(Closed) Ring and Manicure Pics… Autumn Edition!

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Post # 16
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Sugar bee

sarahglasgow:  love that color on you! I just bought Essie “Bordeaux” and it looks quite similar – I can’t wait to paint my nails now 🙂 

Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

My favorite fall colors are Essie Mink Muffs, Essie Berry Naughty and my favorite one that I wear year round, Essie Size Matters (see pic below).

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper

I’m back with a picture of my current sparkly blue manicure. It’s a brand called Finger Paints, and the color is “Amazon Sky”.

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper

Scou:  Apologies in advance, as this is going to be a looooong post. LOL

I love, love, love Sech Vite Rapid Dry Top Coat. It generally wears really well for me. I used the OPI topcoat for a while, and I had a lot of problems with my nails chipping at the ends. Sech Vite isn’t for everyone. I found it could make some brands pull away / shrink, so that there was almost instant wear at the tips. But I started using Seche Base Ridge Filling base coat, and that solved the shrinking problem for me. If you try the Seche Vite, you have to put it on super thick, so that is different from most base coats. When I first tried it, I was used to the OPI topcoat, and I put on thin layers of the Seche. It didn’t work at all.

For polishing tricks …

Don’t shake your polish to mix it. This can cause bubbles because air gets into the polish. Sometimes, if the polish is older and has separated too much, I shake it really well to mix it. Then I let it sit for a few days before using it. Generally, if you want to mix your polish a little, it’s best to roll it in your hands. Also, it’s good to roll or hold the polish bottle in your hands for a few minutes before using it so that the bottle (and polish inside it) warms up a bit. For me, this makes application easier.

Using a base coat always helps the polish adhere better, which tends to help color wear better. Also, a good base can help minimize staining on your nails from dark colors. Right now, I’m using OPI Nail Envy because my nails were feeling a bit dry and brittle. I apply this first … then my Seche Ridge Filling Base Coat. Then color. Then my Seche Vite.

When applying the color, use thin coats. Most polishes will require at least two coats for full coverage. Some might need three, depending on the polish formula and on just how thin you go. After you apply a coat of color, wait until that coat is totally dry before applying the second layer. You can tell if the coat is dry by gently touching your nails together (paint to paint). If you feel any resistance or stickiness at all, then it’s not dry. If you put on coats that are too thick, they won’t wear as well because they never fully dry or cure once they are on the nail. Also, if the polish is too thick, you might end up with bubbles or cracks. It is possible to file out and repair a few bubbles, but it’s a huge pain and almost not worth it. 

I generally use the drop-at-the-base-of-the-nail approach for painting. As PPs said, if you do this, push the color carefully down toward your cuticle so that you get a neat looking edge. I’m lucky in that my cuticles tend to stay pretty low on my nails, so I could go almost all the way to the base of my nail without touching cuticle at all. But I usually stop just short of the cuticle.

Once you push the color down toward your cuticle, you can gently sweep it to the side of your nail, going first to the left and then to the right (or vice versa). Or you could even do a stripe in the middle and then out to the edges. I think this part is really a personal preference — whatever works best and is most comfortable for you.

I think the only way to get more comfortable with doing your nails (so that you don’t feel like they are messy, etc.) is just to jump in and do them. A lot. Leave yourself plenty of time, put on a favorite movie or TV show to watch while you are doing them, and make it a nice and relaxing experience so that you don’t feel rushed. Change your color often. The more you do your nails, the easier it will get because you will become more comfortable with the size and feel of the different polish brushes and products.

If you end up getting polish on your cuticles or on the sides of your fingers, it’s not the end of the world. (This happens to me, and I bet it happens to all of us — ha, ha!) You can get these awesome Q-tips that have pointed ends. You can order them from Amazon … sometimes, I find them at Target, but they sell out super quickly. Also, I got a different brand (which I love) from Sally’s Beauty Supply. Dip these into some polish remover and gently go over the areas where you don’t want polish.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

This is the Rita Ora for Rimmel collection called “Go Wild-Er-Ness” I’m a UK Bee clinging to summer by the fact that I don’t need to wear a jacket yet haha!

 

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Post # 21
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Bee Keeper

dachshundpup15:  That color is so gorgeous on you! Love your ring, too! It’s so elegant and perfect.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

longtimemrs:  I second the recommendation for Seche Vite Topcoat! I’ve been using it since 2011 and haven’t found anything better yet!

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

longtimemrs:  Thank you, that’s cheered me up…I think i’ve been getting the infamous ring shrinkage from being on the bee too often lol! 

Post # 24
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Helper bee

I also use Seche Vite dry fast top coat in addition to using the Seche clear base coat.  The base coat is a must if you are using really dark colors (which i love).  I will also reapply the top coat every few days to keep it looking fresh. Here is a pic of another one of my fall faves….OPI Sleigh Parking Only.  in the picture it looks almost black but irl it is a super dark red/burgundy…😃

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Simsbury 1820 House

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

partyof2: Thanks! Ill grab the essie top coat to try!

 

 littlebee94:  Thats what I thought, some of my polishes are a little older or thicker.. so I bought new ones and still cant do it. Ive tried doing one thick coat, a few thin coats… WAAAHHHHH lol I like the suggestion for the fake nails, but I actually have nicely shaped long nails. I guess ill just have to keep practicing! Thanks for the tips tho. 

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

longtimemrs:  Wow thanks so much. Ok Ill invest in a base coat, try really thin layers, and then seche vite top coat. (Im also going to try the essie top coat another pp reccomended and will see which works best). Im going to just have to practice practice practice. I live in the middle of no where so Im sure ill get realy good at it, just as I move back to civilization and can get manicures haha.

 

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper

Scou:  You’re super welcome! Good luck with your practice efforts. Remember not to be too hard on yourself. I bet you will be really great at it in no time at all. (If it helps at all, I’m 46 now, and I’ve been doing my nails since I was around 15 or 16 years old. Which is a depressingly lot of practice — LOL!)

On the top coats, different things work best for different people. So, you just have to find what works best for you. There are a lot of top coats out there to try, and I’m sure you will find one that is perfect for you. Also, if your polishes are a bit older/thicker, you can try putting them in a little bowl of hot water. That can sometimes loosen up the polish enough so that you can work with it a bit better. 

Post # 29
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: MGM Grand Skyline Terrace

I live in AZ and it’s still in the 100’s so it’s been hard to go for fall colors but I’m getting there. 

Previous mani: IBD “So Cryptic” 

Current mani: Lechat “Mystic Wonders”

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

This is Opi – Scores a Goal! I just took off my red gel mani and couldn’t wait to put on a fall color. These are pretty messy, I was pretty over it after removing my gels lol

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