Lacquerized. A blog about nail polish

FAQ

 

Are your nails natural?

Yes they are, I had acrylics a couple of years ago though. They helped me stop biting my nails and after I grew them out I found out my nails were pretty strong! So I've been 'natural' ever since.

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What kind of camera do you use?

I usually use 2 cameras, one is a Sony CyberShot w120 and the other is a Sony CyberShot w320. Pretty simple small cameras, but I like them a lot!

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What camera settings do you use?

I always try to shoot my photos in daylight! I set the ISO value at 100 and I place the camera on a tripod. Also, activate the macro setting, otherwise your pictures will be blurry. Hope this was helpful!

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How do you get people to comment on your blog?

I get this question quite a lot lately. I really don’t have a clue! I just post the stuff I want to post and I think just being yourself works best. Please do not spam people with your link because that doesn't work too well.

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Where can I buy Nfu Oh products?

www.fabuloustreet.com | please read this first
www.viis.ee
www.nailxl.nl
www.affinitinailandbeauty.co.uk

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Can you tell me more about your routine and the products that you use?


Etos Sephora Nail Polish Remover
A blog about nail polishNail polish remover is usually the first thing I'll use when I start a manicure. There are many kinds of remover available, but the mildest ones work best for me. My nails don't really mind whatever I use, they can stand straight acetone pretty well. But my skin tends to disagree! To avoid super dry and wrinkly skin I use either Sephora's acetone free remover or the one by Etos (acetone free as well, but way cheaper). I'll use Sephora's remover when my hands are a bit dry to begin with, since it contains Macadamia oil and vitamine E! I also love the smell of this one.

The Etos remover is from a Dutch drugstore and I really like it, it's cheap, works fast and doesn't irritate my skin!
A blog about nail polishWhen my nails are nail polish free I like to file them a bit. I use a very fine buffer file to remove ridges and some staining. I don't really know what brand mine is, since it was a gift. I think I do this once a month. However, some times I use this file on the new growth only, to smoothen everything out without the risk of thinner nails.

For shaping your nails I'd strongly advice getting a glass file. These files are so fine, they'll definitely cause less tearing. These may cost you a bit more, but they last you a long time! Mine is from Herome, and I'm not leaving the house without it ;-).
When you file, do this in one direction to minimize any damage.

Glass Buffer file

Nfu Oh cuticle remover
A blog about nail polishThis is something I absolutely love: Cuticle Remover by Nfu Oh. I apply this on my cuticles and after a bit of soaking I'll use a rosewood stick to get rid of any excess skin. I love it! I always think only little will come of, well usually I'm wrong. Some cuticle removers do absolutely nothing or irritate the hell out of my skin. Not this one!

I've used little scissors in the past to cut my cuticles, but I'm not going there again. Why go through the hassle and pain (if you're as clumsy as I am) if there's stuff like this!
After using this product you'll want to was your hands. Tada, no more messy cuticles! I do this once a week.
A blog about nail polishNow we're ready to apply base coat. I use different base coats for different reasons. When I choose to wear a sheer or jelly polish, I always grab OPI's Ridge Filler. This BC dries pretty opaque, which is very convenient when you want to avoid a visible nail line! Most of the times I use OPI's Natural Base Coat. It applies pretty well, but I found it doesn't prevent all staining.

The bottle's almost empty, so I started looking for something else, and I've decided to give Sally Hansen's Nail Quencher a shot. I've only used it a few times, but I'm liking it so far. It's hydrating, contains no formaldehyde and I've heard it prevents staining pretty well. If you have any experience with this one, please do share!

OPI Sally Hansen base coat ridge filler, nail quencher

OPI RapiDry david top coat
A blog about nail polishAfter applying base coat and a color, I always finish with a top coat. Not only because of the shine and the fact your polish will last longer, but because I want my polish to dry fast. That's right, I use a quick drying top coat.

I've tried several but OPI's RapiDry and the David top coat work pretty well for me. RapiDry thickens up quite fast though, but nothing a little thinning can't fix.

