Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good New Year! As soon as the New Year starts off we are head first into our daughter’s birthday on the 2nd of January. This year we decided to have a tea and cake session with family. My cousin has come over from London to spend some time with her mom and it is a great opportunity to see her too. My grandmother also has a birthday on the 6th of January, so we celebrated both at the same time. Today I’ll show you the nails I did for my daughter’s birthday and some pictures from her day.
I figured out that I was doing things backwards with my nail posts all along. I realized this quite a while ago, but decided to wait till the New Year to change the format of my blog posts. Previously I’d tell you how I did my nails and show you the picture after. That’s weird, isn’t it? I think it is way better to show you the picture first and then tell you how I did the mani, so from now on I’ll be doing it that way. I also upgraded to a new phone with a much better camera, so I’m still getting the hang of using it. I hope this will improve my photos over time, but I need to figure out some settings to optimize everything. Please bear with me! I have also decided to make my nail photos slightly bigger for your viewing pleasure. You’re welcome 😉 Right, let’s get on with it! Since it was Gabby’s crown birthday, I took my cue from that when I did the mani. This is what I came up with:
I realize the nails in the second picture are a bit out of focus. Sorry! I started off my usual Tip Top base coat. I painted my thumb and ring nails with 3 coats of Tip Top Ready Steady Glow. This polish is hot off the shelves and a new kind of polish for Tip Top. I picked up quite a few from this new collection which consists of jelly/crelly bases with glitter in them. Ready Steady Glow is an orange/rusty toned red with 2 different sizes of silver holographic hexes and what looked like green glitter to me. This jelly applied very well and reached an acceptable opacity within 3 coats, though I did find I needed to drag around some of the larger hexes if too many came out of the bottle and clumped together. This was really not a problem for me. Once the ring nail was dry I stuck a crown sticker over it. I purchased crown stickers from Planet Nails months ago for this very purpose. I paired the Tip Top polish up with Dior Princess. I received this polish as a gift from a friend. I nearly platzed. DIOR! I would never, ever buy myself Dior polish since it is ridiculously expensive in my opinion. Unless it has crushed diamonds in it, I don’t see any reason to spend so much money on one bottle of polish, but that doesn’t mean I was not completely ecstatic and grateful to receive it as a gift! The bottle is missing the pretty silver lid, but I’m totally OK with that because I own a Dior! I painted 3 coats of Dior Princess on my pinkie, middle and index nails. I felt it needed 3 coats to even out the colour all over the nail. Princess is a lovely orange toned pink with a pretty silver shimmer. I placed a small clear rhinestone near the cuticle on all of the pink nails. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite. For some reason the nails I painted with the Dior took forever and a day to dry and in some places the polish wrinkled. If you look really closely on the middle nail in the first photo you can see a little bit of wrinkling at the tip. I was a bit disappointed by that. I’m busy troubleshooting this as I have wrinkling every now and then. The next day I used a regular top coat over the wrinkles and 2 coats pretty much sorted it out. It was still annoying though. I don’t know if it is the polish or something I did application wise, but if I figure it out I’ll be sure to let you know.
We had a really nice day with my daughter for her birthday. We set off to the shops early in the morning to buy cake, balloons and snacks for the tea. We headed off to my family to spend some time celebrating there. For some reason Gabby was extremely grumpy and very clingy all day. I suspect she is teething her 2 year molars at the moment. It is so frustrating for me since she doesn’t want to go to anyone else, but hopefully she’ll be feeling better soon. We bought her some clothes (she got a lot of clothes!) and a baby doll for her birthday. She had a pink marshmallow cheese cake with butterfly candles on top and loved us singing happy birthday to her. I snapped a few pics throughout the day:
What do you think of this mani? I really liked it! Be sure to let me know in the comments below 🙂
Thanks for reading!