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On Friday night I stayed up until almost 3 am so that i could have really cool nails in my dear friend’s wedding colors. It was a pain to get the red to show over the blue, and my bottle of Seche Vite was very low. Now this is my first bottle of Seche Vite, so I was not aware that it gets super thick and gloppy near the end of the bottle, and would ultimately shrink my polish and make my nails look horrible. After reading some other blogs lately, I’ve found I am not the only one with this problem. So until I can get my ass out to Sally’s or Target, I’m stuck using my old hard as nails topcoat. Meh!

So here is the original Mani for the wedding, done in Essie Mesmerize and maybelline Red Hots.

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And here is Essie Mesmerize on it’s own:

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I love that color! And the formula was amazing! Like butter! Unfortunately the Seche Vite damaged this Mani beyond repair. When I woke up the next morning my tips had shrunk back horribly and it had bubbled badly. Definitely need to avoid the bottom of the Seche Vite bottle!

This is what I went with: Sally Hansen pacific blue and Sally Hansen Cherry Smash crackle polish. The pacific blue formula was lovely went on smoothly and the color is awesome- i do LOVE blues! This is a horrid picture, please don’t hold it against me! It’s the only pic I had time to take of them!

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See? Very bad pic! 🙂

Good news is my cuticles are finally healing up and becoming normal cuticles. Yay!! This makes me very happy!!

Happy Polishing!
-Kimber

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Blood Spatter nails!

The Mani that I’m currently rockin is getting tons of attention! I had a blast working on it, and am utterly thrilled with how it turned out. So much so that I’m keeping it on through tomorrow. Tomorrow is my birthday and I can’t think of a better Mani to have than one that I had so much fun doing and looks so cool.

I started out with a coat of Gelous as a base coat. This was one of my untried base coats, and to my surprise it didn’t bubble or streak, and it filled the annoying ridges I have on a couple of nails. Color went over it smoothly, no dragging or streaking, and it dried quickly. I dig this base coat, but I still have my bottle of Nail Magic to try out.

After the coat of Gelous, I used 2 coats of China Glaze in Paper Mâché, an awesome white creme that applies smoothly and looks fabulous on it’s own. I followed with a coat of Seche Vite. Then I used an infant dosing syringe with the plunger removed with a bottle of polish I’ve had in my stash for a good 4 years – Maybelline’s Red Hots. I pushed the polish into the opening on the dosing syringe with the brush, aimed at my nail and blew into the open end (of course I had taped my nails off first!). Followed up with another coat of Seche Vite, and voila! Blood spatter nails! Here is the final result:

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Isn’t that just a fun Mani? It reminds me of the show “Dexter”, which is my favorite show. I cant wait to try the spatter technique with some black polish and my neons!

What are you rockin on your nails today?

Happy Polishing!
-Kimber