O.P.I Glitter Off | Swatch & Review

So, as promised, here is my review for O.P.Is’ Glitter Off base coat. This can be found at most mainstream online shops (eBay, Amazon, Nail Polish Direct, Rainbow Connection ect…) for around £8 – £15. 

I’m going to start by saying that buying this product can be tricky if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. If you search ‘peel off base coat,’ this product probably won’t show up. Purely because, this is not listed by O.P.I as a peel off base coat. It is listed as Natural Nail Base Coat (peelable nail polish.) Most of O.P.Is’ base coats are called ‘Natural Nail’ base coats. The only noticeable difference when searching for this product is the cap. Which says ‘Glitter Off.’ So, I would suggest searching ‘O.P.I Natural Nail Base Coat,’ this should give you the best results. 

Anyway, here is my swatch video. 👇

Pretty impressive right? 

I also tried this peel off base coat with glitter on for 24 hours and, just like in the video, there was no chipping or lifting anywhere. 

Application:

The application with this product is good, it is on the thinner side and will easily flood your cuticles if too much is applied to the nail at once. The brush is great, unlike most polish brushes, this is short. The bristles are short and a decent width so the three stroke technique can certainly be used. 

Drying:

This base coat is glue based, so it goes on white and streaky, but dries clear. It dries a little matte, and very smooth. It does take about 4 – 5 minutes to dry. Which, in my books, isn’t too bad.

Wear:

As said above and in the video, this is very durable. I washed up and took showers without anything chipping or lifting. With both glitter and ordinary nail polish.

Removal:

The removal is very easy. As you saw in the video, I just used an orange wood stick (wooden cuticle pusher) and started from the cuticle to the tip. I had to push quite hard to get it to lift at first, but then it came off in two clean pieces and left no trace. I have had them come off in once piece to.

All in all, this is my new favourite base coat. I don’t like using nail polish remover so this was the answer to my prayers. 

This peel off base coat gets a 4 out of 5 from me.

I hope you enjoyed my swatch and review blog. As always, if you have any enquiries, you can email me at aeaf1999@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Anne.

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Nail Art On Short Nails

So, this is my first blog in a while. I mean, a proper blog. No nail polish or product reviews today. I wanted to talk about nail art on short nails. A kind of confidence boost for those of you that aren’t happy with the length of your nails.

So, this picture. 👇 Is a picture of one of my first nail art designs. I didn’t shape them, I didn’t put fancy base coats or oils on them, in fact, I think when these were done, I didn’t even own a base coat. And clearly, I hadn’t even heard of a clean up brush! 😂 

At that point, I was aspiring to have nails like Christine’s from Simply Nailogical, or Sveta Sanders and twi_star. Compared to theirs, my nails looked nothing special. But, I’m a positive person, so, I looked for the positives. They were beginners at one point! I bet you any money you like that they, at one point or another, got frustrated with all nail art and didn’t pick up a nail polish for a week or so. What I’m saying is, this happens when you’re starting anything new. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Having patience and acceptance is great for slowly building yourself up. 

The picture above was taken just over a year ago, this is one of my latest designs. 👇

I would say that I’ve come a long way in a year. After a lot of time, dedication and money, I’m really starting to get somewhere. I started pages on most social media platforms for my nail art. I tried my best to get myself out there. It’s paying off. Recently, my posts have been liked by Sally Hansen, Orly, Floss Gloss, Tux Polish, Barry M and more… I’m not bragging, I’m saying that it took me over a year to get this far. I guess the moral of this story is don’t be so hard on yourself! 

I see a lot of hate messages online from people commenting on posts saying ‘your nails are too short’ or ‘you should use some oil.’ Which, in this day and age is inevitable, but, completely unnecessary. I don’t understand why people don’t like nail art on nails that don’t reach the end of the finger tip. What’s so wrong about it? I can’t grow my nails very long at all. They get to about two thirds of a centimetre above my fingertips, and then, if I try to grow them longer, they break. It has always happened. So, I don’t grow them any longer than that. But some people can’t have longer nails at all, they find them awkward and easily breakable. Which, I can completely sympathise with. 

I went through a phase of hating the length of my nails, so I used fake ones. 

Which now, I deeply regret. Only now, my nails have recovered. I still have a few ridges. I learnt my lesson there. Embrace what you naturally have.

I think that anybody can do nail art, with any length of nails. It’s just a case of making the most of what you have. I like the length of my nails now. Yes, they break, yes, they’re relatively short. Yes, occasionally I do have to cut them right down and let them regrow. But, they’re easy to manage and I still have plenty of nail art space on them. 

Love your nails! 😘

I hope you enjoyed this blog! 

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Anne. X