Monday, April 6, 2020

Dip Powder Nails At Home

Hi Friends!  Last week my girls and I decided to try to do our own SNS nails at home and I was so pleasantly surprised by how well they turned out that I wanted to share my experience with all of you.  SNS is also known as a dip powder manicure.  It is the weirdest thing and I have no idea who came up with this idea, but it is so cool!  They paint a base coat on your nails, you dip it into this colored powder, and it hardens on your nails.  I love it because my nails are naturally really thin and break/chip easily and this makes them thick and strong.  Plus, it lasts for several weeks!

I usually go every 2 1/2 weeks to get mine done at the nail salon and the girls have gotten theirs done a few times as a special treat.  Since everything is closed right now I decided to try a DIY kit that I got off Amazon.

The first step was removing my old SNS.  Anyone who follows us on Instagram might have seen Jen's stories about this process a few weeks ago.  Let's just say it did not go well.  Turns out she was using non-acetone remover and to get this stuff off you have to use 100% acetone.  Thankfully, I had some on hand and I have taken mine off at home before.  Some people like to do the cotton ball and foil method, but I find it easier to put a small piece of a paper towel in a zip top baggie and add the acetone.  Then just soak each hand and rub your nails against the paper towel to remove the SNS.  It takes about 10-15 minutes and you are all done!

The set I ordered came with everything we needed.  It had 8 small dip powders and all of the base coat, activator, top coat bottles.  It also had very clear step-by-step directions to follow.

I did both of my girls' nails first and was giddy with excitement at how easy they were to do.

As I mentioned, getting a dip powder manicure is a special treat for my girls so they were beyond excited to learn that we can now do this at home.

I did my nails last and felt that I had the hang of it by then. Here's the thing...if you look closely, they aren't perfect, but they are certainly good enough. I feel like this is the kind of thing that you will get better at the more often you do it and I definitely won't be afraid to file the edges next time to make it look even better.

I really don't know that I'll go back to get my nails done professionally on a regular basis except for special occasions.  I'm one week in and the edges have started to lift a bit as they have grown out, but they still look and feel great.

Note: I found a lot of dip powder kits on Amazon and at few other retailers HERE, but they are all currently unavailable.  I know that we are all in the same boat and everyone scrambled to order their own kits to give this a try at home. I would certainly keep checking back in hopes that they will restock soon!  

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