Hey guys! I'm back! Still alive! Still painting nails! I usually post about a design the day after I do it - I like the idea of having a queue of designs to post but in reality I get excited and want to share it as soon as possible, haha. These nails were an exception, though... I did them last Thursday and then spent my whole weekend busily setting up my house, going to Ikea, etc. so I didn't have any time to post them until today! But here they are!
These are based on this dress that Wah Nails posted as nail inspo a couple months ago. I really liked it, so I saved the link and pulled it back out last week.
Also, look! My nails are round again! I loved my square nails but I am not exaggerating when I say I broke a nail probably 12-15 times over the course of the 3-4 weeks I had them. Couldn't do it anymore. So last week sometime I finally gave in and switched back... I missed my round nails a lot though, which I didn't really realize until I had filed them back again!
Shout out to Sarah of Chalkboard Nails for the next hand pose :) The original image was vertical but as I was rotating it I decided I liked it this way, and then it reminded me of one of her "signature" poses. AW YEAH.
Okay, and here's a shot of both of my hands together. It's not a GREAT picture, but I took it by myself and I just really wanted to have a picture of both hands because they matched, which is not always the case when I do intricate designs (a lot of times I'll do something simpler on my right hand because I'm lazy and impatient).
Anyway, I was actually pretty proud that my right hand turned out almost as well as my left. Working my way toward ambidexterity, y'all.
Another thing about this two-hand picture is that I took it this morning, as in 5 days after I originally painted these nails, and look at the condition they're still in - no chips and barely any tip wear. The base color is China Glaze - First Mate, and I think that this polish (plus the holy grail of top coats, Seche Vite, of course) is to blame for the awesome longevity of this manicure. I'm seriously in love with First Mate. If I was to pick a formula for every single polish I own to duplicate, it would be the formula of this one - almost a one-coater but perfect at two, not too thick or too thin, so shiny, and wears like armor. If you don't have a good navy blue in your collection (or even if you do) I strongly suggest getting this one. STRONGLY SUGGEST IT.
The other colors are:
China Glaze - Heli-Yum (bright red/pink)
China Glaze - Flyin' High (light blue)
Essie - Mojito Madness (green)
Sally Hansen Extreme Wear - Sun Kissed (orange)
Zoya - Pippa (yellow)
Alright everyone, that does it for this post! Over the weekend I built a new nail polish rack and reorganized my whole stash, so I'll have a post about that up sometime later this week. Happy Tuesday!