I haven't posted a manicure post in thirty two weeks due to my blog being put on the back burner during a challenging and difficult 2014. As I sit here homesick, I'm trying to catch up and post about the manicures during that time. I remember some details about the polishes I used, but honestly I forgot some things about them, so my posts may be brief. Looking at the above picture makes me miss my long nails even more. Packing for three weeks, relocating & unpacking broke my nails quickly one by one. I just kept unhappily singing, "another one bites the dust" as they broke. Not taking my vitamins and not taking the time to do my normal routine for keeping long nails certainly didn't help. Check out my Secret to Long Nails blog post before you leave. As I have been getting back into my manicure routine & taking my vitamins, my nails are slowly growing back. They are occasionally breaking off a bit since the nail that is growing out is the nail grown without vitamins. My short nails remind me of what my nails looked like as a child, so not so patiently I wait.
Above is a picture of my manicure using the I Love Nail Polish Indie brand of nail polish back in May 2014. Mutagen is a multi-chromatic polish so when you move your nails they change colors. It's one of my favorite types of nail polish. It changes from dark forest green, to a bright glowing green, then to a highly reflective gold, then brown, then a purply blue & finally a purply pink. I found their other color, Birefringence, to be more dramatic than this one. So if you can only buy one, I'd recommend that one. I did a post on Birefringence which includes a video to show the dramatic color change that occurs during movement. If you don't have a multi-chromatic polish, I highly recommend you buy that one for the most drama. Sephora by OPI made some duo chrome polishes but they only have two color changes, so they aren't nearly as dramatic. I used Perfect Formula's Manicure Booster as a base coat, two coats of Mutagen and one coat of Seche Vite on top. It will streak, so make sure you paint quickly and don't stop while moving from the cuticle to the ends. Use as few strokes as you can, aim for three. I found it had a nice consistency and a high quality brush, so it was easy to paint them quickly and they are chip resistant. I don't remember how long this manicure lasted, but from looking at the dates on my iPhoto it looks like it was two weeks.
I have over sixty manicures featured on this blog. Take a quick glance at them all on my Pinterest Manicure Board. Then simply click on the ones you want to read about on my blog, since they are linked to the matching blog post. What's your favorite type of nail polish?
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