Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My favorite products... and chlorine!

Good morning everyone!

Seeing as I've been asked many times before about how I keep my polish looking good while spending so much time in the water, I thought I'd write up a short post about the products I like to use :D

First off, I will say that personally chlorine doesn't seem to affect my polish at all. It is more a case of getting chips when hitting the walls or lane ropes or other swimmers! Maybe I'm lucky, but it must also help I change my polish very regularly... although I've worn China Glaze Blue Sparrow for 6 days straight before with only a few small chips! Anyways, here are some of the products I love using:

Base coat: I usually pick between Barielle Camo and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher Hydrating Base. I've used Nailtek II Foundation and Precision Base a few times and they were ok, but not my favorites. I've also recently received Seche Base but haven't tried yet.

Top coat: My favorite top coat remains Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. Other ones I sometimes use are Sally Hansen MegaShine and Oh So Wet, but I usually only use these after my Konad. I remember reading that Poshe is supposed to last longer in chlorine than some other t/cs, but I've never really like it personally. EDIT -- My new favourite is Out The Door, and it wears really well for me :D

So these are my personal favorites, and they seem to work really well for me at most times :D Let me know if you have any questions!


Ms. Katee/e-polishblog said...

I still keep meaning to try the SH Nail Quencher base coat and you've reminded me again!!

Michelle said...

It's a great base, but it's more like a gel so you need to apply a little differently to avoid bubbles... Like a little thicker maybe?

Caitlan said...

I don't think it's the chlorine specifically, but your nails swelling in water and then drying that messes up polish, same as when you wash dishes.

Lina-Elvira said...

Thanks for this little post, I go swimming all the time and my polish always wears away.. I now have some new stuff to try on my nails to see if it works better! :)

Michelle said...

You might be right, but i still think the chlorine actually wears off some products chemically... But i'm lucky i guess, i don't have problems even when washing dishes :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Michelle,

Fantastic blog, and your nails look fabulous! I am a fan of the Sally Hansen base and top coats too, and have used them with various brands of polish to good effect. Thanks for confirming that I am not the only one who does :).

Unknown said...

Hi Michelle
How often do you change your mani? I find it interesting that you like SH insta-dri. I did not have much luck with it making my manis last longer.