes, you should be able to peel the decal off.

I’ve seen some people stick decals to their nails using a top or base coat, clear polish and even water. While they do work, you’re much more likely to get bubbles underneath the decal when applied to wet polish. I always use a very thin layer of foil glue.

Once the decal was stuck down, I took a tiny pair of scissors and carefully cut the excess away. The trick to getting a seamless look is to use a clean up brush dipped in nail polish remover or acetone to melt the layers of polish together.

Once I was happy with the clean up, I applied a VERY heavy coat of CND Air Dry top coat. Applying top coat thickly is the best way to stop stamping from smudging.

I loved creating this mani!

Thank you to the other very talented nail artists in this collaboration:

Minna – https://talkandbake.blogspot.com/

Paula – https://realpolishfanatic.com/

Zuzia – http://zumaluje.blogspot.com/

Weronika – https://www.malinaila.pl/

Patricia – http://www.nailsthatmatch.com/

Celeste – https://celestelovesnails.blogspot.com/?m=1

Nicki – http://glittermynails.com

Thank you for reading,

Anne.

My Favourite Topper Nail Polishes

Hello everyone, long time no write! 😝 I’m sorry I’ve been absent this past month, I’ve been unwell with Fibromyalgia and Arthritis. But I’m back and I’m ready to blog again.

Today’s blog is another favourites, I love doing these. Here are my favourite nail polish toppers!

First of all, let’s talk about toppers. A topper nail polish is either a glitter in a clear base, or a very sheer shimmer or jelly polish. Anything that is sheer enough that you can see through it can be used as a topper. A shimmer polish that is very sheer may have a different look depending on what colour you layer it over. My personal favourites are glitters in a clear base. I love layering these over cream polishes. It just brings them to life.

For instance, one of my all time favourites is OPI 18K Gold top coat. These are little pieces of 18K gold flakes in a clear base. I love the variety of shapes and sizes in this polish. I put it over a magnetic polish from FUN Lacquer. It’s perfect because the flakes aren’t too dense so they won’t hide the magnetic cat eye.

But maybe you want something more colourful? Diamond Flake by FUN Lacquer is a favourite of mine because the holographic flakes are so striking! This is a little more dense so I only do a very thin coat. But, as you can see in the picture below, it still doesn’t hide a gradient.

A classic that the majority of nail polish addicts will own, China Glaze Fairy Dust. This simple holographic topper is striking enough that it will bring any mani to life, but also subtle enough to layer over nail art to enhance and not hide. I use this all the time so it had to go in my favourites blog.

And last but by no means least, Frosting from Cupcake Polish. These are iridescent hex glitters in a clear base. This is so versatile because the glitters change colour depending on the colour they’re layered over. Over black, they have an orange to green shift but over white, they shift from white to pink to gold and a few others at extreme angles.

This polish also looks amazing matte.

So those were my favourite toppers, I adore all of these and toppers in general are a big hit with me. What do you think?

Thank you for reading,

Anne.

Polishes I Regret Buying

Saturday is here again and it’s a tough blog! It took a while but I finally managed to pick out five nail polishes that I regret buying. I’m not one for slamming brands or products, but I have used my fair share of bad products.

*DISCLAIMER*

Just because I don’t like these polishes, doesn’t mean they are bad for everyone! Everyone applies polish differently, and polishes perform differently in different environments. These are purely my opinions and not a negative review of the brand.

Now that’s out of the way, lets jump in. 😊

First up is Iron Clad by Cuccio Colour, this is a greyish purple shimmery matte polish. For me, it really isn’t anything special. The swatch photo is really old so forgive me, I haven’t worn this since I took the photo in 2015. 😂 The formula is thick and it doesn’t have the usual nail polish smell, this is a really sickly smell. Not my cup of tea at all.

Next up is a glitter called Wine and Dine Me. This was from a limited edition duo by O.P.I. This is a blue jelly base with different colours and sizes of metallic hex glitter. It sounds like a good combination, right? But if you paint it on, any more than two coats gets too thick and it looks awful. So I tried to sponge it on, and I got a lot of white gritty looking specks in the base, weird I know. But if the polish has a tinted base, what’s the point in sponging? So this polish really should be layered over another colour, but again, why the tinted base?

Now for a cream polish called Hot-Hot-Hot Pants from the Color Club Poptastic Pastel Neon collection. It took three coats over a white base to not have any dark patches. The formula throughout the entire collection was not to my taste at all. They’re all runny, sheer and they don’t build up well at all.

I can’t believe I’m putting a China Glaze polish in this blog, but here it goes. Songbird Serenade is a black base with multichrome metallic shimmer. I thought I would love this and in the bottle, it looks fantastic. But once on the nail, it just looks black. Even in direct light the shimmer doesn’t come through. The base is too opaque for a shimmer like this.

