Tuesday, 13 August 2013

We are on a break!

Back in May, I got a gel manicure done. I loved how shiny it was and how well it lasted. However, when I went to get it removed, the woman did a terrible job. She inverted the steps and I was left with horrible looking nails, full of grooves from the nail file. It was like my whole nail was full of stripes! After that, I resorted to doing my own nails at home. My nail polish collection expanded and I actually started doing a really good job on my own. For a period of about 3 months, my nails had polish on the constantly, they were always painted. Obviously, that only made things even worse for my poor, abused nails! It caused them to go yellow, get really brittle and start to peel and I also had some discolouration going on. That's why I decided to take a break from nail polish!

They've grown out quite a bit since getting the gel polish removed, but you can see the top third of my nails still look awful. I've been massaging them with oils and trimming and filing regularly. I'm still deciding wether or not to buy a strengthening treatment, since I do want to wait till I get rid of all the "bad bit" before putting anything on them. I can already feel my nails getting stronger and I think this break was really necessary for that. You can always do this too, not for as long as me, of course. I believe a week without nail polish, every now and then, can be beneficial to your nails! 

Have you ever tried anything like this? Do you have your nails painted at all times?


  1. I go a few weeks without nail polish often, mainly because I am too lazy to paint them sometimes! I'm using the sally hansen nail strengthener at the moment and its really not worth the price! :( so don't try that!


  2. ive never ever had my nails professionally done, although when its payday i might treat myself, tbh i dont think you can beat a good quality nail polish
    lovely blog btw!!
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  3. The last time I let somebody do my nails was back in 2005, for my wedding. I have been doing my nails ever since. You need to avoid nail polish removers that contain acetone. That's a killer! It dries up the nail and also change its color.

  4. I love getting my nails done, but just a file and polish normally, but I change my colour so often it is't always worth it. Although, a day a week without polish I think just lets my nails have a break! xx

    Trial and Error Beauty

  5. I too had a period of constant nail polish wearing. It got to the stage where my nails were no longer yellow but ORANGE! I knew I had to give the polish up for a while. But the the thought of going out with my nails bare was daunting! But I had to man up and walk with my head held up high with my orange tipped fingers! :)


  6. I love shellac, but if you don't get it professionally removed it will really damage your nails. Great post!

  7. I constantly have nail polish on! But my nails seem to do fine, i use an Essie strengthening coat before apply regular nail polish and it works well for me.



  8. I enjoy giving my nails a break as well! OPI's nail envy works well for me, especially after a round of shellac manicures. Thanks for sharing! xx


  9. I let my nails breathe once in a while and go 1-2 weeks without polish x

  10. I had a break from nail polish last week and I find that they broke even more [but that's because when I use nail polish I load on nail strengtheners and bases, to the point they're thick enough not to break]. *it sounds like I'm self-promoting but really it's a great piece of advice that follows* I wrote a blog post last month about cuticle oils and waxes and trust me, hydrating the nails is key to keep them healthy [after all, they're mostly keratin, just like our hair and we do pamper our hair a lot and usually neglect the nails in that aspect, right?]

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  11. I don't have my nails painted at all times because I have a bad habit of chipping my polish off when they're on!

    Kumiko Mae

  12. I do breaks always :) It's very good for nails, especially if they become yellow. Good luck with your nails! I always paint my nails at home, cause when we learn how to paint very well, we use less money and receive the result what we wanted :)

  13. Yes, I don´t use nail polish all time; it´s quite better for them ;) I follow you right now in Google Friend; take a look to my blog and said me what do you think about it and follow back? :) KelaTaconea
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  14. Uh I wish my nails were in good condition. I have anxiety which unfortunately gives me the bad habit of nail biting and I can't seem to be able to stop! They're so brittle and weak. :(


  15. I love wearing polish! But a break is good, lets them breathe in a way! And I often find it can help them get stronger!


  16. I love wearing polish and can't stand having bare nails.. they always look so stained! xx

    Gemma | ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie ♥

  17. Oh what happened to your nails was just awful. I try to give my nails a break also everynow and then. It feels good to just go polish free and not worry about ruining your manicure all the time :)))

  18. i also noticed that my nails started deteriorating as i keep using my nail polishes with out breaks in between changing colors. so now i really force myself to take them off as much as i can and give my nails a break. i hopyour nails get back to their beautiful state soon :)

  19. Nice Post and nice Nail Polish!!!


  20. I've never tried :(, but I have often painted nails.
    Have a nice day!
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  21. My nails often break (unfortunately) but I do not always wear nail polish! :(
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  22. I totally agree with you on that. My nails are quite weak and I can't do nail polish often at all even though I have so many hihihi.


  23. very nice blog!


  24. I do the same. It really helps.

    xx Mira


  25. This has reminded me that I really need to sort my nails, all the polish is chipped on them at the moment :/ x

    1. I'm definitely guilty of leaving chipped nail polish on for WEEKS! The lazy beats me. haha xx

  26. I always paint my nails and I haven't given them a break in ages, even though I should. Surprisingly they're not as brittle as they used to be but it's extremely important to use a good base coat! It really helps in prevent discolouration and protecting your nails in general.

    Louise | Vanity Corner

  27. I paint my nails constantly and they are quite discoloured as a result. If I want a break though, I make sure I use a good cuticle oil and a clear strengthening polish. That always sorts them out. A really good base coat when you do wear polish is great too, if you are prone to ridges you can get some specifically for this. I find China Glaze polishes are the best and I really love the variety of colours they offer.

    Great Blog!!


  28. I have the same Essie nail polish! I must say these ones are really good. that reminds me that I really need to do mine. x


    Jillian x

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