My Week in Nails

It’s Friday! And you guys know what that means. Yep! I’m singing the Happy Friday Song. It’s even greater, because we are, ever so slowly inching our way toward the finish line that marks the end of the school year. I am more than ready for Summer to get here. I think I might be even more ready for it than my daughter is!

I had another rather slow (for me) manicure week this week. I’m not sure if I’m slowing down on my manicure mania, or if I’ve just had a couple of weeks in a row where I lucked into wearing manicures I didn’t want to take off. I’m usually ready for something new on my nails within a day or two, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, a polish or a manicure will grab my fancy. What can I say? I’m inconsistent and a little bit weird at times. But I’m lovable. No, really. I am! o.o

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I started out my week with Quixotic Polish, Andalusite. This warm-toned gray creme contains a rainbow’s worth of flakes … and holographic, too! It is a beautiful polish, and I feel like it’s unique. I don’t recall seeing many polishes with rainbow tones against a gray base. I know, for sure, this beauty is unique in my own stash. I can’t say I love it as much as Lazurite. Blues are my jam, after all. But I can say this beautiful gray captured my imagination and my heart. I loved wearing this. So pretty!

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For my next manicure, I decided to try out something I’ve had in the back of my mind for a little while. This is a gradient using Colores de Carol, Mae (the purple/blue) and Colores de Carol, Azalea (the pink/lighter pink).

Ever since I ordered my first set of thermal polishes from Colores de Carol, I have wanted to try a thermal gradient. But I had to think on this idea for a while. Because they change colors, I wanted to figure out colors that would pair well together when cold, when warm, and, possibly, when one is warm and one is cold. It’s not rocket science, but there are days when this is more than my brain can handle. Eventually, I decided to play it a little safe with my color combos and try this pink and purple together. I love Mae’s warm state, too, and I thought it would be nice with Azalea’s super light, baby pink if both colors were warm. I ended up LOVING how this turned out.

In my picture, you can see most of the color variations in the manicure. On my index and pinky fingers, both polishes are in their warm state, with Azalea showing as a very pale baby pink and Mae a dusty, gray-toned turquoise. As a bonus, you can see a little stripe of Mae’s cold-toned, grape purple at the tip of my free edge. On my middle and ring fingers, you can see the polishes more in their cold states. I stuck those two fingers in cold water. My ring finger didn’t get quite as cold, so the polishes on that finger are in more of an in-between state. I liked how bold and vibrant both these colors were together in their cold state. But I thought the manicure really came alive when it had a mix of cold and warm. This was a fun manicure, and I’m looking forward to trying gradients with some of my other thermal polishes.

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This is my final manicure for the week. It is a water marble using all OPI polishes: Tell Me About It Stud (red), I Just Can’t Cope-acabana (yellow), My Dogsled is a Hybrid (green), Rich Girls & Po Boys (blue), and Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm? (purple). I used my regular Gelous base coat, and I didn’t use a base color underneath. I don’t like seeing that teeny-eeny bit of white peeking out under my marbles, and any other color would have changed the look of the manicure too much. Even though the colors are a little more muted, I prefer the look of the manicure like this. I topped everything with two coats of Poshé top coat for a glossy, glassy look.

I wanted to do a special manicure for Pride Month, and I loved the idea of a rainbow water marble. It took a little bit of testing to figure out what would work together. Originally, I wanted to use a brighter green, but it didn’t work in color tone or spread rate with the other polishes. I also originally tried to include an orange, but it did’t work out. I don’t have a lot of oranges in my stash, and the one I usually marble with got lost in the mix of my design. Then, it occurred to me I might not need an orange, since I was going in traditional rainbow order. When I put the red and yellow together, I would get some stripes of orange once I drew in my design. Eventually, I settled on the OPI polishes listed above. When I did the actual marble, I loved how my right hand turned out, but I wasn’t happy with my left hand. I ended up redoing three nails on my left hand, and I am super happy I decided to do that. It was definitely the right choice, because I ended up with much better pattern and color and consistency on all the nails.

Guys, I freaking LOVE this manicure. I am so, so, so happy with how this turned out. I think it might be one of the best (if not THE best!) water marbles I’ve ever done. I’m not trying to toot my own horn or anything like that, and I hope it doesn’t come off as bragging. I am just amazed that it actually turned out like I wanted it to! And it makes me really happy that my best efforts showed up to celebrate Pride Month. I did this mani on Tuesday, and I am still wearing it today. It is wearing really well. I feel like I am starting to see a little bit of raggedness around my cuticle lines, but I have virtually no tip wear — probably because of the double top coats. And the cuticle line is only noticeable to me. It is very, very slight. I’m hoping it will last the rest of the weekend. I don’t want to take it off. It’s just too fun. I think I’m going to be a little sad when I finally have to change this manicure for something new.

THE WRAP-UP:

I loved this manicure week. I know that sounds goofy or cheesy, but looking back on my manicures for this week gives me all the warm and fuzzy feels. I’ve been tired and frustrated all week. I haven’t been sleeping well, and my allergies have been giving me fits. I recently switched over to a higher concentration of serum in my allergy shots. It was terrible timing, since the air is full of pollen right now. But … my manicures were definitely a bright spot for me. We have to take our joy where we can, and nail polish never fails me.

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