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Your Finals Manicure Solution

Your Finals Manicure Solution

Finals season is approaching, y’all… But fear not! Here are your Aurum pals, bringing a little beauty and fun to the neither beautiful, nor fun finals days. 

Let’s face it: There’s nothing like the empowering, sexy feeling of your fresh acrylics hitting your keyboard as you type. Mmmm… You feel on top of the world, unstoppable really! But who has the time, or the money, to be sitting at a $50 salon when you should be hitting the books. Well, we’ve got you!

Press-on nails! Yes, press-on nails. 

They’re typically $4-$8, they come in all shapes/colours/sizes, and they’re way better for your nails than acrylics will ever be. Plus, they can easily last up to two weeks, if not more. Press on nails have been saving my life for years, and I could not be happier with the way they come out every. single. time. 

The process of ensuring good results, begins at the store. Press-on nails can be found at any drugstore. A regular old drugstore —  CVS, Walgreens or Rite Aid — will do just fine. You can also order them in bulk on Amazon, which I also highly recommend. My favourite brand of press-on nails is called “Kiss Nails”. I’m loyal to their brand, as they offer a variety of nail bed sizes, length sizes, colours and designs. The package brings 28 nails, enough to replace a press-on nail or two, in the (rare) case  that a nail accidentally falls off. Or, even better, the box brings enough nails to apply the treatment twice, making the same look last for up to one month! For the price of a Starbucks, your nails can slay. It’s quite the deal, that’s for sure. 

Then, comes the fun part: the application! 

Begin by washing your hands. Then, open up your chosen package and begin to organize the nails according to the order of your your own nails. If you lay them out, it’ll make the process of gluing, much easier. 

Once you have everything set up, it’s time to push back your cuticles. Use the small, wooden tool to gently push back your cuticles to make more room for the press-on nail to rest. 

Then, use the darker blue side of the nail file that comes in the box, and evenly file down the surface of your natural nail before applying the press-on nail. Do this gently, as not to weaken or hurt your natural nail. 

Lastly, it’s time to glue! Begin by selecting a press-on nail, holding the nail towards your finger, as if you had already applied it. Then, flip it upside down. Apply two drops of glue on the back of the press-on nail, flip your fingers to their original position, and slide the press-on nail onto your natural nail at an angle, further pushing back your cuticles. Do this step rapidly, as you do not want the glue on the press-on nail to dry before it gets positioned on the natural nail.

Once the press-on nail has been completely laid on your natural nail, push down on it for ten seconds. Use some force to make sure that the gluing process is effective. However, be careful not to press to hard to ensure that the glue doesn’t spill out of the space between the real and fake nail and onto your finger. 

After repeating this process consecutively throughout all of your fingers you’re done!

You’ll be able to wash dishes, write, type, do hair/make up, and any other handy task without a problem. The whole process of application will take approximately 5-10 minutes, and you’ll be ready to take on finals like a boss. 

Good luck, pals!



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