Matte Manicures


Now that we carry OPI’s Matte Top Coat, we are going crazy looking for matte manicure ideas! Not all of these photos of our own, but we’re determined to try ALL of them! The purchase of matte top coat is no brainer! It takes a regular manicure from drab to fab. These are some of our favorite ways to use it!


Nail Art – Do’s & Don’ts

In recent months, we have seen Nail Art explode! Ladies of all ages are experimenting with nail art and some are toeing the line between trendy and tacky. We’ve asked our beauty experts to give us their personal rules so you’ll never have a question about choosing your nail art. As if the wall of lovely colors wasn’t enough of a decision!


How To Remove A Gel Mani At Home

quicktip-gelpolishLast week, before going to a friends party, I noticed my gel nails were chipping and even lifting up. I knew I had to take them off before they got ripped off but it was already to late to visit my manicurist (i will not go to anyone else) and i needed a quick fix. So I just remembered what she would do to me and tried it out. It work so I figured I would help all of you out that have this problem and need to fix it really fast.

You will need: Cotton Balls, pure acetone, aluminum foil (big enough to wrap around your fingers), nail file, nail buffer and a cuticle pusher (wood or metal whichever you prefer).

  • FILE: I used a coarse nail file to scratch the surface. You don’t have to do this but its better to reduce the amount of time your finger is in acentone. You don’t have to go crazy, just enough so that the acetone can reach the polish.
  • SOAK: Tear the cotton ball so you have enough to cover your nail. Soak them in acetone and lay them on the nail. Wrap your foil square around the finger and let it sit. I let mine stay on for about 5-7 minutes after I finished the last one on my first hand. Its better to do one hand at a time so you have mobility in your other hand. Trust me, I tried both at the same time and it was the longest 5-7 min of my life LOL!
  • SCRAPE: Start scraping the gel nail off with your cuticle pusher. It should fall right off. If there’s some seems hard to remove, put it back in to soak longer. NOTE: When you take off the foil, don’t unwrap it, just pull it straight forward so it stays in the shape of your finger. That way if you need to soak longer you can easily reapply. It is always better to let it soak than to rip off the gel polish.
  • BUFF: Once you’ve removed all the gel color, you’ll most likely see scratches or divits. Just wash your hands and take your buffer and buff that all away.
  • POLISH: Once that’s done, go ahead and shape your nails and paint as usual or rock the natural look until you go get them redone.

Soaking your fingers in acetone leaves your hands a little dry. Go ahead and put some cuticle oil or some lotion on your hands. This is currently the best way to take off the gel polish. I hope this helps all of you 🙂

Nails: Water Marbling!

We heard of an awesome nail trend over the weekend, it’s called water marble nails. We love this trend because it’s an easy do it yourself kind of thing. First gather your supplies.

1 plastic container (big enough to fit your hand)
1 roll of tape
2 wood cuticle pushers
Angled brush
Nail Polish!

Here are some easy steps to get started:

First, go ahead and fill the plastic container half way up with room temperature water then with we go ahead and start off with a base coat. We used the CHI Ceramic Nail Base & Top Coat just so our nails wont get stained. After that is dry we went ahead and painted our nails with OPI’s Amazing Spiderman Collection My Boyfriend Scales Walls. We waited for that to dry completely.

Once we made sure that was dry we went ahead and started to tape up around the cuticle (we do this so we wont have a mess on our hands and less to clean up). Go ahead and grab the CHI Ceramic Nail Lacquer Muy Caliente and place a drop in the water. Then grab the OPI color and place a drop. Keep adding as many dots as you want. Then go ahead grab your cuticle pusher and swirl the colors together when you have a desin place your first finger in face down (make sure to do these steps fast you don’t want the colors drying)
Keep your finger there until the colors on top of the water is dry and pick them up with the cuticle pusher.

Follow these steps for the rest of your fingers. Grab the CHI Base and Top coat and apply on top. When you are done make sure your hand is pretty dry and take off the tape. After grab the angled brush, dip it in acetone and clean up any of the nail polish around your nails. Voilà you have a pretty marble nail.

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