Nail Foil, What Are They?

What are Nail Foils?

Nail foils are an easy and inexpensive way to get great designs on your nails. With a wide variety of designs to choose from, you could do your nails every day for a month and never get the same effect twice.

Nail art foils can also be used on acrylics or extensions.

The removal process is as easy as removing nail polish colors, just use nail polish remover.

Here is what you are going to need if you are going to do foil nails:

  1. Nail foil adhesive (nail glue)
  2. Transfer foils
  3. Nail polish (a darker shade works best)
  4. A cotton ball

To get started you are going to want to moisturize your hands with your favorite lotion. Then prepare your nails by cleaning, shaping and of course pushing back the cuticles to make your nails a perfect pallet for your artwork.

  • Apply your base coat and let it dry completely.
  • Apply your desired color nail polish. Keeping in mind that different colors will produce a different effect. Let it dry completely.
  • You can cut your foil to fit the shape of your fingernail but a nice little square piece is easier to work with. Apply your nail foil adhesive. Let it dry completely. It will go from creamy to clear. Then apply your cut piece to your fingernail. This is where the cotton ball will be helpful in smoothing out the foil on your nail.
  • Remove the foil from your nail and the pattern should stick to your fingernail. If there are any bare spots on your nail you are going to want to start that nail over.
  • Once your nail is completely dry you can apply your top coat to protect your artwork.

Click here for a selection of kits or click the image below and there are many more foil choices for you.


In my opinion these foils are easier to use than the stampers. You might want to give them both a try and be sure to let me know what you think in the messages below.  Be on the look out for the review on the stamper so you can compare. As always, here is to beautiful nails and Blessed Be.

Kari

Nail Kits, There Are So Many

How Many Different Types of Nail Kits?

From what I could see out there, there are approximately 9 Types of nail kits. Let me give you a list of the ones I could find and then you can choose which one you would like to investigate more.

  • Manicure kits
  • Pedicure kits
    • Manicure & Pedicure combo kits
  • Gel nail kits
  • Acrylic nail kits
    • DIY Acrylic nail kits
  • Nail stamping kits
  • Nail art kits

I am going to give you a review of one product from each of these categories along with a few more for you to choose from if you like. So let us get right to it, shall we?

Manicure Kits

I love manicure kits. I even keep one in the car for when I am waiting on someone. Perfect time to clean up the nails a little.

Cater Manicure, Professional grooming kit

This kit includes the following items: Nail clipper, toenail clipper, diagonal clipper, multi-purpose scissors, cuticle trimmer, eyebrow tweezers, ear pick, peeling knife, nail file, double-sided push stick, v-shaped push stick and a black head needle and loop remover. To me this is a lot to have in a manicure kit.

All those extras that are for facial grooming are seemingly not necessary in a manicure kit. However, it is only 3″ by 6″ in size, comes in a stylish portable leather case with an easy to close snap and it is 100% satisfaction guaranteed. No questions asked and you get a full refund. Each one of these are checked by a strict quality inspector. Well worth the cost of $5.99.

                         

Pedicure Kits

Okay most pedicure kits are also manicure kits, but if you have someone in the house that needs specific detail brought to their feet then this is for you.

MintfootProfessional Pedicure Knife set

This kit includes the following items: Nail knives, pusher, exfoliater, tweezers, trimmer and lifter and a file to buff or shape. Professional salon quality, surgical grade stainless steel tools. This means that they are easy to clean and will not rust.

They are very sharp so you must be careful. This kit does not come with an instruction manual and you might want to soak your feet first. Soaking your feet first always helps to make the task easier to manipulate the toes for an easier trimming. For the cost of $14.99 this kit is a good addition to your grooming needs.

                         

Combo Kits

It’s like killing two birds with one stone, why not have both fingernail and toenail grooming in one kit?

Professional Fingernail Clipper Grooming Kit

This kit contains the following items: Fingernail clipper, toenail clipper, angled clipper, scissors, nail file, toenail nipper, three knives with different angles, two ended-two angled cuticle pusher, two ended-two angled pusher for toes, two specialty trimmers for cuticles, ear pick and a facial stick(blackhead remover).

This multi functional tool kit is for facial detail as well as for finger nail and toe nail cleaning. All made from high quality material. Stainless steel so they will never rust. Black polished anti-skid technology and a great little carrying case. A great portable 15 piece kit for only $15.80.

