Tuesday Talk: Dip!


Once a month, I link up with Ashley and Erika (who host this fun little blog link up), and you blog about anything and everything.

In January, I blogged about HOW I’M USING ESSENTIAL OILS NOW
In February
I decided to blog about…THE FAMILY VALENTINE’S DANCE
In March, I encouraged women to share their businesses so we could SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER
In April, we talked about SNACKING!
In July, we talked about SUMMER SLOW COOKER SUPPERS
In August, we talked about ECHO DOTS
In September, we talked about ECHO SHOWS
In October, I shared my favorite things to buy at SEPHORA!

And today, I’m sharing how I’ve been “dippin'” for a year now 🙂 .

Brace yourselves because this post is pretty random.  Ha!  Many of you might have been doing this for a long time, but I’ve only done it for a year now, so I thought we could chat about it…especially with the holidays coming up in case you wanted to try it out for all of the parties/celebrating/and such.

Last year, when we went to New York, I sat next to Jeni on one of the flights and her nails looked really, really good.  I asked her about it and she said it’s because she got them “dipped” at her local salon.  You guys know that I am an avid nail polisher and haven’t not polished my nails in like…decades, but the idea of having them “dipped” and then not having to worry about them for 2-3 weeks intrigued me.  I was polishing my nails about every 5 days to keep them looking good, but according to her, I could dip them and they wouldn’t chip, crack, get damaged, turn yellow and would stay glossy looking for weeks.

I decided to try it.

This time last year, I visited my salon and they “dipped” my nails for the first time with NexGen.  I immediately loved it 🙂 .  You look through the book and pick your color (I almost always pick white, this bright summer color or a dark purple), they cut and file your nails as you desire and then “dip” each nail in this powder several times until they’re coated before applying a polish on top to seal it in.  I dipped mine three times in a row (so for about 6ish weeks) and then worried that it might be damaging my nails, so I had them remove it…and my nails looked so fantastic (maybe even HEALTHIER), so a week later, I went back to be “dipped” again and haven’t stopped since (I typically go 2-3 weeks between dips).  I went last week and took a few pics for you…

…this is me about to go to the salon to have mine re-dipped.  As you can see, they’re not damaged, they’re still glossy and other than my nails growing out, they still look really good after 2½ weeks of me having them done.

I like them to cut my nails reallllly short, so that’s always why I’m ready to have them done again so that they can trim them up.  (This color is #70 in the NexGen book by the way.)

So, I headed off to the nail place and they removed the dip (you can’t do it yourself, you need the salon to safely remove it for you)…

…here are my nails after they removed the dark dip.  See?  They look really healthy (albeit, there is some remover stuff stuck to them, but you get the point)!   I was afraid it would damage my nails, but they always look and feel great when the dip is removed!  She cut and filed my nails shorter and then this tip, I picked white for my dip…

…at the salon ready to leave!  Love!  These will look this great until I’m ready to dip again 🙂 .

Suuuuuuper random post, but so many of you have asked what my polish color is and the answer is…something out of my salon’s NexGen book.  I like to use their white, #70 (which is the dark purple) and then I also like #77 which is bright and fun for summer.  I looked up NexGen’s website to see what info they had and this is what they say about their product…

  • Light Weight & Flexible
  • Strong & Durable
  • Non-Toxic & Odor-Free
  • Non-Porous
  • Comfortable
  • Forever Shine
  • Non-Yellowing
  • No Primer
  • Maintenance-Free
  • Crack & Chip Resistant
  • Water Resistant
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Calcium and Vitamin E Fortified

…so, here’s my next question…eyelash extensions.  I feel like everyone I know has them, but I’ve never tried it.  To me, the thought of sitting still for that long while they’re being applied and then having to go back for the maintenance seems too daunting.  Have you tried it?  I’m also so curious about things like this.  Lately, I’ve been asking everyone from my friends to people I see in stores about theirs and so far, everyone loves how easy it makes getting ready in the morning, but for some reason, I’m really not sure about it.  I would love your thoughts 🙂 .

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  • Reply Carol Marshall November 19, 2019 at 4:53 am

    I keep seeing all these things about lash lice due to extensions. Freaks me out. I’m sticking to my lash serum and mascara. I have been curious about a lash lift, though…

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama November 19, 2019 at 4:54 am

      Lice in lashes?! No thank you!!

      • Reply Sarina November 19, 2019 at 5:15 am

        My sister gets her lashes permed instead of doing extensions – they last longer (look beautiful and full) and it doesn’t take as long!

        I have been hesitant about the dip (I currently do Gel which 100% ruins my nails) for hygienic purposes. Do you ever feel that way?

        • Reply Meredith November 19, 2019 at 8:12 am

          I tried the dip nails- it ruined me real nails- they were so dry and thin after and it actually peaked the top layer of my nail off. Even after going to the salon and soaking them off then having a mani to try and protect my real nails within a weak the we’re all pealing and breaking very low.

          • Amie November 19, 2019 at 10:52 am

            Have you heard of Dashing Diva Gloss Strips? They are basically stickers that go on your nails, last 1-2 weeks then you just peel them off, so easy!

      • Reply Callie November 19, 2019 at 12:11 pm

        I live in Minneapolis and our local news station just had a story on this morning about people getting lice in their eyelash extensions. I’m a former kindergarten teacher and haven’t been able to stop itching my head all morning. 😫

      • Reply Tess November 19, 2019 at 12:53 pm

        Do you know how long it takes for them to file, shape and dip your nails? And remove the previous dip? I ask because I have a newborn so I only pop in to my nail salon for a super quick (regular) polish change since I’m always in a rush to get home to baby. Thanks!

      • Reply Maureen November 19, 2019 at 1:54 pm

        Honestly kind of disappointed we’re not talking about something to enjoy with chips! How does nail dipping compare in price to a regular manicure?

        • Reply Mix and Match Mama November 19, 2019 at 2:14 pm

          Bahahaha! I pay about $30 each time!

          • Susanne November 21, 2019 at 3:05 pm

            Wow! Where are you going that they only charge $30? Is it in McKinney? I love in Plano but would gladly drive to McKinney!

          • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2019 at 5:26 am

            Email me and I’ll give you the info plus who I like to use there!

        • Reply Martha November 20, 2019 at 8:34 am

          Hahahaha! That’s what I thought too, when I read the title of the post! I thought “great, nice warm dip recipes for entertaining.” Shay I only know two people who get eyelash extensions and they both told me it’s hard on their lashes and makes them fall out, but they love the extensions so much they keep getting them anyway. I’m thinking you’re just as far ahead with the lash serum.

      • Reply Ja November 24, 2019 at 1:55 pm

        Who posted about a nail cream they order on Amazon

    • Reply Kristine November 19, 2019 at 5:43 am

      I saw that recently too! Eww what the heck is that all about

    • Reply Stephanie Doiron November 19, 2019 at 6:31 am

      I had them for a few months (2 refills done) and had to get the removed. While they looked awesome, they were soooo uncomfortable!!! My eyes were so itchy, it would wake me up at night. Not worth it IMO!

    • Reply Jenny N November 19, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Our local news had a story on last week about lash lice….yikes!! The story was that since you have to be so careful with the extensions and not rub them, people aren’t washing their eyes and lashes well and they are getting lash lice. No thank you!!

    • Reply Beth Miller November 19, 2019 at 11:06 am

      I just read about an increase in lice bc of eyelash extensions this morning!

  • Reply Annaliese November 19, 2019 at 4:59 am

    I do not have the patience for eyelash extensions! I’m good with a great working mascara. Love having the dipped nails though!

  • Reply Susan Jeffries November 19, 2019 at 5:06 am

    My daughter is obsessed with getting her nails dipped! She loves it! She got eyelash extensions last year and had a terrible reaction. She had to have them removed after 24 hours. We both have been using a natural lash growth serum. Buy empty mascara tubes on amazon. Fill them with castor oil and 10 drops each of lavender and cedar wood essential oils. Use on brows and lashes! Works great, no chemicals, and smells amazing!!

    • Reply Amber Mackel November 19, 2019 at 8:19 am

      This helps them grow??? I’m intrigued!

