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Hi, I love your blog and find it really inspires my own imagination when it comes to nail art! Im thinking of going on a bit of a nail polish hoarding spree and wondered if you could point me in the right direction of the best nail polish brands? I've been looking at Essie, O.P.I, China Glaze and models own, have you ever used these? Which would you recommend? Thanks! X
"Nail polish hoarding spree." Is there any other kind?!
You’ll have a ton of fun, but you’ll have even more fun if you find a nail supply store. There, you’ll usually find at least OPIs for WAY under their normal selling price. Since you mentioned Model’s Own though, I’m wondering if you’re in the U.S. If you’re not, my advice on a nail supply store may be moot. Check though, just in case.
OPIs and China Glaze are my recommendations. They’ve both been around for so long and offer the most variety when it comes to color and type (cremes, shimmers, metallics, glitters, etc.), in my humble opinion. Essie is also a fantastic polish though, so don’t steer clear of it or anything. I personally just own the most China Glaze and OPI polishes, whereas I only have a few Essies. I don’t own, nor have I ever tried Model’s Own.
China Glaze is my absolute favorite at this point. I have an entire collection floating somewhere in the mail right now, coming my way. My favorite collections are Up & Away and Anchor’s Away, which I just realized both sound very similar. Odd.
I have two questions, actually. Number one: Which is the best cheapie clear nail polish you've found for doing glitters? Number two: You wouldn't happen to be doing any give aways anytime soon, would you? I absolutely ADORE some of the colours you use, but we don't really have a great supply in my town, so I'm always looking for ways to find them, lol
I’m not sure I know what you mean by “doing glitters”. Do you mean mixing loose glitter into to create your own glitter polish? If so, I have no idea, I’ve never tried that. (Fail.) Or do you mean a topcoat to put over glitter to make it less chunky? If that’s what you’re asking, then I actually recommend using a nice clear basecoat for that. They’re a little thicker and work wonderfully!
I have no plans for a giveaway anytime soon I’m sorry. :( Where do you live? If you haven’t already, I recommend Googling “nail supply store” and “beauty supply store” in the areas surrounding your town (especially whichever city is closest and biggest to you). I have to travel a bit farther to get polishes in the store, but I mainly buy online. Check out my Where to Shop page for more about good online stores.
Okay, so this may seem as a totally basic question, but how does one avoid getting any air bubbles in their nails? It seems that every time I paint my nails, these random air bubbles appear as the nails dry, and it really makes me sad :( but then I'm too lazy to redo my nails.
I don’t think this is a basic question at all. In fact, I basically can’t answer it from my own knowledge. However, I Googled it, and found an article from Sally Beauty Supply that seems to answer it pretty completely. They suggest the following:
Nails with residue may bubble. Clean completely with remover first.
Old polish often bubbles.
Mix your bottle my rolling it in your hands (like you were trying to light a fire with a stick) rather than all around (like the oh-so-embarrassing Shake Weight).
If a spray-on polish dryer is used, don’t hold it too close to your nails.
Wait until each layer of polish is dry before applying another. (This is what I would have suggested most.)
I have honestly never had a problem with bubbles, so I’m pretty useless. I hope that my SparkNotes rendition of the Sally article is helpful though!