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At the ripe old age of 36, I've decided to start doing my fingernails - a vain attempt to spruce up my look and be a little more stylish
I love how dark nail polish looks on my hands, and so far I haven't had any problems with staining (my No 7 base coat seems to be doing the job) but it is chipping really quickly, so is proving much more high maintenance than I anticipated.
Does anyone know of a really good top coat that will solve this problem? Or any other tips that might help?
I'm using Sally Hansen Miracle Dry at the moment and also like Seche Vite. I've found the thing thst makes the biggest difference chipping wise us to wipe nails with nail varnish remover immediately before you use the basecoat. Before I started doing this I was lucky to get two days without chipping with either of these topcoats, now I get 6 or 7 days before it starts chipping.
Mine still peel and flake a bit if I use nail varnish fairly constantly over a few months, despite using Nail Envy as a basecoat for the last year or so. I tend to give them a break for a week every now and then and generally use polish on toenails only for a lot of the summer (fingernails only through the winter, that way they both get a break).
I owe that tip to another kind MNer, it has made such a difference.
I always swore by nails inc caviar top coat, but found it often left bubbles and peeled off easily and so didn't last. I have just bought no7 stay perfect top coat and think its amazing. It's also much cheaper
I can wear gloves when cleaning, but it's more difficult when cooking (which I do, a lot). I keep catching my nails with the knife (though I suppose I should be glad I'm not lacerating my finger) and live in fear of it coming off when I knead dough or make pastry.
Just wanted to say thanks to those who recommended Sally Hansen InstaDry (could get it with my groceries unlike No 7, which is in my Christmas list). Three days in and no chips, despite much cooking and cleaning. You are all fab