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Nail Care for Weak, Peeling Nails

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I've been blogging here for 9 years now (what?!) and it's fascinating to look back at my first pics and see what a difference practice and skill has made over time.  I found myself having the same conversation twice with friends in the past week about nail care for specifically "our" type of nails, so I figured since I have research, opinions, and things that work I might as well write it down for anyone else who'd find it useful! bare nails here, prepped with nothing but oil First off, your nail type: Fingernails are just like hair - sheets of keratin produced by growth centers -  and just like hair, we have different types & textures.  In the same way there's a million brands and types of shampoo specifically intended to improve your hair type, you need to select products that match your nail type.  Some folks have hard, thick nails.  Some have flexible or even oily-textured nails.  I happen to have very thin, weak nails that will peel apart in layers li

Fluid Art Nails: Orly Blazing Sunset

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 Neon isn't so much my jam.  Eye-searingly bright colors are right up there with oranges and yellows in my "nah, it's cool on you but not on me" list.  And yet...  Cirque's annual Vice Collection of summer neons had a really unique red that had me intrigued.  Plenty of folks reported it leaned rather orangey, so doubly not up my alley, but then someone suggested this as being similarly bright, but leaning more pink than orange, and just woah. window-filtered overcast daylight Orly released Blazing Sunset with their 2018 Summer collection, "Neon Earth," and it is indeed scorchingly neon.  In bright daylight, it's merely bright, but somehow in lower lighting it absolutely glows. indoor, bright CF lighting Blazing Sunset dries down just a touch more saturated than the bottle color, so you end up with a neon coral and not the hot pink the bottle suggests. On swatch stick and while making these decals, it's easily opaque in just 2 coats, and does not

Book Club Nails: The Mere Wife

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For round 2 of my back-to-back book clubs, we read Maria Dahvana Headley's 'The Mere Wife' which is a modern-setting retelling of Beowulf that was utterly fantastic.  The author's recent translation of Beowulf is itself wonderful, and a golden dragon (either in actuality or in decorative motif) makes an appearance in both books. indoor, bright CF lighting I've started with 2 coats of Ms Andry's IDGAF, which I've used before for as a perfectly golden base for nail art - it really does glimmer marvelously, and I'll be sad when that little mini bottle is gone.  The dragon scales are from Messy Mansion 21 and the gorgeous eye from Nicole Diary L-10.  The eye image was super easy to use, consisting of a base color, eye outline, and pupil.  Some layered designs are pretty tricky to line up once you've lifted them off the plate, but this one was very forgiving and easy to do.  outdoor, bright sunlight Happy reading! ~Michelle

Book Club Nails: Rockstar!

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This weekend, I have back-to-back book clubs wheee!!!!  For round 1, we read a heavy-metal rockstar's autobiography.  It was a pretty crap book, and even the folks that were super into this guy were disappointed, so I won't bother to mention the title.  But hey, metal rockstar nails basically paint themselves: Black nails are de rigueur for rockstars, of course.  The spiky-headed skull & crossbones is from trusty XXL-03 (a ginormous plate full of skulls & Halloween stuff), and the flames are from KN-4. Rock on! ~Michelle 

Sharks! a England Tristam

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 Mr Man immediately leapt with "sharks!!" when I told him I was pondering my next nail look.  Well ok, then, that's specific and do-able. indoor, bright CF lighting I've started here with the fairly flawless midnight blue scattered holo that is a England Tristam.  While I've worn this polish several times now, I've never used it on its own, always as a base or contributor to nail art.  But geez this color!!  The large manta ray on my ring finger is from Creative Shop 173, while the sharks are from Lantern & Wren Wild About You 4. ~Michelle 

KBShimmer Lust At Sea

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Many different brands keep releasing staggeringly gorgeous aurora shimmers that take a slice out of the rainbow to dance across your nails.  I'm trying like anything to not buy multiple versions of what I already have, so pulling this lovely example out this week: indoor, bright CF lighting Lust At Sea was KBShimmer's offering for the August 2021 Elements themed PPU.  It's a deep violet-purple base overflowing with this rainbow-y aurora shimmer that flashes gold to green to peachy to electric blue. window-filtered indirect daylight This color was always visually opaque with two perfect coats IRL, but it's clear in some photos that the base is somewhat sheer, with the dense shimmer that's providing coverage.  It shifts every color of the ocean, with mostly cool-toned gold and aqua sparks. outdoor, bright direct daylight In bright and direct lighting, the purple base takes center stage, with just a flash of icy champagne gold highlights, looking far more medium-purple

Beach Nails - Red & White

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This past weekend, I headed off to the beach to hang out with an old college buddy & her family, so needed a beachy-themed look for the festivities. indoor, bright CF lighting For my thumb through middle finger, I'm wearing 2 coats Ethereal Blood Orange, and a white crème for the accent nails.  The seashell on my pinky is from Creative Shop 51 and the lobster from Maniology M103, both stamped in black & filled in with Blood Orange on the stamper head before application.  Hope your summer lets you get away too! ~Michelle