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!

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

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.

3 Things You’ve Been Doing WRONG When Applying Magnetic Polish!

Wednesday is upon us again, so it’s blog time! This week I’m going to show you three mistakes that you’ve been making when applying magnetic nail polish, and how to fix them!

So magnetic polish has been around for a long time now, most nail polish addicts will have them. When I got my first magnetic polish, I was seriously underwhelmed with the effect. It looked great when I took the magnet away and a few minutes later, it looked like a gradient gone wrong… Sound familiar? Let me help.👇🏻

Mistake number one: You didn’t hold the magnet over the polish for long enough.

I know this sounds ridiculously obvious but bare with me. Most companies will tell you to hold the magnet for 15 to 20 seconds, the problem with that is when you pull the magnet away, the polish is still wet. As the polish dries, that magnetic line will soften. The trick is to keep the magnet over the wet polish for at least a minute. This way the polish will be mostly dry when you pull the magnet away. I count to 60 for each nail. Yes this may sound like a load of faffing but honestly, you won’t regret it. I did this trick for these nails.👇🏻

Mistake number two: You used the magnetic polish by itself.

Magnetic polishes are sheer, and usually thin in consistency. Most magnetic polishes take at least three coats to become fully opaque. This takes away a lot of the colour in the magnetic polish itself. The line won’t be quite as striking. Use a black base colour to layer the magnetic polish over. You will only need two coats. Plus, the shift in multichrome magnetic polishes will be much stronger and the line will be more defined. I used that technique in the mani above also.☝🏻

Finally, mistake number three: You put a top coat on expecting your magnetic mani to remain the same.

It most definitely will not. Allow me to explain, quick dry top coats in particular penetrate the layers of polish underneath the top coat. Thus, making them wet again. As I said before, the magnetic line will soften as the polish dries. To stop this from happening, hold the magnet over the wet top coat for 30 seconds, hold it for a minute if you’re not using a quick dry top coat. And hey presto! You’ve got a perfect magnetic manicure.

Go and try it! If you used these tips tag me (@annes.nails) on Instagram so I can see!

See you next week!

Anne. X

4 Top Tips For Beginner Nail Artists

Welcome back to my blog everyone!

Today I’m writing about my 4 top tips for beginner nail artists, I think every nail artist looks back to when they first started and thinks “why didn’t I do that?” Or, “why did I do that?” I certainly do.

So, if you’ve just started dabbling with nail polish and nail art, I hope this helps. Let’s get into it.

Tip 1:

Be gentle!

I know it’s sounds rather self-explanatory, but let me go on… This goes for everything in nail art, from nail care, to applying polish, to the art itself. For example, when I was first learning to stamp, I used way too much pressure. I couldn’t pick up the image for the life of me. So I tried just using a light roll, with hardly any pressure at all. What do you know, it came out perfect. I was also being too heavy handed when just painting my nails one colour, I kept getting patchy and streaky nails. It only needs a very light touch! This is true with everything I do in nail art, light pressure and being more careful gets much better results.

Tip 2:

A clean up brush is essential!

Everyone floods their cuticles every now and then, and cotton buds (q-tips) just don’t do it. You can’t get right into the cuticle area without messing your nail up or leaving little fuzzy bits everywhere. You can use a small paint brush, or an actual clean up brush designed for nails. I prefer actual clean up brushes because they’re designed to hold up to acetone, and none of the little bristles fall off. If you don’t clean your cuticle area, not only does it look messy, but your manicure won’t stay on for more than a few days without chipping or peeling.

Tip 3:

Don’t buy the expensive polishes and nail art products to begin with!

I know it’s tempting to buy the pricey indie polishes and other stuff, but try out some inexpensive products first, just to see if this is your thing. There’s no point in buying expensive products only to find that you don’t like nail art and that it really isn’t for you. Start off buying nail art stuff from AliExpress or Born Pretty Store, they take a few weeks to arrive as they’re coming from China. But the products are good! I love Born Pretty stamping plates. I’ve tried higher priced stamping plates like Lina, and BPS plates are just as good, and less than half the price.

Tip 4:

If you’re going to spend more money, spend it on a good base and top coat!

In my opinion, a good quick dry top coat and a good base coat is a must. The last thing you want is to have terrible staining or having to wait hours before applying nail vinyls or just going about your day. You can get good base coats, and quick dry top coats from £6 – £12 each. I personally think that spending more on a base coat and a top coat is really worth it.

So those are my top 4 tips for beginner nail artists, I hope this has helped!

Thank you for reading,

Anne. xXx