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What You Should Spend Your Money On? / Nail Art & Nail Care Essentials / Spend Less For More

I am sure sometimes you just look at the screen and ask ; “How am I supposed to afford all that s*it you use?”. They use thousand products from thousand brands. Well, you are not alone my friend. I am currently living in Istanbul. 1 American Dollar is almost equal to 4 Turkish Liras. So when I buy a 20 Dollar item, it creates an 80 Turkish Liras hole in my wallet. And, International Shipping ( in this case shopping) Laws about liquids are very precise in Turkey. That means hell for a cosmetic blogger. Especially if you are a nail artist(ish). Almost everything is liquid. So usually I am not able to reach the products quickly (or never) when the brands relise them. Plus I cant try many boutique or small businesses because usually they dont even ship to my country. So if I put a product in my blog, believe me you can purchase it from almost all of the world. 

I am personally interested in nail art and nail care since forever. Especially when I was still a nail biter. I am still struggling because after all these years, I am still picking my cuticles. 

In my blog I use affordable brands almost always. Even for the essentials! It is all about research. I spend a lot of time discovering brands by google. I even send e-mails and ask for information if I need it. I learned from other blogs that people get paid to say nice things for products. Not reviews, paid good words! I want to say I am not getting paid from any of the brands I mentioned down below. If any brand pays me for something in the future it will be a review not a carnival of lies. These products are used and tested many time by me. I was using some of them even when I had no idea there are bloggers. So this is pure experience.

If you want your manicure to look professional, you need to own some basics. Its not always about abilities. The important thing is, you dont need to spend bags of money. It is 2017. Every country has its own brands on sale. It is important to find multiple items under one brands name. This way, you will pay less for more. All you need to do is research. In this post I am going to write about some affordable brands. Affordable and working as they supposed to be.

Currently I am using Sally Hansen, Burt’s Bees, Flormar and Missha. These four brands are all paraben-free. I know even the Sally Hansen and Burt’s Bees are pricey in some countries. But they are selling their products in stores almost everywhere. I use their products for Nail and Hand Care. You can check out my weekly nail care routine (what a cliche blogger!) Here. If it is pricey in your country and you think it is not worth it. You should check out Flormar and Missha. 

Missha is a South Korean cosmetic brand. Their most strong line is Skin Care but, anything I bought from Missha, even a cotton ball or some nail sticker was amazing! You cant be sorry for purchasing from Missha. Usually their make-up and skin products are a bit pricey. But their Nail Products are very affordable. You can find every single essential item for nails. And they give free product samples with every purchase.

Here are some of the nail essentials I use, 

  • The Style Lucid Nail Care, Pink Pearl Top Coat
  • Self Nail Salon – Care Look, Gel Top Coat

Shimmers are the magical work of Pink Pearl Top Coat. So beautiful it’s impossible to capture the real beauty of it. But the mirrory gloss? It is the Gel Top Coat. I cant let it go. One of the best I’ve ever used.

  • Self Nail Salon – Care Look, Quick Top Coat

You can see this great product in my every nail art post! When I tried this item first time, I used it after 6 coats of polishes. And I said “Meehh”. I cant believe myself! Be reasonable woman! But now I would use it as a wall paint dryer if they sell it in buckets. Thats how good it is.

  • Self Nail Salon – Care Look, Soft Matt Top Coat

I dont have many experience with Matt Top Coats but this will do the work. I made an egg test for you. You know, as in toothpaste commercials? Half of it is matt top coat and the other half is regular polish without top coats.


  • The Style Lucid Nail Care, Glitter-off  Coat
  • Self Nail SalonCare Look, Peel-off Base Coat

They are not glue based! Clear, quick drying bases. Peel-off named is the improved version of Glitter-off. But, in the brands website, they advise to use Glitter-off version if you want to keep the polish for a while.

You can see a Perfect Peel here.

  • Self Nail SalonCare Look, Nail Primer

If you got small bumps or lines like me, you will love this product. I cant even shower without it! It is literally a nail saver. I apply it before vacations so my preciousssssss nails will survive the hard conditions.


    • Self Nail Salon – Care Look, Nail Helper

    This is a light pink, liquid latex product. It becomes clear when its dry. And the most important thing is you can peel it one piece! You can even sponge dab and it wont peel unless you pick it. I definitely loved it! 


        I always buy these items when they are on sale. So they worth approximately 20 Dollars. And they are the bones of my blog and my daily manicure I use for outside of course. These items make everything so much easier and your hands will look professional. 

        Flormar is the most affordable brand mentioned in this post. They dont follow the trends quickly but this is originally a Nail Product Brand. So they got an incredibly wide section of colors, different nail polish lines for many purposes. Prices are between 50 cents to 3 Dollars. Nail Polishes are so good most of them are completely opaque in 1 coat! Thats something you cant see often. And thats how you own many, good quality color options. I use Flormar’s nail polishes almost for all my nail art posts.And good news everyone they sell almost all over the world online. They got great deals from time to time, such as “buy 3 polish, a bottle of acetone is 25 cents” or ” free shipping”.

        I also purchase my nail art tools from Flormar. Reviewed them before. A complete pack is 4 Dollars. If you got this pack you can create designs more easily. You should be patient, once you start with small things your talent will multiply. 