And last, one of my most recent purchases, Golden Hour from Barry M. I did a blog on this polish and the rest of the collection a while ago. I liked the other three but this one just didn’t do it for me. It’s a bronze/gold with a green shimmer. To me, it just looks dirty. The formula is good and it applies really well, but the colour is not to my liking.

That completes my polishes I regret buying blog, what did you think? Do you have any of these? Are your opinions different to mine?

Thanks for reading,

Anne.

My Top 5 Barry M Nail Polishes

Happy Saturday everyone! So, following on from my top 5 China Glaze polishes, comes my top 5 Barry M polishes. Barry M is really the only descent UK mainstream brand in my opinion. The range of colours and finishes is incredible. They are all under £5 and cruelty free.

Although all of these are my favourites, I’m going in order my my least to my best.

So, first up is Pacific Flame. This is a cherry red jelly base with a very strong green shimmer. I have never seen a polish like this before, and from a mainstream brand, this is impressive.

Next is Holographic Moon, Barry M released a Molten Metal collection last year that consisted purely of linear holos. I sound like a broken record but FROM A MAINSTREAM BRAND. 😂 This is a nude linear holographic, isn’t it beautiful?

Next up is Fashion Icon, this is a very old polish from the Glitterati collection, luckily this one is quite easy to come by, but the others aren’t! This is a purple jelly base with iridescent micro glitter, a strong blue shimmer and holographic micro glitter.

It was really hard to pick an absolute favourite between these next two, but I did it…

This is Antique Gold, a reddish purple with a tonne of gold shimmer. I love this polish on its own, but I love it even more over a black base. It gives it more depth.

And finally, my absolute favourite Barry M nail polish is…

Celestial Silver! This is a gunmetal base with a green to blue to purple shifting shimmer, linear holographic and micro holo flakies. I’m not entirely sure about this, but it looks like it has a very slight gold shimmer in there as well. I ADORE this polish.

So those were my top five Barry M nail polishes, what did you think?

What’s your favourite?

See you next Saturday!

Anne. X

Worth The Hype Wednesday | Harp On It, Pearl Jammin’ & Turn On The Northern Lights

I’ve created a new segment on my blog called Worth The Hype Wednesday. On some Wednesdays I will pick three famous nail polishes, swatch them and decide whether or not they are indeed worth the hype.

The first famous polish I have is Turn On The Northern Lights by O.P.I. This came out in the 2017 Iceland collection and it was definitely the star of the collection. Everybody went mad for it. It’s a navy blue with a pinkish red shimmer. Is this a new concept? Not if you’re including indies. Plenty of indie brands have created this type of polish long before O.P.I released this one. However, for a mainstream brand, this was impressive. The formula is a little on the thin side, I needed three coats as I have longer nails resulting in quite a prominent nail line.

So while it is a nice polish, it really isn’t anything spectacular. So, is it worth the hype? For me, no.

Next up is a cult classic from China Glaze, this is Pearl Jammin’. A light blue with a striking orange/gold shimmer. I call this an ocean sunset in a bottle. It is beautiful. It is quite sheer, I think most people will need three coats. This was released in the 2016 Rebel collection. This collection was a hit with all nail polish addicts, it had something for everyone. It was a tie between this and another polish in that collection for being the most famous. I’ll talk about the other polish in my next worth the hype blog.

This is one of my all time favourite polishes so for me, this is most definitely worth the hype.

Last but not least, a classic silver linear holographic polish from Color Club. This is called Harp On It and this was released in the Halo Hues collection from 2012. Silver linear holos are common nowadays, but this one has rainbows that are much more striking than any other polish I’ve seen. It’s not often I find a polish that rivals a nail powder, but this really does. I’ve seen that for a lot of people, this is very opaque in one coat. For me it takes three, maybe it’s the colour of my nail beds? I don’t know. It has a thinner consistency but it’s still easy to apply.

So, is Harp On It worth the hype? Yes!

Do you agree with my opinions of these famous polishes? Or do you disagree? Let me know in the comments.

See you on Saturday.

Anne. X

Polishes I Wore In February

A blog on a Saturday? What’s going on?! From now on, I’ll be posting new blogs every Saturday. 😊

Okay, lets jump right in shall we?

First up, I did some winter wonderland nail art and wanted my cindy hand to match. So I used O.P.I Sailing & Nail-ing with F.U.N Lacquer Diamond Flake over the top.

When A Englands Saint George arrived, the second I saw it, it was bye bye winter nail art. 😍

My favourite mani of the month was Cameo (H) by ILNP. Isn’t it beautiful? 😍

If you read my 3 Things You’ve Been Doing Wrong When Applying Magnetic Polish blog, you’ll know that I really like magnetic polishes. So when Frantic Fire by Born Pretty arrived, I had to wear it.