                         

Gel Nail Kits

Gel nails are beautiful and long-lasting. This kit is a great one.

Modelones Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit

This kit includes the following: 6 beautiful color gel polishes, base coat, top coat, toe separator, nail clippers, cuticle pusher, cuticle trimmer, cuticle oil, 2 nail files, storage bag, buffer brush, puff brush, alcohol pads, gel removal pads and an LED portable nail dryer.

The nail dryer lamp has two timer settings, 45 seconds and 60 seconds. Very efficient and easy to use. It does have to stay plugged in while you use it, but it is small and lightweight so it travels well.

This product is recommended by several people including myself. It was easy to get started. Simple to use. Great for the beginner. How could you lose with the low price of $39.99.

                              

Acrylic Nail Kits

This kit has a lot to it for the price. Great value.

Ophanie 11 in 1 Portable Acrylic Nail Kit

This is an electric nail drill kit with 26 sanding bands, 11 drill bits, nail cutters, angled nail cutters, nail brush, nail file, scissors, cuticle pusher, cuticle trimmer, scraper and of course the AC adapter and manual. The nail drill itself is very quiet and has a forward and reverse setting.

You can also use it for carving, shaping, engraving, cutting, sharpening, mold grinding, sanding, polishing, removing calluses and you can use it for your pet grooming as well.

This product has many people recommending it. I believe it will help cut your acrylic nail time in half. With a 60-day money back or exchange you are going to have a hard time finding a better deal at $24.99.

                         

DIY Acrylic Kit

This one is not for the first timer. You might want to watch a video or two.

Kiss Products Complete Salon Acrylic Kit

This kit includes: 20 pro nail forms, 20 White tips, 20 natural tips, acrylic primer, acrylic liquid, clear acrylic powder, acrylic brush, nail blue, buff block, 2 way file, dampen dish and a manicure stick.

Now if you have already been doing acrylic nails for a while then this is a great kit for you. It gives you everything you need. Might even be the best way to go if you are going on a trip.

You will probably need a drill if you don’t already have one. The one thing that this kit does not include that you might want to add is some colored powder. You can’t have beautiful fancy nails without wanting to add a little color.

I think most of the reviews that I saw were saying the same thing that I feel about this product. If you know how to do acrylic nails and you already have a drill, this little package is perfect for you and that little trip you might be taking.  Only $15.97.

                         

Nail Extension Kits

Okay so this one has a really long name so I am going to shorten it.

All in 1 Poly Nail Gel, Nail Builder, Extension Kit

This kit includes: 5w power 6 LED UV lamp, 100 model nail tips, 4 poly gels, rhinestone gel, 4 matte nail foils, base coat, top coat, cleaner, 12 colors dip powder, 12 colors rhinestones(1 box is 1400 pcs), 24 rolls 3D strip tape, 3 bag tip guides, sticker and 9 nail tools.

Long lasting poly gel nail extensions will last you anywhere from 15 to 30 days depending on what you put your hands through every day. You can cure your nails with the UV lamp for 2-3 minutes or switch to the LED lamp for 60-90 seconds.  Nice kit for $32.99.

                         

Nail Stamping Kits

Now these are great and easy to do yourself.

Makartt 12 pcs Nail Art Stamping Kit

This kit includes: 10 pcs nail stamp plates, 1 nail stamper and 1 scraper. There is not much to this kit. The stamper is clear so you can align your design easily.

For those who are not very artistic and have a difficult time drawing on small areas this tool can help you out. Fun for all ages. Easy to use. This is a great gift idea or if you just want something easy and different. Price is $12.99.

                         

Nail Art Kits

So much fun. I love the art part of nails.

Joyjuly Nail Art Kit

This kit includes: 30 striping tape colors, 4 pcs striping roller box, 12 colors rhinestone box, 5 dotting pens and 15 brushes. So this is really everything you need when you are doing nail art. Of course it doesn’t come with nail polish colors or the base and top coats, but if you are looking into nail art, you already have some of those.

The 5 different dotting pens each having a different use on each end, gives you the ability to accomplish any design imaginable. There is a 100% refund or replacement.  All the tools you need to get your art going for only $11.99.

