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So last week Mr. Inky, Ciri & I went to my mom's for Turkey Day weekend. I did my hair the weekend before & knowing that doing nails at mom's with 3 kitties zipping about was not a good idea, so I did a gel mani to get me thru da weekend.
Peek-a-boo, I sees you!
I managed to do a decent match of my polish to my hair. I still had lots of blue left from last time & when I covered it with Color Jam 2 Party Pink (the pink at my roots) I got a bunch of different shades of purple mixed with da pink streaks! I then tipped my fringes with Ion Brights Sky Blue. Both of these semi-permanent dyes are available at Sally Beauty Supply. Of the 2 brands, I recommend the Ion Brights over Color Jam 2 if you want deep color that lasts more than a few weeks.
The Ion costs twice as much, but it also absorbs better & lasts twice as long.
This is my Sensationail LED gel mani kit (comes with da lamp & power adapter, gel cleanser, gel primer & clear base/top coat in mini bottles) & Kiss French White gel polish. I totally scored when I walked into my local Walgreens last month & bought this kit on sale for $45! (da beauty dept manager, Debbie, is FANTABULOUS!) Not only was da kit on sale, but select colors of Sensationail & Kiss gel polishes were 50% off! Squeeee! I had been pricing LED lights online & wasn't willing to pay $50+ for just a lamp or $75+ for a kit. I already have a UV lamp & discovered that my carpel tunnel (mine's in my finger joints where they join my hands...blerg) does NOT like UV lamps. By the end of getting a UV gel mani in a salon or even doing it myself at home, my hands would be painfully numb. (think major pins & needles inside with no ability to feel anything with my skin) I was hoping that an LED lamp would be better & it was! My hands still got painfully tingly, but with less time needed under da light & being able to take breaks as needed, it was noticeably less painful & da numbness wore off faster than when I used a UV lamp. The Sensationail lamp has a 30 second timer built in, so I knew when to take my hand out & not over cook my poor fingers. I don't do gel manis often cuz I get bored & would rather not look at da same nails for a week or more, but knowing I can do one with less pain & numbness before I go traveling is a good thing!
2 coats of Kiss French White gel polish. Da 1st coat was rather sheer, streaky & prone to patching, but da 2nd coat smoothed it all out just fine. Look at that shine! I didn't clean off da oxidation (da stickness gel polishes get after curing) before taking this pic cuz that stickiness helps regular polish stick better to da gel surface & it's still that shiny! Yes, I said regular polish...
Da line up: Nabi GITD Purple 08, GITD Blue 07, GITD Fuchsia 06
& Revlon Celestial FX
I got the Nabi's in this 24 bottle set of glow-in-the-dark polishes for $26.50 + $4.40 s/h on Amazon. That's $1.24 per bottle of gitd fun!
Under black light.
Da 3 dark polishes in da middle row & da last one on da right in da bottom row are a pearly finish & didn't glow as brightly as da jellies polishes for my camera, but they did glow in person.
I tried to turn off da black light & re-orient my camera before da glow wore off,
but da polishes farthest from da light faded faster than I could move.
They all glow & da ones I've used so far have worked really well for nail art.
I used a bit of dog bone sponge (they look like a big cartoon dog bone & are used to wash cars) trimmed to 1/4" x 5/8" x 1" (I use my pinky nail to measure da length of sponge need when doing gradients) with a stripe of each color painted on it to do my gradients. I go side to side, then up & down to get full coverage & blending. Da small size of my sponge gives me more control & less clean up than if I use a full size make up sponge.
(I use those too & trim them to da size I prefer) I needed 2 coats since da jellies are a bit translucent & I wanted a stronger color than what one coat would give me.
I then dabbed on silver holo crescent moons, stars & diamonds from
Lucky Charms Celestial FX then applied one coat to smooth da lumps and distribute da silver holo micro glitter in da clear base. I followed this up with a coat of Seche Vite & called it good.
I was too tired to bother with a gel top coat at this point.
I love gitd polish!
Between the holo sparklies during da day & da gitd fun at night,
I was entertained by my nails 24/7 all week long. LOL
Since I use gel polish for my base coat & base color, I didn't have much in da way of tip wear when I removed it last Sunday, after a week of wear, but I did have grow out. Da other reason I don't like to wear da same polish for a week...tip wear & grow out. Blerg.
Here's da rest of my hair in all it's My Lil Pony glory. Da pink & purple streaks were more defined after I applied Brazilian Tech Keratin Treatment with Pequi oil from SBS. It smooth's & seals da hair cuticle & reduces frizz, of which my nappy white peep hair has plenty of if I don't use something to tame it. LOL
CAT SPAM TIME!!!
Ciri in Mr Inky's lap at my mom's.
Lil Miss D trying to figure out if da giant in her house
was going to step on her with those huge foots.
(Mr Inky wears a size 12, so that is a rather large foot)
Her brother, Mickey, observing from da safety of da other end of da room. LOL
Ciri is a lil over a year old & mom's kittens are 6 month's old. They're very close in size right now with Miss D being a lil smaller than Ciri & Mickey being a wee bit larger.
(please forgive da crappy pic quality! Da lighting in mom's house is kinda dim & my camera was freaking out & not wanting to focus.)
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