(Closed) How do so many bees have perfect manicures? What's your secret?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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TheGridMonster:  ๐Ÿ˜‰ kinda like facebook… when you look at people’s posts their life seems perfect… that’s cause they only post things that are awesome, funny or cute or stuff they are proud of… no one posts fails and misery (well most people dont)

Post # 17
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Newbee

I also got a gel kit for $25 at Walmart. Sensationail brand. Then I got a of of 10 colors on eBay for $20 Shipped. Same brand. It is amazing. Follow the directions exactly. Once you do it a couple times it gets easier. I’ll never go back to regular polish. 

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I can usually get five days or so out of traditional nail polish with a strong adhesion base coat + also painting the top edge. 

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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lknatbrghtsde:  I’m doing the same! Specifically the Costco hair, skin, nails one. My nails are super weak and fragile so I think I’ve got to, unfortunately I think it takes about 3 months for results. I tried coconut oil at night and that seems to help more quickly! 

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honeybee1234:  I can’t do manicures very frequently and doing gel actually hurts while under the LED light so I try to avoid it. When I do give myself a mani at home I use this AMAZING topcoat, seche vite. Makes the polish dry much quicker, is chip resistant, etc. Also, I actually own quite a few high end nail polishes because I go to a beauty supply store about 30 miles away. One trip once in a while is worth it though! I buy Essie for $4.25 each which is my favorite formula! 

Post # 20
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Busy bee

Fake nails here! It’s night and day with them on. I buy a pack from any drugstore, kiss is a good brand, and file them down to a decent size.  I like doing my own nails, mainly because I haven’t had the best experiences at nail salons. It does take some time from me though but I enjoy it. 

Post # 21
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Blushing bee

I second the only posting with fresh nails. Haha. 

but I love Butter London polish. It actually stays on for 4-5 days for me. And I use the Essie gel top coat. Dries super fast! Also seche vite is great too. i do a lot of dishes and always have my hands in hot water so they wear off really fast. I usually redo nails every 3-4 days. 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

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fourfrenchfries:  Did not know this! World of possibilities has just opened up! Going to try that this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

In response to OP though – Gels. I either go see my nail lady or use my at home kit. It wasn’t too expensive to buy and I use it when I don’t want to spend £25 or don’t have 1h to actually go out lol

 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I do my nails almost every day so they stay looking nice. I love nail polish!

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Looooooots of patience. And q-tips on hand to dip in nail polish remover to clean up messy paint jobs ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 26
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Helper bee

I boughtcheap shellac off ebay for about $2 a bottle and a LED light for about $30 off ebay. So I do the manciure myself but I save a massive bundl The $2 bottle I assume are from China, they dont last as long as salon shellac nails but considering the price different they still last at least a week or so without chipping etc. And because the quality isnt as great you dont have your nail bed peeeling off like you do with Salon shallec that they have to soak off. 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Everyone has time to paint their own nails Lol. I have a 2 year old, work full time, go to school, and I’m planning a wedding- and still find time to let them dry. OPI is really fast drying. I use a cuticle oil and push my cuticles back after my shower. Then after my son is sleeping while I’m winding down, I’ll paint my nails while watching tv. Once you’re done, just take a Q Tip and some nail polish remover and clean up the edges. Done ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 28
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Newbee

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j9marie:  is there a difference between gel and shellac polish? ive never had luck with shellac, usually starts peeling within a week but if gel is something different i would be interested to try!

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Walt Disney World

There is a brand of topcoat that is called Out The Door. It’s not as popular as seche vite but it is SO MUCH better! I am hard on my hands and seche vite chips in about three days. But with Out The Door I won’t chip for at least 5, and even then it’s minor tip wear. Also, it has the shiniest finish ever! 

Post # 30
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Ceremony: Cellon Oak Park; Reception: Alachua Woman\'s Club

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noveltyyy:  Shellac is a specific brand and is considered a hybrid gel/lacquer polish. Gel includes brands like Gelish, IBD, LeChat, etc and is pure gel polish, not a hybrid. They are very similar and I use both CND Shellac brand colors and the gel brands with the Gelish base and top coats.

My DIY gel manicures last me about 2 weeks. I have thin nails and regular polish typically doesn’t last me 24 hrs before chipping/peeling. I buy almost all of my stuff from Amazon including an LED lamp for under $40, Gelish base and top coat for $26, Gelish and LeChat colors for about $13, and IBD brand for about $7-8. I’ve been doing my nails for about 2 years now as well as occasional friend’s nails and still haven’t used up my original base and top coats. The main thing with doing your own gel nails is proper nail prep and not getting the polish on the cuticle/skin. I think I have like 30+ colors now. Apparently I’m slightly obsessed with gel polish lol 

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