Hello everyone! I’ve finished up my first gel nail class and am moving onto the advanced class starting today. Gels are very nice- no horrible stink, they don’t chip, and you can even franken them! But…I have to be totally honest here. They do lift off. I don’t know if it’s just my crazy nails, but I cannot get gels to stay on longer than a week. I’ve used various brands, including Akzentz, Calgel, IBD and OPI, all with their respective primers and preparations, and I really cannot get more than a week of wear before they lift. My teacher even did them on me- same thing, lifted off after a week. There’s an extra step of dehydration and priming you can do for lift-prone people like me, but that’s not something I want to do to myself several times a week in class. I’ll have to try it later, maybe on my toes.
I haven’t tried any of the new gel polishes yet- maybe they’ll work better. I’d be rather unhappy if I paid $30 or $40 at a salon for a gel manicure and only got a week out of it. But hey, I’m doing them myself at a cost of about 50 cents, so I can’t complain. I’ve done some marbling but no crazy art yet- the beginner class was focused on prepping the nail and getting a totally smooth finish. Harder than it looks! It’s been killing me walking around with single color nails for days at a time- I have to resist the urge to stick rhinestones or paint on them.
So, since I’m between classes, I got to indulge a bit this morning before class and did some good old fashioned poison bottle nails. I posted this on my Facebook too, but I just love them so much I’m putting them here too. I do collect vintage poison bottles- not sure what I’m actually going to do with them, but hey. That’s what collections are all about, right?
The most important part of these was making sure the polish was transparent. The blue and green are NARS Midnight Express and Zulu, respectively. That’s the most I ever paid for a polish and will not be doing it ever again. The amber, yellow and red are frankens- you will need to start with the most transparent polishes you have, otherwise the color will be muddy. I handpainted the labels with acrylic paint and the skulls are Fauxnads. It needed a coat of Seche Vite to protect the acrylic paint and voila! Tiny, deadly poison bottles, ready to dump their evil little payloads on whoever gets in my way!