    • Reply Janine November 19, 2019 at 12:28 pm

      Just leaving a quick comment to say when I opened the email and saw that it said this post would be about dip, I got excited thinking you were going to talk about food dips because the holidays were coming LOL Imagine my disappointment when the dip was for nails and not my stomach. 😂 oh well next time. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣

    • Reply Stephanie November 22, 2019 at 2:51 pm

      Susan, is it the castor oil that makes the lashes grow or the essential oil?

  • Reply Jordan@the2seasons November 19, 2019 at 5:06 am

    I am glad to hear this doesn’t damage the nails. Though when I first read how you’ve been dippin it I thought you were going to talk about your favorite food dips!!!! hahaha. That might be a fun post as well.

    • Reply Brooke Richardson November 19, 2019 at 7:56 am

      My eyes are super sensitive so I’m nervous about having a reaction. I also don’t think I could keep up with the maintenance and I’ve heard they are damaging to your lashes but could be wrong. I do know several that do and love it and once you do it ,it’s hard to not do it anymore. I am intrigued about this perm for your lashes and tinting that others are commenting about.

    • Reply Amy November 19, 2019 at 8:16 am

      I thought the same thing! 😁

    • Reply Debbie Ricks November 19, 2019 at 9:10 am

      SAME!!!!!!! I was like, bring on the dips hahahahahhahahahhahahhahaha!!!!!

  • Reply Taylor November 19, 2019 at 5:11 am

    I love my dip nails! I do notice my nails seem thinner after removal but other than that I have no complaints. I could talk all things beauty every day. Haha

    • Reply Constance November 19, 2019 at 9:22 am

      My husband is an optometrist and he gets so many patients who have gotten infections bc of the glue from the fake lashes. Needless to say, I dcided against having mine done despite how much I wanted them!

  • Reply Laura November 19, 2019 at 5:23 am

    I want to get a lash lift… it’s like a perm for your natural lashes! Some even get them tinted, too!! So many people do them for a long time and then become allergic to the glue… it’s shocking how many people I know that had that happen to them.

    • Reply Kris November 19, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      I do lash lift and tint and I love it! Game changer. I also started using Grande Serum bc Chris loves Julia said it was great! And it is. My lashes are so much longer. I order on Walmart.com. Everyone has been commenting on how long my lashes are. I don’t even wear mascara unless I’m going somewhere!

  • Reply Angel Varney November 19, 2019 at 5:24 am

    I love this post because I too am a fan of dipped nails! I echo everything you said about them!!
    And I’ve also been wondering about the eyelash extensions….let’s give it a try maybe?! Fun!

    I probably wouldn’t keep them up because I do t have an extra two ish hours to be still that often but maybe through the holidays they’d be cute?

  • Reply Jennifer November 19, 2019 at 5:29 am

    I was an avid dipper prior to getting pregnant. I had the baby 9 weeks ago and Mama (ahhh!! Is this my life now eeks) is now ready to get started again. The best part , we have a local salon in Long Island NY called Polish Bar where you can get a glass of wine, champagne or mimosa while you get your nails done. Yes Please!!

  • Reply Johnna White Robinson November 19, 2019 at 5:33 am

    I had eyelash extensions once. They looked great at first, but were difficult to maintain. I had to sleep with my head on the pillow “just so” to avoid crumpling and tangling them up! I had to get them refilled about 4?weeks later (the cost of that would add up), and then we I didn’t refill the next time and they fell out- they took some of my actual lashes with them- leaving my real lashes stumpy and sparse. Hated that!

    So, then I got magnetic false eye lashes! Love them! I don’t use everyday, but they are so easy when I want to use them! No glue! And if cared for and cleaned, they last a really long time!

    • Reply Amber Mackel November 19, 2019 at 8:21 am

      I bought the magnetic ones and I literally cannot figure out how to put them on!? Any tips?

      • Reply Melussa November 19, 2019 at 8:55 am

        Me either!! I only bought them because @TheRamblingRedhead made them look easy! BTW – Shay, you interview her for her girlfriend chat 🙂 She lives near you in Allen.

      • Reply April November 19, 2019 at 9:22 am

        Same here and I’ve watched videos and I can not get them to work

  • Reply Brooke November 19, 2019 at 5:34 am

    I love dipping! I won’t go without it anymore! 🙂

    Also, lash extensions. I used to say they were the best thing I ever bought for myself, because no mascara for months! It was amazing! And even when you wake up, you still looked good.
    Here are the downfalls and why after first getting them four years ago, I won’t ever do it again,
    1. They are very expensive to upkeep.
    2. I rub my eyes without thinking which is a problem.
    3. They are very sensitive to certain face washes and I had to be certain to avoid my lashes when I washed my face.
    4. Random little thing, but you could also see them in your line of vision. You get used to it, but it bugged me for a while.
    4. The worst part? After they came out (naturally) I had literal eyelash nubs. I cried. I had long eyelashes before the extensions and then I was left with almost nothing. It was awful. This doesn’t happen to a lot of people and I took pretty good care of them, so not sure why it happened to me. It took years for them to grow back and it took the help of neulash serum as well.

    I won’t be doing that again, even though they were great while I had them.
    Hope this helps!

  • Reply Megan November 19, 2019 at 5:38 am

    I just switched from gel to dip on my nails. The dip lasts about a week longer, which I love. I haven’t tried lash extensions, but have done a lash lift and tint and was happy with the results. I’m planning to buy my first set of fake lashes this week to try out for the holiday season.

  • Reply Leslie Price November 19, 2019 at 5:38 am

    I’ve been getting eyelash extensions for two years now and like you, I was worried about my eyelashes getting damaged so I had them removed…. they were fine, in fact It totally made me remember why I started them in the first place!!! I LOVE THEM!
    …about the lash lice, if you go to a reputable girl and not a chain, you will find someone who will educate you on how to take care of them, I have cleaner I use with a brush once a week and all other days you rinse them when you wash your face…I feel like, although I’m sure it can happen, I don’t think it’s common and a scare tactic cause it is so trendy right now.

  • Reply Sheaffer Sims November 19, 2019 at 5:50 am

    I love my dipped nails, but my natural nails aren’t holding up quite as great as yours. They are very flimsy now, and I’ve always had great nails. I need to give them a rest, but I love the look so much that I just keep on going.

    • Reply Courtney November 19, 2019 at 7:36 am

      I also get my nails dipped and love it! Dip lasts so much longer and looks better than what I experienced with gel. I was getting eyelash extensions but became allergic to the adhesive they used. It was awful. I wanted to scratch my eyes off my face. Now I use a serum and get lash lifts. Much better and not much of an upkeep.

    • Reply Laci November 19, 2019 at 7:55 am

      Sheaffer my nails do not hold up well with dip either, boo!

    • Reply Jennifer Goodwin November 19, 2019 at 8:08 am

      I had a friend who said this same thing after having hers dipped, and I think it depends on where you go. Where I go for this, they do not scrub of use the metal scraper to remove the dip. My new place lets me place my hands in a bowl of acetone with warm water underneath, and I use the cotton in there to rub the dip powder off while I sit. If your place does this, then I’m at a loss…but maybe it’s worth finding a new place?

    • Reply Diane November 19, 2019 at 9:36 am

      I, too, notice my nails are much thinner since I’ve used dip. Thinner than when I used gel/shellac. I’m wondering if it’s the technician or the product. I’m going to give my nails a break from it all (if I can hold out).

    • Reply Ashley November 19, 2019 at 11:51 am

      Have you tried Color Street?? They are nail polish strips and do not damage your nails! They have made mine so long and strong!

    • Reply Ashkey November 19, 2019 at 11:56 am

      Sheaffer, have you tried Color Street?? They are nail polish strips that hold up like gel but do not damage your nails. They have made mine long and strong!

  • Reply Hilary November 19, 2019 at 5:56 am

    I loved the look when I had them but hated not being able to rub my eyes! Haha I wear contacts so maybe that’s why I like to rub my eyes after my make up is off?! I did a couple refills but was also still taking a prenatal at the time so I had to stop because my lashes were growing so fast I almost had to go in weekly! Did not have time for that!

