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Just Another MANICure Monday

March 11, 2013

I am a little late to the party this week but between the fact that my daughter has Scarlet fever AND I lost an hour of sleep I think y’all will be understanding. Since I haven’t had a chance to do my nails this week I am sharing with you my top 3 tips for making your manicure last a week…even through cleaning.

Prior to these steps you want to make sure that you have cleaned, filed and buffed your nails really well.

DIY Manicure


1. Prime your nails: Much like the primer that goes under the paint on a wall, this step will make sure that the nail polish has something to adhere to, increasing your chances of a having your manicure weather the storm. I swear by Orly Bonder. There may be others but I don’t know about them. I only know about Orly Bonder and I love it.

2. Sandwich your coats: Sandwich? Yes, sandwich as in place very thin coats of a good quick dry topcoat between very thin coats of polish. On average I do at least 4 coats…Hey, I’m a mom! I will do two very thin coats, a thin coat of quick dry and another two very thin coats. Key word is THIN, if you make them thick they will bubble and won’t last.

3.Use a good topcoat: Unless you want to reapply your top coat daily I would suggest you shell out the $8-10 and get a good one. For good measure when applying your top coat, lightly brush a thin amount across the tip of your nail every 2-3 days.

Time to show off your manicure for the week. Next week I am going to use a linky that won’t require you to have a blog so everybody is welcome…Get ready!


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    March 11, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Thanks for sharing these helpful tips. I’m really going to try to start doing my nails as soon as this week, after I do my hair ofcourse.

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    March 11, 2013 at 11:44 am

    So sorry to hear baby girl is sick! I hope she feels better soon.

    Your nails look fantastic. I used to do my nails all the time way back when now I just keep clear polish on them.

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    March 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I hope your little one feels better soon.
    Thanks for the tips. I’ve recently started polishing my nails. I barely make it to day 2 without a chip. So, if I can make it to 7 that would be remarkable.

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    March 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    So glad your little one is feeling better and I love the gold flecks!

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    March 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Wow, scarlet fever – poor thing!!! Hope she recovers soon!

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    March 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Hope the baby is better. Love the nails I am going to try and get mines done again next weekend along with my feet so I can get ready for my flip flops all summer long.

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    March 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Sorry about the scarlet fever!

    I also LOVE Orly Bonder. It’s a little bit rubbery somehow, which helps it stick I think. All the other basecoats I’ve tried are completely useless (for me at least). But even with Bonder and a great top coat, I can never get my mani to last seven days.. if I can get it to last 3 days, I count it as a success!

    Do you have a really great topcoat that you particularly recommend? I think I’ve tried almost all of them, but I’m always on the lookout for a new one.

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      March 14, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Yes! It smells like rubber cement. I suppose it is the rubber that makes the polish stick.

      I use Essie’s No Chips Ahead. Dries super fast and is really shiny. I only reapply maybe every other day if I remember. You can totally get 7 days with that topcoat!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    March 12, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Poor Baby!! I hope she’s feeling better!
    I’m really going to start keeping up my nails now that I don’t have up wash my hands every five minutes! Thanks for the tips!

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    March 13, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Great tips! I’m gonna try to start doing my nails again. Hope the baby is feeling better…

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    March 13, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Yayyy… I’m just happy to see & hear that the Addy is doing better! Loving the nail action… I still haven’t polish mine yet I plan on linking up tomorrow though!

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    March 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    This is very helpful! Thanks for sharing the info as my diy manicures have been lasting only two days.

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