And my mission is to get rid of this damn yellow staining. I never thought I'd actually post this but ugh...my nails are gross underneath all that polish.
Admittedly I only use base coat about 30% of the time so it's my own fault for letting them get this bad. I know this will be a somewhat slow process to get them white again but once I do, I won't let this happen again. So I soaked them in lemon juice for 10 minutes then gave them a scrub with baking soda and a toothbrush.
Then I lightly filed the surface. My nails are fairly weak so I didn't want to go crazy on the filing and make them too thin. So you can see that this will probably take 3-4 rounds of this to get them white again.
But in the meantime to protect them...
I Shellac'd (is that the right word? lol) them with a translucent colour. I used base coat, 1 coat of Romantique, 2 coats of Negligee and then top coat. I had a much better experience with application this time around. My free edges are capped off nicely too. Now this still looks a little yellow but it's really mostly the lighting because I wore this manicure to work the next day and there was no yellowing visible at all.
I wanted to use a translucent shade so that it would help hide the yellowing and it did a good job I think. This is so funny to me because I have had crazy polished nails every single day for the last year. I actually kinda like it. Pretty soon my nails should be naturally white again and I may even be able to leave the house with absolutely nothing on my nails!