  • Reply Narci November 19, 2019 at 6:01 am

    You know I love a dipped nail! If we could find a place that could do eyelash extensions while we got our nails done then we’d be set!! Haha! It’s hard enough for me to make myself sit still for that! Can’t wait to hear everyone’s thoughts on this. 🙂

  • Reply Jenny Murff November 19, 2019 at 6:01 am

    I love my lash extensions!! My girl only takes 1 hour for a full set and shorter for refills. I’m about as low maintenance as you get but lashes are 1 thing I like to have. I can go out in public looking put together without being together! LOL As far as lice, as a cosmetologist, I know a lot of people get mites in their lashes and brows (natural lashes) because they don’t wash regularly so the same goes for extensions. It has nothing to do with the extensions and more about hygiene. Just wash with a tea tree cleanser or soap once a week or so.

  • Reply Sarah November 19, 2019 at 6:02 am

    Love having my nails dipped! Something I learned recently – buy your own powder through your salon (or amazon!) and have the nail tech use it instead… that way you aren’t sharing with strangers.

  • Reply Paula B. November 19, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Questions on the dipping: So, I did shellac for a number of years and finally stopped for a variety of reasons, one being that a few of my nails had become damaged due to the aggressive manner in which the coating was removed (by some nail techs). Also, I thought that all that drying time under a UV light might not be good for my nails or hands. So, with your process it just involves dipping and nail color application? And, how is this removed after two or three weeks? Does it involve a lot of buffing or scraping product off the nail? I am intrigued as I do want to go back to something on my nails especially for the cold New England winter that looms ahead. Your nails look so lovely!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama November 19, 2019 at 7:14 am

      You don’t do either with dip. It’s removed by soaking and no light is used!

  • Reply Judy November 19, 2019 at 6:05 am

    I use a lash serum and my eyelashes and ridiculously long now and everyone asks me if I have lash extensions. I Apply it in the morning before makeup and at night after I clean my face. It gives the same result and it keeps me from having one more maintenance appointment somewhere.

    • Reply Olivia November 19, 2019 at 8:04 am

      What kind of serum, may I ask?

    • Reply Kathryn November 19, 2019 at 8:18 am

      What is the name of your lash serum??

  • Reply Molly Vietri November 19, 2019 at 6:08 am

    I was excited to see this about dipping! I had It done last month and I too love it! I recently heard from a friend, (who’s doctor) told her not to do it! He said It can cause cancer!! I’m a breast cancer survivor, so I feel I need to look into this. Doesn’t seem accurate.

  • Reply Melissa November 19, 2019 at 6:09 am

    I have a prescription for Latisse from my dermatologist. It works amazing.

  • Reply Lane November 19, 2019 at 6:09 am

    I started getting extensions this summer and LOVED them! The maintenance was more than I was expecting because I needed refills at about 2-2.5 weeks. I just had my third baby and I don’t have time to get them consistently refilled so I let them go. 😩 When she starts preschool in three years or so, maybe I can find the time to keep up my extensions again! 😂

  • Reply Christina Spinella November 19, 2019 at 6:09 am

    I use R&F Lash Boost and get amazing results! The maintenance required for extensions is more than I want to commit to, but the girl who cuts my hair (and does extensions in her salon) always compliments me on my lashes and says it looks like I have extensions!

    And I’ve been dipping my nails for almost a year too! It’s the only way to go!!

  • Reply Ryann November 19, 2019 at 6:16 am

    I have had lash extensions for several years and LOVE them. To be able to roll out of bed, run a little brush through them and be good to go….yes please!!! The maintenance is a lot…I go every 2-3 weeks, but I look at it as an hour nap I wouldn’t otherwise get!! I definitely recommend them with the warning that they are addictive!

  • Reply Megan November 19, 2019 at 6:16 am

    I have been “dipping” for six months and LOVE it!
    I too like my nails super short and in between appointments | I will take a super fine file and file my nails down! No chipping with that either!

  • Reply Casey November 19, 2019 at 6:19 am

    I’ve heard they can damage your real lashes, like make them fall out!

  • Reply Cathy November 19, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Nails yes, eyes nope. Tried it once and honestly I just don’t have the patience to lay there every two weeks for a fill. Lash boost works great for me and saves me the time.

  • Reply Kelly Peterson November 19, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Can I ask you how they remove the old dip before applying the new one each time? I had my nails dipped a couple years ago and when I had it removed they used a dremel tool to sand off the dip from each nail- my nails have never hurt so bad! I’m hoping they’ve come up with a better way to avoid the nail damage I received because I loved the look! Just can’t handle the removal process!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama November 19, 2019 at 7:13 am

      Your nails soak for about 15 minutes in a really strong remover and that’s it!

      • Reply Stacey Blackford November 19, 2019 at 8:46 am

        Do they not use the Dremel tool on you? If that’s the case, where do you go? I love nexgen, but the removal makes my nails thin.

        • Reply Charlene Cunningham November 19, 2019 at 2:40 pm

          I loved having my nails dipped, but I had some kind of reaction on my thumb, that would not go away! I went to the doc, got creams, etc. Got better until I dipped them again. I dont know if the problem was the acetone in the remover or the —-ates stuff. Was very uncomfortable..and damaged nail bed. Hate to be negative. And hate I cant dip.

  • Reply Erika Slaughter November 19, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Am I the only one who thought we were talking creamy, cheesy DIPS? 🤣🤣🤣🤣 I love dipped nails and wonder why I waited so long to do it?

    • Reply Erica Werner November 19, 2019 at 9:42 am

      Nope! That’s what I thought from the title too! 😂😂🤷🏻‍♀️
      So funny

  • Reply Carrie November 19, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Funny, I feel like the eyelash trend is dying out. But honestly I follow a few people that had them and when they stopped, shockingly they look so much better. I use color street on sometimes. I have actually never had a manicure. I hate the feel of polish but I tried color street and they weren’t bad at all.

  • Reply Elspeth November 19, 2019 at 6:28 am

    This is interesting, I’m always worried about gel polish and then damaging my nails but your nails look so healthy. I definitely will keep this in mind.

  • Reply Rachel Pape November 19, 2019 at 6:28 am

    I totally thought this post was going to be about dip, like the kind you eat! 🙂 Guess I’m off to scrounge up some dip for breakfast!

  • Reply Cherise Procter November 19, 2019 at 6:29 am

    I have that exact same dark purple on my nails right now!!! Great minds. 🙂 I have been getting my nails dipped for about 2 years and I love it. I’m headed back this week to get a pretty Christmasy red. Tis the season!

  • Reply Dena November 19, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Oh the nail dipping sounds interesting! Do they use one of those dremel tools to remove it? I always worry that takes off a layer of nail. As for lash extensions…..I tried them and had a reaction to the glue. My eyes puffed up like crazy and were so itchy. It took about a 1.5 days for the puffiness/itchiness to go away. I went 3 wks later and they used a different glue but I still had the same reaction. When those lashes all eventually fell out, I had stubs for my real lashes. But let me tell you, when the lash extensions were on, I didn’t have to wear any eye make up. If I didn’t have a reaction I would probably still be doing it.

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama November 19, 2019 at 7:12 am

      No, it’s removed by soaking them in a really strong polish remover.

  • Reply Carly November 19, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Dip has been hurting my nails! But I always get them when I have multiple events in a row. I’ve been on the eyelash debate. There’s been lash lice stories so now I’m scared. I hear it’s a lot of maintenance and if you have sensitive eyes/ rub your eyes a lot it’s not good. Looking forward to the comments on this one

  • Reply Denise November 19, 2019 at 6:35 am

    I’ve been getting dipped for about 4 months now. I had a knee replacement done in July so I had them done with a dip because I knew I wouldn’t be able to go for about 5 weeks. They were great and I have not stopped! My daughter get lash extensions and they look sooo good on her. Make sure you go to someone highly recommended!

  • Reply Amanda November 19, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Yes. Live in lashes is the new thing. Yikes! But, I’ve done them before and they look awesome but it does require quite a while of laying there for your first appt and then probably an hour there after each time. As a mom of 4, I just can’t do that anymore. I do occasionally do the lash loft and I looove that! Plus if you use Lash Boost or a silicon mascara like Trish McEvoy’s, your eyelashes stay long! Then the lash loft keeps them
    Camera ready but still healthy!!

