Sorry I’ve been so quiet all weekend! I was busy taking a motorcycle training course 🙂 I did awesome! But I’m gonna go back for one more class before risking going on the street on my own 🙂
Of course I had to have pretty nails for my class. I didn’t do my nails until fairly late the night before so I needed something quick and simple. What’s better than magnetic?! I love this Sally Hansen, I really only needed one coat so that’s all I used!
My kitty refused to get off of my desk so I could take pictures
As you can see, I alternated the direction of the wave for the magnet. For my thumb I held the magnet sideways for a really neat effect!
After my first day on the course I was inspired to try something new. I’ve been seeing different “accent” types going around–cocktail and trigger accents are the two that come to mind first–so I figured…why not do a throttle/brake accent? The riding coaches kept grinding into our heads that you always use 4 fingers on the brake lever so this really helped remind me to not get lazy and only use 2 (which provides less strength and you may not stop as quickly). I looove how it turned out!
And to show the difference between the thumb and other fingers…
- Sally Hansen Ionic Indigo
- Kyoti’s Nails Blue Box
So as much as I loved my snakeskin manicure, the scales started to come off after my shower (shame on me for not showering first!) so I decided to remove it and try something new.
This week’s theme is “A polish I’ve never used”, and I have a LOT of them! First on my list was China Glaze Drawn to You which Holli sent me a few days ago. I was itching to try it when it came but I told myself to wait just a few days so I could actually do it as a challenge mani. And oh man was it worth the wait!
I ran into a few snags trying to work on my first few nails. I kept getting the magnet too close and messing up my nail or keeping it too far away and not getting a good design. After a few failed nails I think I finally got the hang of it. The instructions on the magnet suggests just doing one coat of the polish and then designing it. Instead I did one coat as a base, let it dry fully, then did one nice, thick coat over it and held the magnet for 20+ seconds. I found it easiest to actually hold my finger and magnet in the air so I could look from the side to make sure I didn’t touch the magnet. I also found that the lines (my favorite pattern) had the best magnet. The star was pretty good, too, I used it on my thumbs (which I didn’t take a picture of, whoops). Next time I’m going to do a base coat of a similar color to conserve my Magnetix.
I tried this with a matte topcoat and the design got kind of lost. With a glossy topcoat the subtle shimmer really pops out! This picture is pre-topcoat. I’d definitely recommend China Glaze’s Magnetix to anyone who wants magnetic polish but doesn’t want to pay ~$20 for a Nails, Inc one.
Oh. Em. Gee! I truly have the best friends!
I met my friend Holli through a mutual friend (they were dating at the time). When they took a break I lost contact with Holli for a couple months, but now her and her ex are on better terms and I’ve gotten to talk to her more! She’s awesome, very sweet and loving, creative, and oh so pretty! And she totally supports my polish addiction 😉 And she and I realized a few weeks ago that we have matching rings that we both wear on our thumbs (I wear mine on my right, she wears hers on her left).
She told me a couple weeks ago that she wanted to send me a package, “just because” (which is my very favorite reason), but then she totally toyed with my heart and I forgot about it for a while. In her defense, one of the things she sent me had to be ordered so it wasn’t intentional 😉 Today I open my mailbox and see a package waiting for me. I check the return address as I wasn’t expecting any packages so big. This is how it went: “Hm, [Holli’s last name]? Who’s tha–OOH!” followed by frantically ripping the package open and inspecting the contents.
Can I just say, on the record, that this girl absolutely knows my tastes! I’ve really been itching for some new colors since April and May are both no-buy months (darn bills!) but this totally satisfied my addiction. A few months ago she had gotten me in a random lip balm swap (more exciting than it sounds, trust me!) and she sent me some EOS balm in Summer Fruit and I simply fell in love! This time she included another amazing balm from EOS, this time in Honeysuckle Honeydew. And the Magnetix (my first!) polish she got me is purple, my favorite color. And she got me my first two Ulta polishes! Seriously, this girl knows me so well I’m starting to worry she planted microphones in my apartment ;-D Oh, and she included the cutest handmade card 🙂 Let’s check out this amazing stuff!
Love you, Holli! ❤
- Ulta Jaded
- Ulta Peach Parfait
- China Glaze Drawn to You
- Kiss purple/pink/blue striper set
- EOS Honeysuckle Honeydew balm