A really fun but slightly fiddly manicure this week!
I’m trying to take better care of my nails and include a good base coat when wearing nail varnish. I own several but am sometimes so keen to try out a new colour that I can be a bit lazy and skip this step.
This week, I used Orly’s Bonder which is perfectly described as a ‘rubberized basecoat’. It dries as a sort of matte glue-like finish and is meant to ‘grip’ onto your nail varnish meaning it will last longer and won’t transfer any colour to your nails either.
For the main colour, I used the Illamasqua shade Jan which is a beautiful creamy pink-hued lilac. This gave excellent coverage in two coats and I continue to be impressed with the polishes from this brand.
For my accent nails, I decided to try out this gorgeous bottle by Ciate in Tinsel Trail. Described on the bottle as ‘sequins’, these flecks are loose (as opposed to being suspended in a clear nail varnish) pieces of diamond-shaped tinsel in a holographic silver and electric blue shades. They are really vibrant although you do need a bit of patience with the placement…and don’t sneeze or cough as these will be everywhere!
I tipped a few pieces out of the bottle then used a nail dotting pen to pick them up and place the diamonds on my nails whilst the nail varnish was still wet. I kept them roughly in lines and tried to alternate between the two colours.
I always think the true test of how difficult nail art is comes down to whether I, as a right-handed person, can use my left hand to do the nail art on myself. In this case I could so whilst it is definitely fiddly, it is pretty straightforward and if you have enough patience, you can copy this look!
I used a layer of Seche Vite to seal this manicure and am pleased to report that this stayed for about a week with no chipping. I love how vibrant these little diamonds look and if I ever find myself with an hour to kill, I would love to try this look out on every nail! x