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I pass by this window display every day…… it finally got my attention.  Finally.

 

Sinful Colors – “Ruby Ruby”
China Glaze – “White Out”

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I hate the formulation of “White Out”.  It’s horrible and it takes FOREVER to dry.  “White on White” is SO much better. Can someone explain to me why the company messed up the one polish??  SMH.

And I got a little topcoat careless and streaked some of my precious dots on my pinky fingernail.  GOTTA pay better attention. Smile

@LacqueredAffair

Inspired by my new twitter friend @LacqueredAffair . . . who has a most wonderful manicure avi….

Though I don’t really do gems on my nails because of my (self-diagnosed) tactile OCD, I loved the design.  So, I had to do my own take on the manicure that involved nothing I could easily yank off my nail.  LOL.

China Glaze – “White on White”

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So, I know I’ve been pretty negligent in blogging…. but as you can see, I’ve been busy.  Lol. 

And I’m exhausted.  All my creative energy is drained, and I need to re-up.

I’m excited and anxious… and just trying to stay calm!!!  Smile This will definitely be a ride.  Hope you’ll join me… and stay tuned.

p.s.  my nails feel even more neglected than the blog.  I promise to pay more attention to both in just a second. 

Olympic Fever

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It finally hit me while watching that little Gabby win Gold!!!!  Excitement just came over me like a whoosh!!!!!  I’m so proud of her. 🙂

The Olympics have been pretty much all I’ve seen for a solid week….

So of course…. it made its way onto my nails.

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Seche Ultra V

My last manicure endured volumes of hardship (shampooing hair, washing dishes, bleach cleaning, hairstyling for a fashion show, cleaning and organizing) over the last 2 days, and resulted in chipping on my left thumbnail and my right ring fingernail.  I can’t be sure that the Seche Ultra V topcoat wasn’t a superior barrier. So I started over.  And I plan to chill out for the next few days. LOL.

China Glaze – “Electric Beat” & “First Mate”
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The topcoat is simple to apply – just like your regular topcoat.  After applying, cure the polish under the UV lamp for 3 minutes.  (9 minutes total with Seche’s portable UV lamp – 3 minutes for each hand with 4 fingers, and then 3 minutes for the thumbs)

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I love the way my nails feel after this process.  It’s definitely a sleeker “gel nail” feel. So, all day I’m rubbing my fingers over my nails beds.  LOL.  My nails actually feel stronger too.

The shine is not any more brilliant than when using the regular Seche Vite Fast Drying Topcoat, in my opinion. And the drying time seems actually longer in that the regular Seche Vite top coat seems to dry rather immediately.  (There are factors that affect that… if you have many thick layers of polish, it will definitely take more time to completely dry.  I have watched the topcoat seeping through the layers and forming a “wrinkle” in the nail polish when the previous layers were thick and still rather wet…and then drying to a smooth finish.  Craziest thing in the world to watch.  haha)

Removal is the same for the Seche Ultra V topcoat as any other polish.  There is no soaking required.

So, hopefully this time, I give the topcoat a fair chance.    Last time I felt like I was looking for opportunities to use my nail tips as tools and just doing crazy things that directly impacted my nail tips.  I gotta stop tripping and chill out. Smile