I’ve always loved having my nails done, even with a subtle “barely there” color. I think it looks professional and “polished”, pun intended!
I’ve shared my love for Essie’s Gel Couture nail polish line on nearly every place I occupy on the internet, but today’s love profession is directed towards another line from the same brand, the Treat Love & Color line.
I remember when this first came out I thought it was a great option for in between gel manicures, since those can be so hard on the nails. Only a few very, very sheer shades were launched and I picked up a barely there soft pink to apply during times I wanted my nails to be nourished and strengthened, but I wasn’t going to put gel right back on them.
Weak nails are prone to splitting, cracking, peeling, and staining. As much as I love having a crisp gel manicure on my nails, it’s also wise to give the nail beds a break every once in awhile, and the Treat, Love & Color polishes really give you the best of both worlds.
I like to polish my nails while I’m sitting at my desk because I can be sure to have at least 10 minutes where I won’t mess them up! The TLC polishes dry quickly, just like the Gel Couture polishes, but the longer I can give the nails to set, the better.
I’ve shared a lot of my tips for long lasting manicures in the past, but I wanted to recap 3 of the most important steps to make sure your nail polish adheres perfectly and lasts long!
First, push back and trim your cuticles. Any cuticle that is on your nail bed is going to cause polish to lift so the cleaner your nail bed, the better. Second, when filing your nails, make sure you move in the same direction at all times. Going at the ends of your nails in a sawing back and forth pattern will rough up the end and make it harder for the polish to smoothly lock down. Finally, clean the nail bed with soap and water, or even a simple swipe of alcohol on a cotton swab to make sure no leftover oils from lotions or your fingers affect the adhesion of the polish.
Our hands go through a lot, so following the steps will ensure your polish will last as long as possible!
I really love the Treat, Love & Color line and especially love the color choices it offers now.
This post was sponsored by Essie.