  • Reply Mary merrill November 19, 2019 at 6:42 am

    I couldn’t keep up with extension but use this from Sephora! Grand lash enhancing serum. Totally works!


  • Reply Michelle November 19, 2019 at 6:42 am

    R+F last boost. No brainer! It’s crazy how well it works.

  • Reply Shari November 19, 2019 at 6:47 am

    I’ve been dipping for 18months and I can’t stop! Strangely though, sometimes I miss painting my own nails…but every time I think about taking it off I change my mind again.

  • Reply Blakely November 19, 2019 at 6:52 am

    You should try a lash lift and tint! It’s essentially a perm to your lashes then they make them darker with the tint. Usually last between 6-8 weeks, can go without mascara but makes mascara really pop with just one coat. Also, unlike eyelash extensions, it doesn’t have the potential of damaging your eyelashes.

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama November 19, 2019 at 7:12 am

      Where does one get this done??? The dermatologist???

      • Reply Blakely November 19, 2019 at 7:23 am

        Most places that do lashes also offer lash lifts! I always go to my esthetician. Kate Bryan from Small Things Blog got me hooked!!

        • Reply Nicole November 19, 2019 at 6:33 pm

          Grande Eye Lash Serum is the best! I know so many people who got eyelash extensions and ended up with short stubby lashes once the extensions were moved. I have been way too nervous to risk that so I started using the serum and have seen great results. You definitely have to give it time to see a difference but it really works. Even my boyfriend (who would never notice something like that) asked me why I wore false lashes to work 😂 that’s when I knew the serum really worked!

      • Reply Lynn November 19, 2019 at 8:17 am

        Ask Cassie Surgarplum for a place near you. I think she uses someone to do this in the summer time.

      • Reply Emily November 20, 2019 at 12:45 am

        I don’t know if you have one near you, but the LifeSpa at Life Time Athletic does lash lift!

      • Reply Sandi November 20, 2019 at 10:28 am

        Many esthetician’s do it….. love lash lifts!

  • Reply Sarah Benson November 19, 2019 at 6:52 am

    I’ve had extensions for 4 years. They are great right when you have them done but by week 2-3 they can look wonky. They are expensive and time consuming. I just started using flutter habit lashes after seeing them on Instagram and I Love them. They are at home extensions that stay on 3-5 days. They give you six sets for a month for around $30. It takes a few sets to get the hang of applying (under lashes not above), but once you get it, amazing! Look them up on Instagram.

    • Reply Theresa November 19, 2019 at 9:47 am

      I second this! I love my Flutter Habit lashes! I usually get about a week out of a set and once you get the hang of putting them on it only takes like 15 minutes of your time and look just like lash extensions. Even the girl at my salon who micro-bladed my eyebrows didn’t know I didn’t have extensions on!

  • Reply Kathryn November 19, 2019 at 6:53 am

    I’ve read it’s really important to take your own dip to the salon due to hygiene reasons!

  • Reply Kara November 19, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Is there any truth to possible sanitary issues regarding the dip?! I read a couple things about spreading fungus as it is reused so many times! I want to try it but I can’t get past this.. help!!! 😳😂 It looks so good!!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama November 19, 2019 at 7:11 am

      I have been to many salons where they pour the dip into a smaller container for each customer…I’ve also been to several that don’t do that too.

  • Reply Jamie November 19, 2019 at 6:56 am

    I, too, am intrigued by eyelash extensions!! They look SO good on everyone I know that has them. However, I do know several women who developed a sudden allergy to them. Whether it was the actual lash or the glue or something else, I don’t know… but they all had to have them removed for good. That coupled with the maintenance has been holding me off!

  • Reply Liz November 19, 2019 at 6:57 am

    I got lash extensions regularly for a year – and while they looked really good and made getting ready in the morning that much quicker, it totally ruined my original lashes. Once I stopped, they were all so short and it took a while to get them to grow back to normal. So if you start – be ready to either never stop or have to deal with super sad lashes for a while once you do stop. I’m now using Neulash and have found that while it’s not the same “wow” look I had from extensions, it still gives me a good bit of extra length.

  • Reply Kathy November 19, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Ha, when I first read the title of this post I immediately assumed it was going to be about food dips, and I got all excited 😆! I do love a good chip and dip! On the subject of nails though, the dipped nails look great!

  • Reply votemom November 19, 2019 at 7:07 am

    laws were just changed this week in michigan for dip nails – salons must use individual dip powder containers for each customer – ie your nail tech should open a brand new dip powder for each customer. something about infection being passed between customers.

  • Reply Bethany November 19, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Definitely coming back to read the comments on this one!! 🙂

  • Reply Sarah November 19, 2019 at 7:09 am

    I love dip polish because it does look great forever. I usually do it from Thanksgiving through our January vacation and then Easter through Memorial Day. My only question is, do you miss the ritual of painting your nails in the evening? I find that I do miss it a little.
    My mom just got eyelash extensions and she loves them. I think I may try them. She said the hardest part was sitting still and not talking during the application. Have a super day!

  • Reply Julie woods November 19, 2019 at 7:11 am

    I have had lash extensions and they look so good and it is great to just get up in the morning and feel ready!
    However they randomly and unevenly fallout, long term they stunt the growth of your own lashes, and are an expensive upkeep
    I would say a lash lift will last longer and is kinder to your own lashes it lasts about 6 weeks too
    Hope this helps

  • Reply Melissa Terry November 19, 2019 at 7:16 am

    I thought we were talking about food dips too-hahaha!!! Your nails look great! I especially like the white color. As for eyelashes, there’s no way I could sit for extensions. I love my lash boost and swear by it to friends! If you don’t have a friend who sells R+F, email me ; )

  • Reply Megan November 19, 2019 at 7:24 am

    I had lash extensions for years before I finally had them removed. I loved how amazing they looked right when I had them done, but depending on how fast your eyelashes grow depends on how often you need to get them done—I had to go about every two weeks, and the maintenance was what finally wore me down. They look GREAT and it’s nice not having to worry about getting ready in the morning, but by the time I had the extensions removed, my natural lashes were pretty damaged and short, short, short. I recommend Rodan + Fields Lash Boost!

  • Reply Lisa November 19, 2019 at 7:28 am

    I’ve never tried the dip because I thought it’d damage my nails. Thanks for sharing this! I have done eyelash extensions for about a year at a time twice and it left me with damaged, stubby lashes when I stopped getting the extensions refilled . They have grown back and are normal now. That probably took 6 months and a lot of patience It is a time consuming addiction, lol. I went back every two weeks to get refills I won’t do it again because of the damage it caused. That’s just my experience.

  • Reply Caryn November 19, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Hi!! Love the random topics lol!
    I did lash extensions for 6 months and LOVED them! I felt like I was always put together cause I had lashes! The maintenance and the cost started getting to me. Every 2-3 weeks for a fill. It was time consuming! I decided to take them off and I had NO lashes afterwards!! 😢 it took lots of serum and almost 6 months to grow back so whenever I feel the urge to go get them again, I remember that I have to commit given the outcome.

  • Reply Stacy November 19, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Now I want to get my nails done. I’m the opposite with my nails. NEVER POLISH. Au naturale over here. But they always look so nice on others, I may need to try it. Now eye lashes. I’m new to eye lashes, in fact today I’m getting my second fill. You are right about the process of getting them done and laying there while someone GLUES SOMETHING THAT CLOSE TO YOUR EYE BALL! It’s not easy or enjoyable. It’s actually pretty rough for me. And it’s high maintenance. BUT I love them. I rarely wear makeup on a daily so to wake up and have eyelashes is a dream. I just look “put together” without any effort. They are super easy to take care of daily. A quick wash and comb through and your done. I started with a Hybrid set and then got a volume fill for my first fill and will do a volume fill today. Volume lashes last longer (I’ve heard).

  • Reply Katherine Darlington November 19, 2019 at 7:34 am

    I have had 3 people I know get eyelash extensions and they all said “NO”. It was uncomfortable and that it ruined their natural lashes.

