- April 5, 2013 -
This week’s special “Take 5” features my favorite nail artist Ashley – aka Astrowifey! She is an incredibly talented woman…her skills are truly amazing. She can transform nails into individual works of art on demand. Here are her favorite nail products (get your credit cards ready – you’ll want to take her advice and add a few of these products to your nail drawer!)
In Ashley’s words:
“Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover & Nail Prep Zoya Remover Plus is the only nail polish remover I turn to! It removes just about any color in a heartbeat, while still managing to be gentle on the nail, and even offering nourishing properties with its formula. It also preps your nail plate for polish so that your polish lasts longer. If a client has dry cuticles that are cracking from the winter months, this is the remover that is gentle enough for them to handle comfortably.
Floss Gloss lacquer in “Stun” Photos just don’t do this lacquer justice. Stun by Floss Gloss is literally the best glitter polish I have ever tried. Just two coats and your fingertips will be blinging just like the bottle. There are tiny pieces of holographic glitter pieces in the lacquer, which catch the light for noticeable nails. If I want quick nail art, I will polish my nails with any base color and create an ombrè effect by polishing just a little bit at the tips, and then going back for a second coat more toward the nail tip to cause a gradual glitter look. If you’re a nail art novice, you can ditch the ombrè and use a fine paint brush to create half moons or trace the cuticle line with this glitter for a quick nail look.
CND Solar Oil Solar Oil is amazing! In winter months (and all year round for that matter) your nails need some extra love, and Solar Oil nourishes dry cuticles with ingredients like jojoba oil and vitamin E. This oil is dubbed the “manicure in a bottle” because if you don’t have time to polish nails, just give them a quick buff and rub on Solar Oil and you are good to go. They come in mini bottles as well, which are perfect for your purse. I recommend leaving a small bottle next to your bed so you will remember to apply on a daily basis for strong and nourished nails.
OPI Drip Dry Lacquer Drying Drops These are my life savers! I cannot even explain how many times on photo shoots or at events I used these drying drops. These drops dry polish to the touch in just 60 seconds, and completely in 5 minutes! If you are running out the door with wet fingertips then these are a necessity. The drops also have jojoba oil and Vitamin E so it also nourishes while drying.
NCLA’s Nail Wraps If you are in a hurry for a event or meeting and have not had time to get a fresh manicure, make sure you put your best fingertip foreword with these nail wraps by NCLA. Remove any traces of chipped polish with Zoya’s Remover Plus, apply some CND Soil Oil on your cuticles, prep the nail with a swipe of Remover Plus again to remove traces of oil on the nail plate, and stick on these nail wraps to have an impressive manicure in under 5 minutes. Nails are a fun conversation piece and these wraps come in a large range of styles that will impress just about anyone.”
Thank you so much for letting us in on your professional secrets to fab nails, Ashley!!