Thursday, April 7, 2011

Manicure in Pink Shock, Maybelline Express Finish: 50 Second Dry Polish

I wish the pictures had come out better, but you can see that two ridge filling base coats with the Beauty Secrets brand from Sally’s did a fantastic job after the slight buffing I gave her nails. I left one tiny mistake on her index finger, but I didn’t want to get remover near the rest of the polish. So that little bit will peel away in a day or two. It’s remarkable the difference you can clearly see in the before the manicure and after.

And here is the after picture

I am really tickled with how well her nails looked. She had nice nails for the most part once I buffed them down slightly. It’s gratifying to see the smile it brought to her face to see her nails all done up. She said she hadn’t polished her nails in over 40 years, so it brought me great pleasure to do this simple thing for her. She used to live two hours away so this was the first time I was able to get my hands on her nails, but it definitely won’t be the last. I am planning on a weekly polish change with manicuring as needed.

She was so thrilled, and laughed at my pretty tiger manicure, asking if I did it myself. I told her yes and she smiled. I asked her to pick out a polish and she chose Pink Shock, I kinda had a feeling she would go for that one, and it was a dream to work with. One coat would have been perfect except for the ring finger you can see it really had some deep ridges. The two coats of base coat worked great and we gave them plenty of drying time. Over all I am very pleased with this manicure and as it was the first one I’ve done in twenty years I wanted to get right back in the swing of things.

I used The Gold and the Beautiful on the ring fingers, from Wet ‘N Wild’s fast dry collection as a topper and it came out beautifully! After we left the ALF (Assisted Living Facility) my mother and I went to Sally’s and the Dollar Tree, I got some cool nail art brushes and a few new Art Deco Striping polishes. And I got the acrylic paints I was wanting, so the last thing I am getting this month will be the white polish, probably Sally Hansen’s Extreme Wear and some China Glaze Crackle of some sort when Sally’s gets them back in stock.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the results of this gentle manicure I did today for my grandmother. Once I get some nail art done and get back into practice I will be doing some for her beyond simple striping and polish art. So look for some nail artwork entries to be coming now that I have the supplies I needed to get started. I think the first one will be rough, but we’ll see. As always, thanks for reading and I look forward to cranking out some cool artwork soon!

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