  • Reply Chrys November 19, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Your nails look great, BUT, I really miss your nail polish recommendations. Every time I wear Essie’s “After School Boy Blazer,” I think of you because it’s a color you would have on in the Winter. 😉

  • Reply Michelle November 19, 2019 at 7:40 am

    I love dip! I’ve been getting it done for about 18 months. Tried to take a break once but that lasted 36 hrs 🙂 I have an awesome nail tech and mine will last 4-5 weeks no chipping/lifting – just have to deal with growth.

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog November 19, 2019 at 7:40 am

    I love the look of your nails now! They’re beautiful! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Emily King November 19, 2019 at 7:45 am

    I wasn’t crazy over eyelash extensions because I could feel them and they were uncomfortable, plus they affected how I slept because I sleep on my side and they would kind of stick to my pillow. I do really like the Eyelure Preglued lashes if I’m looking for a little more drama.

  • Reply Amy Land November 19, 2019 at 7:47 am

    I had eyelash extensions once. They were great but my real lashes started to fall out. I removed them and have used Latisse for years. It took awhile for mine to get back to neutral. Never again!

  • Reply kim fleming November 19, 2019 at 7:47 am

    I got eyelash extensions put on before my son’s wedding to try them. I wear contacts so I was leary about that being an issue. FIrst, of all it drove me nuts to feel as if I had to bat my eyes all the time. They felt very heavy and I did’t get used to them at all. For the money, the upkeep was not at all what I wanted, and at times a small one would fall out and I then I hated the look. I feel as if I can always tell what they are and I don’t like that.

  • Reply Dawn C November 19, 2019 at 7:55 am

    I have lash extensions & absolutely LOVE them!!!! I rarely wear makeup anymore because I feel “fixed” with just my lashes. It saves me so much time! I go once a month & it takes about an 1-1 1/2 hours. I figure it saves me about 5-10 minutes a day of makeup & mascara application so it basically a wash time wise 🙂

  • Reply Julie November 19, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Too funny, when I saw the topic was dips I assumed you meant dips and CHIPS! LOL! I was all ready for some good onion dip recipes. That aside, thanks for sharing! I just tried a gel manicure for the first time a few weeks ago, it sounds like a similar process. It was heaven! When I do my nails at home, they tend to chip so soon, sometimes the next day even. So I loved being able to have perfect nails for weeks on end. The salon said to take a break after two gel treatments so right now, I have my own polish on and it’s chipping away :(. Excited to go to my next appointment. Thanks for sharing! Oh, and I am reading and LOVING ‘The Dutch House’ right now if you’re looking for a great read. The writing is excellent. Happy Tuesday!

  • Reply Anna November 19, 2019 at 8:05 am

    I love the look of lash extensions but I’ve had a terrible onset of adult allergies because of them. Kept them on for about 1.5-2 years and then all of the sudden, adult allergies happened and literally almost killed me. I had an anaphylactic reaction while teaching a fitness class one night. They look beautiful but if you have longer lashes, just keep using mascara. Plus eyelash refills take anywhere from 1-2 hours each time and you need to go back every 2-3 weeks. So. Much. Time. Wasted. It drove me crazy after awhile. I am now also allergic to mascara so I have to use a semi-perm glue and attach my own lashes, which has thankfully worked out for me but they only stay on 1-3 days max.

  • Reply Krista November 19, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Up until yesterday I had no opinion on last extensions but then my friend who is an optometrist posted about “lash lice” and I’m like NO WAY. No extensions! I’ve also heard they can damage your natural lashes. But the lice is the nail in the coffin for me. :).

  • Reply Paige waller November 19, 2019 at 8:12 am

    I get lash extensions and I love them. They make getting ready in the morning so much easier. Although i love dipped nails, I’ve seen so much about getting a fungus from the powder bc the nail tech can’t clean it. Buy your own powder ☺️

  • Reply DONELLA G DULWORTH November 19, 2019 at 8:17 am

    I have been getting my nails dipped for more than 2 years. My daughter and I schedule it together so we have some Mother and Daughter time. We both love it! She is a nurse, and works a lot of hours so this is one way we can have some time together to talk and relax, of course we have lunch afterwards!

  • Reply Beth Valenta November 19, 2019 at 8:19 am

    LOL, I was thinking…what dip can I serve for Thanksgiving football? I love doing dip nails. So nice to leave without having to worry about being wet. Looks great too!

  • Reply Maggie November 19, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Holy Moly! Your readers are passionate about nails and eyelashes! The only other posts that get this kind of reaction are your prayer requests and trader joes/costco requests. Interesting demographic!!

    • Reply Lori November 19, 2019 at 8:46 am

      And her book posts!😁

  • Reply Erica Pollak November 19, 2019 at 8:21 am

    I have had lash extensions for a solid year now. I LOVE IT !!! I have not worn mascara since January 2019, It makes my “getting ready” routine so much shorter!! I don’t think I will ever stop. I go every 2 weeks. It’s relaxing and I love my girl…..we chat the hour away. Also, I do Pink/White dipping every 3 weeks. LOVE IT TOO !! Both are SO worth the money in my opinion.

  • Reply Reanna Yenger November 19, 2019 at 8:25 am

    You can dip at home too! It’s kind of intensive and there’s a learning curve but it lasts such a long time and it’s so much cheaper that I don’t mind. Revel has tons of colors and a really great Facebook group for support. It’s actually kind of fun!

  • Reply Donna Winward November 19, 2019 at 8:25 am

    I know I will be in the minority here, but I did have a severe reaction to the glue that was used to apply the lash extensions. Funny thing was, didn’t happen the first time. When I went back for my first “fill” is when it occurred. My gal was really pretty baffled. She had seen reactions (only slight) but mine was pretty severe. My whole face was swollen! The mystery remains as to why id did not occur on the initial application. Stick with mascara.

    • Reply Sara November 20, 2019 at 12:07 am

      I had a similar reaction but almost 8 months after my initial set of lashes. Woke up one day and my eyelids were so swollen, I could SEE them. I was so itchy and miserable. Even after I had my lashes removed the next day, my eyes were itchy and swollen for a week. I’ll never try extensions again. And so weird that I reacted all of the sudden after going to the same place with the same glue I’d been using for months.

    • Reply Dena Randall November 20, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Same thing happened to me! It was awful!!

  • Reply Kathryn November 19, 2019 at 8:27 am

    I have dipped for over a year. If you give your nails a break you might find they’re more brittle and thinner. Mine were. They look okay at the salon maybe but then dipping right away again you may not realize. I’m giving mine a break right now. Will probably do it again in a couple months when they grow out completely. I am also thinking about being my own dip jar for the workers to use.

    I did lash extensions for my wedding last month. First time ever. I refilled them once, the second round they really started irritating my eyes so I let them all fall out. After only four weeks they damaged my real lashes. I used to have long beautiful lashes and now they’re short and thinned out. I will not do them ever again. But I might try the lash lift, in the future.

  • Reply Maria November 19, 2019 at 8:32 am

    1) I also though you were talking about dips as in chips and dips! I actually got excited! I was in Trader Joe’s yesterday looking at their dips and forgot which ones you recommended. I was coming back here to look.

    2) How much does the nail dipping cost in your area? I’m in NYC (UES) and it’s about $65-79. So I stick with a basic manicure for $11 weekly. When I travel, I’ll do a gel manicure/regular pedicure special for $40. Although, I’m not a huge fan of the gel polish.

    3) Yes! Lash Lice! There was just a report on our local news about it! Scary!

  • Reply Jennifer Monroe November 19, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Shay! I feel like I am the OG of eyelash extensions. I have been using them for 8 years straight, have never had a problem, and absolutely love them. I’d explain it like this. It’s high maintenance on the front end for an hour, but low maintenance for 4 weeks after. I call that time saved! The trick is finding a great aesthetician and I go to a wonderful local lady (LeAnn at Barbie Lashes 214-901-6117) who is quick and extremely precise. I’m not the best at staying still, but it’s an hour (or often less) that I can use to catch up on an audio book or a great podcast. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Jessica Rojakovick November 19, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Eyelash extensions seem like something to do in your twenties. I think it would look weird on me (pushing 40!) Just my thought.