I’ve been wanting Douceur by Picture Polish ever since I heard that it was discontinued.

Next up, a classic for my cindy hand. This is Pearl Jammin’ by China Glaze.

I found out that the F.U.N Lacquer x Simply Nailogical collection was being discontinued, I had to buy Black Holo Witch. I originally wanted the one without the extra holo pigment, but it was out of stock. So I bought the (H) version instead. Still just as beautiful.

I’m not usually a fan of red nails, but I’ve been loving red holos recently. This is Flaming Fireworks by Born Pretty. It’s meant to be a stamping polish but I find it too sheer for that. So I just wear it as a regular polish, I love it this way.

Another red holo, I am obsessed with this polish! This is Cherry Luxe by ILNP.

In the south west of England, we had a week where it felt like summer. Warm, sunny and not a cloud in the sky. So naturally I went for a neon and a holo top coat. This is Pool Party by China Glaze topped with F.U.N Lacquers Diamond Flake top coat.

I was shopping for nail polish online and realised that I didn’t have a pink holo glitter! Why?! So this little gem lept in my basket and I had to buy it… This is Ripe For The Pink-ing by KB Shimmer.

And last but not least, this gorgeous brown holo. For some reason, I’m really intrigued by brown holographic polishes, I’m really not sure why… 😝 This is Cabin Fever by ILNP.

So those were the polishes I wore in February, do you have any of them? Do you want any of them? Let me know!

Thanks for reading, see you on Wednesday.

Anne. X

Nail Q&A – Blogger Collaboration

I am so excited for today’s blog! I’ve teamed up with seven amazing nail bloggers to bring you our first collaboration. I’ve put links to Minna, Paula, Zuzia, Weronika, Patricia, Nicki and Celeste at the bottom.

Lets get into the questions!

What was your first nail polish?

It was summer and my sister and I had gone shopping, I went into Superdrug and the first thing that caught my eye was a super bright turquoise polish called Greenberry by Barry M. That was my first nail polish and my obsession grew from there.

Do you remember when your nail art journey begun?

Yes I do! I have a friend on Facebook who did weekly nail art. I was wearing my first nail polish and there was a pen beside me and I drew hearts and stars on my nails. What made me think it would work? I don’t know… It was an ordinary biro so needless to say it smudged off in a micro second. That friend inspired me to start nail art.

What is your favourite nail art technique?

Stamping most definitely. The designs are endless and it’s something I never get tired of!

What is your favourite nail shape?

I really love the look of shorter square nails, they just look so neat. But the sharp corners kept catching on things. Plus, I like my nails longer for nail art. So I always go for a squoval.

Would you ever wear artificial nails?

Not anymore. I used to, when I had short and uncared for nails. But they were a hassle to apply and always came off when I didn’t want them to. I like my natural nails.

What is your favourite mainstream nail polish brand?

China Glaze! I love how in every collection, they put out different finishes. Mattes, glitters, shimmers and holographics. Most other mainstream brands just put out creams to suit the seasons.

What is your favourite indie brand?

Oh that’s a tough one, but I’d have to say F.U.N Lacquer. They have an amazing variety, and they’re all stunning!

What is your favourite nail polish finish?

I love black polishes that have a striking shimmer. Like China Glaze Up All Night. They look black until the light hits them and you get a flash of colour. Stunning.

What is your holy grail nail product?

TwinkledT Glow Up is my holy grail product. It’s a stamping polish, and they don’t usually apply directly to the nail well. They don’t self level and they’re too thick! But Glow Up is the PERFECT one coat white cream polish. It applies like a normal polish and it stamps perfectly too.

And finally, what are your favourite base and top coats?

My all time favourite base coat is CND Stickey. It dries in less than 20 seconds, it protects against staining with even the most pigmented polishes. It lasts over a week also and it has a 7 free formula. My favourite peel off base coat is Ünt Ready For TakeOff.

I’m yet to find my favourite top coat. I use a peel off base coat under most of my manicures and how well it peels largely depends on what top coat I use. I haven’t found anything that tops Seche Vite yet, but I want to find something else as I get a lot of shrinkage with that one.

That completes our nail Q&A, thank you to my nail blogger girls for collaborating with me on this! Check out their blogs:

Minna – https://talkandbake.blogspot.com/

Paula – https://realpolishfanatic.com/

Zuzia – http://zumaluje.blogspot.com/

Weronika – https://www.malinaila.pl/

Patricia – http://www.nailsthatmatch.com/

Celeste – https://celestelovesnails.blogspot.com/?m=1

Nicki – http://glittermynails.com

Thank you for reading!

Anne. X