As this blog develops I will be adding more bits to this section but for now here’s a few things 🙂
Are those your real nails?
What base coat do you use?
I’ve always used Sally Hansen’s Nailgrowth Miracle; I know that some people don’t really rate Saly Hansen stuff but it’s what got my nails on back on track after years of nail biting and my nails are strong and flexible and I (touch wood)don’t suffer from too many breaks! However I have very recently bought a bottle of Nail Envy as I’ve heard such good things about it and I have a weak area on my right thumb which I’m hoping Nail Envy will sort out! UPDATE: Sadly Nail Envy wasnt for me 😦 I ended up with a massive crack in one of my nails after I bashed it and pre Nail Envy, my nail would have been flexible enough to take the hit. I think that Nail Envy almost made my nails too strong so it’s back to Sally Hansen I go. Don’t let it put you off though, I’m clearly in the minority as for most folks Nail Envy is brilliant and give them strong lovely nails!
What top coat do you use?
Well, I have only just discovered the wonder that is Seche Vite and I am smitten! So much so, that I have a salon size bottle winging its way to me as I type this! It’s frankly amazing and I have yet to find another that’s anywhere near as good. It’s super, super shiny, it doesn’t smudge my stamping and it’s so damn quick drying! I get the occasional issue with shrinkage but all the other benefits outweigh that. I’d defintely recommend investing in a bottle of Seche Restore; it brings your bottle of Seche back to its former glory (as it will go gloopy over time) I did try using normal polish thinner but that didn’t have the same effect.
What’s your favourite brand of polish?
Essie Essie Essie! I’ve only just discovered them and I am smitten! That being said, I’m no nail polish snob; if I like the colour and it applies nicely in a couple of coats, I couldn’t care less who makes it. I’ve got some polishes that I go back to again and again (Collection 2000, BMX bandit being one if them) which cost me the princely sum of £1.99 and others like O.P.I’s My Very First Knockwurst which cost me £11. Being in the UK I don’t have easy access to some of the big brands like O.P.I, China Glaze etc so a lot of my polishes are cheaper brands like Rimmel, Collection 2000, Models own, Barry M, basically anything I can get in Boots or Superdrug!
How often do you change your manicure?
Anywhere between 3-4 times a week. It really depends on whether I’ve got the time to change it. I learnt quite quickly that a rushed manicure is a likely to turn into a badly smudged/disaster manicure!
What camera/lighting do you use?
I currently use a DSLR, (Nikon D5000) but I know that A LOT and I mean a lot of other nail bloggers use compact cameras to take their pics. The most important thing is lighting; most household lightblubs cast a yellow glow over everything which will send your colours out of whack but if your camera is pretty decent it will have a White Balance setting. Have a play around and see which setting captures the colour best. As for lighting my shots, I actually use a cheap desk lamp which I got from Argos. I don’t currently use a light box as I haven’t really needed it however if you do use one, it will eliminate the visible strip of light which sometimes shines off the nails. I’ve just ordered a daylight blub for my lamp as although I can sort out any colour issues in Photoshop I can’t capture Duo-chrome polishes very well so I’m hoping the daylight blub will sort that out!