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When Splatter Fails, Shatter

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Hi everyone! I have a “Plan B” mani to show you today. My intent was to do a splatter manicure, where you use a straw to blow polish onto your nails, creating a splatter effect. I failed. Miserably. I even applied craft glue on all my fingers up to the second knuckle in anticipation of the mess I knew it would create. I painted my base and once that was done tried to blow polish onto my nails through a straw. I felt like the Big Bad Wolf. I blew and I blew and nothing came out! The one time something came out it splatted over my whole nail, completely defeating the purpose. I blew so hard that my base polish (which obviously wasn’t completely dry) wrinkled! I even got Rudi to try and blow splatter onto my nails. We both failed, so I looked around and quickly decided on something else to do over the base I had already painted. Let me show you.

I started off with a base of OPI Nail Envy (gift). I’ve had some problems with splitting nails on my right hand, so I thought I’ve give the Nail Envy a try to see if I could save them and prevent them from splitting further. I  painted two coats of a gorgeous nude polish that I was gifted by @tatibble – she had received it in a Rubybox, so there is no name on the bottle. It is pictured below. This polish matches my skin tone pretty nicely, although in the picture it kind of makes my skin look red, commonly referred to as “lobster hands” in the nail community. It has a very strong silver shimmer which you can see in the bottle in the picture. It had a great formula and I didn’t have any problems with it. I used Tip Top Crushed Grapes and the top image of PUEEN 45 to stamp over all my nails. The image is like shattered glass, I have eyed this image often and since I was going for a very random pattern to begin with I decided to try it out. After doing the stamping I couldn’t decide how to jazz up the mani, so I topped it off with China Glaze Fairy Dust and sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. The result:

Rubybox nude stamped with PUEEN 45 and Tip Top Crushed Grapes

I enjoyed wearing this mani. I completely killed the silver shimmer in the base polish by painting Fairy Dust over the it, but you can see how strong it is in the bottle. It isn’t quite as obvious on the nail, but it is definitely there and this is a beautiful base that I will reach for again. People who regularly see my manis didn’t love this one, or rather were not very impressed by it. Strangers on the other hand complimented me when they noticed.

You know what I love about my nails/nail art? If someone else doesn’t like it it really doesn’t upset me. Each to his own, different strokes for different folks. Not everyone is going to love everything I do and that is ok. What really irks me is when *I* don’t like something I’ve done. That really bothers me and makes me want to throw my toys. I can totally take criticism and “I don’t like that” from other people. Criticism in other areas are sometimes hard to take, but when it comes to my nails, I have no qualms. I love that! Of course, I do listen to opinions and take them into consideration, but I don’t walk away and sulk about it.

What do you think of this mani? Can you take critisism of certain things without getting upset? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading đŸ™‚

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