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The Indestructible Mom Mani


So by now you should not be surprised about my love for nail polish. I have tons of it. I hear a lot of women, especially moms say they don’t have time or choose not to paint their nails because their manicures never last. I normally paint my nails at least twice a week. I rarely get them professionally done, because I don’t have the money to waste. But something as simple as taking the time to paint my nails makes me feel good.

Through trial and error I have discovered some tried and true tricks for making your manicure last longer. As the holidays approach, do something to pep yourself up. Something just as simple as a shiny red nail will do just that. You’ll be surprised at how soothing it is to look at shiny nails typing on a keyboard. It’s just me? Oh…..

1.) Get your supplies. Nail file, clipper, cuticle stick and cuticle softener.  Most of my supplies I get from Dollar Tree and every now and then you can find good brands of polish in there for a $1. I use the nail file that has the different surfaces for filing and sanding off the rough edges. For my raggedy cuticles I use E.L.F. cuticle pen. It’s a $1 and works miracles. You can even stick it in your purse. You can find it at Target, or online.

2.)Get yourself a good base coat. I love Orly bonder. It smells like rubber cement and it is a little pricey at $10. But a bottle will last you a looooooooong time. You can find this at Sally’s, Ulta etc.

3.) No matter what people say, I have found that the cheap cost effective nail polish brands work just as well if you take your time. I have a mash up of brands. However, one of my favorites is the NYC In a New York Color Minute brand. They sell it at Walmart at around $1.79 a bottle. It dries fast (great for moms) and comes in a ton of shades.

4.) It is very important to put on 1 to 2 very  thin layers to prevent cracking and chipping. Here is a tutorial I found on Pinterest that I used to learn to polish my nails neatly.

Source: pink-bones.tumblr.com via Corie on Pinterest

5. You need a good top coat. All of the polish blogs I read swear by Seche Vite. I have never tried it. It’s expensive. I use Sally Hansen Clear Acrylic Top Coat. It sells at all your drugstores. Do 1 thin layer, let dry. Then do another thin layer just on  your nail tip and then another thin layer that runs the entire length of the nail ( hope that made sense). Basically you will do 2 1/2 layers…got it? Please make sure its thin, otherwise you will find little bubbles.

6.) Smudged? No problem. I learned this trick from one of the besties Kelli. Lick your finger, and gently rub it over the smudged area until it blends in. Once dry, add a very thin layer of topcoat.

7.) If possible sit still for 30 min. to allow everything to dry well. If you are in a hurry after 5 minutes dip fingers in a bowl of cold water to set…but still be a little careful.

8.) Get you a good pair of rubber gloves for cleaning and doing dishes, and reapply a thin topcoat every other day or so.

9.) Have fun. Try different combinations. Paint nails different colors. Express yourself!

*NO, I was not compensated for this post. Since I have to post everyday and I was painting my nails I thought this would be some good info to pass along…Now go forth and paint your nails*

Do you paint your nails often. Have any additional tips you want to add? What is your favorite nail color right now?

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20 Comments

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    DaenelT @ Living Outside the Stacks
    November 12, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Love this, I’m a nail polish girl too. Right now I’m loving the two toned look – 4 dark nails and 1 light one (ring finger).
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    Optimistic Mom
    November 12, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I definitely needed this post! Great information. I really like nail polish. But until about 6 months ago I was working actively in health care and wasn’t allowed to wear polish while working so I rarely put it on. Now that I am…ahem…. on a little hiatus, I am trying to rekindle my love for nail polish. This certainly will help do that! Thanks.
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    YUMMommy
    November 12, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I just got back into nail painting. Right now I’m loving the Insta-Dri colors by Sally Hansen. You have to paint quickly cause it really does dry instantly.
    YUMMommy recently posted..Saluting Our Vets

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    kita
    November 12, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I have never been into nail polish but the baby loves it so she has got me looking for nail polish all over pinterest and in the store.
    kita recently posted..Blast from the past

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    Carla
    November 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Yep. I’m definitely one of those moms who doesn’t have time to go and get her nails done or to even do them. However, I’d prefer the plain, natural look so I just keep them as is.
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    Roses daughter
    November 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    If I could stop biting my nails and massacring my cuticles by washing my hands so much st work, I would really be into this. I love polish! But stick to the toes. I could use this advice on my pedicure…..

