I have been out during the holidays, and then internet went bonkers on us, but now I'm back.
So pre-holiday, I was complaining to my friend, Mae (yes, the famous lady behind www.artofnail.blogspot.com), about my weak nails and she suggested I try using Elmer's Glue as base. This way I won't have to excessively use polish remover which weakens the nails. I will only need to peel off the glue and polish comes off with it. She actually wanted me to try out the Gel kind, but I was only able to get hold of the Glue-All. They sell for cheap, around Php20 to Php25 per 40g sizes in all bookstores and department stores in the Philippines.
I took an empty bottle of polish and placed the glue in, and used as I would a regular polish.
(Excuse my nails, they're really yellowish and gross from all the nail art I've been doing)
On my first application, I was kind of worried the glue might alter the color of the polish (but really, a white base only enhances colors, what was I thinking?) because it was a really milky white color. And then it dried and looked like this:
Except for the middle finger which had to dry longer because I apparently applied too thick, you can see that the rest of them dried into a clear coat.
I applied two coats of Sally Hansen Coral Reef to achieve my desired opacity and, voila! Worked really well, like a normal base coat.
And then I peeled them off just like that. I felt like a snake afterwards, but hellzyeahhhh I found a new and effective way to protect my nails!
Here are the Pros and Cons:
- Protects your nails from weakening from excessive use of polish remover / acetone
- Cheap alternative to base coat and acetone
- Peels off really easily
- Readily available anywhere
- When the glue dries, you will know because from milky white, it becomes clear
- After 24 hours more or less of wearing your mani, you can take it off as a whole and keep it for catalogue-ing. LOL.
- Need at least a couple of minutes to dry than your regular base coat
- Polish doesn't last as long because it can be easily peeled off
- Sometimes it takes one push on your nail and the whole thing comes off.
All-in-all, I would recommend using this if you have a lot of time in your hands, a lot of patience, and aren't looking to wear your polish for days.
*I will update if I think of any more pros and cons. I am at a blank right now.
Lastly, I hope you enjoyed your holidays!
Catch you later,