Friday, December 30, 2011

☆★ How to prevent nails from lifting★☆

The worst thing about having beautiful nails is : lifting.

Lifting means that acrylic "lifts" off of your natural nail, leaving behind a visible line or spot where air can come under.

Not only does it look bad, but it can also be a breeding place for bacteria.

To prevent lifting, you have to start out with these steps:

Be hygienic 
Sanitize all your implements and utilities.
Work in a clean environment (dust, dirt and moisture is a big NO NO)
What ever you do, do not eat or smoke while you are doing nails
(note: you are working with flammable liquids, smoking while working can set the place on fire, causing serious damage and burns)
nicotine or crumbs can stay behind on your nail plate causing lifting

If you have serious lifting problems I do not recommend washing your hands (or your clients' hands if they have lifting problems)
your nails are porous and contact with water will cause your nails to suck up the water
(when you take a shower/bath or do dishes you notice that your nails or weak and have changed its appearance)

I know that is not very hygienic but you sure need to use a sanitizer in this case
it contains alcohol and it will evaporate

Preparation

A good preparation is the key to have a long lasting set of nails

I do not recommend using cuticle removers. Those are products that dissolve the cuticle making it easier to push back and remove.
Cuticle remover can be sucked up by the nail as it is 99% of the time a liquid substance.
liquid = moisture = lifting

What I do to remove the cuticle is, spray nails lightly with a dehydrator (contains isopropyl alcohol  and it will evaporate)
gently but sure push back the cuticle with a cuticle pusher in a circular motion, as this is easier and not as painful to some people
(remember tools don't hurt people, people hurt people)
(but some people can not stand that their cuticles are being pushed back and find it "painful")

with the other end of the cuticle pusher, "scrape" off the loose cuticle
If needed clip away loose and excessive cuticle with cuticle nippers.



Whether you are doing an infill/rebalance/etc or a new set,
take away the shine of the natural nail with a SOFT nail file.
DO NOT overfile the nail, because that may weaken the nail and even worse, it can damage your nail, which in turns can cause lifting as well.
Some nailtechs don't take away the shine of the nail, that is up to them.
I have been taught that the natural nail needs tiny "scratches" for the acrylic to adhere better/best to the nail plate.
I use a nail file with a 100/180 grit and I use the 180 site of an OLD DISINFECTED  file.
An old file is so much softer than a new one.
(the higher the number on your file, the softer it is)

Make sure to go around the cuticle area and that there are no shiny spots left.

Next, remove the dust. I use a kabuki brush.

Then I take a cotton wipe and IBD prep and dehydrate the nail plate.
It takes away the oils and any dust that has left behind.
This will dry within a couple of seconds.


Do you need a dehydrator? No you don't but I prefer to use it.

As far as primer goes, there are a lot on the market.
Acid free, non-acid and acid.

I use NSI superbond.
It is an acid based primer so caution is needed!
(note: caution is needed with any chemical)

After you dehydrated the nails, take your primer and open the bottle.
Take out the brush and DRAIN the excess primer on a paper towel.

Too much primer is not good. Draining the application brush will have just enough primer on it for 5 nails.
If doing a new set, put primer all over the NATURAL nail and not on nailtips (plastic)
If doing an infill, only primer on the new nail growth (natural nail).
If you put primer on acrylic or gel, it can cause yellowing, and we don't want that.

When the first coat has dried (NSI superbond dries to a chalky finish) I apply primer right before I apply my acrylic, each nail at a time.
NOTE : If you prefer or if needed, you can use a total of 3 coats of primer.
Don't let the primer touch your skin.

Application

Now that you have prepped your nails, it is time for the application of acrylic (or gel)
Your pearls cannot be too wet or they'll flow right into the sidewalls and cuticle area.
The perfect pearl should be bumpy when you pick it up, and should become smooth when placed on the nail.

With the body of the brush, pat down your pearl to the desired shape and thickness.
Using the tips of the brush as a barrier, prevent acrylic from running into the sidewalls and cuticle.
If acrylic runs in the cuticle or sidewalls and it stays there it will cause lifting.
Simply use the tip of your brush and wipe the acrylic away if it ran into that area before it dries.

