♡ ♡ ♡ NAIL POLISH BASICS ♡ ♡ ♡
- That's like asking me what my favourite kind of kitten is... I LOVE THEM ALL. But my fav types of nail polish are holos, holo glitters, flakies, and multi-chromes.
- Are you an alien? Holo is short for holographic, which means sparkly and reflects rainbows of awesomeness and magical wonder no matter what base colour it is! Just check the holo tag on my blog to see what I mean. Chances are 80% of things I swatch are holo anyways.
- ONLINE! No, there is rarely epic nail polish sold in drug stores, sorry. For standard polish like OPI, China Glaze, Essie blah blah blah yes these are sold at drug stores but they all so basic. I get most of my amazing quality holo/glitter/multi-chrome/otherwise awesome nail polishes on the internet!
♡ ♡ ♡ BASE COAT, TOP COAT ♡ ♡ ♡
- What kind of top coat do you use?
- Depends what I'm doing! Most of the time I use a peel off base coat since I switch my polish so often, especially when swatching. Watch a video on using a peel off base coat here. Peel off base coats aren't just great for glitter, I use them for swatching multi-chromes or other polish too and thus use minimal amounts of nail polish removal for the little pieces that are left behind.
- However on my oThEr HaNd, because I want my nail polish to stay on for a long time, I use either a long-lasting base coat or a ridge-filling base coat to help smooth out my nails. (FYI: my right hand has eczema that has also impacted my nails on that hand, making them more ridgy/uneven/pitted. A ridge-filling base coat helps with this!)
- Noneeeee!! I used to use OPI's Nail Envy but then it made my nails so hard they would snap/crack/break more easily. Watch my video on how to grow your nails, I explain why I don't use a strengthener anymore :)
♡ ♡ ♡ NAIL CARE ♡ ♡ ♡
- How do you keep your nails/cuticles/hands so awesome looking?
- In a nutshell, DIY nail oil for nail strength, flexibility, and supple and tight cuticles. I apply this oil 2-5x a day, avoid soaking in water, and moisturize my hands a lot. No strengthening base coats (don't need 'em! They only make my nails too hard and prone to snapping/breaking).
- Same answer as above: nail oil oil oil! Apply it several times daily, avoid soaking in water, and try stopping the use of strengthening base coats.
- I've been making my own for years now! See how in this video on my YouTube channel.
- I have no idea. But, it doesn't even matter. Watch my video on why yellow nails don't matter here.
- Things I have tried didn't really work, or they would require eating at the top layers of your nail to shed the yellow tint which is something you DO NOT want to do unless you want brittle thin breakable nails. I have come to accept that yellow nails come the the territory of polishing my nails up to dozens of times a week, no matter what base coat(s) you use.
- From edge to centre using a glass or crystal nail file. Glass files are more efficient at filing down the nail and leave cleaner edges with lesser splits. Watch my video on how to shape and file your nails on YouTube.
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- I take my pics and film my videos with a Nikon D5300 camera body and a Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX ED VR lens. Prior to about October 2014 I was using the same body with a Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX lens.
- Personally I think they both major DSL-R brands take great pics, but it's not always about "WHICH CAMERA IS BETTER JUST TELL ME SO MY PICS WILL BE BETTER"... there is so so so much more to taking a great photo than having "the best" camera, a concept which is extremely subjective anyways.
- You actually have to KNOW HOW TO USE YOUR DSL-R CAMERA. Which means understanding how to work in full manual mode (you'll need to if you want the most control over your pics = better pics that look like how you want them to look), and then you'll need to understand all the functions of manual mode. Do you know what aperture is? Shutter speed? ISO? Do you know how they work together to take a great photo? If not then I promise you, so long as you do your homework (read up on DSL-R manual functions, watch YouTube videos on it), then your new Canon or Nikon will take great photos, whatever brand you end up choosing. If they turn out shitty and assuming you bought a somewhat recent and fully-loaded DSL-R, then it's probably because you didn't know how to use it. Tough love, eh?!
- I used just 2 x 5200k 28W CFL (compact fluorescent lighting) bulbs screwed into regular 'ol desk lamps for the longest time. Around mid-February of 2015 I added a third CFL, 5000k 43W plugged into an Illumi softbox reflective umbrella contraption on a Mantis 3m stand. I got these at my local photography store but I've seen many similar items on Amazon like this PBL Photo Studio softbox, or kits out there like this one that come with it all. I still use my desk lamps as my major source of light as they are easy to aim/angle, but the large umbrella stand thing helps give an overall greater light exposure.
- Yes, in Adobe Photoshop CS6. I use it to adjust light exposure levels, colour balance, add my watermark, make swatch/brush porn collages, memes, etc.
- Read and watch my video and blog post on how to make amazing nail art video tutorials! I cover everything from backgrounds to lighting to camera to editing and exporting to Instagram!
- I used to use iMovie, but recently I've switched to Final Cut Pro X because it lets me do some more complex stuff.
- I upload my full mani nail arts to my YouTube channel, be sure to subscribe so you don't miss my next full minute video!
- I also post 15sec versions of my nail art tutorials on my Instagram account.
- Right here on the o the Nail Porn page! Nail porn is like porn for nail polish freaks - multiple-angled shots of gorgeous polish bottles, seductive brush moves, and sensual slow-mo glitter shots. You can find mine along with others' renditions under the #simplynailporn hashtag on social media. Head on over to the Nail Porn page to see all my videos so far!
♡ ♡ ♡ BORING STUFF ABOUT ME ♡ ♡ ♡
- When did you first get into nail art?
- I started doing stripes on my nails as early as 15... which was 11 years ago (do the math and you might just figure out how old I am). But at the time nail art wasn't a "thing", it was more or less considered tacky. So I was pretty much alone painting all my nails different colours, being obsessed with Sally Hansen Prisms and people thinking I'm a freak.
- In late February 2014 - here's my very first blog post! What took me so long? I never even realized there was an online community for my passion (obsession). That and I never had time previously to realize it as I was finishing grad school and the like. So when I defended my thesis in January 2014, I knew the first thing I was going to do was start a blog. YAASSS CAREER GOALS.
- HAHA, um, NO. I'd be poor AF and living out of a cardboard box if I did. I work full-time for the Canadian government as a crime statistics analyst and yes, I spend 99% of my time off work doing da nails.
- Nothing... I'm in the stay home club.
- I gotta say the scaled gradient... represent!!!
- Can you bake me some cookies?
- I have no idea what you are talking about?
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