i realized that i'd fallen into the habit of hitting the nail salon for a gel manicure/spa pedicure combo on a pretty regular basis - like every other week. yikes. so in an effort to cut back on the spending, i figured it was time to relearn how to do my own nails. i've never been really good at mani/pedis aside from simple cuticle cleanup and basic polish, so i thought maybe if i scaled it back to once a month and DIY touchups in between, that would work.
the teen and i went for pedicures together last week. and since i knew i wouldn't be back for a while, i decided to step outta my box and try something a little different from my typical french tips or neutral polish color:
cute, right? oh, and please excuse the crusty flip-flop. heh. anyway, as the nail tech labored over that adorable work of art, i paid very close attention. i took note of what tools she used, how she used them, and filed it all away in my peabrain for later use. one trip to sally's beauty supply yielded everything i needed, and in a fabulous budget-minded twist, it was all on sale. score!
while the bean was napping and i was getting caught up on "general hospital" (which is getting really good lately, by the way, you should totally watch), i caught a glimpse of my fingernails and realized that they needed a bit of work. the polish had chipped and peeled a little and was basically not up to my standards for being seen in public. and with an evening at disneyland ahead of us, i was inspired to do a little experiment.
the tools of the trade:
i started with a base coat, and then a couple of layers of orly's "haute red." i thought i was going to get all cutesy and did my ring fingers in a plain white - but either that polish was too thick or the brush was shitty, because they ended up looking like i'd gotten bored in homeroom and painted them with some liquid paper. i guess it's appropriate, considering that shade is sally hansen's "white out."
in another episode of "wan isn't as clever as she thinks she is," i busted out a pencil to see if i could use the eraserhead to paint a perfect circle on those white nails. i dabbed a bit of orly's "liquid vinyl" on the first piece of cardstock within arm's reach, dipped it in, and it was a complete FAIL. d-oh! oh, well.
so i ended up replacing that white polish with the red and refiguring the design in my head. i'd bought a double-ended tool along with my supplies that featured a dotting tool on one side and a superfine brush on the other. but i wasn't entirely satisfied with it at that point and went into my stash of cardmaking supplies. weird, i know. but i knew i had an embossing tool that would do the trick, and after i fished it out of a box and tested it out with the white polish, i totally congratulated myself on how brilliant i was. ha!
you can see what i did already, right? i worked on both hands, added a little bit of flair with a dot of essie's "loophole", and voila:
when she woke up, the bean was completely enchanted with the results. and i was pretty proud of myself when the teen gave it her stamp of approval too. she's not easy to impress. whee!
between my nails and the awesome tee i wore, it was a pretty happy trip to disneyland.
how could it be anything but?