The Girl Behind Polish Me, Please!

Hey Everyone,

I’m Nicole and I like painting my nails. A lot.

I want this blog to give information and inspiration to people looking for cool things to do with their nails. I’m not a professional, I’m not pretending to be better than anyone else, I just like to have my nails did. ;) I’m always looking for interesting things I can do myself that look as though I may have had them done at the salon.

I don’t have any exceptional skills, or expensive products… just a melmer full of nail polish and my own creativity. I’d love to hear from you and if you comment I promise I’ll respond to every single one :)

If you have nail polish ADD and OCD like me and you like your nails looking awesome and different every day, this blog is for you! Please look around, comment and share your tips, tricks, ideas and inspiration with me. Thanks for stopping by!

52 thoughts on “The Girl Behind Polish Me, Please!

  1. I just came across your blog last week and I love it. I want to buy a nail stamping kit but not sure which to get, the Konad or the Sallys? Which is easier to use??

    • Thank you so much! That means a lot to me cuz my traffic is picking up but I don’t get too many comments so idk what people think of it. :) Now- about your question :) I think the Sally’s one is super easy to use and I actually prefer the stamper, plate holder and scraper compared to the Konad stuff, however the plates have much less variety and the full-nail designs are pretty small (but they do have some really cute stamps). For your first kit though, I think the Sally’s one would be a good start. Plus- you’ll get it “for free” with that coupon!! Bonus! ;) Let me know which one you get!

    • Hey,
      The coupon we were taking about is unfortunately expired. It was for $10 off $20 only through the month of January. Sorry you missed it! :( I’ll be sure to post any more that I come across! :)

  2. Hey, do you live in the northwest? I saw you mentioned Idaho. I’m in Eastern Washington, if you’re close by drop me an email arpostels at gmail dot com, I would love to chat with a local fellow blogger

    • I will do that!! Also I was just reading your post about your stupid little neighbor (her words, anyone who’s reading this!! Haha) and it was so hilarious!!! I tried to comment but my phone was like “uh uh girl, try again!” so I didn’t. Anyway- so funny and the nails were awesome too! I hope I’ll be able to comment in the future!! *crosses fingers and glares at phone!*

    • Thank you! I’m so glad too! :) That’s exactly how I started… well first tape manis, then stamping now I’m trying to do more w different methods. I hope to see you around more! :)

  3. I found your website completely by accident today whilst looking for swatches of a color I had just purchased (a -brilliant- habit of mine) and have spent the last few hours reading, smiling and being inspired. Just thought I’d say hi, and thank you :-)

    • Well hello there!! And thank you so much for your sweet comment! I am very glad you enjoyed what you read and I hope to see you around some more. :) Thanks again!

  4. Hi Nicole I’ve just stumbled across your blog. I’ve had acrylic extensions for the last, well forever it seems and now I’ve gone au naturelle…and my nails are a MESS!!! I’m not used to nail polish chipping AT ALL…and I’m just purchasing SHMS and some Seche Vite to try your tip to hopefully stop the chipping and strengthen my nails. I already use Sally Hansen Miracle nail thickener, which doubles up as base coat for me, but if you could suggest a great nail strengthener (or whether I just need to persevere with the SH thickener) and I’ll also try the 2 top coat approach, and then HOPEFULLY there will be no more chipping!! :) wish me luck!! :)

    • Hi hon! I’m not Nicholle but I just thought I’d suggest an at-home nail soak I use for my own nails which are very thin. A mixture of Vitamin E (you should be able to find pure vitamin e oil in the drug store for cheap) and olive oil. Mix it together and soak your bare nails and cuticles in it for thirty minutes or more. Olive oil is a wonderful moisturizer, as is vitamin e. After one soak my nails are shiney and stronger. It may help with the peeling :-)

      Hope that helps dearie!