  • Reply Lori November 19, 2019 at 8:43 am

    I’ve been getting my nails dipped for over 2 yrs. I love the look and that they last longer. However, I don’t know how your nails are still healthy. I had very strong nails before and now they are so thin. The dip does sometimes chip if I hit my nail on something, and then the exposed part of my nail breaks off quickly. I also had a friend who works in a hospital say they aren’t allowed gel or dipped nails because they hold bacteria. 😳

  • Reply Sonia November 19, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Have you ever gotten your nails gel polished? I’d love to hear how it worked out differently for you. I’ve gotten Gel done before, but it wrecked my nails. It was sturdy, but my nails definitely weren’t as strong after they removed it. So, I’d love to hear if “dipping” causes the same or if its better!

  • Reply Micah Tjeerdsma November 19, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Another 2 cents about the lashes! I had them when I got married, 9 years ago and loved them, but wasn’t able to keep up the maintenance at the time. They came off naturally and my lashes were fine. I have them again and have been getting fills for a few years now and I LOVE them. Every person who does the lashes is a little different. I go every 2 weeks for a 30 minute fill. You can go every 3 for a 45 minute fill. I’ve never had a reaction, they don’t bother me when I sleep, and honestly – it keeps me from rubbing my eyes as much. Which I see as a win, because it’s terrible for them!

  • Reply Pam Saltmarsh November 19, 2019 at 8:54 am

    My daughter and I have been doing our own nails for three years! If you buy the kit (Gelish) and do your own nails, you don’t have to scuff up your nail (I just buff first with a fine buffer), and I promise it doesn’t ruin them at all! The kit comes with the remover, and you lightly scuff the shine off the polish then use their remover from the kit. Take ten minutes to soak off. I use my own fingernail to push the polish all the way off. My kit has lasted for three years. It comes with several colors, and you can buy hundreds more…

    I have had eyelash extensions for almost two years. Pros: It saves me time in the morning since I am back to work full time and have to be there at 7:00 a.m.! They ALWAYS look good…even with no makeup, at the gym, etc. I want a really natural look – like I just applied my own mascara, so I have the classic fill and “c” curve. Cons: It’s expensive ($49 fill plus tip), and I go every 2 1/2 weeks. I have the world’s most sensitive eyes and allergies, so I was worried about having reactions, but I haven’t ever had a reaction. The glue doesn’t bother me either which is a miracle. The only other downside is that I can’t give my eyes a good rub like you can without them, and it makes getting a fuzzy in them not fun – harder to get out. My two cents is don’t get them if you already have nice lashes. Mine are thin and not very full. I keep saying I won’t keep them anymore but then go get them filled anyway! Gah!

  • Reply Ali Patterson November 19, 2019 at 9:02 am

    I loved my lash extensions, they made my lashes look AMAZING! BUT, they ruined my natural lashes. It took a long time to grow them back out once I had the extensions removed. So, I wouldn’t do it again even though I loved them.

  • Reply Janice November 19, 2019 at 9:06 am

    I am local in McKinney. Can you recommend a salon?

  • Reply Heather P November 19, 2019 at 9:08 am

    I LOVE dipping!!! I do it myself at home!! It’s so fun for me to do, cheaper, and I can change colors as often as I want. My nails are also stronger and healthier now 🙂 I started out with revel nail, they have a whole starter kit for cheaper than it would cost me to get them done at the salon one time.

  • Reply Megan November 19, 2019 at 9:14 am

    I got really excited when I thought this post was about dip (like chips and dip) 😂.

  • Reply Jeanne Cobianchi November 19, 2019 at 9:16 am

    I have lash extensions and I love them most of the time. The upkeep is a pain. You need to get a fill every 2 weeks. I also use lash growth serum simultaneously. You have beautiful lashes. No need for you to get them.

  • Reply Leah Reinemund November 19, 2019 at 9:16 am

    I love dipping my nails! I can make it last almost 4 weeks sometimes….but I am with you i like to go more frequently because i hate my nails long!

    In regards to eye lash extensions I think they looks great…however I have heard from a couple friends that you can never stop doing them because it really damages your natural lashes!

  • Reply Debbie November 19, 2019 at 9:18 am

    I was doing the SNS dipped nails for over a year until another salon told me they don’t do it because it’s not healthy! Imagine how many people’s fingers get dipped in that jar of powder every day and how many germs are in it? I’ve gone back to my pink and white acrylic nails again and could not be happier!

  • Reply Kelly Henderson November 19, 2019 at 9:18 am

    I have been using dip polish for a couple of years now, I absolutely love it. I tried gel polish a few years ago and it damaged my nails big time. When I have taken a break from dipping, my nails do tend to break off but otherwise they are in pretty good shape. In the beginning, I missed buying new nail polish. It was not uncommon for me to buy new colors every time I went to Target or Walgreens, just for fun! Also with the dip polish, I can clean my house and wash dishes without them chipping or breaking. It’s amazing how great they hold up, I do not “baby” my nails at all.

  • Reply Tanya E November 19, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Can you get a French manicure look with a dip? I have never heard of this before.

  • Reply Kim November 19, 2019 at 9:44 am

    I’ve been getting my nails dipped for almost 3 years now, and I absolutely LOVE it!! I can actually go 5-6 weeks if the polish is lighter in color….although it is a stretch if you are looking close, it is so worth the money. I get compliments ALL the time now!

  • Reply Kathy Cochran November 19, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Last extensions would be a no for me, as I keep reading about lash lice! Um no thank you. Plus having the procedure done and being so close to my eyes scares me. Plus the cost and time of maintaining.

  • Reply Bronte Reed November 19, 2019 at 9:46 am

    I love having my nails dipped. I started doing it about a year ago and haven’t stopped.
    I had lash extensions for almost 2 years and loved them (I naturally have very short and light lashes) however one time I got a very bad infection in both eyes after having them done. Also, after having them taken off, my eyelashes were pretty much nonexistent for 4-5 months. Now I swear by the the lift and tint, no glue or anything and it lasts for 2 months.

  • Reply Julia November 19, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Your nails look gorgeous! As for lashes, I use the Rodan + Fields Lash Boost and LOVE it! People always compliment my lashes! One swipe at night before bed and I’m good to go.

  • Reply Caitlyn November 19, 2019 at 9:49 am

    I’ve gotten eyelash extensions done 4 times for special occasions and each time halfway through I’m thinking to myself, “Why am I putting myself through this torture?!” Laying down still on the table for so long DRIVES ME CRAZY! My eyes twitch the entire time they’re doing it too.. so basically, it’s pure torture. But hey they look great after! Lol

  • Reply Tiffany November 19, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Go for a lash lift and tint. Awesome results. Natural lashes. Lasts a while. Extensions are not good. Bugs love to hide in them. Yuck!

  • Reply Kelli November 19, 2019 at 9:56 am

    I had lash extensions for 2 years and loved them. And then I developed an allergy to the glue and my eye swelled shut, for a week. Apparently this happens. One day your fine and the next you are not. Almost three months later I’m still dealing with the effects of that. My eye became infected and my vision changed. The doctor thinks it will return after the chalazion goes away, another leftover from that horrible experience, which can take a year and sometimes requires surgery. I will never get them again. At this point I’m scared to even do the glue ons. I have one set of eyeballs. I am using a really good liquid lash extension by Thrive which I love. Not as lush as lash extensions but way safer.

  • Reply Taylor November 19, 2019 at 10:04 am

    I love my lashes. If you wear minimal make up they are amazing. They are just a little something that always makes you feel ready. The maintenance is a bummer. It’s every 2-3 weeks depending on how quickly your lashes fall off. I did take mine off for a while and my lashes were shorter at first but they grow back. 2 ish weeks before you stop getting them, use lash MD or some lash product and you should be good to go. You can’t rub them. Really get them get except to wash them. I do dread going to appointments but once they are done I love them. Def give them a try. If you don’t like them they will be gone in a couple weeks

  • Reply Kristine W November 19, 2019 at 10:04 am

    I love my dipped nails. My natural nails are pretty good underneath and I have had them for 18 months. I don’t have any lash extensions. The glue is latex based which I am allergic to. Those with a latex allergy or sensitivity should probably avoid them.

