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Dermelect Launchpad Nail Strengthener Review

Posted in Base Coat, Nail Care on July 19, 2010 by ainamakeup

Today I bring you a review of a nail strengthener I had the privilege to test out.  Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Launchpad Nail Strengthener Anti-Aging Base Coat.  What makes this base coat stand out from all the rest?  Peptides infused within the treatment. It promises longer, stronger nails. The peptide is derived from New Zealand wool and is claimed to help add moisture and strength to the nails with Keratin.

Launchpad Nail Strengthener

I’ve been using it as a base coat under polish, and alone as a treatment off and on for the last two weeks. A few things to note:  When I used it alone, applying one coat dried very quickly.  Applying two coats resulted in the polish not drying as fast.  It also felt tacky to the touch even hours later.  Once I applied two coats in the evening before I went to bed, and I woke up the next morning with sheet imprints on a few nails.

As a base coat under nail polish, I found it to work well.  The polish adhered to the base coat and my manicures did last a day or two longer than usual.  As for my nails being stronger and longer?  The jury’s still out on that.  I will say that the biggest nail problem I have is my nails peeling into layers.  I found that when I used the base coat consistently, my nails didn’t peel as much!  And usually they peel constantly.  I intend to keep this treatment up and see how well my nails do in the long run.

You can buy Launchpad Anti Aging Nail Strengthener online at for $18.00.  Enjoy!

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My DIY Weekly manicure

Posted in DIY, Manicure, Nail Care on November 18, 2009 by ainamakeup

Given the state of the economy, I’m sure many of us have had to cut out little luxuries like that grande non-fat soy latte, saving on gas to take public transportation, or in my case…mani/pedis.  A professional manicure was the first thing to go when I fell victim to the economy and lost my 9 to 5 two years ago.  I almost always did my nails myself especially when I was younger but loved getting pro manicures when I had the cash to do so.  It wasn’t hard for me to sacrifice a good hand massage (my favorite part of the pro manicure) because I knew I had everything I needed at home to do them myself.  Hell, why buy all that nail polish if I wasn’t going to use it!

I’m no nail professional, and I’m sure I don’t do everything correctly (I’m probably the messiest nail painter in the world.  I never could color inside the lines) but about once a week, I give myself a good manicure.  I do the following:

  • Remove all traces of polish.  When I’m being meticulous, I go in with a pointy cotton swab dipped in polish remover and get in around the sides to get everything, particularly if I’m removing dark polish.  I think most of the bloggers out there use Zoya Remove+ but I’ve yet to jump on that bandwagon.  I just use Sally Hansen – with acetone because I don’t want to spend 5 hours removing my nail polish!
  • I file my nails using an emery board.  I hear using a glass file is better for your nails.  I’m definitely going to look into that in the near future, but in the meantime, I’m still on emery boards.  They’re cheap and work for me.  I file in one direction for the most part as I remember reading that filing in both directions can weaken nails.
  • Next, I use Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover.  What I love about it is it dissolves the excess skin and potential hang nails without having to soak my nails.  You’re not supposed to leave the product on for more than a minute so I work quickly pushing my cuticles back using one made of sandstone.  I don’t cut my cuticles and if I am getting my nails professionally done, I usually request that they push back only.
  • Next I’ll make a mixture of part foot or body scrub and part hand cream or body lotion and rub it all over my hands for a few minutes then rinse and wash my hands.
  • After that, I’ll use hand cream or body lotion on my hands.  I’m not picky, I use whatever I’ve got.  Although I love H2O Plus hand cream and every now and again I’ll treat myself to a tube!
  • I remove any traces of oil by using polish remover once more.
  • Hopefully by then I’ll have decided which color to use.  I usually pull out a few colors and then wait until the last minute to decide.
  • I use a base coat of Poshe 4 in 1 treatment base, or Nailtiques formula 2.  I have a terrible problem with my nails peeling into layers and using Nailtiques (when I’m being consistent about it) really works well.
  • I’m a two coat polish girl
  • My top coat is either Seche Vite or thanks to All Lacquered Up’s recommendation Olan Quick and Slick.  It’s the shiniest topcoat I’ve ever used in my life.  Better yet, it dries just as fast as Seche.  I just wish I could find it in a store near me than just on the internet.
  • When I’m sure my manicure is completely dry I’ll use Orly Cuticle Therapy Creme before I go to bed.

And there you have it!   I’ll be working on a film shoot for the next 5 days so I probably won’t be posting much, but I’ll be back soon!