Tuesday, February 14, 2012

This Thing Called Love.

Happy Valentines Day everyone!  Or, as I used to say, Singles Awareness Day. After a horrid marriage that ended in divorce I didn't want to have a thing to do with men, but as time progressed and I healed and grew I realized that I didn't want to be forever alone.  After kissing a whoooole lotta frogs I found the man of my dreams...then lost him for about two years.  But the universe decided to give us another chance, and I am eternally grateful.  We're to be married this August.

Today we're going to go check out the house we're hoping will be perfect for holding the wedding.  I'm sooo excited!!

While these aren't the nails that I initially wanted to be my valentines day nails, the original ones didn't work out as planned (but that's another post) so these came up.  They're actually based off a look that I did for a business trip I took last week, only in a different version.   I'll show you the initial version another day.

I've been doing a lot more layering than I usually prefer.  This one has a base coat of Palladio Moisture Surge and then two coats of Color Club Sheer Chick just to even out the tone of the nail bed, then another two coats of Finger Paints Sparkle Top Coat.  From there I applied Seche Vite and let the nail dry pretty completely, I didn't want to risk the color pulling up with the french guides. 

Once the base color was dry, I applied the french guides (seche brand) I then applied two coats of OPI Pink Friday from the Nicky Minaj collection.  Once that had set I peeled off the guides and took a teal Stripe Rite to cover the seam line.  I then took some clear polish and some hologram hearts that I picked up at my local nail supply.  The latter are rather thick and stiff so you have to force them to curve so the don't stick up off the nail.  Once that's done, I used the clear polish to adhere them to the nail. 

After that it was just a matter of a couple of coats of Seche Vite and I was done.  I noticed that the hearts tended to bleed color  as I went over them with the top coat so I had to be very careful about that, but otherwise I think it turned out quite cute and more than suitable for venue hunting. 
And tomorrow will be the anniversary of the day my sweetie told me he loved me for the first time.  I guess he didn't want to risk it being cliche on Valentines Day, so he waited until the day after.  That's what we celebrate.  :)
Well thanks so much for listening to me prattle on.  I know they say that you should stick to nails  in a nail blog, but I so much prefer getting to know the person on the other side of the screen, don't you?
Thanks so much for reading, and for your wonderful comments (that I'm trying to get better at responding too.)  :)  Until next time, take care!


  1. This is really nice :)
    Happy Valentine's Day

  2. Cute cute :) Advances wishes for your marriage :)
    Happy Valentine's day :)

    1. Thank you so much, and I hope your Valentine's Day was lovely.

  3. That is so sweet! The pop of teal really livens it up, and hides that weird edge tip guides always give me. Congrats on the upcoming wedding- may you and your husband be as happy as my husband and I have been for the past 20 years!

    1. Yeah, I get the weird lines as well but I"m not steady enough to free hand my french tips, they always look wonky. Thank you so much, 20 years, wow, I'm no spring chicken so I can only hope that we make it that long. Congrats to you in a world where a long marriage is the exception rather than the rule. :)

  4. Oh Good gravy! don't spologize, lol!! I prattle too and I agree...that is why I like your blog :)
    Fabulous mani! so different and so awesome!!

    1. Why thank you, that means a lot. I try and keep my posts fairly nail generic but this makes me feel so much better about personalizing them.


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