When you are working clean and precise you don't have a lot of filing to do.
When filing, file the acrylic flush to the natural nail so that there aren't any visible gaps and bumps.
It should seem as if the acrylic is a part of your own nail.


After filing remove dust, this time you may wash your hands, but don't spend too much time in the water.

Whether you buff the nail to a shiny finish or use a UV sealer, that is up to you. I prefer using a  UV sealer (NSI Glaze 'n Go)
Do not put any UV sealer on natural nails, it is designed to be used on artificial nails only.

NOTE: Don't ever touch your natural nail wit your fingers after prepping. Oils and dirt/dust will transfer to the nail plate and you will undo anything what you have done.

 Other causes

When you know your prep and application is not the problem that is causing lifting.
you must be aware of some other causes.

*Don't use old or bad products (dust builds up and contaminates your product)

*use quality brands or products. Cheap in this case does not mean better.
And sometimes cheap products from ebay or the internet contains MMA, which is a hazardous chemical, and is not to be used for nails! If you buy a kit and it doesn't come with a list of ingredients, DO NOT buy it.
Better safe than sorry...

*Medical causes :
Heart problems, diabetic, bacteria, medication, an allergy for the products... all these can cause lifting

Sometimes lifting occurs by fault of the client:
*biting
*picking
*using nails as a tool
*ticking your nails on a table
*not wearing any gloves while doing household chores: gardening, using chemicals for cleaning,...
*Doing dishes or been in the water right before coming in for having their nails done
(Always mention to clients that they have to keep their nails dry at least 2 hours before coming in)
*Being too long in the water (bathing, shower, dishes, washing hands,...) 
If all these steps fail to succeed, and you have done all you could,
it can simply be genetic.
*not eating healthy

*nails that are too long (sometimes when nails are too long, it tends to lift, because you bump into things)
These are my personal experiences and what I have learned over the past couple of years.
You learn by trial and error, don't give up if you don't succeed.
All the causes above may not apply to you or your clients, but sure is something to think about.
I am not responsible for any damage you do to your or your client's nails.
Also note that everybody has different methods, you just have to find one that suits your likings.

NO lift nails

The worst thing about having beautiful nails is : lifting.

Lifting means that acrylic "lifts" off of your natural nail, leaving behind a visible line or spot where air can come under.

Not only does it look bad, but it can also be a breeding place for bacteria.

To prevent lifting, you have to start out with these steps:

be hygienic 
sanitize all your implements and utilities
work in a clean environment (dust, dirt and moisture is a big NO NO)
what ever you do, do not eat or smoke while you are doing nails
nicotine or crumbs can stay behind on your nail plate causing lifting

If you have serious lifting problems I do not recommend washing your hands (or your clients' hands if they have lifting problems)
your nails are porous and contact with water will cause your nails to suck up the water
(when you take a shower/bath or do dishes you notice that your nails or weak and have changed its appearance)

I know that is not very hygienic but you sure need to use a sanitizer in this case
it contains alcohol and it will evaporate

Preparation

A good preparation is the key to have a long lasting set of nails

I do not recommend using cuticle removers. Those are products that dissolve the cuticle making it easier to push back and remove.
Cuticle remover can be sucked up by the nail as it is 99% of the time a liquid substance.
liquid = moisture = lifting

What I do to remove the cuticle is, spray nails lightly with a dehydrator (contains isopropyl alcohol  and it will evaporate)
gently but sure push back the cuticle with a cuticle pusher in a circular motion, as this is easier and not as painful to some people
(remember tools don't hurt people, people hurt people)
(but some people can not stand that their cuticles are being pushed back and find it "painful")

with the other end of the cuticle pusher, "scrape" off the loose cuticle
If needed clip away loose and excessive cuticle with cuticle nippers.

FOTO cuticle pusher

Whether you are doing an infill/rebalance/etc or a new set,
take away the shine of the natural nail with a SOFT nail file.
DO NOT overfile the nail, because that may weaken the nail and even worse, it can damage your nail, which in turns can cause lifting as well.
Some nailtechs don't take away the shine of the nail, that is up to them.
I have been taught that the natural nail needs tiny "scratches" for the acrylic to adhere better/best to the nail plate.
I use a nail file with a 100/180 grit and I use the 180 site of an OLD DISINFECTED  file.
An old file is so much softer than a new one.
(the higher the number on your file, the softer it is)

Make sure to go around the cuticle area and that there are no shiny spots left.
FOTO file
Next, remove the dust. I use a kabuki brush.
FOTO KABUKI
Then I take a cotton wipe and IBD prep and dehydrate the nail plate.
It takes away the oils and any dust that has left behind.
This will dry within a couple of seconds.

