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Michelle
I'm a wife, a mom & a data analyst that finds creative outlet in making beautiful items for others.
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I'm currently using the Sally Hansen Nail Treatment 7 in 1 that I bought at Target. I buff my nails down first then add this on top to help strengthen my nails, but I've also used the Nail Rehab one as well. I've been trying to moisturize my cuticles more instead to keep my nails healthier. The Barielle Hydrating Ridge Filler has a lot of great reviews so I'm going to try that one next.
Doris, you can definitely trim and file them as your nails grow just like you can with regular nail polish.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2020 on Valentine's Day Giveaway at Bellamama Style
Definitely! I have used a white base coat or the Swiss and Tell white strips: https://www.colorstreet.com/BELLAMAMANAILS/product/FMC220
You can definitely put the strips on any glue on nails or acrylics.
The company won't cover dried nails after you save it, but I put them back into the plastic sleeve, push all the air out then use a flat iron to close the plastic bag again. If you don't have a flat iron, remove the air, roll it up multiple times, then stick the open end down into the cardboard sleeve so it's pushed against the edge. If it seems dry when you open it, try heating it up a bit with a hair dryer with it inside the plastic bag. Make sure it doesn't get too hot or it'll melt. lol
You can put it on right after or you can wait. They're fully dry already so it won't affect "dry" time. There is some cure time for nails so it'll set at the same rate. If you wait to put clear as day, you might get some tip wear depending on what you're doing with your hands during the day.
Do you mean gel top coat? I have, and it was fine. I use ACI Gelous Nail Gel Coat from Sally Beauty: https://www.sallybeauty.com/nails/nail-polish/strengthener/gelous-nail-gel-coat/SBS-507020.html
I use this on top of my nail strips which helps keep my edges looking better for longer. I make sure to get the tips and right under the edge to give it more protection. Just remember Color Street nails are real nail polish so will chip like regular polish will. Only additional hard top coat is going to make it last longer. https://www.sallybeauty.com/nails/nail-polish/strengthener/gelous-nail-gel-coat/SBS-507020.html
I'll try to post a video on what I use to remove my nails. But basically I cut up tiny squares from a big sheet of white craft felt from Michaels or JoAnn's (Hobby Lobby, etc.) then soak them with my favorite non-acetone remover. Then I place them on top of my nails for a couple minutes. After I can feel that the nail polish seems pliable, I push the nail strips from the cuticle bed out toward the tips of my nails one finger at a time. It should slide the strips right off. Especially with glitter polish (not just Color Street), scrubbing with cotton balls or pads really won't remove them easily. The felt squares are a game changer because it traps all the glitter as you're pushing them off the nails.
Buffing might actually make the nail too smooth. It sounds like maybe you just have really naturally oily nail beds. Make sure your nails are not wet or oily by using the alcohol pads supplied with your nail strips. Best time to put the nail strips on is at night before bed since it'll give it the most time to cure. If you have to use it during the day, make sure to use gloves when washing dishes especially with hot water.
If you use a ridge filler or a base coat before you put on Color Street nail strips, you could cause it to lift if you try to reposition. I would make sure that the coat is very dry before you put on the nail strip. What I do is gently place the nail strip on top of the nail and then eyeball it so that it seems even before I push it down any further.
You can definitely use a nail hardener first before using Color Street Nails. Just make sure that it's not a very thick coat and that it's fully dry.
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Welcome to Bellamama Style blog, home for Bellamama Beauty and Bellamama Nails! I cannot believe that this year is already going by so quickly! It's only a few hours away from Valentine's Day 2018, and no matter if you have a significant other to celebrate with or not, I think... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Bellamama Style
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Nail Tips (haha) for the best application with Color Street Nail sets: 1. Wipe your finger tips with alcohol pads before application (make sure it's fully dry) so that you reduce the oil transferring on to the sets as you apply. 2. Apply later in the day than earlier. Even though the nail polish strips are completely dry, the adhesive needs about 3 hours to fully cure. If you wait to apply before bed it will give you a lot of time for it to cure while you are sleeping. 3.Avoid hot water or a lot of hand washing before the nail strips have fully cured. Even though they will stay on, you will get more tip wear and wear along the nail bed. 4. When you are using a file to cut down the strips, make sure it's in a down motion, not side to side. And angle it so that you give some left over on the ends of your tips. The nail polish sets do shrink a bit like regular nail polish does after application. If you angle the file too far toward your nails then you will end up looking like you already got tip wear on the first day. 5. Solids are thinner and need more care when applying. I suggest buffing your nails a bit (just do not shine or the strips will not adhere as easily), and if you have ridges on your nails like I do, apply a ridge filler base coat to even out your nails first. 6. The strips already have a top coat on them, but some of them are shinier than others. If you love that gel look, apply a quick drying top coat on top like Poshe to give it a nice glossy look. Wrapping the top coat over the tips of the nails will also give it a longer time before you see tip wear. You don't have to do it, but I especially love it on the solids. We also sell "Clear As Day" nail sets that are clear that can go over our sets. They come with 4 sets vs the normal 2 sets in the envelope for $11. They also count as a solid so you can add it to your B3G1 deals. 7. Give your nails a full 24 hour naked time between sets to let your nails breathe and reset. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2018 at Bellamama Style
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Hello everyone! Welcome to our new OCBabywearers blog! Our group has been around since 2007, but this is the first time we've set up a blog. We now have several ways to find us: Our original yahoo group (that's no longer active but has lots of info and pics): http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ocbabywearers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at OCBabywearers
