Berry pretty nails

Essie nail polish: Berry Naughty

So I tried another color today (but it was in the red family). I dare not deviate from my reds! The color was from Essie nail line and it’s called “Berry Naughty” . (My character has nothing to do with the name, lol). I really like Essie nail products! In fact I stick to 3 nail polish brands. My most favorite to favorite are:

  1. OPI
  2. China Glaze
  3. Essie

You are probably thinking “what about Shellac?” Let me talk briefly about Shellac. First off, I am not a fan of Shellac. As a former Licensed Nail Technician and nail shop owner (we’ll cover that in another post) I will say that Shellac “can” be a good product for some people. Shellac for me is too thick of a product.

Yes it may last longer and there is no drying time with Shellac. But I like thin natural looking nails. Yes, I have artificial nails on so the solar product is already a layered product. But when you add a thick product like Shellac it can make the nails look even thicker. I get my nails filed thin enough to still be strong but the Shellac will still make them appear thicker.

Bottom line if you like thinner nails the I would suggest Shellac if you’re applying them to natural nails and not the artificial ones.

On the other hand, my favorite top coat for regular polish is Seche Vite and it is the absolute best. I use to use their top coat on all of my clients and they loved it! In the recent years they’ve come up with the instant gel effect top coat and I love it even more! Here is why:

  • It dries extremely fast (give or take a couple of minutes)
  • It leaves your nails super shiny
  • It makes your nail polish last longer

You might want to give these products a try!

Winter is near…say yes to the red lips and nails!

Winter is near…say yes to the red lips and nails!

Many may have noticed (or not) that in nearly all of my, few, posts 🙂 I wear red nail polish or lipstick in the red family. While red may not be your signature look it is a look that is warranted for consideration as the winter approaches.

Not just because it’s a holiday color but because of the warmth of the color. If you’re not a fan of red lipstick (like I once was) try lip colors that are at least in the red family. Don’t be afraid to try red this year!

My signature red lipstick by M.A.C.

My signature red nail polish by O.P.I.