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Friday, March 9, 2012

The 5 second mani

Bet that caught your attention eh?  I bet you thought yeah man, I could really use a five second mani.  Well once again, I have misled you.  Don't you hate me for it????

Recently, my fab friend Polish Amor got me some of the Hunger Games collection. Can you guess which ones I got?  Does the word brown mean anything to you?  I'm warning you guys now, I have a LOT of new browns to show you.  I'm ecstatic about the prospect.

First up, the silly bottle shot.


This is China Glaze Mahogany Magic and Fast Track.

I started with Mahogany Magic.  The second I saw the press release, I knew I had to have this one.  Such a pretty medium brown creme, maybe a small hint of red.  Here are your shots.

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I really took my time and tried really hard to do a good job polishing with this.  Pay homage to the brown as it were.  I then tried to stamp with Konad Gold, but it didn't look right, so I removed that and grabbed Konad Special Yellow, plate DRK-A and my funky french with the Fast Track.  Here are your shots.

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Indoors

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First I must say, that my stamping came out perfect on this one.  I was pretty proud of that.  Sometimes the more ornate patterns are hard to do.  Again, I tell you that I was really trying hard to make this special.  I'm not sure I like the Fast Track as the funky but no matter.

The second I had stamped my last nail, I decided I would try to do a layer of a color changing top coat.  I grabbed my BeYu 209 (yes the GOOD one) and swatched my thumb.  I always use my thumb, so if it sucks, it won't be in the pictures anyway.  Well the BeYu covered the whole stamp pattern.  So I tried to remove the BeYu like I had removed the Gold stamp the first time.

This is where it becomes the five second mani.  I totally should not have retried to remove the BeYu.  It smeared, left huge piles of cotton on my nail and so I thought I could salvage my thumb without ruining the whole mani.  Well I was dead wrong! (pause for expletives here!)  I was so mad, I had to remove the whole mani and I had worked so hard on it!  Of course, I then didn't feel like doing my nails but I couldn't go to work with nakedness.

Has this ever happened to you?   Note to self, you can only remove a stamp design on top of a layer of Seche and when you KNOW the mani is dry underneath.  It's the only way it works.  So I learned something new today.  Don't be like me!

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?



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