Nail Art: The art of taking care of your nails.

DarkeBlogClipThe title might seem a big grandiose but one thing I’ve learned from the last year doing nail art and polish swatches is this; it’s all for naught if you don’t have a good base, and by base I mean nail base. Any good nail technician will tell you this too. When I was younger I had great nails and could grow them out long, but as I grew older this changed and until I found gel nails I didn’t risk growing them out.

Well, I’m a sucker for punishment.

I’m going to try to grow them out on my own again, but this time I’m going to pay extra attention to my nail beds. I don’t mind paying for gel nails, but to get them filled every two weeks is costly. I did a bit of research and learned that gel polish (with a led/uv light) might help me to keep the length. Gel polish lasts longer than normal polish, and I have seen a few videos where I can use gel top/base coat on normal polish.

First, the nails. I let my gel nails grow out and cut them back when they got too long. Suffice to say, the hangnails started almost immediately. As the gel bonds weakened, I was able to lift the remaining gel applications, and as you can see, my nail beds suffered for it.

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I don’t plan on doing anything but treating my nails for a couple of months; letting the damaged nail grow out and (hopefully) having a stronger, healthier nail. Then I will do the polish. This also gives me time to save for a UV light. I’m going to do research on lights and what they can and can’t do. I know UV is different that LED so I guess it depends on what brand I plan on using.

For treatments, I’ve been soaking my nails in grape seed oil with some essential oils. Since money is a factor I’ll use these up first. I need to do this twice a week, especially during the cold, dry months of winter. Even with a good hand cream, the cold conditions care brutal. Avocado and argon oil is two of the best oils, and Sephora has hand masks with both. At $8 they’re a little pricey, but considering how the oil is extracted, it’s to be expected. Anyhoo, because of this, I won’t be doing any polish swatches for a while, but I will keep you updated on my nail progress.

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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