Oh hai! I’m back again after another extremely busy week. I’m really hoping things die down enough that I’m able to post more than once a week soon. As awful as it is, I just haven’t been able to make my nails my top priority lately. :-p
This week’s Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge (details about the challenge can be found on my original blog post about it) theme is ruffle manis! I hadn’t done a ruffle mani before, so I was really looking forward to trying it out. It ended up taking so long that I only did it on two accent nails, but it looks great! I decided to use some Hard Candy mini polishes that I purchased ages ago for this one.
Vibe is a one-coat black creme polish, Trailer Trash is a metallic silver, and Angel is a metallic gold polish. Despite being very old, all of these applied easily and dried quickly. They also all had excellent coverage; I only used one coat of the black on the ‘plain’ nails, and it covered beautifully. And these lasted forever. I wasn’t able to change my polish all week (and yes, it drove me nuts), and most of my nails only had mild tip wear at the end of the week. I was very impressed with the durability of these polishes.
The ruffle mani accent nails worked out pretty well, but they took a really long time to do. I ended up adding to it a little at a time during the day and then trying to do other things in the interim. I do like how it turned out, but I doubt that this is a design that I’ll do that often for that reason. I used my normal base and top coat for this mani, and the top coat did smear the ruffle mani a little bit. There was no way I was going to do it over again, so I apologize for this imperfect mani, but that’s the way it goes sometimes, isn’t it?
Have you ever tried the ruffle mani look before? Do you have any time-saving tips for doing one? I do like the way it turned out, and if you average the time that it took to do over the amount of time that I wore it, maybe the time it took can be justified a little…
I purchased these mini Hard Candy polishes several years ago as part of a set. They are no longer available for purchase at this time.