Nail art from a polish-holic currently living in Korea.
Unless otherwise stated, all nails are done by me.
I’ved tried a lot, and I’ve hated a lot. Despite my absolute love for the FaceShop, I loath both their base and top coats (excluding the special top coats they have, like their shimmer and their matte). For me at the moment though, I use AniPlace’s Chess Nail Base Coat and Etude House’s Jelly Top Coat. I like both the base and top coat from AniPlace, and I had been using that for about a month, but I picked up the Jelly Top Coat last Sunday on a whim (and they had a 30% off sale going on), and I really like it. I do two coats of that top, especially over crackle and stamps because I can still feel the slight ridges after just a single coat. It’d been going quite well; the nude sparkle mani I just posted lasted a good while without chips and just regular wear-and-tear.
As for stregthener, I tend to skip out on it unless it’s necessary. That said, there’s a care polish by the FaceShop that helps fill in cracked/chipped nails so that they’re smooth for colour and stregnthens them with calcium. It’s orange in a silver package as it’s a part of their Face It! Repair Nails (페이스 잇 리페어 네일즈) and it’s “02 칼슘 젤 (Calcium Jell).”