Lapus Lazuli manicure - It's not perfect; I need to practice my shaping and filing skills - but I love having this as an option!
I’ve never been great at or enjoyed doing my nails, but I love having painted nails. Trouble is, I am a picker, so as soon as the polish starts to lift or chip, I pick off all the remaining polish. It’s why I don’t bother with gel - it peels off too easily. I was excited to try powder when I first heard about it a couple years ago. It’s the best bang for my buck! Thick and not easy to pick at, it can last for weeks. I find it hard to justify the cost of getting my nails done often, though, so I saved these manicures for special occasions. When nail salons in New York closed in March, I didn’t worry - there was nowhere to go and nobody to see, anyway. But when summer came and life got just a little more normal and my job went fully in-person, I kept noticing a colleague’s nails and asked about them. I was shocked when she said she does them herself - with powder! So I did some research of my own and ordered myself a kit from Sparkle & Co. I’ve only used it maybe half a dozen times so far (NY is shut back down, so again, nowhere to go and nobody to see) but I’ve already gotten value out of it. I spent less than $100 - what I’d pay for about 2.5 dip manicures at a salon - for the 4-step dip liquid process, cuticle oil, a duster brush, and 5 mini jars of powder (I chose Elle Wood’s Glass Slippers, Glamping, Coco Cabana, Autumn Leaves Burgundy, and Lapis Lazuli).
Follow the step-by-step instructions to a tee - do not apply thick coats! - and use the powder in a bowl or tray so you don’t make a mess everywhere.
Sparkle & Co has several starter kit options available. Orders over $25 get free shipping. Use code Sparkle10 to save 10%. They also have a 5 minis for $40 deal - minis are .25oz and last for several manicures (I haven’t made a dent in any of my powders). They have gel and traditional nail polish too, if those are more your style!
Are you going to try?? Let us know!!