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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Props- customer service from Moon Nails Supply

In the past, (with the exception of 6 Konad stamping polishes that I inherited from my daughter), I've always frankened my own or used polishes that stamped well. After researching the current stamping landscape, I decided it was time to order some stamping polishes. I almost ordered from Mundo de Unas when I ran across a review of Handy polishes from Moon Nails Supply by  PhD nails 
My buying preferences are, in order; value, quality, speed of delivery and customer service.
Being 2 more ml per bottle than MdU, Handy won as my first order.

There is no actual website for Moon Nails Supply (based in Mexico)...just a Facebook page and ordering is done through pm. I found the page to be disorganized, and sent a pm with questions. I was really surprised when a response came within hours with a pricing guide. A couple of days later, I placed my order for a few plates, 22 (16ml) bottles from their Facebook cover page page and the (16ml) Sexy Metals Collection
Shortly after, I received a pm with a Paypal total (with and without the 6% goods and service fee). When payment was made, I received another pm stating that my order was being put together (Tuesday), and another another pm stating my order was going out today (Thursday).
Really pleased...top-notch customer service!
I'll update on shipping time.

Natural nails with acry gel enhancement

My natural nail-beds are wide and flat with growth flaring out. They are also paper thin...and sharp. In the past, I've worn acrylics to get the nails thick enough for strength and to prevent the damage I do from *picking at the skin around my sidewalls. Here I have mostly 2 coats of acry gel...some areas I built up a bit.

 I learned how to do this and what products to use by watching 10perfectnails on youtube. I found that dipping my gel coated nail in acrylic powder enhanced the flatness of my nail bed, so I use the scoop end of a cuticle pusher to pour powder over the nail.

*(I never looked any further than labeling this picking activity under "generalized anxiety".  These days, I have an awareness of my triggers. They are related to being with any other person than myself...natural disposition is to be a distancer.)


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Holo



It's unfortunate that my nails came out so thick, because the holo is spectacular. I've been experimenting with acry gel enhancement over my real nails for strength.  In addition, I have 1 coat Sally Hansen Insta Dri Black to Black, 1 coat of Gel II Mirror Shine (no Cleanse) Top Coat, Coarse Holo Spectraflair Powder, another coat of Gel II. Due to an application error I had to repeat another layer of Gem II, Spectraflair, and a final coat of Gem II. That's 9 layers of something-or-another on my nails!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Wow...6 years since my last post- unbelievable! I'm still logged in too...lol.
As a first generation stamper, I am amazed with the current choices in plates...especially those with borderless designs. Most exciting of all- clear stampers. I just purchased one.
Question for those who still follow my blog....
Current blogger recommendations?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fairytale nails, layered fauxnad

Hi Kids!
I created this layered, fauxnad mani a couple of weeks ago. Base color is 3 coats of BB Couture, Love Bug. I had all the plates used for this set aside to account for them when I had more time. Unfortunately, they were shuffled through and placed back on the shelves when I had a co-worker over for a set of nails and stamping art.

With the exception of black, all stamping polishes used are frankens. Love My Nails, Angel Baby was used to bring some iridescence into certain areas within the mani. Unlike a lot of my layered manis, I wore this one for a whole weekend, and got lots of compliments (and the "fairytale nails" title idea) from customers.
As always, pictures are clickable...

















































Monday, May 16, 2011

I'm back!

Hi Kids!
Although my new mani/make-up/jewelry making area was completed weeks ago, major changes in my life kept me from getting back to my Blog. My dd, Amber, left several weeks ago to move in with her boyfriend, who lives 3 hours north of me. While I'm really happy for her that she's in an area where she has more opportunities, I was hoping  expecting she would stay with me forever. It hasn't been easy for me, and truthfully- I'm pushing myself to Blog today in order to snap myself out of feeling so empty.

That said, I didn't have any trouble picking what I was going to Blog about even though I had 4 things in que...
Crack Polish.
I wasn't a fan of it the first time it came around years ago, and I'm still not. The look is just too deconstructed for my taste, especially if the cracks are large. Today, I'm wearing Color Club Tangerine Scream with Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat in Vintage Violet. I can't decide which is greater;
How much I hate the crack effect of this mani...or
How much I love the color combination the effect produced.

I sure all of you have been witness to a multi-colored Autumn sunset that includes purples, fuchsias and oranges all glowing with the same intensity all at the same time. I have always been drawn to that color combination. For the last 11 years, they have been the decor colors (with a little aquamarine thrown in) of my studio and of my daughter's bedroom...walls, furniture, treatments...everything.  When visitors come to my house, they always comment on how surprised they are to find so much color work so well at being peaceful and calming. The truth is- I'm not the color wizard they think I am... my color combination was stolen from a reliable source, a place where everything works well together- nature.

Sunset Crackle
All pictures were altered with a heavy hand. Please ignore skintone.































I've been out of the loop for a while now, so I'm not sure if the following is old news or new news...
I found that Vintage Violet worked better over polish that was not fully dry. Any area that has not cracked CAN be manipulated to crack. Once the crack polish has skinned over enough to touch, gently place your finger on the patch and daub it in different directions until a fine crack appears. Continue daubing to make it crack more. Fingerprints may be smoothed out with some gentle rubbing.

That's it for today Kids. Still in the editing stage, the next mani to be posted will be a multi-layered fauxnad.