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Show Me Your Nails 2.0

Due to some technical glitches with the original Show Me Your Nails Thread, I am starting a new thread with @vegchililover78's blessing (She says "hello," by the way!).

 

Please share your nail looks, nail art and manicures!

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...And don't forget to check out @Beadshopgirl's Nail Stamping Thread for stamping inspiration! ❤️  

https://community.sephora.com/t5/Nailed-It/The-Nail-Stamping-Thread/m-p/3328865

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@itsfi 

I wonder if Ciate is getting rid of their polish, or if they are maybe having supplier issues? I went to see if Cyclone made it over to the new formula (I'm fairly certain I remember seeing it before, but I wanted to double check...mine is from an older advent calendar), and their nail section is pretty barren 😥

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@RGbrown Great idea to use mini bottles! I think my favourite shade is OPI Sound of Vibrance. All the shades are beautiful on you! 

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@Mellmars1185 

I got lucky that I had just the right shades to work fairly well together! That OPI is gorgeous...I almost wish I had a full size (though goodness knows I don't need it lol) 😂

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@RGbrown  great descriptions. All the shades are so fun!

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@AMK721 

Thanks so much! 💖

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@RGbrown - All the colors are great!  I really like your right hand!😍

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Thank you @Titian06💕

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Moving onwards through more polishes I keep ignoring 😋

 

Everything on both hands was an easy two coater, with one exception noted below. Stamping done with Revlon Molten Magic.

 

 

Left hand, nudes/browns...it shouldn't be much of a surprise that I pass these over for a mani time and time again, as this is my least favorite color category for almost anything. I will admit though that at least a couple of these aren't terrible 😅

 

Butter 10x Patent Shine Mum's The Word (thumb)

Cool toned dusty pink/mauve beige, possibly my favorite here for a nude with my skin tone. This color in a lipstick makes me look dead, but I think it passes pretty well on my hands, maybe? 

 

Revlon Totally Toffee (index)

Red toned medium brown. Honestly can't decide if I like it or not..leaning towards nah, but I don't hate it. 

 

OPI El Mat-adoring You (middle)

Nope, I dislike this one, the peachy tone of this beige looks terrible on me to my eye. This was a bit tricky to get down, but it's also a mini bottle with a horrible brush, so perhaps a full size with regular brush would be easier. I did get it down in two coats, but it took a little work to get there.

 

Morgan Taylor Totally Trailblazing

Neutral milk chocolate brown, not bad I guess. Easy formula as always.

 

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Right hand

 

Morgan Taylor La Dolce Vita

Bright baby pink, and the fussiest of the bunch (what? A fussy MT? 😫). I got it down in two coats on my pinky, but my ring needed a third to even it out and get rid of streaks. Considering how little trouble I've had out of MT polishes to date, I was a bit surprised, but then again, pastels can be tricky, especially bright ones with a strong white base, so I'll let it pass with one eyebrow raised 🤨 😅

 

China Glaze Giggling All The Way

This just looked like a basic pink shimmer in the bottle, but the final product was way more interesting than I realized it would be. It's a smooth metallic finish, with a vein of silver running through it. The brush on mine is totally jacked so I'm gonna have to declutter it unless I can find another bottle to decant it into, but if I come across a full size, I'd happily add this back to my collection again.

 

CoverGirl Cranberry Cream

Not the most imaginative name, but very fitting nonetheless. This is one of the oldest polishes in my collection, dating back to probably 2004-2005, if not even older. I've been ignoring it for years now because "what if it's one of the creams that made me hate creams?", but I'm happy to report it isn't lol. Smooth and incredibly easy, even with just about the skinniest brush I've ever seen in my life 😂

 

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The stem is cracked up the side a bit. I tried cutting out the bristles that were caught up in the crack, but more just slid right up into it (and I wound up with loose bristles from the first cutting session coming out while I was painting) 😖

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@RGbrown I like that Revlon. 

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@Samtian 

Thanks so much! ❣️

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@RGbrown - I'm drawn more to your left-hand colors, but that China Glaze color is so pretty, too bad about the brush!  I really like the stamping and color you used for that! 💖💖💖

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@Titian06 

Thanks so much! I found a full size replacement for $2, so I'll be grabbing that soon, yay! 😊

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@RGbrown I love the colour combinations on both hands!

