7.04.2017

How I paint my nails at home

Hi, my name is Jordan and I love getting my nails done. Yes, I am one of those girls; I love having my nails done, and don't really feel complete without polish on. I do go bare-nails often because I cannot afford to get my nails done every week, but if I could, I would.

Very recently, I found my holy grail at-home nail routine for really good, long-lasting nails.

Before I share the products I use, I need to add a disclaimer. Whenever I used to watch youtube videos, I would be so disappointed with my nails. This was because I absolutely could not paint my right hand (using my left hand). My nails turned out to be a mess. If you have no control over what your left (or right) hand does, don't blame this routine-- it might not be the product's fault.

So starting with bare nails, I apply the Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Nail Hardener. I love this because I have very brittle nails. I also find this prevents staining (which is a PAIN!!).

Next, I apply the nail polish. Obviously, this changes week to week, but recently I have been loving the Wet N' Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel polish in Pinky Promise. The formula is really great on this polish, and it looks super shiny and thick on the nails (in a good, gel-like way).

Before applying any sort of top coat, I wait about 5 minutes per hand. Then I take the Essie Quick-e Drying Drops and apply 2 drops per nail. Not going to lie, I don't actually know how the product is intended to be used, but I have been super successful with this method, so I am not going to question it. The product makes my fingertips feel oily, but I don't mind because it is more of a dry oil feeling that quickly goes away.

After another 2-3 minutes, I apply the Glisten&Glow HK Girl Top Coat. Nicole from youngwildandpolished on youtube RAVED about this top coat for the longest time. It is really really good.

About 5 minutes later, my nails are mostly dry. I go about my life (using my hands) while avoiding rubbing my nails on anything (like a towel) or using my nails to open a compact or something similar.

I find that when using this process my nails last so much longer, and look better overall.

Some other nail tips: I always apply polish on my dominant hand first. I do this because I can use the clean, unpolished nails to clean up any mess I made while using my bad hand.
- I also do both my thumbs last. Again, this is so cleanup is easier. Similar to the other hands, I use my non-dominant hand and do my right thumb before my left thumb.

Woah, those were all my nail tips.

Please let me know what you do to paint your nails at home, and I'd love to test out your techniques!

Thank you so much for reading, and HAPPY 4th OF JULY.

Love you guys.

XOXO,
Jordan

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