My current top coat is the David top coat. The formula of this is amazing, and it dries fast! Maybe a not as fast as OPI RapiDry but I think the formula makes up for that. It even fixes some bubbling in my nail polish!
I've heard extremely different opinions about this product, but I like it a lot.
A blog about nail polishWhen everything is done, it's time to pamper your cuticles!
Until recently I used different kinds of cuticle oils and balms, but I think I may have found my Holy Grail cuticle treatment: Lemony Flutter by Lush.
Rubbing this lovely lemon scented butter into your cuticles will really help them remain soft and hydrated. I love doing this before I go to bed, so I wake up with really soft and healthy looking cuticles.

I'm not a big fan of cuticle oils as some of them contain mineral oil and actually make my cuticles even dryer.

Lush Lemony Flutter cuticle butter

Hand Lotion Nivea q10 plus
A blog about nail polishAnother crucial product in my routine is hand lotion, I can't live without it. I've been looking for the perfect hand lotion for quite some time. I've gone through a lot of brands but finally found one I really like. I use Nivea's Anti-Age Q10plus lotion, it absorbes rather quickly and doesn't leave my hands shiny at all. Also, after turning 26, I figured some anti aging stuff wouldn't hurt haha.

I've actually already repurchased this a couple of times, which I can't say about the other 8 tubes of hand lotion that are condemned to the bottom drawer of my Helmer.
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How do you get a clean edge near the cuticle?


I know there are so many great articles about this already, but I wanted to show you how I do my cleanup anyway. I get so many questions about how I paint my nails, I always end up searching for articles to refer to. I figured it would be nice to have a reference of my own! There isn't much to it really, so I'll try to keep this post short and simple. Well, here goes..

Nail polish clean up
A blog about nail polishSo, you painted your nails in the best way you possibly could and everything went pretty wel. But it still doesn't look perfect. Yet!

You can leave it like this, or if you're a perfectionist freak like me, you'll try to fix this. There are several methods to smoothen out the cuticle line, like using corrector pens or q-tips drowned in nail polish remover.

Experience has taught me that the method I'm about to show you works best for me! It's really simple, quick and you'll only need two products.
A blog about nail polishFirst thing you'll need is a brush. It's really up to you what kind of you brush you'll use, but using a medium, not too stiff brush is something I would recommend. You might have to try different kinds to figure out what works best for you.

Found the perfect brush? You might want to consider getting backups. The brush will show signs of wear and tear after a while, so you'll need to replace it eventually.

The brush I'm using is a paint brush, so it doesn't have to be a fancy make up brush at all!
Nail polish clean up
Nail polish clean up
A blog about nail polishWhat you'll also need is something to remove nail polish with. Pure acetone is hands down the easiest and fastest solution! However, normal nail polish remover will work too.

Recently I switched back to using nail polish remover, since pure acetone can be very drying. It made my hands look super wrinkly.

I wish I was an expert on this topic, but you might want to look up the negative side effects Acetone can have, before you decide to use it.
A blog about nail polishOk, let's do this! Take your brush and dip it in the Acetone. Make sure you don't have too much on your brush by dapping it on a cotton pad first. If there's too much Acetone the polish will flow into the edges of your cuticles and we really don't want that to happen.
Now, place the brush next to the nail polish line you want to neaten. Sweep your brush lightly, without applying any pressure (Geez I feel like Bob Ross now). You'll only have to take away a slither. Dap your brush on your cotton pad every now and then, because the nail polish will build up in it. You can also use your brush to get rid of any nail polish that has landed on your skin.
Nail polish clean up
Nail polish clean up
A blog about nail polishTadaaa: a pretty smooth line near the cuticle. And it wasn't that difficult at all. It usually takes me about 5 minutes to do clean up, but I always try to apply my nail polish as neat as possible. If your application is a bit messy, clean up will take longer.

There are some things to pay attention to though. Some colors just won't allow you to use clean up. I find that blues, reds and vampies are difficult colors as they tend to flood your cuticles, especially if they're jellies!

Also, you don't want to use clean up on wet nails, I normally wait a good ten minutes before I start.
A blog about nail polishWhen everything is done, it's time for some rehydration!

Cuticles really despise Acetone so it's necessary to use a moisturizer on them, every time after they've been exposed to this hazardous stuff.

Until recently I used different kinds of cuticle oils and balms, but I think I may have found my Holy Grail cuticle treatment: Lemony Flutter by Lush. Rubbing this lovely lemon scented butter into your cuticles will really help them remain soft and hydrated.
Nail polish clean up
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