Instagram Round-up 

Here is my mid September Instagram round-up, it’s been a busy one. 

Captions are from left to right, top to bottom. 

Sleepovers with my sun and stars|name art for a little man| lots of cupcakes for a little man| early morning baking |work life| glitter cookies| cheers| down by the water| long hair don’t care, last of the birthday celebrations| 25 with bae| besties for 25 years| birthday dinner number one 


Good hair days| summer reads| pizza on the barby | kitty snuggles| corn roasts| summer dinner| popcorn and toonies|rouge|pretending it’s fall


His and hers| feeling like fall| plaid on plaid stag and doe| shameless selfie| mani| new favourite lip colour| healthy eats| tea quotes| beavertails 


Pup pics| on point outfit| fall mushroom soup | glitter card holder| sleepy kitty| pumpkin candle time of year| dark hair dark lip and sweater| brunette|business cards. 

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At Home Shellac Kit Review

This week has been nothing but a shit show. If you read my last post you know that I recently got a job, so this week consisted of training and running around to get all my paper work together. I also bought a bunch of new work clothes which I will be showing off in a post soon. To add to all the madness my best friend broke her arm so I’ve been hanging out with her lots to keep her mind off of it.

With all this being said I know I’ve been doing a lot of nail posts which can get boring I’m sure but this is the last one and well worth it. I will let the video review speak for itself, however, I will mention that last week I tried the french manicure kit and it was AWFUL! long story short, if you are thinking of buying this I still recommend the french kit because you get the top and bottom coat but would could buy those separately because the french kit SUCKS!

Hope you enjoy!

Watch video HERE 

 https://youtu.be/kDonkWM0rzs

 

 

How to take shellac off without damaging your nails. 

I know my posts have been heavy on the nail content but I promise I have some non-nail related posts coming soon. 

This post is brought to you by the fact that I’m too cheap to go get my shellac taken off by the professionals, so here is how I do it at home! 

You will need

Cotton balls or pads 

Scissors 

Acetone based nail polish remover 

Tinfoil 

A cuticle pusher (metal works best)

Some cuticle oil and repairing nail polish 

  

How to:

Step 1. Cut your cotton pads or ball so it fits on your nail.  Also take this time to cut your tinfoil into small squares 

 

  Step 2. Soak the cotton in the nail polish remover so that it is soaks through.   

    

Step 3.
I like to do one hand at a time because it’s impossible to do anything when you have tin foil on your fingers. Place the cotton pads on your nail and wrap it in tin foil to keep it in place.  

 My finger nails are safe from the aliens

Step 4. Wait 10 minutes or until polish starts to peel away from your nail.  

 Step 5. Using your cuticle pusher, gently scrape the polish away. If any areas are problematic repeat step 3 and 4.  

   

Step 6
. Wash your hands to remove any flakes of polish, then apply a moisturizing cuticle oil. The acetone is very drying, your nails will need some hydration. I like this one by Nicole O.P.I (I can’t find it online but I got it at Walmart) because it has a brush on the end so you can apply the oil all over your nail.  

 Step 7. OPTIONAL: wash your hands again to remove the oil and apply a clear repairing nail polish. This will help restore your nails and strengthen them to help with growth.  

 There you go! I hope I saved you a couple dollars, it’s quick and easy once you get the hang of it. 

All About Nails: shellac fix and update

So if you read my previous post you know that my idea of using a regular nail polish and shellac top coat did not go as planned. However, here is how I tried to fix it. 

I decided to try and file down the bubbles and bumps with a buffer and then use a shellac top coat to seal everything up. I’ve used this technique before after a manicure I got at a salon. I had gotten nail studs applied and they fell off a few days after my visit to the salon so I filed down the parts of my nail that were bumpy and applied a shellac top coat! This worked very well so I tried to do the same thing with my botched manicure. 

Here is my nail after filing down the bubbles, you can still see some of the uneven texture but it is much better then it was before.    
After buffing out most of the bumps I used a lint free towelette to wipe off the residue from th buffer. IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not use the alcohol cleaning solution on the nail polish, this seems to be when the bubbling occurs, so simply dust off the residue. 

  Next I applied the shellac top coat and cured it under the uv light for one minute. Apply the cleaning solution after curing to remove the tackiness and shine those babies up. 

As you can see it is not perfect but it is much better then before.  
Here’s the before shot  

 

I’ve had the polish on for four days now and I did a lot of baking a cooking yesterday and the started to chip a little. It’s definitely not as good as professional but it is better then regular nail polish and I like that there is virtually no drying time, more to come in the full review. 

Here’s what they look like on day four after being quite rough with them yesterday.  

  
 

All About Nails: can you put shellac over regular polish? 

Answer: Well sorta 

Happy Easter readers! Here is a bonus special Easter post!

Recently I bought a Kiss Cosmetics Gel Nail Kit and have been experimenting with it over the past couple weeks. I will eventually do a full review but wanted to give it a few tries before doing so. 

Since I just bought it my colour selection is limited, I only brought a very light pink (almost translucent) and a black, as well as, a French nail kit. I wanted to paint my nails a bit more of a fun colour so I decided to try and put normal polish with a top coat of shellac. Here’s what the verdict is :

It worked, well sorta! If you are going to do this you have to be patient (which SURPRISE! I’m not). Because, you have to wait for your regular slow drying nail polish to be 1000% dry, like probably over night dry. If you don’t do this…. Something mildly terrible will happen. The shellac top coat will make the nail polish under it bubble like so :  

 
As you can see the pointer and ring finger bubbled quite a lot, and the pinky and ring finger that were more dry didn’t as much. 

I don’t really care that much because from far away you can’t really tell and it took me over an hour to do my nails so I’m not about to take that shit off.  

 However I learned my lesson for next time, either buy more colours or be more patient. 

I’m interested to see how long this last, regular nail polish normally doesn’t stick to my nails very well so I’m hoping this will help. I’m also going to try and fix the bubbles at some point this week, I’ll attempted to do so and write another post to keep you up to date. 

Have you ever tried a regular/shellac combo? What are your tips? 

Ps. This nail colour is called Orchid Around by Sally Hansen and I’m kinda obsessed.