Tell me about your nails

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Do you do your own nails? And do you have full sets or just tips?
    Do my own : (82 votes)
    50 %
    Get my natural nails professionally manicured (gel or shellac) : (26 votes)
    16 %
    Get my natural nails professionally manicured (just regular polish) : (13 votes)
    8 %
    Full set professionally done : (12 votes)
    7 %
    Tips professionally done : (4 votes)
    2 %
    I don't paint my nails : (27 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    If I’m just painting them to keep them from breaking, I do it myself. If I’m getting them done for an occasion (wedding, party, holiday, etc) I get them professionally done with gel/shellac. 

    Post # 4
    1355 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    I don’t get my nails painted. If I go for a manicure, which is very rarely, I just get them buffed. I do, however, get regular pedicures.

    Post # 5
    3806 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I usually go to my manicurist every 2 weeks like clockwork but due to wedding planning, I had to cut it from the budget so I maintain my own nails. 

    I’m pretty “boring” when it comes to color. I usually just get a manicure and clear polish AND I always cut my nails low. They grow so fast but I like the clean look and they are more manageable. 

    Post # 6
    2915 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

    I love getting the gel manicures. I have always been a nail biter, and have recently been REALLY good about it, but as soon as my polish gets a chip I’m so tempted to bite. The gel polish stays on until its time for another, so my nails stay intact. Plus, regular polish gets all nasty when it touches sunscreen, which I need to wear almost daily.

    Post # 7
    1159 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I have (had) a terrible nail biting habit, so I started getting my nails done in HS to prevent me from biting. I’ve been addicted to polish ever since. I’d say I’m about 50/50; they’re ALWAYS polished, but about half of the time I do them myself because I’m neurotic about chipping and I don’t always have time to make an appointment to get them done. I’ve gotten very good at doing my own nails and can do some pretty fantastic designs on my left hand, but they always look sloppy on my right so I generally tend to avoid intricate designs.

    Post # 8
    6407 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I do my own and only paint and shape my natural nails, no fakies.

    I don’t like to use shared equipment (which is often not properly sterilized) or expose the skin on my hands to UV. All my polishes are Big 3 Free as well.

    I have some brushes that are very narrow for detailed, ink-like application.

    Post # 9
    11300 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It depends. Natural nails always (I keep them short) and only gel polish (LEDs, no UV light). I either do it myself at home (full manicure with cuticle patrol, the whole nine) or buy the Groupons that my salon runs and have them do it for super cheap. 

    I will not ever get fake nails, nor will I have my nails done anywhere but my salon. I know those girls, they’re all certified nail techs, and they always properly sanitize the equipment.

    Post # 10
    6963 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Mine are either natural or I do them myself.

    Post # 11
    309 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I wear gloves all day so it feels like a waste to spend a lot of time on something that I can’t even really appreciate.  Although for special occasions and vacations I will go get my nails done professionally and always splurge for gels/shellac.

    Post # 12
    542 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    If I paint my own nails it looks like a 5 year old does it. No matter how much I practice or how careful I am, it just looks BAD. So I always get shellac done at the salon–regular manicures there chip after a day or two so its not worth the price tag to do just that.

    Post # 13
    917 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I normally just polish mine at home. I treat myself to a standard polish manicure before we travel or attend a wedding, though. I never get gel or acrylic, though, even when the salon tries to up-sell me.

    Post # 14
    4941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I generally don’t paint my nails because I work in a restaurant and I’m not allowed to, but I’m on extended medical leave so I’ve been able to do them lately. I just do a simple polish, but I’m starting to dabble in more intricate design. I’ve been to get my nails professionally done once and I honestly don’t enjoy it. Maybe I’m just strange like that. 🙂

    Post # 15
    3557 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I take care of my own nails. I never paint my fingers, but I do occasionally paint my toes. On my hands I basically cut them to the quick and file off rough edges. I have very curved nails, and unless I keep them very short they grow into my fingers which is very uncomfortable. One upside to keeping them so short is that I don’t think I’ve broken a nail in the last decade.

    Post # 16
    537 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I always do my own nails. I’ve found products that work great for me and keep my nails strong and healthy. I have a regular routine I go through to change my polish every 2 to 3 days. I almost never go without polish on my nails. And no fake nails/tips for me! I also will NEVER let someone else touch my nails. I never cut my nails, I only file them, so the day someone tries to take a clipper to my nails, I will lose my mind! I have over 300 bottles of polish, so I certainly have a wide variety =P

    I do a lot of nail designs using a ton of different techniques. I freehand with a brush (it’s an angled eyeliner brush from ELF), I rarely use those striping polishes that come with the skinny brush. I use Konad/Bundle Monster, sponges, tape, dotting tools, toothpicks, water marbling, and other random techniques. I have a nail blot and I used to blog regularly, but school got in the way. That and I switched to using a Mac, which is not nearly as user friendly as the Dell I used to use!

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