I’m going through a bit of a nail polish phase at the moment and I’ve been desperate to find a way to keep my polish on for more than 24 hours. I recently asked for tips on the forums of Sali Hughes Beauty and was pleasantly surprised at the number of responses I got. The one I’ve been using the most is the ‘Sticky Sandwich’ method, which can be found over on Olive and Hazel (a new favourite blog, btw!) Yes, it takes a bit longer, but it’s completely revolutionised my nail polish wearing…
This stuff is AMAZING. I have honestly seen a difference in nail polish wear after using this as described in the Sticky Sandwich method. It is pretty expensive when compared to other basecoats, but I consider that for the price of a manicure done in a salon, you can get this and a decent topcoat, it’s not a bad price for something that works.
I am impatient and a bit cackhanded when it comes to manicures. I bought this with my Boots points after my friend Alice recommended it to me. It is fabulous- dries SO quickly, although I am aware it dries up in the bottle eventually. I’m not at that stage yet, but may see what other fast-drying coats offer (suggestions of good ones in comments would be appreciated!) I’m not patient enough for a normal drying time and I don’t like Sally Hansen topcoats!
I’ve also found that my nail polish lasts longer if I prepare my nails properly; giving them a quick swipe with nail polish remover before starting, buffing them a bit and, shock horror, actually doing stuff to my cuticles (although, to be honest, not ENTIRELY sure what I’m doing there still!)
By making these little changes, I’ve found that my nail polish can last up to five days chip free. After this point, I find that I get bored anyway and want to change the colour! The polish definitely has more wear and can cope with hair washing, dish washing and the demands of a baby, so I’m happy.
What are your nail tips?