Here’s Why You Should Wear a Base Coat

No time, no time, no time. How many of you feel there is no time for a base coat on your nails? Before you answer that, tell me this, when is the last time you really thought about what the base coat does?

Let’s look at the base coat from a different standpoint. If you’re like me and have a little [or a big] family, then the base being built is considered as laying a foundation upon which to build. We lay a solid foundation with the hopes and expectation it (the foundation) will be used as a stable, long lasting core upon which to build. Building on shaky ground makes for easier chips and cracks to occur down the line.


Now let’s think of this in terms of your nail polish base coat and all the things you do on a daily basis (i.e. house chores, washing hair, etc.). While thinking about all that your hands are involved in, consider the following to encourage you to use our dual performing base coat, Basically:

  1. Your base coat serves as a way to help your manicure last longer, thus helping your nail color not chip when you’re doing all the things we adults do -also known as “Adulting”.

  2. Next, the base coat helps prevent staining. Persistent wear of nail polish will indeed turn your nails a yellowish color. Be aware, your nail bed needs to breath -kind of like if you get braids and have to take a break in between. Your nails need rest too.

  3. Some base coats, such as Basically found here , also serves to enhance your nail color and/or make lighter colors appear slightly darker, more opaque. Wouldn’t this be a great way to have both a light and a dark color all in the same nail polish bottle?

  4. Finally, at least as far as this blog post goes, our dual performing base coat, Basically, also serves to be worn as a gentle nude when two coats are applied, followed by a top coat. Shop our Prep & Polish lacquers here.

Going forward, let the base build… for both your life and your nail lacquer.

Starting My DI-trY Journey…

Captain’s Log | DIY Journey:

In this life journey, I’ve added another DIY to my log. At 40 years old, I started a business handmaking vegan nail lacquers @relaunchnailpolish. Now, at 41, I’ve decided to learn woodworking and become a tool belt diva -learning how to operate power tools and DI-trY around my home.

First up, I’m replacing a baseboard I originally paid someone to do for me almost 7 years ago. Now I know everything has a time limit -even baseboards. However, when not in a high traffic area and seldom being bumped by the vacuum cleaner, this baseboard should have not looked as damaged as it did!


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How it started

This baseboard was in desperate need of replacing, but I wasn’t about to pay someone to come do it again.

I chose to do the baseboards as my first DI-trY because I wanted something that would give me a chance to practice cuts with my Dewalt miter saw and practice nailing with my Ryobi brad nailer. I was extremely afraid of the miter saw, particularly the thought of losing my fingers. I also wanted a project cost friendly. All in all, I spent approximately $25 on trim and materials. You can always rent the saw and brad nailer, but I knew I had other projects on my list. Overall, here’s what I learned:

  • Youtube University is your friend: there are so many baseboard videos out there. I mainly wanted to figure out how to do angled cuts.

  • Properly measuring and cutting was a challenge for me. Maybe you’ll be okay, but I had to creep into the cut -meaning I would rather slowly cut from a piece too long than end with a piece too short.

  • Take your time. You’ll see other DIYers swimming through a project -making cuts, painting, and then on to the next. Be gentle with yourself. I had to tell myself this multiple times. All of this was a learning curve, and probably will continue being a learning curve. The point is to start, learn, and pace yourself.


All my practice pieces and FINALLY… the finished product!All my practice pieces and FINALLY… the finished product!

All my practice pieces and FINALLY… the finished product!

Nail Polish & Nails Myth Busters

Myth 1: Storing Nail Polish in the refrigerator keeps it longer.

No. Exposing your beautiful lacquer(s) to extreme temperature changes may cause harm to the actual nail polish formulation. By placing nail polish in the fridge, crystallization can occur; hence, the formulation is broken down. Instead, nail polish should be stored at room temperature; kept away from direct sunlight, and closed tightly.


(Bottom to top) Left On Red + Senorita(Bottom to top) Left On Red + Senorita

(Bottom to top) Left On Red + Senorita

Myth 2: Cutting Your Cuticles is a MUST

No. Cutting your cuticles is not a must. Your cuticles are present to prevent bacteria from getting into your body and causing infections.
Think of them as a barrier to all the ewww lurking out there. Think of all the things you do with your hands and all the things you touch. Now, think of your cuticles protecting you from all of those things. Yeah. That part. Cut cuticles grow back thicker and harder. I don’t know about you, but I am literally cringing a little while I think of all the times my cuticles have been cut.

When I tell you knowledge is power and can save your health! Combat those pesky cuticles by moisturizing them. Our Relaunch Nail Polish cuticle oil is rich in antioxidant oils that can be applied throughout the day to revive dry cuticles.  After your shower or bath, place our cuticle oil around your cuticles. Gently push your cuticles back, either with your washcloth or a cuticle stick. Now massage the remainder of the cuticle oil into your cuticles and over your nail bed. Remember…No snippy!


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Using only my thumb…

I’ve chosen to push my cuticles back as opposed to cutting them. I only snip away any hang nails or dead skin.


The end result is a safe at home manicure you can be proud of!The end result is a safe at home manicure you can be proud of!

The end result is a safe at home manicure you can be proud of!

Myth 3: Cold water dries nail polish faster

This one is probably the TIP TOP of myths regarding your nail polish. While the cold water may indeed dry the top layer of your nails polish, there still remains the layers beneath. These layers are still wet and
the cold water simply hardened the top layer. Those bottom layers though, yeah, they are prone to dents. Trust me I know. This was a lesson quickly learned when I was 18 years old, listening to my mom fuss because I chose to do my nails 5 minutes before heading out the door.  Instead, opt for a quick dry nail polish like our Relaunch Nail Polish.

Myth 4: Just add acetone to thin your clumpy nail polish

No. Just DON’T Do It! Let’s think about this one. Acetone is made to break down your nail polish and remove it from your nail bed. Placing
acetone into your nail polish bottle will break down its chemical composition. This breakdown can lead to your nail polish having discoloration; being dried out when the acetone evaporates and chipping quickly on your nails. In its place, use nail polish thinner. Your local beauty supply store should carry it.

So, these are just a few myths we hope we’ve cleared up for you. Even if you weren’t wondering, guess what? Now ya know!

#relaunchincolor…And live in color