A little while ago a mani I did a year ago popped up in my Timehop app. It was from when I first started doing my nails. I haven’t worn the polish since then and since it is season appropriate I thought I would give it another go. I also have some more NailCandi to show you after the jump!
I started off with my regular base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I painted 2 coats of Tip Top Stormy Sky on all my nails except on my ring nails. On those I painted 2 coats of Sinful Colors Rise and Shine. Stormy Sky is very pigmented and completely opaque in 1 coat, but my OCD tendencies make me do two coats as a standard. Once my nails had dried I painted my ring nails with a thin coat of nail glue and popped on my NailCandi nail veils. The result:
I was uncertain about nail veils at first. They just seemed too much and too big. I did feel like I needed to give them a fair chance though since I was reviewing them and was surprised by how much I liked them when I put them on. They are really pretty. I think that they give a sense of opulence. I got a lot of positive feedback from colleagues. One said my nails looked regal, and at least four others said it reminded them of Indian jewellery. They are really pretty. These veils are called Dainty Nail Veils.
As pretty as these nail veils are, for me, they are not the most practical item to wear. From the moment I glued them on I was quite aware of them. I could feel the weight of the veil on my finger tip. It wasn’t bad, or uncomfortable, but it was there. It took me about 2 days to get used to that. The nail veils also extended past the tip of my nail, even though my nails are quite long. I do, however, have short nail beds so that needs to be taken into account. I took pics below of how far it extended over the tip of my nail, but also of how high the veil extends above the nail bed:
Because the extended so far over the tip of my nail, it made typing quite uncomfortable. I managed to type, but it felt weird. Sorry the bottom photo is a little blurry. I only realized this after I took my veils off and I couldn’t take the picture again. While I was wearing these we popped into the shops and as we were leaving I noticed one of them was missing. I *knew* I had still been wearing them at the pay point since I looked at them while I was standing there, so I retraced my steps and was very grateful to find it laying at the pay point. I was so relieved! When I got home I simply painted on some nail glue and popped it back on. The other one stayed on until I took them off, so I must have used too little glue on the one that came off. For me, these nail veils look gorgeous on, but in future I will wear them for special occasions. I only do my nails twice a week, so if I put something on it is going to be there for a few days. Personally I am much more comfortable using the Manicure Jewels, but might also consider a smaller nail veil. If you would like to try them out, you can find NailCandi at:
Now for the flash back. I decided to compare the photos of my nails wearing the same polish. The photo on the left was taken a year ago.
I would like to think there is quite a big difference! My cuticles look a lot healthier and my nails are a lot longer because I couldn’t grow them any longer before. Because of the nail care routine I have been following my nails are much stronger and I can grow them really long if I want to. I am very proud of myself for this! For me, polishing and healthy nails have become one and the same thing. No point in making your nails beautiful with polish/art and your cuticles look sore or dry. I have also noticed a huge difference in how long my polish lasts with my healthier nails. It has extended my wear time by at least a day or two. I have also noticed if I try to paint over a split/peeling nail (even before it has peeled) my polish will chip right there. Every time. Taking good care of your nails is totally worth it!