Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Daily Nail: UNGPLUGGED.


Today's nail were inspired by something we ignore, and something there is never enough of when you need them. (cue powerstrips) OUTLETS, PLUGS, POWER SOURCES, whatever you call them, without them, I couldn't do this blog (mainly because my laptop is almost 6 years old, and the battery lasts approximately 10 minutes, or 3 minutes when it is cold out). I used one of the new American Apparel colors, California Trooper, which I also reviewed and swatched on a new branch of this site The Daily Nail Reviews.



I used American Apparel California Trooper as a base, with American Apparel Hassid for the plug holes, Sally Hansen Metro Creme for the shadow around the holes, and American Apparel Cotton for the highlight. Topped it off with Seche Vite top coat.

So there it is, no acoustic guitar, just nails. :-)

And because I get SO many people that ask if my nails are real, etc, here you go- naked nails.. very yellowed naked nails, I've tried everything, lemon juice soaks, denture cleaner, hydrogen peroxide, buffing, etc, nothing makes it go away!! :( If anyone has tips, lmk.




56 comments:

  1. crazy how 3-D these look!

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  2. oh, i thought it was a face!
    but, now that look, it is a power plug.
    great job!

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  3. Plug ins!!!! How insanely cute are those!!! At first I thought it was a ghostie. Maybe they are...they just saw your NAKED nails. Peeking Toms!!!

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  4. the shadow is PERFECT!

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  5. Hello, about your yellow nails I soaked my nails in lemon but with baking soda :) hope it helps, nice blog.

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  6. I read somewhere that soaking your nails in a bowl of water with a couple of denture tablets should help whiten them.

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  7. unfortunately the only thing that will bring your nails completely back to their natural color is to go without polish for a few days. the reason they turn yellow is because they are oxygen deprived.

    i have had the same issue in the past. since going without polish isnt an option for you while you do this project, here are a few other things you can do to help:

    - let them dry completely between when you remove polish and put on new polish
    - always use base coat
    - shout wipes or tide to go pen can help, but wont completely remove the yellow

    hope that helps! cant wait to see what designs you come up with next!

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    1. Um, no. Nails don't need to breathe. Once they leave the matrix, the nail plate is already dead. Besides, the nail plate doesn't have any blood vessels. So how exactly would they get get oxygen? Simply being exposed to air doesn't mean its breathing. Further more, cuticle oils are able to penetrate polish and hydrate the nail plate. So "if" nails needed to breathe, they should be able to breathe through the polish.

      My Source-
      Miladay Standard Nail Technology

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  8. I don't know what base coat you use. But try a B3F base coat. Sometimes that makes the difference. But all you can really do it just wait for them to grow out.

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  9. I'm in the same yellow nails boat as you. I've been using whitener forever and it will not budge even a tiny bit!

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  10. I've had some success with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and a bit of elbow grease... just make sure to wash your hands well afterwards. Good luck!

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  11. It'l be the nail polish you're using. I am a frequent wearer too, and I use all different kinds of polish so I don't know which ones cause it, although I think the green/yellow/blue hues make it worse.
    Basically, the only think I know to prevent it is to wear always wear a base coat so the color is not directly hitting your nail. Hope this helps :)

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  12. I supose some people has said this..(?)
    My nails are very white and nice when I don´t paint them.. The only time they turn yellow is when I´ve painted dem with some dark colors and the only thing that has helped is for the nails to grow out.. But you know more about nailpolish then me. :)

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  13. Hey,
    definately love your nails and the designs you come up with :)
    the best way to get rid of discoloured nails is to use your natursl nail file, and gently file the surface of your nails, until you dont see anymore of the yellowness, then massage some cuticle oil over your nails and wash off with some warm water. Hope this helps because it definately does for me.

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  14. Re: yellow nails. I keep polish on mine constantly, and mine aren't too badly discolored, so perhaps it is your base coat. I use the standard OPI base coat for natural nails.

