2018 Nail Designs: Part 2

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Hello, Wild Pretty Things!

This year I have decided that I want to have different nail designs with every mani. About every 2-3 weeks I put a poll up on Instagram stories and all of you get to help me decide which nail design I should get. A few months back I posted my part 1 nail art – You can see it here! The last 3 months I have had so many fun designs and I couldn’t wait to share them with you! Besides some really cool nail art, I ran into a nail dilemma after months of gel manicures. Continue reading to see what gel manicures did to my nails & how I healed them.


Gel Manicure Nightmare

I only recently started getting gel manicure regularly. The problem with a regular manicure is that I literally destroy it in just a few days. Sometimes, within minutes of getting a regular manicure, my nails will look like I am a cat stretching at a post. My nail technicians would always push gel manicures, but I used to get acrylic nails in High school and they ruined my nails. So, I was fearful to have the same happen with gels.

I finally took the dive and the results were amazing – my nails were tougher and the nail designs lasted 2-3 weeks with minimal chipping. I was completely sold and a full fledged gel manicure believer. However, my nail technician failed to let me know about the process of removing the gel nails.

I have a slight OCD when it comes to my nails. Once a nail has chipped, I would chip away all of the remaining paint and have to do the same with all the remaining nails. After 7-8 nail designs that I ripped off myself, my nails started to peel in layers just like an onion. My nails were really weak and brittle – giving me flashbacks to those evil acrylic nails from high school.


Healing My Nails

I am still in the process of healing my nails, but they currently are in much better shape than they previously were. To start to the healing process, I would get my nail art with regular manicures for a few weeks. This gave my nails a chance to repair themselves without me ripping off more polish. I also started applying olive oil onto my nails and cuticles throughout the day. Olive oil is super hydrating and can help keep your nails healthy.

I decided that I needed to add a nail vitamin into my routine to help my nail beds heal. I started using 10,000 MG Biotin pills. According to, “Also known as vitamin H, biotin is one of the B complex vitamins that help the body convert food into energy…B vitamins, and specifically biotin, help keep your skin, hair, eyes, liver, and nervous system healthy. ”  I noticed a huge difference in my nails health within the first couple weeks of using biotin.

I started getting gel manicures once I felt like my nails were at a point where they could handle it. When getting my nails done I made sure to ask the technician about the full process of removing the nails. It turns out that you do not just rip the gel paint off yourself – Shocking! Instead, the technician will use a buffer tool to remove the top layer of gel paint. They then soak the nails with nail polish remover and use a manicure tool to easily remove the last of the paint.


Nail Designs – April to June

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