gel nail polish, fast Qi charger and a pair of canvas trainers
Gellen Brand 10ml UV LED 6 pcs Starter Kit Nail Lacquer Gel Nail Polish Gel Colors
I love painted nails but have always struggled to get them looking good, and as for staying nice more than a day or two, forget it. Then last year I was offered a UV lamp for review and its opened up a new world to me. Shellac nails really do last two weeks, even if like me you’re always grubbing in the garden, feeding and grooming a horse, playing with the dogs. I find that the growth shows at the nail bed before the actual polish wears.
I started with one coat my usual base coat, cure for 30 seconds, then two thin coats of this polish, curing each for 2 mins, then a top coat of my usual brand and cure that for 60 seconds. That’s it, takes about 20 mins to do and stays good for two weeks or more. I’d never had a professional manicure so looked online for advice and videos of how to do this. I usually pay around £6 for one bottle polish so these sets are great value and I’m after some of the metallic ones next – they look gorgeous. The colour applies very easily and is rich and dense. Thin coats are better than thick ones.
You do need 100% acetone remover, the usual stuff just won’t do it, and it takes longer as the nails have to soak for ten mins of so. In fact it takes around as long to remove as apply! Lasting so long though its time saved really. If the colour still looks good, and there is no lifting or chips you could just apply another top coat to renew the glossy shine and make them look good again.
I have been experimenting with peel off polishes and base, and found that that using a peel off base makes the polish Much Much easier to remove, even if you use a soak off colour polish over it. I love that part, what isn’t so good is that you need to rememeber to wear gloves when cleaning, wahsing up, washing hair etc. anything that has hands in water for longer than a minute or so. You’re supposed to soak for 10-15 mins in soapy water to remove, but I found washing hair and washing up loosened them and a couple came off, so am trying to remember to wear rubber gloves.
I’ve been using the peel off top coat, and am going to try it with the soak off one instead though I suspect it’ll have the same result. Of course stick to the soak off that needs acetone to remove and its not an issue.
Fast Charger,Qi Wireless Charging Stand for Samsung S7 S7 Edge S6 Edge Plus Note5 and Other Qi-Enabled Devices
Well, there really isn’t too much to say about this – it does what it says, charges phones quickly and easily ( certain Qi ones, not all charge at speed ).
Don’t use PC USB connection though, for best speed you need a mains adapter – I tend to use my kindle one for fast charges, some are lower rated and they’ll be slower. Otherwise its a bit like using some superfast internet device on an old dial up connection and being disappointed when pages take minutes to load ( remember those days, not so long ago really, when we’d go and make a cup of tea or something waiting for a page to load – then finding Google had given you a page that wasn’t what you wanted!!)
So, simply plug in cable to adapter, put phone on stand and that’s it! It finds the phone, light comes on and it starts charging, and that’s it.
It can’t overcharge thanks to the built in protection. For people like son no 2’s friend who’s lost his charger this is perfect! If its the correct phone a green light shows, we didn’t have one to hand so used son’s Sony which isn’t Qi enabled and as you can see light shows blue, its picking up device but not compatible.
Son no 2 is supposed to be sending me image of a phone charging that IS compatible but kids…I’m still waiting, despite text reminders!!
Oasap Men Classic Solid Lace Up Sneakers with Logo
This shoe comes in four colours and five sizes. Its classed as a men’s shoe but I think its unisex, reminds me of the ankle sneakers I loved back in the seventies.
Its a simple shoe, laces up high at the front and has little tag that’s great for pulling up heel. Its made of a heavy canvas, with rubber sole that goes partway up the sides. Good grips, flexible and easy to wear and these have gone to daughter.
I ordered a seven, she usually takes 6 to 6.5 and its fine on her. I take a six and they were a little large at the toe, but as they lace up so well would have been fine, and lots of room for thick socks for the current cool autumn days.
I’d be happy to wear them, a nice, inexpensive and practical casual shoe.
Stars: Five, simple, inexpensive and comfortable
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