Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cotton Candy

Have you ever seen those bags of cotton candy where, when you open it, there are several colors all smooshed together?  That is what this looks like to me.

I wanted to brave the watermarble technique again but this time I wanted to try something different.  I had seen a tutorial where you can pull the design off of the water and use it like a decal rather than dipping your fingers in the water.  Well, that was a total and complete failure.  I want to chalk it up to the polishes I used rather than my own issues...  I couldn't give up after the hours of trying to make this work so I did it the traditional way.

I used the white as a base layer of polish, then applied liquid latex around my nails and on my fingers to make the process less awful.  LOL!  Well, there is one thing I learned about the latex: don't let your fingers stick together!  It was really comical to see me trying to pull my fingers apart with bright blue webbing from the latex.

There were other disasters during this process as well.  There was a clump of latex that somehow got caught in the Seche Vite on my pinkie nail so that is why there is a divot.  I also found some fuzzy something or other while putting top coat on the other hand and when I pulled it out, it smeared everything.  It can't be great every time and it was a funny story to tell my friends.  I mean 5 hours of a manicure should have something awesome come out of it!

All in all, I like it.  I hope you do too.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Orange Dream

It's Spring and time for brighter colors to shake off the winter drab.  As I write this post, it is storming outside - you know the really great kind of rain storm that puts you at ease.  This is the sound people like to sleep to and I love it!  OK, on to the nail stuff...

The more I stamp, the more I love it!  Here is what I used:

I used a white under polish, then 2 coats Charismatic.  Once this was semi-dry, I added a layer of Seche Vite to harden it for stamping.  I used some liquid latex around my nails to help with clean up as well.  Tangent: I am not sure how I feel about it.  It DOES help with cleanup but I can't seem to always get it all off my nails.  Mixed feelings so far, but I will keep trying it out.

I used one of the images from Pueen 55.  It is really hard to tell, but I used Peach to stamp all of my nails except my ring finger where I used Cream.  It is very subtle, but you can see more of the difference in person.  Gotta love cameras.  :)  It's a fun manicure though an perfect to get my mindset right for Spring.

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