Well, having tempted my mother with a polish from my Models Own Beetlejuice collection, I thought I'd use one of the others, so I went for Aqua Violet. If you haven't tried it this is a gorgeous greeny blue/purple duochrome, inspired by (obviously) beetles.
I think my problems with this mani started when I put polish on over a basecoat that had been dry for a few hours. I'm currently doing an experiment with 2 different basecoats, one on each hand, to see which one strengthens my nails the best, so I know which one to buy more of (more on this in a separate post some time). I'd had a busy day so I'd only had chance to apply the basecoats earlier in the day. So I'm guessing this is the reason why I had bubbling as the polish dried. Not a good look.
|Here you can just see the flakies|
My third mistake came when I decided to apply Seche Vite when the colour was nearly dry. Major shrinkage!!! From asking around I think that Seche Vite is really bad for shrinkage if the undercoats are pretty dry. Which is a shame as I love my Seche Vite. However, to confirm this in a true scientific way, at some point I will do a controlled experiment to confirm this.
Anyway, by last night I was fed up with the tip wear look but couldn't be bothered to take it off and do another mani, so I decided to try to cover it up. So I got out another untried - China Glaze Some Like it Haute. If you haven't seen this it is a gorgeous gorgeous glitter top coat - it has tiny aqua bar glitter mixed in with small purple glitter - a perfect match to the Aqua Violet. This is such a pretty glitter that if you love glitters you absolutely have to have it.
|The tiny bar glitter|
On my accent nail I decided to have a go at stamping again, and actually this turned out pretty well. I think I'll be doing more stamping. Once I'd cleaned off all the polish my darling daughter had got all over the scraper, the plates and the stamper.
|My stamping - and here you can see the raindrop effect|
But again I made the fatal (well, in nail polish speak) mistake of putting another coat of Seche Vite over the top (I'd not had the convos about shrinkage at this point!). Just look at the shrinkage in the photos - it's soooo bad.