                         

Kits Are Covered

Well hopefully I have helped you with some great choices on nail kits. You don’t have to be a professional to enjoy doing your nails.

As always let me know if there is anything I can help you with or if you have any questions, leave me a message. Thank you and Blessed Be.

Kari

 

 

 

 

Where the Nails Are

Healthy Nails

Some of us are not blessed with nice long and healthy nails. I am sure we all know that what you put into your body effects your hair, skin and nails.

A few things that you can consume that will help your nails are as follows: Gelatin, Vitamin E and Keratin. Just these three items will help your nails grow stronger, healthier and shinier. I am going to give you some alternatives that you can do until your nails grow out long and beautiful.

 

Nail Tips

This is what we call false nails or acrylic nails. We have all used these at one time or another I’m sure. Best when somebody else does them for you because it can get awkward when you try to do the second hand. Of course the press on type are what we all try first or at a younger age.

You are going to need some tools for the application of these nails just like you have for your actual nails. Your basic nail files, clippers and buffers. You will also need acrylic clippers, glues and coarse nail files. Here are a few to choose from.

A Product Review

 Makartt JD855 30000 RPM Nail Drill Machine

This nail drill is rechargeable and portable with a hook on the back for your belt. It is fully charged in 2.5 hours for 5 hours of operation. It does not have to be plugged in while using it and has a flexible cord. A very low vibration and noise, which is always nice. Also has a security protection system. The hand-piece will turn off to avoid the drill from overheating due to prolonged use. With a forward and reverse function to be able to change direction.

This package includes:Price $65.99

  • 1 nail drill machine
  • 1 hand-piece
  • 1 silicon stand
  • 1 user’s manual
  • 6 metal grinding bits
  • 6 sanding bands

There is a 6 month money back guarantee and an available 12 month warranty offer for quality problems and lifelong maintenance. Great for natural and artificial nails.

Here are some other ways you can use this nail drill: trimming cuticles, carving, polishing, engraving, cutting, removing hard gels, mold grinding, sharpening, sanding and even pet nail grooming.

When all is said and done, I do not recommend this particular tool for professional use, but it would be a great addition to your home tools.

For those of you that want to have the complete set and experience, these are for you. I searched out the ones with the best reviews that I have not tried myself for you to check out.

Clean-up

Nobody likes to do the clean up. However, we must clean up all of our bumps and mishaps along the way or it looks like a three year old got a hold of our hands. Q-tips(the pointy ones work best), cotton balls or pads, and your nail polish remover. Choices that I like.

So if you like beautiful nails and your trying to grow yours out or just want them now, I hope that I have helped you find what you are looking for. As always, here is to beautiful healthy nails. Blessed Be

Kari

 

Time for Some Reviews

Choosing the Best Nail Polish

There are so many choices out there when it comes to picking a good nail polish. Which one do you want? Do you go with your mothers favorite brand, the one with the most colors to choose from or the fast drying type? Well of course I am here to narrow your choices down because nobody wants to waste the time or money trying each one of them out.

My 5 Top Choices

All of these polishes are great and I would recommend any of them to anyone. You just have to choose according to what you prefer and what works best for you.

5  OPI-This brand has a wide range of colors. It is easy to apply. Doesn’t clump a lot like many of the cheaper brands do. However with my nails, if I don’t use a base coat it doesn’t turn out clean and smooth.

     

4 Essie-A good amount of colors to choose from. Very smooth when applying.  A good chip resistant polish formula. Toluene, DBP and formaldehyde free.

3 Zoya-There is a great range of colors here. They have a quick drying formula. It is a great polish for those looking for a more natural way to go.

A 10 free formula(no harsh chemicals) NO:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Formaldehyde Resin
  • Dibutl
  • Toluene
  • Camphor
  • TPHP
  • Parabens
  • Xylene
  • Ethyl
  • Tosylamide
  • Lead

     

2 Nailsinc-There are not as many colors to choose from with this one. Hardens and protects against the splitting of your nails. It nourishes and brightens and is chip resistant. This is a long lasting nail polish.

     

1 Sally Hansen-So many colors to choose from in this collection. They have intensive nourishment, up to 10 days fade proof and chip resistant wear. No base coat is needed with this polish. Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy is by far my first choice. I found a great collection for the best value. There are a very few of these left so if you like Sally Hansen don’t hesitate.

