Adding color and glamour to life, one nail at a time.

This was not the look I was going for..

One of the most aggravating things to deal with when I’m putting on nail polish and really makes me feel like grrr is when I’m checking out my freshly done nail and see those tiny (or big) bubbles all over them. I hate having to redo my nails because of it! Especially when I’m trying to do something “fancy” with them and it’s actually turning out nice, and I have to start over a billion times (case in point).

A couple of months ago I was all ready to do a product review and just destroy the nail polish manufacturer. No matter  how many times I applied and reapplied their polish, I kept getting bubbly nails. I eventually gave up and went to another brand, yet the same irritating thing happened.

WTF?!

I came to the conclusion that perhaps it wasn’t the polish that was the problem, but me. Now I do know that some nail polish brands are just raggedy like that. I also know that you should make sure that each layer is fully dry before applying the next. Even so, I was still getting those horrific bubbles. I couldn’t pinpoint what I was doing to cause them, so looked it up.  A quick search revealed the culprits.

The three rules for preventing nail polish bubbles are:

  • Roll, don’t shake your polish before using.
  • Apply thin layers, not thick ones.
  • Allow each layer to fully dry before applying the next.

My problems were the shaking and thick layers. I’ve always been a shaker and applying thick layers was my standard cause one dip into polish was never enough for my long nails. What that left me with was colorfully bumpy nails that you could read like braille.

So if you’re having issues with nail polish bubbles, those three tips should help you eliminate the problem. If not, you can always mask them with a  swipe of glitter polish. 🙂

 

 

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Random Sparkly Blue Nails

 

Nothing special about this post, just sharing my nails from a few days ago. I did my nails in Essie Aruba Blue and even though I love it, after a couple of days I decided that I needed sparkly nails in my life. I put on a couple of coats of glitter polish, and there you go.  I took these pics with the flash on so you can really see the blingtasticalness (it’s a word now!) of it all.

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This.Right. Here.

 

It’s a vibrant royal blue. It has minute splashes of sparkle that makes it almost iridescent. It’s Essie Aruba Blue and it’s poppin’ folks. I saw it and had to have it.

When I started my most recent hunt for blue nail polishes, this is exactly what I had in mind.  So this week I am dedicating Essie Aruba Blue as the Poppin’ Nail Color of the Week.

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The past week or so I’ve been all about glittery/sparkly french manicure looks. It’s not a novel idea, but it is for my nails and I’m kinda loving it.

It didn’t start out as a glittery venture though. My nails had grown out a little bit when I first began playing around with the whole french manicure look. I liked it, but since I have a tendency to throw glitter nail polish on top of EVERY new nail look I try, I added it. Usually it’s a mistake, but this time when I broke out the glitter polish, I actually liked it.

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Quick Link: Stiletto Nails?

Never heard of them, until I saw this article on Cocoandcreme.  You gotta check this out. Not sure if it’s for me, but it does look pretty cool.

They're everywhere!

A while back I mentioned that the Kardashians were coming out with a nail polish line with O.P.I., and here it is. I didn’t realize that it would practically be the whole flipppin’ clan though! The picture cut off the last two sisters, but it’s from the mom all the way down and they all have their own little nail colors. I’m not a fan of the Kardashians (especially lately) so I don’t think I will be purchasing. However, I did see some colors that I would totally buy. Maybe I can find some dupes.

Out of all six, I think I like Kim’s the best. Her colors are all staple nail polishes with hints of glitter or shimmer. My least two favorites are from Kourtney and Kris. Totally blah.

I didn’t get close up pics of all the kollection (see what I did there). You can check out the whole line here, but here are the ones that I would buy, if I chose to support them.

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I guess....

I’ve had two realizations: that my nails look better longer, and that nail art should be reserved for medium to longer length nails. Though I have seen some amazing nail art for short nails on YT, they didn’t look amazing on me. Perhaps my ineptness at mastering the nail art medium has something to do with it, but I think it has more to do with my long skinny fingers. It just looks better to have long nails.

The proverbial light bulb popped up a few weeks ago after I clipped my fingernails straight to the nub (I was nipping flesh with the nail clipper, it was that close). I haven’t clipped my nails that short in a while cause I usually like to have a little something to work with, but wow. Although it was nice to be able to have my nails out of the way, I paid the price with boring looking nails. Plain nail polish looked just, plain. Nail art was a joke. I was clueless.

I finally had an idea to just focus on glitter. So the few times I have worn nail polish, I chose to rock some variation of nail polish layered with a glitter or sparkly polish on top. It seemed to be the only thing that I could figure out that looked decent on my short nails, even though I felt like my 10-year-old niece.

My niece would totally rock this...

I really don’t know how I wore just plain nail polish on my short nails back in the day, cause now it just seems so boring. I guess I can blame YT and all those nail art tutorials for giving me all them fancy ideas.

I shake my fist at them…

Anyway, I can say that this gave me a chance to use some nail polish that I had just sitting around, and spawned a glittery nail polish kick, so not all was lost. What do you do with your  nails when they are short? How do you make your nails look interesting until they grow out?

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