Another holiday, another manicure! I can honestly say this is my favorite yet.
I just recently found an indie gel polish that I love. Madam Glad has the best sparkle out of any of the brands I have tried so far… And I love SPARKLE! For this manicure I used 3 coats of Sparkling Hearts #325 as a base color. You can easily get away with 2 coats, but due to my intense need for sparkle, I went for 3. I then free handed the line and dots with Mundo de Unas white polish.
Check out Madam Glam to purchase this beautiful polish. The prices are a little higher than some polishes, but look out for discounts! They usually have some sort of special going on.
The stamping polish can be found at Mundo de Unas. While I love this polish for stamping and art, shipping can be a little slow since it is coming from Mexico.
In my books, Valentine’s Day is a nice but not necessary holiday. I’m all about love and presents but I guess I really don’t need a holiday to force me into it. I’m also still in a Christmas coma two month later and I’m kinda done with holidays for a while.
This year for Valentine’s Day, Mr. Funsized Flair, our two babies and I are going to go up to Flagstaff for a fun weekend of relaxing and track meets! But, in honor of the day, I had to do a festive manicure!
For this manicure, I used Gelish Go Girl and Gelazè White on White. Go Girl is a bit thin so I had to use 3 coats. Once the color coats were done, with a dotting tool, I added the dots to the pointer and index finger.
For the jewel, start with a small dab of your base coat where you would like it placed. Once you have placed the jewel, add a bit more base coat around it with you dotting tool then cure. After the curing process is done, a good top coat will keep the jewel in place. The key is really making sure the base coat surrounds the jewel. When I first did this manicure, I didn’t apply enough and it fell off, when I redid it it did not budge.
I would love to see everyone’s Valentine’s nails.
Since I have started doing my nails, it has been a process. Every time I do them I learn something new.
1. My poor little nails. You can definitely tell that I’m a nail biter. This manicure took me forever since it was my first time. The most important thing I learned from this manicure was you have to use thin layers, even if it takes you a few coats. If you use thick coats, you will easily be able to pick it off… Which I did.
This manicure was done with Red Carpet Manicure Black Strtch Limo and the loose glitter from the RCM glitz and glitter kit.
2. Second time around –
This is RCM On The Catwalk and charcoal craft glitter. I’m still trying to get the perfect technique for loose glitter. I love this color combo though.
3. Third times a charm? –
I’m not gonna lie. I really wanted to like this color. Unfortunately this was not the case. This is RCM Fake Bake. On the bottle this color looked a perfect neutral, in reality, it’s got a weird yellowish tint that I do not love. This color was also very thin. This required three coats and still was a little sheer.
4. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Manicure
I needed the perfect manicure for a night out at the theater. For this manicure I used Gelazè White on White and four different colors of craft glitter. I patted the colors in different spots on my nail and blended to create a holographic effect. I will definitely be using this technique again!
5. Last but not least –
I wore this polish the longest. I love love love this color. This is Gelazè For Audrey. I accented the index finger with chunky glitter from the RCM Glitz and Glitter kit. Chunky glitter is a bit of a pain to use. You have to make sure you have a good coat of top coat to ensure that the glitter isn’t rough. If it is, it will snag your hair and, if you are like me, you will pick it. A light filing also helps to smooth the rough edges.
That brings us to my most current manicure. There are still issues that’s need to fix. Because of the dry weather, my cuticles are hideous. An even though I don’t bite my nails as much, it seems like I constantly have to fight from putting my hands in my mouth.
Gel nails. I’m addicted. I never used to wear polish on my fingers. But now I can’t get enough. I’m a horrible nail biter, so as soon as I would chip a nail, all of it had to come off. I pick and pick and then my nails looked horrible. When I first tried gel nails from the salon, I loved them! The best thing about gel nails is the fact that if you really treat them right, you can make them last for a week or more. Again, cause I’m a nail biter, I could get a week or so out of them. Having to pay an arm and a leg for a weeks manicure just wasn’t worth it to me, so when I heard from a coworker that you could do them at home, I knew I needed to try it out.
I’ve learned quite a bit since my first manicure but I figured we should start from the beginning.
My husband purchased me the Red Carpet pro manicure kit from Ulta. It’s very well priced and you get almost everything you need to start out. The kit comes with a 8 watt led lamp, a red polish (Red Carpet Ready), a base coat, top coat, Prep (A alcohol base to help bond the polish to your nail), Purify (a cleanser for before and after you polish), cuticle oil, and cuticle sticks. I’m not gonna lie, when I saw all the steps, I got overwhelmed. So instead of messing up on myself, I used K as my guinea pig.
K said she wanted superman nails, so I went with the red gel that came with my kit (Red Carpet Ready) and a sparkly blue also by red carpet manicure (Shimmering Gown). To add a little something extra, I cut small superman symbols out of vinyl and layered them between coats of top coat.
Please excuse the poor picture. At the time I didn’t know I would be blogging about it.
Things I have learned from this manicure –
- Smaller decals. The edges lifted almost immediately. With the curve of the nail, the smaller the better.
- Stay away from the cuticles. This is so hard and takes practice, especially on your own hands.
- If you make a mistake, it’s easy to clean up… Just make sure you clean it up before you cure the polish. It’s not going anywhere after that.
All in all, I was very happy with my first attempt. I’m still learning what works for me and fun little tricks. I’m looking forward to sharing them all.