I have never really been interested in painting my nails. I have pedicures in summer because I like to wear sandals and think it looks nice, but have never really paid attention to my hands. Just before I gave birth I bought myself some Essie nail polish in a colour I fell in love with when I went for a pedicure. In the meantime blogs like those of Ordinary Misfit piqued my interest.
A few weeks after giving birth I was dying to paint my nails again, but just didn’t have the time to sit around and wait for them to dry. My polish would also always bubble while drying even if I sat perfectly still and didn’t wave my hands around like a fool or blow on them. Here is where @mandimadeit tipped me off on Essence Nail Art Express Dry Drops which dries your nails on seconds! I discussed the drops with Michelle (author of Ordinary Misfit) and she agreed they indeed did dry your nails in record time.
I went out and bought the drops and proceeded to experiment with polishes I had around the house:
This Essie polish chipped within a few hours of putting it on with no top coat. Considering how much it costs, that is very disappointing. I won’t wear it without a top coat again.
The neon polishes I loaned from the party’s host. At this point I had pretty much tried everything I had at home. I entered a competition on Michelle’s blog and won a polka dot manicure set…but she had many other gifts in store for me…awesome nail mail:
My Bon Jovi mani:
The photo does not do this justice. The glitter is super sparkly. I could not stop staring at my hands! I did find it an absolute bitch to remove though. Next time I’m going to try the foil removal method to get it off. I saw an idea on Pinterest that required leopard print so I practiced over this mani a bit:
Until I did my Mother’s Day mani:
I’m still wearing that mani now and plan to do the purple ombré next.
I really am having fun doing my nails and playing around with it. I must thank Michelle for my prizes and presents as well as the inspiration to do this in the first place. I love learning stuff about nail art now! Although I don’t have time for the actual art aspect, at least I look a little more well groomed with polished nails now.
The express dry drops are fantastic by the way! Quick dry nails and no more bubbles! You can get them at Clicks for around R30. The Tip Top polishes are also available at Clicks for R39.99. The Rocky Road may be a bit more expensive. I’ve also recently bought myself Tip Top Miraculous Results and as far as I can tell it is really extending the life of my manis. My current mani is on day 5 with not even a hint of tip wear! The only thing I’ve done differently is used the Miraculous Results as a base coat instead if using my top coat as a base. I’ll test this on future manis and give feedback. My manis usually get to day 3 before showing signs of wear.
I will post pics of future manis as well!