What base coat do you use?
I use the China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat. I tried a few others and found that for me, it's the best at keeping lacquer on my tips.
Do you use any nail hardeners/treatments?
Again, I tried a couple of them, but I recently stumbled on Nail Magic and have been using it under my base coat. I like it a lot. I find that, even if you don't wear polish, it gives your nails a brightening effect making the tips whiter and the nail beds pinker.
How do you shape your nails?
I use a crystal nail file. I think the one I have is by Sally Hansen. It's single sided and comes to a pointed tip at the end. I like it better than regular files, however, it does tend to leave my tips somewhat ragged when I'm done. I may try another brand next if I get fed up with this one. I'd prefer a somewhat finer surface, and double sided would be nice.
What is your favorite brand?
That's a hard one. I have to go with China Glaze just because I love their color range. If I could merge OPI's brush with China Glaze's fun loving color sense (though OPI is coming out with more fun colors), I'd be in heaven. Pro-wide forever! Plus OPI is more expensive.
What is your favorite nail polish?
Oh, geez. I knew you were going to ask me that one. As for silver holo's I have to say GOSH Holographic. For cremes, I have to go with Suzy Says Feng Shui. That was my first OPI (I know, I know) and I fell IN LOVE, PEOPLE! I have 2 bottles just in case. ;0) I don't own any jellies yet, so can't pick one from that category.
What top coat do you use?
If I'm just doing color on my tips and no nail art, I will use Seche Vite only. That is, if I am quick enough to get it on while my polish is still wet.
If I wated too long because I'm Konading or something, I will add some Sally Hansen Hard as Wraps in clear, wait for that to set up slightly, and go over that with the Seche Vite. Wrapping tips is very important, though, if you're going to use Seche, keep in mind.
Then, the next day, if I'm loving the color and want it to stay for a few more days, I will use Barielle Manicure Extender over top of everything, again wrapping the tips. That stuff is pretty darn awesome if I do say so myself. And that's it!What type of cuticle products do you use?
I mostly use just regular hand lotion. My favorites are Working Hands in the lime-ish green tube or tub, and Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Hand Creme. If my hands are really bad in the Winter, I'll use the Working Hands more. The rest of the year I use the Eucerin.
As far as cuticle specific products, I have some Burts Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme that I'll slap on sometimes after a mani. Otherwise I might use some CND Solar Oil for the same sort of effect. It's important to moisturize right after doing the cleanup for a mani.How long have you been blogging?
I just started- can't you tell? I've thought about blogging for a long time. I have other hobbies that I love and like to share, but none are as instantly gratifying as nail art and nail polish in general.
Knitting takes FOREVER people! Did you know that?!? So the next time grandma knits you a sweater for Christmas or whatever, you get on your knees and THANK HER dammitt! I actually have a perminent callous on my index finger from knitting. All the lotion in the world...
Who is really behind this Lacquerish.com thing?
I promise it's just little old me.When did you start wearing nail polish?
Honestly, I remember making my mom buy a dark blue glitter polish to wear on my toes for prom (which I still have). It was at the counter of Nordstrom when we went to pay for my dark blue dress. Very original, huh? Other than that, and the occasional black nail polish in high school, I didn't wear polish until recently.
It happened because I started looking into wrinkle cremes (cause I'm almost 30!) and started to see makeup videos on youtube. Those caught my eye with all their pretty colors. Eyeshadow palettes always look so fun to me! But I've never been a makeup gal either. I'm more of the tomboy who was in a punk band with blue hair and a skateboard in her hand type than the nail polish and makeup type. I actually had dreadlocks for half of my 20's.
But just as I'd be lusting after all the gorgeous colors of yarn that I'll never have time to knit, I started to feel that same lust for nail polish. I mean, you can always change your polish if you feel the need. Every day if you want to! It's such a fun way to show who you are and express yourself.
Now, but a short time later, I have more polish than I've ever had in my life, and my BF is sick of hearing about it! Hence the blog. =0)