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The Nail Files: My Thoughts on The New “Dipping Powder” Trend

Hiya friends!! Happy FRI-YAY! I’m hanging out in freezing cold Iceland at the moment! 😆 And as I’m typing this up, I’ve had approximately 1.5 hours of restless sleep. Which, of course, comes after being awake for more than 24 hours straight! Geezums, I’m too old for this, haha.

While Sofia sleeps, I’m enjoying cuppa joe, watching some old Gossip Girl, and obviously catching y’all up on my manicure thoughts.

The Nail Files | That Girl Myra

Today’s manicure discussion…the new dipping powder trend!

I’ve searched high & low for a place in Amsterdam that provides this service (after hearing all about it on Instagram), but have yet to know of a salon that knows what this is all about! So when it came time to go to Houston, it was on my list to get a good mani/pedi in & try out the dipped powder nails.

And I have to say, they did not disappoint, y’all.

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SNS - Kiara Sky Dipping Powder Nails Review

The Process: The technician buffed my nails and then applied a coat of clear stick base. Secondly, she dipped my nails into this light pink color I had chosen. Then she applied another layer of clear coat, and dipped my nails again. After applying a top coat & having me wait about 7 minutes, my nails were done & I was ready to leave.

My Thoughts: WHAT AN EASY PROCESS. Similarly to gel polish, I was able to roll out of the salon and do what I needed to without worrying about screwing up my nails. Unlike gel polish, I didn’t have to stick my hands into the UV lighting even once — which I loved! I love that my nails looked pretty & the powder was light so my nails didn’t feel heavy. As the color grew out over 2 weeks, my nails still didn’t look bad and I slightly filed them myself to keep them the length I wanted.

How to Remove at Home: Easy peasy, y’all. I applied acetone to half of a cotton ball, put it on top of my nail, and then wrapped it all up together with aluminum. 12 minutes later, I used the cotton ball to wipe off almost all of the powder and then used a cuticle pusher to clean up the last little bit. My nails were not damaged, they didn’t feel weak, and I was back to using normal polish without a hitch.

Recommend or Not? Absolutely. But be sure to find a reputable salon! In my opinion, that makes the biggest difference. My technician knew what she was doing and she didn’t rush me through any of it, which ended with me loving my nails. I am actually looking forward to doing them again when I go to Houston next time. In fact, I’m kind of  thinking about buying the products myself and doing them at home 😉 Haha!

Have you ever tried out the dipping powder? What are your thoughts about it & what are your favorite colors?! 

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    kerri @ cheshire kat
    April 14, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    so pretty! the salon near me actually does this so i should check it out. i love the no-UV too. and i hope you get to catch up on sleep soon! ugh no sleep is THE worst. have a good weekend girly!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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      April 20, 2017 at 3:07 PM

      So jealous!! I wish I could find a salon in Amsterdam that does it. They make my nails look so pretty and the zero upkeep makes me insanely happy, lol. xo

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    Krystal // The Krystal Diaries
    April 14, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    The nail salon near me does this and I’ve been doing it for a little over a year now. I absolutely love it! Unlike the gel, my nails are not ruined and weak after it come off. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to normal polish now.

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      April 20, 2017 at 3:08 PM

      SO JEALOUS, SO JEALOUS, SO JEALOUS. I feel like I need to learn how to do them and then open a shop in my house, lol. They are so great! xo

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    April 15, 2017 at 4:31 AM

    Interesting, I want to give it a try!

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      April 20, 2017 at 3:08 PM

      Girl, yes. You will fall in love with it. It’s such an easy process and requires no maintenance! Win-win, right? xo

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    Christina Mapes
    April 19, 2017 at 2:26 AM

    I’ve been wanting to try this too, but can’t find one near me. Suburb problems. I like that there’s no UV lamp involved and I’ve heard it’s a little better for your nails. Mine are so brittle after gel.

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      April 20, 2017 at 3:09 PM

      Ugh suburb and Amsterdam problems. People need to get it together! I’ve also heard that they are much better for your nails and the powder helps with strengthening them somehow too. Now if someone would bring them near me, I’d be a happy girl. xo

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    May 4, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    I need to try this!

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    May 15, 2017 at 9:01 PM

    Do you know what color you chose? Lookng for one with this much opacity

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    July 6, 2017 at 11:09 PM

    I live in Houston, do you remember which salon you visited while here?

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    July 8, 2017 at 1:20 AM

    I love the color what brand and color was this

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    August 29, 2017 at 11:32 PM

    Do you know the color you used?

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    Sandra K Groom
    October 16, 2017 at 3:34 AM

    I have had the dipped nails for 2 months now won’t ever go back to acrylic or gel love how my nails look and feel when it comes off and my nails are actually growing healthy

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