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She disgusted her followers when she took a look at her skin, eyes and eyelashes with and without makeup under a microscope, with many declaring it ‘scary’ and ‘freakishly satisfying’.

And in August 2018, Melbourne-based YouTuber Tina Yong, returned with her microscope to take a look at her nails after years of gel manicures.

The video revealed everything from tiny bits of hairs to damaged, fragile nails, cuticles filled with dead skin, and a whole pile of fluff. 

YouTuber Tina Yong has taken a look at her nails after years of gel manicures

YouTuber Tina Yong has taken a look at her nails after years of gel manicures

Towards the beginning of her video, Tina explained that she intended to take a look at her nails under the ‘Tinascope’ because ‘a lot of you guys have requested it’.

‘I have one hand with gel nail polish on and the other hand is bare,’ Tina explained. ‘I have not had bare hands in a very, very long time.

‘I always have gel nail polish on my hands. It has been about five or six years. I don’t even use normal nail polish. So it’s time to see what my nail beds, cuticles and even underneath my nails look like.’

She compared her nails with a gel manicure and after removing such polish (pictured)

She compared her nails with a gel manicure and after removing such polish (pictured)

Picking up her Wi-Fi-enabled digital microscope, Tina first took a look at the hand with the gel nail polish on.

Confessing she had had the polish on for about two weeks, she admitted it wasn’t perfect and had a couple of chips.

‘I’m going to compare the nails with gel polish on with the ones that I’ve removed. You can see it looks pretty damaged,’ Tina said. ‘This is how it always looks when I remove my gel polish. They look scratched and thin.’

When she ran the microscope over her gelled nails, the beauty YouTuber exlaimed: ‘Oh my god, that’s so bad. Look at my ring finger! There’s so much fluff and little hairs stuck underneath.

‘And how much dead skin do I have underneath my nails? It looks like Ice Age! It’s like lots of icebergs around my cuticles.’

Tina said: 'Oh my god, that's so bad. There's so much fluff and hairs stuck underneath'

Tina said: ‘Oh my god, that’s so bad. There’s so much fluff and hairs stuck underneath’

She added: 'How much dead skin do I have underneath my nails? It looks like Ice Age!'

She added: ‘How much dead skin do I have underneath my nails? It looks like Ice Age!’

Moving on to the hand where she had removed the gel nail polish, before she set off with the microscope, Tina remarked that you can see ‘scratches and little white bits’ all over the nails.

‘That’s where my nails have been lifted and peeled off because of the gel polish,’ she explained.

‘Usually, if you use normal polish, your nails won’t look like this when you remove it. They will still look smooth, even and you wouldn’t see these little white bits. But when you use gel, this is what happens.’ 

Once she took a look at her removed manicure, Tina saw how yellow her nails really were.

‘My nails have never been that white colour, they’ve always been an off white, or sometimes a yellow-y colour like this. You can see all that dead skin underneath. And because I’ve soaked it in acetone, it looks even worse.’ 



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