Miracle Nail Fix

Until recently, I could NEVER grow my thumb nails out to an even square shape.  The corners always broke really low and deep into my nail.  And then I’d have to cut them down so the break wouldn’t snag on anything and rip into the really sensitive portion of the nail.  But having one ugly short nail would throw off the aesthetics of the mani so I’d cut them all down…you see where this is going – meatball problems.

So I’ve been on the hunt for both an emergency solution to a break and a preventative coat.  I tried nail wraps, crazy glue, nail glue, anything you could imagine.  Then one day, as I strolled the aisles of Sally’s Beauty Supply, I stumbled on this gem.  Our eyes met and I knew I just had to take him home with me. So I purchased this ‘Miracle Nail Fix’ along with some pineapple cuticle oil and a glass file.

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I didn’t save the box it came in or I would’ve included that picture as well.  I’m not sure what the brand name is or if ‘Miracle Nail Fix’ is the brand? I don’t know.  I figured a life-size photo included below would help you to identify it on the shelf.  I bought mine at Sally’s, not sure where else it is sold.  I’ll keep researching and if I can clarify a brand name I’ll post another blog on where to find it.  (the other sides of the bottle say Miracle Nail Fix in Spanish and other languages)

This stuff is fantastic.  I don’t know what’s in it- I don’t even care. It works. I have a huge break in my nail right now (I ripped it trying to zipper my jeans over a month ago) and this little Miracle has allowed me to grow the nail out and continue with beautiful manis as if the break weren’t there.

How I use it: I use the Miracle on bare nails that are ready to be polished.  I dab a little of it right on the break and allow time for it to dry.  Then I swipe a streak of it from the bottom to the top of the nail and over the side edge as well, trying to seal the break in so to speak. I don’t recommend doing another swipe after this-the only draw back of this Miracle is that too many coats can easily start to peel under your mani and just look ugly.  I like to put one swipe on the sides of my other nails that are prone to breaks just to be safe.  This absolutely works as a preventative coat. Definitely do this if your nails are a little thin or weak in some spots and you want to ensure that they will hold up through a mani.  Allow the Miracle to dry completely and then continue as you would with any other polish.

If you struggle with odd shaped nails due to frequent breaks and tears, you’ll love this. You’re welcome.

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Essie – Red Nouveau

I bought this color for myself as a birthday present a few years ago.  I went out in search of a tomato red color and settled on this one. I love it! I used two coats here.  The polish is not streaky at all which I find Essie to be sometimes, but this is great.  It also dries incredibly fast and is a very thin formula.  When the polish is thick to begin with, then combined with a base and top coat, it can start to peel very quickly and ruin the mani in only a day or two.  But thankfully this color is perfect and one of my favorites!

I used INM ‘Out the Door’ Fast Drying Top Coat to seal it all in.  This top coat isn’t the best of the best, I find that it shrinks my polish sometimes-pulling the layers from the top and sides of my nail.  It doesn’t always happen though, and I’m determined to find a pattern of how and when it happens before I stop using it.  I prefer Seche Vite which is also fast drying, but I’ve recently vamped up my mani/pedi polish & supplies collection and spent more money than necessary. So I decided to skimp a bit on a top coat.  When this one runs out or ruins too many consecutive manis, I’ll suck it up and get the good stuff.

Enjoy the photos! I’m sure as time goes on the quality of both manis and pictures will increase.  For now, I’m using my boyfriend’s iPhone to take the pictures. I originally just snapped away out of sheer excitement to begin this blog and forgot to put a blank backdrop behind my hands.  That explains the odd picture, which I insist came out pretty well so I included it. ImageImageImage