Hello Loves. As promised in my previous post, here's my mani for the week. This one is a bit different than anything I've worn before for a few reasons. First, you'll notice my nails are much shorter. I'll explain why in a few. Second, I usually don't stamp with gold. I figured since I'm already out of my comfort zone with the length, I might as well push the limits. ;) Finally, these babies have a layer of acrylic under the gel polish (Please don't hate me! I promise, I'm not turning my back on my one true love. It was simply a good opportunity to practice what I'm learning. lol).
If you read my last Nail School Chronicle update, you know I have been really hard on my hands the past few weeks and developed a few low splits. In an attempt to save my nails, I filed down my length and added an acrylic overlay. Sadly, my attempts failed. I ended up breaking my middle nail while buckling Bryant's car seat this morning. I swear, I hate that freaking car seat! So now that finger is sporting a sculpted acrylic nail. I'll show it to you at the end of the post. Let's talk about the gel polish and nail art that I'm wearing.
The base color is Raspberry Rush from the Bundle Monster Fruit Cocktail Collection. The collection is made up of three new thermals including Raspberry Rush (I'll show you the others soon). Raspberry Rush is basically the cream version of Lady Incognito. In the warm phase, it is a soft, neutral pink cream. When cold, it shifts to a darker, more vibrant pink cream. I absolutely love this color combination! I'm also happy to report that Raspberry Rush is not as thick as it's glitter packed counterpart and applies nicely. It is also very shifty. I find that it is constantly changing, even with the shorter length and the warm snap we are experiencing. Wanna see her without the stamping? Please disregard the length difference. I swatched this one before I took down my length.
I then stamped over Raspberry Rush with the snowflake full nail image from BM-H02 from the Bundle Monster Holiday Collection. The stamping polish is Maybeline Bold Gold. I honestly can't decide if I like this manicure more in the warm, transition or cold phase! Which do you like best?
Finally, I mentioned that my acrylic overlay didn't save my middle nail. I was so freaking bummed! Thankfully, I was able to sculpt a half way decent nail to make up for it. I used clear acrylic so that it won't impact the color of my swatches while I'm waiting for the nail to grow out. You can see that it actually broke below the free edge. This seems to happen to me around this time every year. If you've been following my blog for a while, you might remember my super shorties from Christmas last year. :(
As I said, it's not perfect but it will work as a base for gel polish swatches. It has bubbles and I didn't completely remove the acrylic from the overlay - I simply buffed it close to the nail plate and sculpted over it. It's also a little thicker on one side so it bulges out a little. lol Hey, I'm still learning. ;)
That's all for today. I promise I'll get the rest of the BMC Fruit Cocktail collection up for you soon. I also have one of the BMC Speed Gel collections and the BMC Red Carpet Collection (aka the Metallics) to show you too.
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