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@Mellmars1185 

Thanks so much! 💗

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Oh no! Sorry about the brush on the CG polish @RGbrown. It’s a beautiful color, my fave (not face auto correct!) of that hand. 😍 Love the stamping plates you used too - and, of course, Revlon Molten Magic makes it pop! ♥️

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@itsfi 

Thanks so much! I am so glad I came across the Revlon silver...it's been soooooo nice for stamping.

I checked out PolishPick, they've got the CG for $2. I'll be adding it to my order whenever MT and CG spring collections are ready 😁

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Yesterday I decided to remove my polish and my nails are discolored. It is unfortunate because i use NAILS INC. Nailkale Superfood Base Coat . Any tips on how to avoid this?

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@Mellmars1185 

Staining is inevitable, especially with darker shades (blues and greens in particular, but really, any highly pigmented shade can do it). Many of my nails are a lovely dark yellow, borderline orange shade 😖 You can try doubling up on base coat next time, it might give a bit more of a barrier to help stop some of it. I've also heard that when it comes time for removal, absolutely do not scrub at your polish with your remover...let the remover sit undisturbed until the polish is fully dissolved, then take it all off with one swipe. The theory behind it seems fairly solid...nails are not a solid single block, but rather they are made up of 100+ layers of keratin, little bits and pieces basically glued together, and scrubbing starts to work some of that remover-soaked-polish in between the layers, leaving stains that you can't get to. I've been really bad about this over the years, but recently I've been trying to be better about just leaving my piece of acetone soaked cotton alone for a minute or two to let it work without scrubbing. Not sure I've been doing it long enough to make a difference quite yet, but perhaps my yellow stains don't extend quite as far back into my new growth as they used to (or perhaps I'm just being optimistic lol).

 

100% acetone is also highly recommended, as it works the quickest of anything out there, minimizing removal time (and the urge to scrub lol). I do doctor mine up with a splash of glycerin and water to keep it from being quite so drying (glycerin won't mix with acetone directly, so water is required to mix the two), but it's really hard to tell exactly how much acetone is in most ready made "nail polish removers" on the market. I can vouch for Zoya's being absolutely amazing, but most any polish remover with additives is going to have water, and it's usually going to be the second ingredient, so unfortunately, you can't really deduce how much acetone they used vs the rest of the ingredients. Considering I've used some garbage removers in the past, I'm guessing at least a few water down the acetone more than necessary. 

 

Stained nails are normal for polish wearers, unfortunately, but if you intend to keep wearing polish regularly, it isn't much of an aesthetic issue. But if you want to try and remove what's currently on your nails, I hear cuticle remover can help. Put a little on the stain, let it sit for a few seconds (maybe a minute?) and gently wipe off. Don't go the "folk remedy" route with lemon juice or bleach soaks or scrubbing the nails with anything abrasive though...soaking is terrible for your nails in general, and scrubbing/buffing just damages the surface, thinning the nail and making it weaker.

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@RGbrown Thank you so much for all of your experience and advice. I removed a navy blue on the wknd and it really changed my nail shade. I also had a hard time getting the nail polish off. I had to go back in later in the day to get the rest of the blue stain off my nails, fingers and cuticles. I dont paint my finger nails with dark colours often. In the past i have kept it pretty simple with nudes and light pinks so I think i was not prepared for the stain. I think if I save the really dark shade for my toes and the lighter shades for my fingers that might help also? Or maybe give my nails a breather after a dark nail polish? I hqvr never purchased the Zoya remover. I used a Sally Hansen nail polish remover. Now i will be checking the ingredient list!

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@Mellmars1185 

Eh, nails are dead and don't need to breathe. If you're comfortable leaving them nekkid, by all means, feel free, lots of folks go through life never or rarely wearing polish, but I know for me personally, it's a terrible decision...my nails need the protection from water that polish provides in order to be able to grow any sort of length, and when my nails have nothing on them, I have nothing but stubs that peel and break continually.

 

Honestly, on polish remover, grab a bottle of plain acetone...you can get 16oz for $4-5 most anywhere. If you want to soften it up with some glycerin, the recipe I found is 10 parts acetone + 1 part glycerin + 1.2 parts water (this is just enough water to mix the glycerin into the acetone...I just eyeball it, adding a little water at a time until I see that all the glycerin has been mixed in). I actually find that to be a bit too much glycerin, it leaves my fingers kinda slick, borderline slimy, so I throw in a little extra acetone to tone that down a bit. 

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@RGbrown that's a good tip on the glycerin!

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