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I ended up moving a few months ago, and then I got behind posting photos of my manis. Here's my Christmas mani so far. I'll probably end up changing it next week since my nails are getting a bit too long. I find if it's too long, it gets in the way of taking care of my kids and typing. Since I'm on the computer almost all day, it gets annoying if it's too long. I ended up putting this on in the semi-dark at 3am. I'm expecting baby #3 in May, and I was feeling horrible during the night so I was wide awake. I thought why not do my nails instead. :) Please excuse my dry and ugly cuticles. The nausea from this pregnancy isn't doing great things for my skin right now. Color Club "Art of Seduction" on all my nails except for the ring fingers which are done with "Object of Envy" as accent nails. I love the thickness of the green glitter, but the red was pretty sparce. It wasn't as easy to work with, and I ended up having to do three layers. And even then it ended up with bald spots. I think I will use a base color first next time. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at Bellamama Style
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I'm in a Facebook group for Nail Polish-aholics, and we just started a weekly challenge. First one was purple nail polish, and this is my version. My 7yo daughter got the Sally Hansen polish for me for my birthday, but I haven't had a chance to swatch it yet. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2012 at Bellamama Style
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I got the Zoya Pinterest mini trio that included Myrta recently, and I really wanted to try it out. It's been really sunny this weekend so I was in an orange mood. When I put the polish on, I realized it reminded me of another color I had, so I took a look in my stash box. I have China Glaze Riveting from their Hunger Games collection that I absolutely LOVE, and so I decided to do a swatch comparison. It's not quite a dupe though very close. Myrta is not as sparkly as Riveting, and it has more of a tangelo look to it. It's definitely a foily shimmer polish vs. a glitter polish. Take a look and see if you can spot the difference. Riveting is on the thumb in the comparison photo. It has more of a jelly look to it with an inner sparkle. Both are very pretty, but I think I prefer Riveting more. It just has this intensity about it that I really love. Myrta is also pretty, but it has more of a foil look. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2012 at Bellamama Style
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I really wanted a medium pink polish, and when a Zoya promo came up, I ended up ordering a few that I thought were dupes because I just couldn't make up my mind from the photos on their site. It's also hard to decide with other people's swatches since my Asian skin tone really makes polishes look different than the way it looks on others. Anyway, I already had Audrina, but I didn't LOVE it at first sight so I thought perhaps either Reagan or Areej might work. Here's the comparison swatch I did with some of the ones I thought would be dupes. As you can see, Areej and Reagan are near dupes. Areej is a bit dustier looking than Reagan, but if you have one then you probably wouldn't want the other. In the bottle, Audrina looks soooo much like the other two, but on the nail has more blue than the other two. Audrina is on the left, and I can't even remember which two are on the right, but they look exactly the same to the naked eye. One's SLIGHTLY darker... MAYBE. :) I added Rory and Lara since I got them for funsies. Rory has a lot of silver shimmer in it so although in the bottle it looks similar to Reagan and Lara, it shows up as very light on the nail. It's not as sparkly as Zoya's Sunshine collection. Lara has a bit of a softer neon quality about it. I just purchased a bunch of neon pinks, so I decided I don't want to keep Lara. After the swatches, I decided that Reagan looks the best on my nails. It pops more than Areej which is what I really wanted. Audrina might be a keeper since I do like the bluer pinks, so it's going back in my nail polish box. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2012 at Bellamama Style
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I finally picked up my Frontier order, and it was a pleasant surprise to find two of the new colors for Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers. They are one of my go-to lip products. They're kind of a cross between lip stick and gloss, and I use them when I want a bit more coverage than lip gloss. I have several, and maybe I'll do a comparison photo some time. Anyway, here are the two new ones I got: Plum and Cherry. On my skin, plum looks very dark brown with a bit of purple tone but it's not very obvious. The cherry shows up kind of orange-ish red. You can see the swatches. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2012 at Bellamama Style
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Butter London - "All Hail the Queen" or aka "All Hail McQueen" two layers Essie base coat Poshe top coat This polish has been around a while but since I always try to buy polish on sale, it's been sold out whenever Ulta or other stores have it on sale. I finally snagged one at the 2nd Street Beauty store on sale! Sorry my mani is a little old. I was out of town on a business trip and had done this while I was out in Florida last week. The photo shows 5 day wear. For a 5 day mani, the tip wear is pretty good! By the way, I took Zoya Remove+ (my fave remover) in a smaller travel bottle I got at Target, and it totally melted it into a jelly-like thing. Plus it leaked on to my other polishes and melted some of the other plastics. Good thing I had it double zip lock bagged or my entire luggage would have been trashed. Lesson learned. Get the bottles appropriate for polish remover! Here is what it did to my polish cap: I really love this polish! It is very work appropriate so I like that for important business meetings. It's very deceiving. It looks like a cream, but in certain lights or in the sun, you can see the tiny holographic microglitter. People who know me know I love glitter polish, so sometimes creams bore me. Now I know this has hidden sparkles, it makes me love it more. Here's a photo. I darkened the photo to show the hidden holo sparkles (click the photo to enlarge it): Here's another side view where you can't see the holo. This shows the 5 day tip wear best: Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2012 at Bellamama Style
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Dior Bikini – 1 basecoat, 2 layers, 1 top coat Comparison of Dior Bikini with Deborah Lippmann Daytripper Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2012 at Bellamama Style
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Thumb to pinky: Dior - Waterlily Deborah Lippmann - Mermaid's Dream Wet n Wild - I Need a Refresh-Mint China Glaze - Gaga for Green Julep - Leah Top to bottom: Sephora OPI - Bright as a Feather Zoya - Wednesday Wet n Wild - I Need a Refresh-Mint Zoya - Tracie Dior - Waterlily Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at Bellamama Style
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Dior Waterlily From the Garden Party Collection Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at Bellamama Style
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China Glaze Crushed Candy Crackle Glaze Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2012 at Bellamama Style