  • Reply Jessica November 19, 2019 at 10:05 am

    I tried the dip a few times and I really wanted to love it, but after the first two times, I was having issues with it cracking off if I hit my nail a certain way or was too aggressive opening something with my hands, etc. I have little kids so my nails kind of take a beating. I also didn’t find that it was as shiny as I would like it. I am doing acrylics now with gel color on top. I know it ruins my nails, but this is the only way I have found to keep my nails looking good and intact for 3 full weeks. I so wish the dip worked for me the same way it has worked for you because I know it’s so much better for your nails!!

  • Reply Megan Kuhn November 19, 2019 at 10:07 am

    You need to try Lash Boost from Rodan and Fields!! It is amazing! mmku.myrandf.com/solutiontool
    You can use this link to find out more! I would love to help!

  • Reply Patty Anderson November 19, 2019 at 10:07 am

    I grew up with 4 brothers, so I never learned to be a girly girl. Mom just didn’t have time for girly things. So I’ve never been into beauty products or routines. But recently we were going on a cruise and I didn’t want to deal with nails which needed maintenance, so I got gel nails. I loved them! They lasted a good 4 weeks and looked amazing. But when I returned to the same salon to have them redone, they really ruined my nails when they took them off. My nails have never been in such bad shape…thin and dry and splitting. And then they cut them so short one of them bled. Ugh! I’m still having to trim them down as close as possible since they keep breaking. I’m very intrigued with dipped nails but don’t have a clue how to find a reputable salon in my area. None of my local friends have dipped nails that I know of. And there are very few nail salons in my area. I’m envious of those of you who know exactly where to go for great quality service! And Shay, your nails look amazing!

  • Reply Sandi Fleury November 19, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Shay, I love this post! I’ve been dipping my own nails for about 6 months now…. I was going to a salon but thought it looked so easy to do my self and it is! I order dips and liquids from Revel or pick up ASP from Sally’s beauty. Removal to done takes me about 1.5 hours and I do it in front of the TV about every 2 weeks. As for lash extensions, I also love those but don’t want to spend 1.5 hours every two weeks getting them done so I only do it when going on holidays…

  • Reply Megan jeffries November 19, 2019 at 10:24 am

    I swear by my lash lift/perm! Some times lash extensions can look a little too snuffleupagus to me, and lash perms are just your lashes but better!

  • Reply Lindsay November 19, 2019 at 10:40 am

    I have been pondering the eyelash extensions also! Ultimately I decided they were too expensive for how often they would have to be done, and on top of that it would be way too much time going to an appointment and sitting in a chair with my eyes closed!

  • Reply Cindy November 19, 2019 at 10:44 am

    My mind also went immediately to “food” when I saw the topic today was dips. Ha. Yes, that would be a great post. I was assigned to bring an appetizer for Thanksgiving and need some good suggestions. However, this post is great. I’m almost convinced to have my nails dipped and also almost convinced to not get lash extensions. I’m all for low maintenance. Just had permanent makeup on my brows and love them and next will be permanent eyeliner.

  • Reply Serena November 19, 2019 at 10:47 am

    I loved my dip nails until I decided to take them off! My natural nails looked so good when I first started getting my nails dipped but after taking them off, the damage it caused to them is really unreal. I will likely never do it again considering what my natural nails look like now. Which is a shame because I LOVED the way it looked, how long it lasted and that I didn’t have to worry with doing them myself. I too, always have them polished.

  • Reply Jodi Ostrom November 19, 2019 at 10:53 am

    I recently discovered magnetic eyeliner and lashes. ToriBelle has an excellent product. You can get up to 20 uses from each pair. They have several styles. I’ve found them to be more versatile, less expensive, and I can sleep on my face- because I take them off at night!

  • Reply Amie November 19, 2019 at 11:03 am

    So I totally thought this post was going to be a list of the best dips for the holidays and was super excited…haha!

  • Reply Connie November 19, 2019 at 11:12 am

    I think you look beautiful just as you are Shay. 😊 I love your pink beanie hat too! I’ve heard so many bad things about those lashes. Be careful if you do try them. Lash lice, nope. Eww!! I like looking natural myself. I use three different eye drops daily for Glaucoma and they actually help keep my eyelashes full. My Dr even says they do help them grow. I also have over a hundred bottles of nail polish, so I like to paint my own nails often. I’m a little obsessed! Haha! Plus it saves me money. Ha! I had a French manicure before I got married and that’s the only time I ever went to a nail salon. Enjoy your day!

  • Reply Megan November 19, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Everyone I’ve talked to about lash extensions (even those who like them) say it’s really not worth it in the end….such a time commitment to always get them filled and very expensive…I’ve also heard of a lot of people having reactions. I know people love the tint (I do for sure) and lash lift (like a perm for your lashes).
    As for dip, I too love it, but I’ve been reading a lot about the hygiene aspect and it’s not great. They do have the dips you can buy at Ulta…so maybe bring your own so you’re not sharing with every other person that comes in the salon?? 🙂

  • Reply Brandye November 19, 2019 at 11:55 am

    I’ve been curious about eyelashes for like, ever, but I’m really weird bout eye things. I was beginning to cave and give them a try….then all the news stations in Houston had stories about LICE in eyelash extensions! YIKES!!! So, now, I will most definitely NOT get extensions, and will just keep using my eyelash serum.

  • Reply Sara November 19, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    I’ve heard that extensions are really hard on your natural lashes so I get a lash tint (like semi-permanent mascara) and lash lift instead.

  • Reply Kristen November 19, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Your nails look great! I love the idea of not having to maintain them as frequently! As for extensions, I vote both yes and no. When I have had them, I felt put together and ready for the day with very little makeup and got ready so much quicker. They are, however, a pain to maintain, not to mention pricey. I would recommend them if there’s a special trip you’re taking where you don’t want to bother with makeup as much, but still want to feel nice. I had them done for my wedding/beach honeymoon and then again right before I had my baby (for newborn family pictures and hospital pictures) and it was great.

  • Reply Jen November 19, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    I will never do lash extensions. The two biggest reasons are time and not being able to rub my eyes. I love washing and rubbing my eyes in the shower. I refuse to give that up. I use Lash Boost and get a lift and tint every 6 weeks. My lashes look really good for someone who is almost 50. The lift and tint is amazing. It gives a great curl and it lasts. I have dark lashes but the tint just helps a little. I started it before a trip to Europe a couple years ago and have a standing appointment now. I will use mascara still sometimes but a quick brush of it makes them look amazing! I go to the person who does lash extensions. In our area many people will not do lifts since they cost a lot less than extensions but my spot still does.

  • Reply Sarah November 19, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Honestly, I thought this post was going to be a list of your favorite dips to serve at a party. Haha!!

    I’ve been wanting to get my nails dipped for a while though, so the actual “dip” content was perfect! 🙂 This makes me want to definitely try it now!

  • Reply Morgan November 19, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    I clicked on this fully expecting the post to be about the kind of dips you eat. AHAHAHAHAHA!
    Haven’t done lash extensions because I don’t want to deal with the maintenance, but am a loyal R+F lash boost user – it definitely works!

  • Reply Vivi Mackenzie November 19, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    I’ve been a nail biter for years, and the only thing that stops me is regular manicures. But I just don’t have the time, money, or desire to put into it. I tried dip nails, but I don’t like the way they look when they’re growing out (that little gap between the cuticle and the nail). A few months ago I tried the Impress stick-on nails, and I am HOOKED FOR LIFE. They stick right onto your nail bed, so there’s no glue or mess. The UltraFit style is not too long and looks very natural. No one has ever guess I have on fake nails. They don’t separate from the cuticle like gel or dip nails do as they’re growing out. I LOOOOOOOOOOVE them! Their website has tons of colors and styles, but you can also find them in grocery / drug stores or places like Target / WalMart.
    I got eyelash extensions back in August, and it’s been a love/hate relationship. I LOVE them because they have completely transformed my eyes and my getting ready routine. My natural eyelashes are pretty crappy, and I have terrible dark circles. I think the extensions make those problems less noticeable, and they make me feel so much better about my appearance. My makeup routine seems so much quicker now, and I don’t feel as self-conscious without makeup. I haven’t had any problems with irritation, lice (ew), or discomfort. The cons: I am a low-maintenance, crazy busy, penny pinching, school teacher/mom, and the maintenance is a total pain. I really don’t have the time or the money to go every two weeks to get them refilled. I have tried lash serums, but they cause discoloration on my eyelids and my undereye area (which already look terrible). My membership is through Christmas, and then I’m gonna have to give them up. I am going to try the magnetic lashes next. If time and money are not obstacles for you, then I say try the extensions!