        I am not sharing any link to those brands because it may change for every country. But you can google them and it will bring the ones that sells to your area usually on top of the results. 

        I hope you find this post helpfull. If you got any questions, post or nail art requests, please dont hesitate to contact.

        Bisoux 🦄

        MW

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        Dont Forget To Oil Your Nails!

        Hello everyone! 

        I know this is not actually a long post but take it as an announcement. I will do this kind of scheduled memos in my Instagram account because we all forget to do so such things in the chaos of our daily routine. 

        Oil is the most important product in nail care. This way your nails will bend instead of cracking. Any kind of moisturizer will work on cuticles but you should find the most sebum likely oil for your nails to soak.It can be “jojoba” or “olive oil” based. 

        Thats how I keep my nails long! And I got a dog, a cat, a non-cooking husband. Also I paint and sew. These are hard work on nails. I watersoak my hands too much because of all of these factors. But as you can see they look long and at least acceptable! 

         You can find me as “maniwitch”.
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        Ps: I would love to hear from you. You can make request for “Mani of the day” subject and I promise I will do my best to achieve! Also I will be happy to answer any kind of questions or nail emergencies!

        Bisoux!

        MW

        Nail Care Routine / Summer Damages Repaired 

        Nice to be here again ! This blog seriously started to grow on me. I actually need to write and share what I do daily. If you read my Summer&Nature Challenge post, you may have seen The Aftermath too. 

        So now I am back home and ready to take care of all! I am going to use this chance to show you my weekly routine. 

        Here, all of my  products I currently use for my weekly, intense nail/hand care routine;

        I usually do my nail care on Mondays because thats when the house is getting cleaned and we give a bath to our dog Toby. When its all done its my turn to do some magic !

        Cuticule Products I Use Currently
        I usually start with Burt’s Bees / Lemon Butter Cuticule Cream.  As you can see it looks like a soft wax, and it smells like sweet lemons. Awesome! I usually rub it and use a silicone cuticule pusher or a wood orange stick to push my cuticules gently. I dont use metal tools because they may leave marks on the nail if I use too much force with them.

        I am sure you are curious about why I didnt start with Sally Hansen / Instant Cuticule Remover. Because its basically damaging the fibers of nail while dissolving your cuticules! You should use it only for your stubborn cuticules. If my hand had a rough week such as too much water soaking or not using enough oil, I apply the Cuticule Remover. It is important you dont let it stay on your nails more than 2 minutes. You should wash it immediately.

        The Tools I Use For Manicure
        After my nails soak the Cuticule Cream. I file down but I never cut them ! Cutting your nails may cause sudden cracks! Really bad cracks. 

        Some people sacrifice all of their fingers when one of them is barely damaged. Not in my blog. We dont give up on our nails till its too late or almost impossible to rescue ! So I use the Cuticule Cream Before I file them. It reduces the damage on nail fibers  caused by the nail files. I filed some of the corners and little cracks I  told you about Here with Heartbrokin Photos before. Thank god they were not beyond repair. 

        That blue brush is mostly unnecessary. I use it when I have to file my nails too much. The nail dust piles up a lot like snow with a weird smell.

        Than I wash my hands and I apply A lot of Sally Hansen Nail & Cuticule Oil. I apply it especially under my nails. My C curves are very strong and oil really helps a lot. I have been using this brands oil since 2 years. Not because its better than others. Simply because its easy to access in every pharmacie and make up store. 

        Some of you may remember my Long Search & Lost Hope Bliss Kiss Simply Pure Nail Oil  adventure. 

        Now I decided to make my own nail oil . I will write about it in the next weeks.

        I let my nails and cuticules to absorbe the oil. Than I use this Mineral Salty Mani & Pedi Scrub. It is lemon based too. But it is a local product, so local even I am not able find it again yet. I scrub my nails, cuticules and my hands too. Rinse it with warm water beacuse its oily and your hand hands will remain oily if you use cold water.

        After all my nails become soooo smooth! I use my Missha The Style Nail Primer currently. Before that I was using Sally Hansen‘s clear Miracle Grow product. I love it ! So shiny and it really works ! It doesnt make the nails hard and make them breakable. It lets them to bend instead of cracking ! But it peels of in a couple hours especially if your C curves are strong. Multiple layers applied on it makes it easier to peel with a small scratch. 

        Ps: I dont use acetone based polish removers because it makes my nails dry. This is one of Missha‘s nail polish removers without acetone. It works and smells good. But I buy my remover from almost any brand.


        Except this Once a Week Treatement ; Once in a week I apply hand cream and put cotton gloves on my hands I sleep with them. It really helps the hands and cuticules.


        I always use hand cream a couple times in a day. I use oil as much as I can too. Burt’s Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream and Hand Salve are my purse products for everyday. Warning; Hand Salve includes menthole. The smell is very strong.


        I apply the adorable one with the cow / Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream during my cotton gloves routine. It is heavy and almost heavy like frozen creamy milk and wax ! Like its promised ! I love Burt’s and Bees products !

        What do you think about these products I use ? Do you have any recommendations for Nail Oil? 

        Thanks for stopping by ! 

        Bisoux🦄

        Mw