    • Hey! So sorry that it took me so long to reply! Oof.. I totally know what you’re going through with the post-acrylic nail situation. I used to get them occasionally for special days and then remove them because I never wanted to keep refilling them.. I feel your pain. I think you’re on the right track with the nail thickener. Quite honestly when your nails are damaged from acrylics, they’re probably going to chip almost no matter what you do because they’re thin and flexible and then you put the hard, brittle polish on them so when they flex the polish jumps right off. If you like the SH nail thickener, stick with that, or you could try Essie Feed Me which I use on occasion, or OPI Nail Envy which people really swear by. Unfortunately, at least according to my experience all you can really do is keep your nails short and neatly filed to discourage breaks, use hand lotion/cuticle oil/cuticle cream to keep your nails and cuticles healthy, and just wait it out a little. I don’t know how hard that SH thickener makes your nails, but you might consider using something like SH Hard As Nails to make your nails a little harder till they’re healthier. I hope this helps, I wish I had something more immediate to tell you but I promise, if you can just be patient and enjoy short nails for a while, your nails will be back to normal soon enough. Acrylics are just rough on nails. Thank you very much for reading and commenting!! Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any other questions. :)

  5. Hey guys thank you so look much. Li – will give the vit e/olive oil approach a go and let you know how that works. Nicole I will persevere with short nails…I’m quite lucky I have long nail beds so my nails although super short for me, still look ok (so long as you don’t look too close!) And will keep on with the SH hardener. My old nail tech recommends SH which is why I chose…if it doesn’t seem to be working (which actually it does at the moment) I’ll try nail envy. I know I need to be patient and that’s ok…I have my wedding coming up soon so may have gel overlays for that, but no buffing and no filling…straight off after honeymoon!
    Thanks again…and I love your blog <3 :)

    • You’re welcome :) Congratulations on the upcoming wedding!! How exciting!! :D Gel nails will look really nice and they just soak off so the damage shouldn’t be compounded at all. Thanks again for reading! :)

  6. Thanks Nicole on the congrats…62 days and counting!!!
    may post a pic of the gels and may also have a look at the Essie treatment too.

  7. Hi! I love your blog and pretty nails! :) Anyway, I was wondering if you know any good nail conditioners for dry/damaged nails? Any good recommendations (e.g. Sally Hansen 4-in-1 – does it work?)? My nails are practically dying after several uses of nail polish remover. :| Thank you so much!

    • First off, thanks for contacting me. I love hearing from everyone. If your nails are dry and peely I would first give them a super light buffing to get rid of the little peels, if they’re not peeling then skip the buffing altogether. Next I would try soaking them for 30 minutes or so in a vitamin E/Olive Oil mixture like Li (Lisa from The Nerdy Nailer) mentioned above. I haven’t tried it but it works well for her. After that make sure your nails are clean and free of the oil and use Essie Feed Me (which is what I use and works for me) or OPI Nail Envy which people just totally swear by. Then just make sure you’re moisturizing your cuticles really well a couple of times a day and wear gloves when you’re going to have your hands in water and they’ll come back. Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll drum up some more resources for you. Good luck!! :)

      • Aww thank you so much for your helpful advice! I’ll try it out. Crossing *fingers* my fingers would be better :) Curious, do you use polish remover with or without acetone? Just want to know your opinion on this :) Thanks again!

        • I use nail polish remover with acetone in it (beauty secrets brand from Sally’s) and then I use pure acetone for cuticle clean up. I wouldn’t recommend pure acetone to use all the time though because it’s so INSANELY drying, but nothing works better for good clean cuticles! :) I don’t really have much of a problem with dry nails (usually, knock on wood!!) so I don’t worry too much about what kind of remover I use. I do use Badger Balm cuticle cream regularly as well as different lotions/creams,etc and I use that Essie I mentioned before.

  8. I just wanted to thank you. I came here by way of your stamping tutorial. I’m a mom of two who’s only been doing nails for a couple of months, and I feel like a pro with my newly-stamped nails! I’m going to try all of these neat tricks. Good thing I bought a lot of nail polish… I’m gonna need it!

    • Thank YOU for letting me know you enjoyed it! Stamping was my major gateway into nail obsession so… Consider yourself warned! Haha. You will need all that polish and MORE! ;) Thanks again, and I hope to see you around more!

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