        

Of course we all need base coats and top coats. I personally don’t use a base coat because the type of polish that I use nourishes my nails and well, the base coat would just defeat the purpose. I find that the best top coat out there is Sally Hansen, from the Color Therapy collection. Gives your nails a fabulous shiny and healthy look. For an every day top coat I use Finger Paints Top coat.

Keep in mind that these reviews are all just my opinion and I will be bringing you more information as my site grows. This has been a quick review of my favorite brands. If there is anything you would like me to review or add to my site please leave me a message. Thank you. As always, Blessed Be.

Kari

Spring Colors

Valentine’s Day is coming

This is what I did to dress up my nails for the upcoming holiday. You can do this too, just click here for a step by step.

After I was done I felt the need to search out some amazing deals and colors for you. If I find more I will come back and add them for you. I hope you enjoy.

Valentine decals

Spring Deals

I just wanted to shoot a quick post out to give you the Valentine’s Day deals that I could find with all the spring colors.

Happy Holiday everyone. May love find you all!

Kari

Do it Yourself Nails

A Beginning, Your Hands

Now I don’t know about you but, I can’t afford to go to the salon and have my nails done professionally every month. Everyone would love for their nails, both hands and feet, to look great all the time.
(This is where I got that fabulous photo from.)
Doing it yourself can be an easy and not so expensive way to look and feel great. Needless to say, before you do your nails you have to start with your hands themselves. I will have some great lotions and skin cares available for you to check out on this site. Make sure before you do your nails that you heal your hands first, every time. Here are some great options to choose from.

The Next Step, Your Nails

After conditioning your hands you are going to want to clean up the fingers. This will include clipping your nails and filing them to the desired look.  Make sure you clean up your cuticles as well.  Choose your desired color or colors that you are going to be using.

Here are some great choices of color for you to pick through.

Doing it yourself will require a little bit of talent with the tools or practice as I like to call it. Sometimes I have to draw out what I would like or find a picture I can go off of before I begin.

You will want to have all the glitters, tapes and designs you are going to put on your nails ready as well. Don’t want to be looking for things with wet nails. The area in which you are going to be working should be clean. We don’t want a stray hair to get stuck on our nice pretty nails now do we. Find yourself a caddie of sorts to keep all your accessories in, like this one:

I turned a sewing carrier into a case for my nail accessories. Works great.

Artwork to Display

Base coat is not necessary but, it can make your nails look more smooth. Then you are going to apply your desired color or colors. Make sure you dry completely before each new coat, at least 10 minutes. Next comes all of your tapes, glitters and gems. Of course you finish with the top coat. Top coat will also help to keep all of those fancy things on your nails. Here are a few accessory ideas.

 

When you are done you may have something similar to this:

 

 

On to the Feet

Of course many of us like to have our feet done just like our fingers. In the same respect as your hands you are going to want to moisturize your feet and clean up the nails. Then of course you continue in the same manner as you did your hands and fingers. Some things you may need for the next step.

You can change the design or desired look to make your toenails different from your fingernails if you desire. Your body, your choice. Just make sure you have all of your required tools and accessories available before you begin. Don’t forget to start with a clean work area.

I have tried to give you some options with things that I have used myself. Leave me some ideas on the kinds of items you would prefer and I will be sure to get them on my next post.

Thank you and CHEERS to having beautiful nails.

Kari

 

 

About Kari

Hello I am Kari

I would like to welcome you to All Nails. In my younger years I was always fascinated with all the different nails the women in my family had. How creative they were and how colorful they looked.

As I got older my interest grew but getting busy with adult life became top priority. And at that time I felt it was just easier to go get my nails done.

Everybody has a busy life.

Life happened, I spent a long time in retail. Starting with the family business at the age of 12. My first job was at a burger place. It was very fun, but I didn’t want to work in the food industry. Then there were several other retail jobs until I found myself at everybody’s favorite toy store. I spent the better part of 12 years there to find out they were going to close. Time to find something new. Back to my passion from a younger age, nails. That is when I decided to help people by putting everything you need to have your beautiful nails, all in one place.

In conclusion

I am hoping that I can help you with all of your nail needs and if you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Kari

Founder of allnails@accessyourbeauty.com