Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sparkling Snowflake Overload

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Hello Loves.  This week's mani started out as something simple and then took on a life of it's own.  I'm trying to squeeze in a wear test on the Bundle Monster Speed Gels.  Sadly, it looks like I'll only get to run this test for a week, but that's better than nothing, right?  Anyway, as you know, I test on one hand and play on the other, so I started off with a base of Frozen from the BMC Speed Gel Bliss Collection.  I'll show you the full collection on Friday.  :)
Snowflakes and Crystals Nail Art

I then stamped each nail with the full coverage snowflakes from Cici and Sisi 04.  Somewhere around this time, the fog lifted from my brain and I remembered I had just soaked off snowflakes!  Dang it!  Don't get me wrong, I love snowflakes.  But wearing a similar design two weeks in a row gets boring really fast.  And that's where things got a little crazy.  See, what had happened was...

I originally thought I would add a crystal to the center of each large snowflake and small silver glitter pieces on the other snowflakes.  As you can see on the pinkie, ring, and index nails, that's exactly what I did.  But, you see, something strange happens when I break out my crystals.  I go from the Dr. Jekyll of Nail Art to the Mr. Hyde of Bling in the blink of an eye.  Hello full coverage crystal nail.
Snowflakes and Crystals Nail Art

I wish I had used a silver base, but it wasn't exactly planned.  Believe it or not, this is the first time I have attempted a full coverage crystal nail.  The placement could use a little work, but not bad for a first try.  Honestly, now I know why I haven't done one before.  This nail is dangerous.  I've already scratched both kids with it.  But what's worse...never, ever pick your nose with a full crystal nail.  Owwwie!  (Oh come on, don't act like you never pick your nose.  If you spend all day filing acrylics, you're going to end up with cement in your nose that hurricane force winds couldn't blow out.  It's inevitable.  Don't judge.)

I really like how it looks, but I don't know that I'll do it again.  The sheer bling makes my wedding set look dull.  lol  What's worse, I have no clue how I'm going to get all of these crystals off.  As I mentioned on Monday, the ring finger and middle nails on this hand are sculpted with hard gel and those crystals kind of prevent me from filing off the color.  If anyone has removal suggestions, I would love to hear them!

Here's one last look.  :)  I'm really happy with how the sculpted nails turned out.  They were a little wide in the pictures I shared Monday, but I shaped them some more before adding the gel polish.
Snowflakes and Crystals Nail Art

Check back on Friday to see swatches of the BMC Speed Gel Bliss Collection!  Maybe by then I'll figure out how to remove these crystals.  lol


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  1. I love this whole look!! The full coverage nail is like "HELLO WORLD!!"

  2. Very nice. I'd love to hear an update of how the hard gels get removed. Do you know of any that are LED curable?

  3. I'd suggest you cut out the crystals out first and then file the color. Seems like nail clipper will be too big and clumsy for cutting out all those tiny crystals so maybe use nippers?

  4. OMG. You crack me up. Thank you for the warning about nose picking. :)


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