  • Reply Jessica November 19, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    I get a lash lift ~every 2-3 months. It’s AMAZING and it’s still your natural lashes!

  • Reply Misty S. November 19, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    I absolutely LOVE my dip nails!!! BUT I do think that the health of your nails depends on how the salon does it. My salon never uses a drill on my natural nail. I have been to a salon where they used a drill and a file to “help” remove my old dip. I do believe that if you kept going and doing that over and over, that would definitely mess up your natural nail. I have had mine dipped for 2 years. My nails have NO damage.

  • Reply Melissa Peoples November 19, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Another vote for R&F Lash Boost instead of extensions. It’s amazing how well it works. I get asked every single day if my lashes are real.

  • Reply Susan McKain November 19, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    I don’t paint/dip my nails, but I do make a great beer cheese dip – as well as a smoky cheeseball.😀

  • Reply Missy November 19, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Ok yes, I was also one who thought you would be talking about dips you eat, LOL!! But, I loved talking nails too!
    I have had my nails dipped one time and didn’t care for it, but I’m thinking about trying it again, and with a different salon. Its so different when you have a good experience and its done right.

  • Reply Betsy November 19, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    I love getting my nails dipped; however, we have had a lot of news about fungus/bacteria getting on healthy nails due to the “dip” being used over and over. I think I will start taking my own “dip”!

  • Reply Rebecca November 19, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    I got my first lash lift & tint this summer, from an aesthetician & they looked so beautiful! I’ll definitely do it again periodically as a special treat that’s healthy for lashes!

  • Reply Erika November 19, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    I’m super into my lash extensions. First; the article about lash lice is because some people don’t wash their lash extensions (gross). Lashes are hair. They shed and have a growth cycle. You need to wash hair. I use a tea tree based eyelid cleanser and have zero problems. You need to see an educated extension artist. I prefer long classic lashes so it’s not too extreme just a little more awak looking (I also ask for wide eyed set versus cat eye so my eyes look more open!) yes they’re maintenance but it’s kind of nice to lay there for an hour every couple of weeks with nothing to do (lash naps anyone?!) my only downfall is they’re $$$. If they’re done correctly they do not ruin your natural lashes because they’re glued to your lash and well your lash is hair and grows out. So extensions a year ago cannot ruin new hair that comes in 90 days at a time ;). I still use a lash serum with them so my natural lashes stay strong! Now when you remove them (especially if you’ve had a long time!) it feels like your natural lashes are bad but I think that’s because you haven’t seen how short they are in a long time! So it’s just adjusting back. 😉

  • Reply Maggie T. November 19, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    I’ve been so curious about the dipping method! This post was much needed. I use to get my eyelashes done. I loved laying there. It was so relaxing oddly enough. They look amazing and make life easier, but super pricey and you have to really commit to getting them done. Once they start falling out you start looking a little crazy.

  • Reply Brenda November 19, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    I so wish this was me! I LOVE how my nails look when they have been dipped and how long it lasts…but afterwards, my nails are a complete and utter disaster. However, reading the comments here, maybe part of the problem is the fact that they use a drill to file them down?? I’ve been to several places now and all use that. I’ll have to do some research to see if I can find a salon that doesn’t! Thanks for sharing this so I can perhaps find a way to return to having my nails dipped!

  • Reply Sara November 19, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    I have never tried the dip nails but it sounds intriguing.
    I have been getting gel manicures for almost 2 years at a cool local salon that uses a special base coat. When you go to have your nails re-polished, they only file down to that base coat. So my natural nails don’t thin or get damaged. I can go 3-4 weeks between fills and other than the regrowth, they look great all month. My salon also guarantees your manicure and if your color chips or cracks within 2 weeks, they re-do it for free. It’s awesome!

    I had lash extensions for about a year and I loved them. I went pretty natural and it just was so nice to feel more “ready” without the effort. But I developed an allergy to the glue and that was MISERABLE! I had to get them removed and sometimes I really miss the fullness they gave me. But now I do lash lifts and get them tinted and I like that look too. I don’t miss all the lash appointments and expense. And it look around 6-8 months after I had mine removed for my natural lashes to grow back to the pre-extension state.

  • Reply Jessica Tester November 19, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    I tried dipping but they chipped so fast! I’m in the medical
    Field so everything chips quickly on me. After spending so much money to maintain my nails, my boyfriend just told me to buy my own light. I do shellac on my nails at home and it works great! When they chip I can just quickly fix them at home. It’s great! I just got eyelash extensions and I am loving them. I hate putting on makeup so it’s nice to just be able to roll out of bed. I have clear and thin eyelashes so these are amazing. I got them so they look natural which I love. Doesn’t make me look like I have them!

  • Reply Emily Hicks November 20, 2019 at 12:41 am

    I’ve never gotten lash extensions but I’ve gotten a lash lift and it’s AMAZING! They use your natural lashes and basically “perm” them so they have the look of a lady curler, but permanently for a few weeks. The also tint them so they are darker and no need for mascara!

  • Reply Shannon November 20, 2019 at 5:39 am

    I’ve down both lash extensions and lash perm and dye…my vote is to perm and dye ALL THE WAY! Extensions were great at first but then your lashes stop growing because there is weight on them. By the time I got mine removed I had like zero real lashes left and it’s taken me almost two years to get them back to normal. I have used a popular lash serum (R+F, expensive but works.) and go to a gal once every six weeks to get them permed and dyed black. BEST of both worlds!!

  • Reply Kate November 22, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Do they use that round metal drill to file your nail? Or to file off the old polish? I don’t want to ruin my nails! Gel really messed them up!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2019 at 1:51 pm

      They just soak my nails for about 10ish minutes and that’s it!

  • Reply Lisa Richardson November 22, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    I’ve been having my nails dipped for 2 years and LOVE it. It wear like iron and I actually go about 4 weeks between. They’re definitely grown out, but I like to stretch them. As for lash extensions. I NEVER had lashes until I started using R+F Lash Boost. It is SERIOUSLY a game changer. I’m sure you probably have a friend who’s a consultant, but if not, I’d be happy to be that person.

  • Reply Lindsay G. November 27, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Ok I just got eyelash extensions shortly after reading this post so I thought I would come back with an update. I feel like overall they are kind of a lot of effort to maintain and you have to be careful with your eyes and washing your face, but they look good and make it so easy to roll out of bed and look put together! I don’t know if I’ll keep them forever but it definitely makes me mornings easier while still feeling cute.

  • Reply Mary Helen November 28, 2019 at 9:52 am

    I have done gel quite a bit, but didn’t like the UV light or removal. I tried dip, which is quick and lasts even better than gel, but the removal again was not my fav. Both make my nails ridged and flimsy-which is not my natural- my nails are hard and healthy. I don’t like the time involved in getting them but really don’t like the time involved in removal, especially if I don’t want to get a new set. Removing them on my own is never good. Recently a friend told me about Impress nails. They are press on gel nails. I was quite skeptical but tried them last Wednesday. They are great! One popped off a week later and I just have to replace it. But a week for $7 press ons-unbelievable. They look great and literally took minutes to put on. The glue is pressure activated, so I got my husband to press them down after I initially did so. I let them sit for 30 minutes and then trimmed and filed the longer ones. The best part is that the one that popped off left my nail just as it was before. No damage! The only con I can see is that they tend to grab your hair in the same way that gel/dip does as it grows out. It happens sooner with these, but I’m okay with it. My nails held up so well on my trip to Vegas and looked great as I rolled the dice 🙂

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