First off Happy Birthday AY! Here’s to another year of celebrating your birthday :D
*Products in this post were purchased with my own funds for my own amusement*
In August, my parents went on a little trip to visit family. Which meant I got to ship a few things to my cousin.
I ended up getting the Finger Paints Starter kit, mainly because I wanted to start doing SOG nails more frequently, even if it were just to apply a clear base and top coat. I find that they help to keep my nails stronger for longer, and really help when I am changing polish a lot.
The Finger Paints kit was a great value for the price I snagged it at. Originally it goes for $47.95US (
I think its about $57CAN? I can’t remember it goes gor $66Can, $59.50 with the club card), but it was on sale, and then it was cheaper because I have their regular Beauty Card Membership. So basically with my monthly 15% off, plus taxes, I paid about $30US for it. Could have saved a bit more had I realized that I could have gotteb caah back from Ebates! Seeing as I got the Bonder, the Base Coat, the Top Coat, the cleansers (pre cleansing & post cleansing), and finally the cuticle oil, it was a great deal. Oh, I forgot that it also included their DVD. CRAZY!
I had previously used the Sensational Base Coat & Top Coat (You can find SensatioNail products at SDM, NPC, and even now Rexall!), but seeing as I wanted to do them regularly, this kit really comes in handy.
I’m not a fan of the fact that there is a separate base and top coat, but they work pretty well and are fluid enough that I don’t have to fight it. However they are not overly fluid so I don’t have to worry about pooling at the sides of the nail. So basically its not hard to manipulate.
Anyway, while I was getting my Bonder and base coat on, I figured I would check out the DVD. In it they have a tutorial for that they call Red Pebble nail art. Curious I started watching.
Basically the idea behind it is that you go ahead and SOG your nails as you normally would. Finish it off with a top coat. At this stage you add a different contrasting colour (I actually wanted to stick with the grey’s so I used Gelish “Cashmere Kind of Gal” that I picked up at Sally Beauty for $4 on clearance). So you add a relatively thin coat of this on the nail, then taking something sharp (they suggested you sharpen an orange stick), dip it in to the top coat, and start randomly dotting the nail. Once that is done, wait just a little bit before curing, as the top coat starts pushing the contrasting coat away, creating a turtle shell like effect. Once that is done, go ahead and cure it. Then finally add a top coat again. TADA you have the Pebble Effect!
– Finish off a regular SOG mani up to the Top Coat
– After curing the Top Coat, add a thin layer of a contrasting colour
– Immediately take a stick, dip it into the Top Coat and dab it on to the nail on top of the contrasting colour
– Wait just a little bit as the Top Coat starts spreading the polish
– Once you are satisfied with how it looks, cure it
– Add a final coat of the Top Coat and cure
– TADA Done! Easy Peasy (well relatively easy :))
It produced an interesting effect, and I am actually looking forward to do it for a friend. I didn’t want to do it to all my nails, so I kept it at the Accent Nail. One thing to note is just lightly dab the nail. Because I wasn’t gentle, I got shattered edges. It should look clean and rounded.
Anyway, whenever I do my nails, or do it for a friend, I really do think I should go to esthetics school. At the very least get a nail technician license. Something I have flirted with for YEARS now…and still have yet to make the jump. One day…
So what do you think?
I’m now sure if this works with regular polish (maybe using acetone to eat through rather than the top coat), but it has me thinking I may explore it if someone hasn’t already done it.
Would you go for the Red Pebble/Turtle Shell effect?