FOTO wipe and IBD prep
Do you need a dehydrator? No you don't but I prefer to use it.

As far as primer goes, there are a lot on the market.
Acid free, non-acid and acid.

I use NSI superbond.
It is an acid based primer so caution is needed!
(note: caution is needed with any chemical)

After you dehydrated the nails, take your primer and open the bottle.
Take out the brush and DRAIN the excess primer on a paper towel.
FOTO draining primer
Too much primer is not good. Draining the application brush will have just enough primer on it for 5 nails.
If doing a new set, put primer all over the NATURAL nail and not on nailtips (plastic)
If doing an infill, only primer on the new nail growth (natural nail).
If you put primer on acrylic or gel, it can cause yellowing, and we don't want that.

When the first coat has dried (NSI superbond dries to a chalky finish) I apply primer right before I apply my acrylic, each nail at a time.
NOTE : If you prefer or if needed, you can use a total of 3 coats of primer.
Don't let the primer touch your skin.

Application

Now that you have prepped your nails, it is time for the application of acrylic (or gel)
Your pearls cannot be too wet or they'll flow right into the sidewalls and cuticle area.
The perfect pearl should be bumpy when you pick it up, and should become smooth when placed on the nail.
FOTO pearl
With the body of the brush, pat down your pearl to the desired shape and thickness.
Using the tips of the brush as a barrier, prevent acrylic from running into the sidewalls and cuticle.
If acrylic runs in the cuticle or sidewalls and it stays there it will cause lifting.
Simply use the tip of your brush and wipe the acrylic away if it ran into that area before it dries.

When you are working clean and precise you don't have a lot of filing to do.
When filing, file the acrylic flush to the natural nail so that there aren't any visible gaps and bumps.
It should seem as if the acrylic is a part of your own nail.
FOTO flush nail

After filing remove dust, this time you may wash your hands, but don't spend too much time in the water.

Whether you buff the nail to a shiny finish or use a UV sealer, that is up to you. I prefer using a  UV sealer (NSI Glaze 'n Go)
Do not put any UV sealer on natural nails, it is designed to be used on artificial nails only.

NOTE: Don't ever touch your natural nail wit your fingers after prepping. Oils and dirt/dust will transfer to the nail plate and you will undo anything what you have done.

 Other causes

When you know your prep and application is not the problem that is causing lifting.
you must be aware of some other causes.

*Don't use old or bad products (dust builds up and contaminates your product)

*use quality brands or products. Cheap in this case does not mean better.
And sometimes cheap products from ebay or the internet contain MMA, which is a hazardous chemical, and is not to be used for nails! If you buy a kit and it doesn't come with a list of ingredients, DO NOT buy it.
Better safe than sorry...

*Medical causes :
Heart problems, diabetic, bacteria, medication, an allergy for the products... all these can cause lifting

Sometimes lifting occurs by fault of the client:
*biting
*picking
*using nails as a tool
*ticking your nails on a table
*not wearing any gloves while doing household chores: gardening, using chemicals for cleaning,...
*Doing dishes or been in the water right before coming in for having their nails done
(Always mention to clients that they have to keep their nails dry at least 2 hours before coming in)
*Being too long in the water (bathing, shower, dishes, washing hands,...) 
If all these steps fail to succeed, and you have done all you could,
it can simply be genetic.

These are my personal experiences and what I have learned over the past couple of years.
You learn by trial and error, don't give up if you don't succeed.


Thursday, December 29, 2011

No lift nails

No lift nails

The worst thing about having beautiful nails is : lifting.

Lifting means that acrylic "lifts" off of your natural nail, leaving behind a visible line or spot where air can come under.
FOTO
Not only does it look bad, but it can also be a breeding place for bacteria.