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    TheProDiva
    November 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks for the tips. I used to love painting my nails in different funky colors when I wore acrylic nails. It seemed like the color stayed on the falsies longer. Once I stopped wearing the falsies, I found that the nail polish on my real nails would only last a couple of days or so, so I stopped wearing color altogether. Sometimes I use the UV gel color, but that can get expensive. I will definitely try your tips because I would love to get back into wearing color, especially for the holidays. Thanks for the tips!
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    GG
    November 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Mimi! This is really helpful! I love a polished nail, even if it’s just a nice shiny, glossy topcoat or a nude shade. It just helps me feel more, well, polished. LOL. As you know, I’m always in my hair or my daughter’s hair and the products seem to be hard on keep my nails fresh when I paint them. I’m going to try your tips to see if they help. Thank you! 🙂
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    Gerri
    November 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Super helpful post — especially for someone who NEVER paints her nails. I wore nail polish for a few days over the summer (for the first time since high school — about 10 years) and remember feeling a little more cute and feminine. Then they started to chip (yuck) and I was reminded why I don’t even bother. But your tips may help me try again. This time the right way. Thanks!

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    Amanda
    November 13, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I absolutely love polishing my nails as well as my 4 girls……I polish mine at least twice a week and theirs once a week……it’s our girl time

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    Dr. Reginia
    November 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    The instructional picture is so helpful. I have such a hard time doing my nails.
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    N.Nicholes
    November 13, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    I’m one of the moms who complains about a manicure not lasting the length of time it takes to dry. I’m going to attempt to do this for a week and maybe my mind will change. I sure hope so, I LOVE looking at all the nail polish!

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    Baby Shopaholic
    November 14, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Great tips! I broke down and got acrylic nails! I got tired of my nails looking a mess when it was time for me to go somewhere.
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    KalleyC
    November 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Great post, and I love the nail painting diagrams. It’s been a while since I’ve given nail polish love, I also like the natural look. I do keep my nails neat and cuticles in order though.
    KalleyC recently posted..Cutting Our Feet From Under Us

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    Candace (NYStateofMom)
    November 14, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    That diagram is soooo helpful, my right hand will look better now
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    Stesha
    November 16, 2011 at 2:41 am

    You’re not going to believe this, but I just started painting my nails the last two years or so. I just wasn’t into it. Now I think I’m a pro. I added owning a nail polish collection to my happiness list. Two weeks ago, I had a shellac manicure done. No chips or nicks. It’s worth a one time splurge. Right now I’m loving all shades of blue and gray polish.

    Hugs and Mocha,
    Stesha
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    Nerd Girl
    November 16, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I am a nail polish fiend! I just bought two bottles yesterday – I think I’m up to about 75 bottles – I need an intervention!

    I’m really into the “accent nail” right now. I like to bling out my ring fingers with glitter polish. I’m going to try a half moon manicure next.

    I am a Seche Vite fiend. It is pricey at about 9 bucks a bottle, but my manicures really do last a week using it. Sometimes there’s a little fading at the tips, but it’s only visible to me and I’ve learned to live with it.
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    Tonya
    December 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    awesome advice! I’m a self-polisher also. I use Orly bonder…..and I swear by OPI top coat….it’s awesome!

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      Mimi
      December 29, 2011 at 12:10 am

      I love Orly bonder. That is one of those items that I just can’t live without! I’m in the market for a new top coat. I am going to have to try OPI

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    […] The coverage was decent for the lower priced line of Wet and Wild. I needed about 3 coats to get good coverage. I just painted them so I can’t talk to you about any chipping, however I did use my tried and true method to a longer lasting manicure. […]

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