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  15. Those are great! I really thought you'd gone three dimensional until I looked more closely. I don't think there is a cure for the yellow and although some colors do have a tendency to out and out stain your nails, I think the yellowing has something to do with the chemical make up of polish itself minus the pigments because many years ago when I wore nothing but pale creams and pinks my nails were still yellow. Other than a few reds that only 'those' women wore, there was nothing BUT pale pinks and creams...and still the nails yellowed. I have a very pale, slightly lavender, sheer cream I wear when I want to look 'natural'. It balances out the yellowing a bit. Mostly I'd rather just keep 'em painted!

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  16. LOL, such a fun idea for a design! :D

    Anyways, visit my blog too if you want :)

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  17. Hello!

    I heard that yellow nails result when nails are not able to 'breathe' properly. This may be due to nail polish that you apply everyday.I am not too sure whether it is true a not!

    Really gorgeous designs you have out there! (:

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  18. I'll have to say ALWAYS wear a base coat, including when you are not wearing polish. Even if the polish says that the base coat is built in, wear a separate base coat anyway! Wear the base coat under your nails also. I use Sally Hansen's Advanced Hard as Nails. I have never had stained nails. For now, you will just have to grow out the stained nails and start from scratch. It will take a while, but it's like getting a bad perm. Wait it out.

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  19. I love the 3D look of these, and as someone else mentioned, they do look like little surprised faces. I'll never look at an outlet the same again...

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  20. awesome nails as always!
    also, thanks for showing all of your
    'naked' nails!

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  21. I've been going several days without polish in order to get that yellow stain away, and it's already working..unfortunately, you couldn't do that because of your 365 day commitment.
    D:

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  22. ive got the same problem and i tried the same things that you did. love for polish hiding it!

    xxx

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  23. I love your nail polish! The shadow is unbelievable!

    About your yellow nails, what helps me is first buffing my nails. Then, I make a mixture of lemon juice, baking soda, and whitening toothpaste. Make sure it's a paste. So first, brush the stuff onto your nails, and then you leave the paste on your nails for about 10 minutes. That helps with my yellow bails.

    And remember your base coat!

    I hope that helped.

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  24. try using denture tablets... soak your nails in the solution. :)

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  25. I love this!! It's electrifying. :)

    I wish I knew the answer to preventing yellow nails. I guess it doesn't bother me too much since they are always covered in polish! :)

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  26. Try putting on cuticle oil and then buffing while the oil's still on :]

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  27. I haven't read all of the comments, but here goes...I had the same problem with my toenails b/c I would polish them religiously. Once I went to boot camp and was unable to polish my toe nails, my toenails started returning to normal color. So, try going without polish for a few days and always use a base coat.

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  28. This is neat.
    But, what is gonna happen to this blog when the 365 days are up?

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  29. FYI I have naked nail envy! My nails are so small and round, yours are Naturally "long bedded" I have to keep active length nails on just to achieve nails that look like yours! Dont worry about your yellow! IF you want a natural look just go for flesh colored polish!

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  30. Hi! :) I'm Brazilian, (I hope that google translate certain kk) I saw your nails bare, they are yellow because they are weak ... My were so when I mixed glazes of different brands, and left for more than eight days! The solution was to sand every week and spend enamel fortifier:)
    I hope I helped
    Kisses

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  31. Love the 3D effect! Have to agree with the others that your nails are just suffering from the nail polish-ing. Not sure how to bring them back to natural glory without taking a break - maybe on day 366?

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  32. there especially aren't enough in MY room! I only have 1!!!

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  33. Use Hydrochloric acid to bleach your nails. No nail no problem right?

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  34. My nails are yellow, too, because I constantly have nail polish on them. I've heard it helps if you lay off the polish for a couple days or a week so your nails can "breath" again. You're not able to do this because of the project, though, so it's easiest if you just wait it out. Like I'm waiting for my short hair to grow out again. :)

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  35. Use hydrogen peroxide. It WILL bleach your fingertips too mind so cover them in sme petroleum jelly.

    Its H2O2 and upon contact with skin/nails it will separate to oxygen and water so it literally oxygenates your nails.