To prevent lifting, you have to start out with these steps:

be hygienic 
sanitize all your implements and utilities
work in a clean environment (dust, dirt and moisture is a big NO NO)
what ever you do, do not eat or smoke while you are doing nails
nicotine or crumbs can stay behind on your nail plate causing lifting

If you have serious lifting problems I do not recommend washing your hands (or your clients' hands if they have lifting problems)
your nails are porous and contact with water will cause your nails to suck up the water
(when you take a shower/bath or do dishes you notice that your nails or weak and have changed its appearance)

I know that is not very hygienic but you sure need to use a sanitizer in this case
it contains alcohol and it will evaporate

Preparation

A good preparation is the key to have a long lasting set of nails

I do not recommend using cuticle removers. Those are products that dissolve the cuticle making it easier to push back and remove.
Cuticle remover can be sucked up by the nail as it is 99% of the time a liquid substance.
liquid = moisture = lifting

What I do to remove the cuticle is, spray nails lightly with a dehydrator (contains isopropyl alcohol  and it will evaporate)
gently but sure push back the cuticle with a cuticle pusher in a circular motion, as this is easier and not as painful to some people
(remember tools don't hurt people, people hurt people)
(but some people can not stand that their cuticles are being pushed back and find it "painful")

with the other end of the cuticle pusher, "scrape" off the loose cuticle
If needed clip away loose and excessive cuticle with cuticle nippers.

FOTO cuticle pusher

Whether you are doing an infill/rebalance/etc or a new set,
take away the shine of the natural nail with a SOFT nail file.
DO NOT overfile the nail, because that may weaken the nail and even worse, it can damage your nail, which in turns can cause lifting as well.
Some nailtechs don't take away the shine of the nail, that is up to them.
I have been taught that the natural nail needs tiny "scratches" for the acrylic to adhere better/best to the nail plate.
I use a nail file with a 100/180 grit and I use the 180 site of an OLD DISINFECTED  file.
An old file is so much softer than a new one.
(the higher the number on your file, the softer it is)

Make sure to go around the cuticle area and that there are no shiny spots left.
FOTO file
Next, remove the dust. I use a kabuki brush.
FOTO KABUKI
Then I take a cotton wipe and IBD prep and dehydrate the nail plate.
It takes away the oils and any dust that has left behind.
This will dry within a couple of seconds.

FOTO wipe and IBD prep
Do you need a dehydrator? No you don't but I prefer to use it.

As far as primer goes, there are a lot on the market.
Acid free, non-acid and acid.

I use NSI superbond.
It is an acid based primer so caution is needed!
(note: caution is needed with any chemical)

After you dehydrated the nails, take your primer and open the bottle.
Take out the brush and DRAIN the excess primer on a paper towel.
FOTO draining primer
Too much primer is not good. Draining the application brush will have just enough primer on it for 5 nails.
If doing a new set, put primer all over the NATURAL nail and not on nailtips (plastic)
If doing an infill, only primer on the new nail growth (natural nail).
If you put primer on acrylic or gel, it can cause yellowing, and we don't want that.

When the first coat has dried (NSI superbond dries to a chalky finish) I apply primer right before I apply my acrylic, each nail at a time.
NOTE : If you prefer or if needed, you can use a total of 3 coats of primer.
Don't let the primer touch your skin.

Application

Now that you have prepped your nails, it is time for the application of acrylic (or gel)
Your pearls cannot be too wet or they'll flow right into the sidewalls and cuticle area.
The perfect pearl should be bumpy when you pick it up, and should become smooth when placed on the nail.
FOTO pearl
With the body of the brush, pat down your pearl to the desired shape and thickness.
Using the tips of the brush as a barrier, prevent acrylic from running into the sidewalls and cuticle.
If acrylic runs in the cuticle or sidewalls and it stays there it will cause lifting.
Simply use the tip of your brush and wipe the acrylic away if it ran into that area before it dries.

When you are working clean and precise you don't have a lot of filing to do.
When filing, file the acrylic flush to the natural nail so that there aren't any visible gaps and bumps.
It should seem as if the acrylic is a part of your own nail.
FOTO flush nail

After filing remove dust, this time you may wash your hands, but don't spend too much time in the water.

