10 Day Nails

Finished nails with a touch of gold!

Finished nails with a touch of gold!

I have been painting my nails since I was about ten. When I was younger, I think I tried every color possible with my own added "nail art" with brushes that were way too big to actually do any good. So it is no big surprise, that I still love to have my fingers and toes painted regularly. In fact, I can't remember the last time my toenails weren't painted!

In an ideal world, I would love to have a shellac manicure every 2 1/2 weeks, but who honestly has the time or the money for that luxury! So instead I occasionally will get a shellac manicure as a special treat with a few girlfriends or for an upcoming event, but in the mean time I try to keep my nails nicely polished. Of course, regular polish doesn't typically last two weeks, and there is a bit more up keep, but I have recently discovered CND Vinlylux nail polish that actually lasts about 10 days. The polish itself is a bit pricey at $10.50 a bottle, but you can use it as often as you want! So Carly and I played with the new polish & nail tape this past weekend and wanted to share our 5 steps to manicured hands!

Steps to Manicured Nails

  1. Make sure your nails are clean of all nail polish including any clear that you ma have applied.
  2. Add lotion or oil, clean up your cuticles, nail-beds & length and shape.
  3. Add two coats of your Vinylux color to your nails. Make sure you let them dry and are no longer sticky! (I recommend putting on a movie or tv show as a distraction - Pretty Woman is a great one!)
  4. Slowly add the striping tape to your nail. Instead of cutting pieces for each nail, we found it easier to add the tape while still attached to the roll. Make sure you have it where you want it before you press down to secure it! Once the tape is in place and secure, trim with scissors. It will be tricky to get all the way to your nail, but get as close as possible.
  5. Add your final Vinylux top coat and seal the striping tape & color! If you use another top coat, the polish won't last as long. Wait until nails are completely dry and not tacky and use nail or cuticle clippers to cut the last bits of the tape. And voila you have some beautiful, detailed nails!

I have always been a big fan of OPI & Essie colors, but I am pretty excited about my new find. There are so many different things you can do with your nails now including a matte finish, metallic or detailed patterns, the sky is the limit and with a paint that actually lasts, I am bit more tempted to spend the time to add a few details.

Do you have any brands or colors that work great for you or do you prefer to stick with the all-natural look?

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