Here’s a super-simple DIY tutorial which I have tried myself. One day, I found myself caught without my trusty Seche Vite Top Coat ($10, Ulta.com). I searched the internet for an alternate method of drying my manicure quickly. I just couldn’t bear to actually sit and wait for my polish to dry un-accelerated!
So I gave the ice water method a go. I was very pleased with the results. Some of you might be aware that while quick-dry topcoats greatly expedite the nail-drying process, they tend to cause your manicure to chip more easily. This particular manicure lasted much longer than usual. It was also noticeably more shiny than usual.
1. After filing and cleaning your nails as usual, fill up a container with cold water and 5 or 6 ice cubes. Make sure there’s room for your nails to be completely submerged in the water. **optional** Make sure you’ve got a hairdryer with a “cool” setting plugged in and nearby.
2. Coat your nails with a base coat, if you’ve got one on hand.
2. Apply 1st coat of your choice of nail polish.
3. **optional** Blast your coat with the cool setting on your hair dryer for a few seconds, being careful not to smudge.
4. Apply your second coat of polish. You may want to hit it with the cool hair dryer, but again it is not necessary.
5. Carefully submerge your nails in the ice water for a minimum of 30 seconds — you might want to add more time if your color is dark or you’ve applied thick coats. You also might want to do this one hand at a time… your fingers will get very cold!
That’s it… I’d still treat your nails gingerly immediately afterwards like you normally would (even with a quick dry topcoat). But you don’t have to stay glued to one spot and refrain from touching anything like you would if you hadn’t used any quick-dry method at all.
looking for skin care products (and cosmetics) that work for you can be hard. Especially if you’re acne prone or have sensitive skin. Did you know it takes skin cells about 23 days to turnover and 23-60 days to show both good and bad results of a skin care product, cosmetics, or regimen. A pimple can show up a month after it’s cause, like sleeping with make-up on or using a poorly made face mask. So when trying out a new product give it time to work it’s magic and when determining the cause of a break out look back a month or two for possible causes.
Great tip, I had no idea!