Whether you buff the nail to a shiny finish or use a UV sealer, that is up to you. I prefer using a  UV sealer (NSI Glaze 'n Go)
Do not put any UV sealer on natural nails, it is designed to be used on artificial nails only.
NOTE: Don't ever touch your natural nail wit your finger. Oils and dirt/dust will transfer to the nail plate and you will undo anything you ahve done
 Other causes

When you know your prep and application is not the problem that is causing lifting.
you must be aware of some other causes.

*Don't use old or bad products (dust builds up and contaminates your product)

*
I used to have lifting all the time on myself.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ice cream nails

When I did my diva nails, I actually was going for there kind of nails...
Need evidence? Why here you go :)


I did not really liked the outcome of it, so I filed them down, and added star stamps.

Anyways, here is the video


Products used : Purely pink masque by NSI
Totally clear by NSI
Bubble Gum by EzFlow
Colored acrylic for the ice cream cones
Glaze 'n go

Here are some pictures of the finished nail.
I hope you enjoyed it.







Friday, December 23, 2011

Problems with lifting?

Soon, I will post a whole article about :
Problems with lifting.
My own experience as well as a step by step explanation.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hello Divas

As you all might or might not know, I am a very girly girl.
I love pink and purple, 
I love glitter, 
I love bling,
I love hello kitty,
I love stars
I love leopard print

What do we name that???
Diva!!!
or Princess... whichever you like 
*giggles*


For these nails I used the following products:
NSI attraction - "extreme pink" and "totally clear"
Fuchsia pink/purple glitter
NSI super bond primer
glaze 'n go gel sealer
IBD prep nail dehydrator

I hope you enjoy these nails as much as I do.
Nails by UnderTheLilyShadow

Let it snow

Hi all!

This video is a huge collaboration with other youtubers that make nail art videos.

So the main idea was to "let it snow" on December 5th.
And I think we did pretty well.


Products used: 
NSI attraction-Purely pink masque
NSI attraction-radiant white
NSI attraction-totally clear
Mylar flakes
stamping image plate
stamping polish

Stay safe for the Holidays!
And I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year
X Cindy X

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The use of dotting tools


There are many uses for dotting tools.
Nail or craft related.
You choose
It's all handy dandy!

You can use dotting tools for:
*dotting = putting dots onto your nails
*swirling = marbling = making cool designs out of two or more colored polishes/paints/gel/acrylics
*picking up rhinestones / nail art /glitter
*applying glitter gel at the free edge
*great for painting details (eyes, nose,...)
*the best tool for leopard print!
*instead of a toothpick, going around the cuticle when I do gel nails
*for stirring up colored gel (pigment settles to the bottom)
also mixing glitter with powder(acrylic)
*mixing paints/polishes/gels
*craft related things also!!!

The uses are very versatile.
I got these from Born Pretty Store
If you use this coupon code CINDYK31
You will get a 10% off of your purchase
and if used 10 times they will sponsor a giveaway!!!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

☆★Acrylic nail tutorial - Rockstar nails★☆


This design, I named "rockstar nails" because it has nice stars lol

So for this tutorial I used a glitter that is called "fairy dust", I got it from a good friend.
The powder for the nailbed is "extreme pink" from NSI attraction
The clear powder is also from NSI attraction"totally clear"
The white powder, NSI attraction "radiant white"
Nr8 brush and Nr2 brush for 3D
Glaze 'n go from NSI

Thursday, November 10, 2011


A review for BornPrettyStore
18 set Acrylic powders

I've had the pleasure testing out these powder and I am going to review them.

The pigmentation of these powders are great! They are very opaque and covering.
In the set you get a variety of colors, going from black to white haha.

The powders do dry kind of slow, but if you don't mind that, it's all good.
I prefer my powders to set a little bit faster and therefor I add a little bit of pure acetone to my liquid.
That makes the powders dry faster. (also a great thing for 3D)


The containers do not contain a lot of product, so I suggest not using them for a full set of colored tips.
But they are great for beginners to start working with.
They also make a great set for 3D nail art.

These colored powders stain your liquid, as do all other colored powders from other brands,
so I suggest using 2 dappendishes, so that you can work clean.

The colors are vibrant and, and as I like to say it, "happy"

So my final conclusion is:
Great product for a cheap price.

If you would like to check the website, here is the link
CLICK HERE
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