    You can get a bottle in a pharmacy but ask for it to be no higher than 6% and dilute it half and half with water :)

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  36. There's this nail varnish (it's more like a base) by Essence and it's called something like "pro white french" (sorry don't remember the exact name :( but i had it ! I actually bought it by accident cause i wanted a white nail polish formy french manicure and in a rush i grabbed that one which was transparent but actually DID whiten my nails and worked for french better than a white nail varnish ;) so i highly reccomend it if you're looking for a whitening solution ;) hope it helps :) xxx

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  37. Essie Instant Whitner.

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  38. Your nails are turning yellow due to the lack of O2 and Sunlight. I get this issue when I wear any nail polish. So I have to go a few weeks with out it then add it again. Just like the rays help your skin and hair with Vitamin D it helps your nails as well.

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  39. try it with white onion...i hoop that help

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  40. For yellow nails, the only thing that has worked for me is Lush's Lemony Flutter cuticle butter (which I use on my nails too). I leave my nails unpainted for one day, make sure I put the Lemony Flutter on at least three times, and they are white by the end of the day.

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  41. i read somewhere to let it rest in a bowl with warm water, a little spoon of baking soda and salt.

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  42. I always have my toe nails painted and they were so yellow at one point that I didn't even want to look at them in between polish changes lol. I really wanted to wear french tip but you could see the yellow still so, I just filed over my whole nail and it worked pretty well for me! It didn't take it all away but it did help a lot. Loveeee your nails by the way! :D

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  43. I'm late to arrive to this party but I think you need more advice. I am a Professional Nail Tech of 10 years and I can assure you that nails don't "breath" they are dead and it has nothing to do with light. Going with out polish for a couple days isn't going to change it. Your nails are stained but it's no biggie. To get them normal again you need to use a base coat. I really like Orly Bonder. The steps you should take are, remove polish, buff lightly with a soft buffer like the purple turtle buffer (too much too often will remove layers of nail and weaken your claws) this is when i wipe with alcohol to cleans and remove oils from beds but you can just wash and dry if you don't have any since a longer lasting polish job won't do you any good. Then apply your base coat and let it dry (bonder will stay sticky so just wait two minutes or so) then apply your polish and TC as usual. Hope that helps!
    XOXO
    Lacie
    Facebook.com/manicurist

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  44. I'm sorry for your yellow nails, at least they don't have artificial nails glue on them as I do :P
    I think they are yellow cuz you won't let the breathe, if you paint everyday they don't breathe. Mybe after the whole year a week without polish will make them normal again!

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  45. is, the nails are real. *o* how many glasses of white enamel did you use?

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  46. I'm a nail tech and they are yellow because you need to use a good basecoat! NEVER polish without a basecoat! Certain colors that have high pigment will make them yellow ..like red for instance! People always say let them breathe. Nails do not need oxygen! HAIR AND NAILS ARE DEAD PROTEIN! I always roll my eyes when I hear people say "Ohhh let your nails breathe".. blah blah blah!

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  47. don't paint your nails for awhile... they need air. your painting them too much and they're not getting enough oxygen. I learned that in 5th grade lol

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  48. Nail bleach will take those yellow nails back to pretty white! =)

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  49. I use Poshe Fast Drying Base Coat and my nails never yellow anymore. I get it at Sally Beauty Supply but I'm sure it's available other beauty supply stores, too.

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  50. I agree with the other two nailtecs. Pigments, basecoat, dead horn - everything right. (i'm a German educator for nailtecs)

    If you got essence over there try out the "Nail Art Polish Remover". Its not only a quick Remover but contains also whiteners. It will bright up your nails a bit everytime you remove your polish. I like it because its a nice 2in1 effect and i don't have to do something extra for the yellowing.

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  51. For yeloww nails, just use a nail file not hardly in the yeloww. it's easier and really works

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  52. I paint my nails usually at LEAST once a week. I ALWAYS use a minimum of 2 coats of a clear base coat and my nails still yellow too. The only thing I have found that works is toothpaste and peroxide. I scrub my nails with a nail brush and Crest 3D White toothpaste for about 5 mintues per nail, then soak them in peroxide for 15-30 minutes. It's not a quick fix and won't whiten your nails completely with the first use, but I do this between every manicure and it has seemed to help quite a bit.

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  53. About your yellow nails, try stop painting them.
    ;)

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