the nail files: give'r some rhinestones

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So I'm pretty much obsessed with Intelligence, Integrity & Courage, which is why I used it again this week. I swear, it's the best grey I've ever had. You should really get yourself a bottle, guys. DO IT. It's so perfect for fall. SO PERFECT. Okay, enough screaming...for now. Haha!

This mani was easy peasy with two coats of each colour, followed by a clean up around my cuticles with a thin nail art brush and a bit of acetone, and then finished off with a coat of quick-dry top coat.

A few hours later, I added the rhinestones. Some may not wait as long, but I've learned that unless the polish is TOTALLY dry, I end up denting it when I finoogle (technical nail term*) with the gems. 

*Not really 

Because I have seriously curved nail beds, it's really hard to get the gems centred when my hand is flat, and also when it's curled, which is why I have to finoogle the crap out of every gem/stud I put on, taking turns curling and straightening my fingers to make sure they don't look like they're leaning to one side. 

And since there's nothing worse than spending the time to paint your nails, only to be forced to redo them because of dents, I've finally gotten the point that waiting a long time before putting on any kind of embellishment is the way to go. For me, anyway. You, flatter nail bed guys and gals probably wouldn't have to wait as long. Not that I'm bitter or anything, of course...okay, so maybe there's a little bitterness, but it's sprinkled with love as well. Haha!

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  1. Loving that grey color. I haven't find China glaze over here in Germany. So many I can find it when I go to the states in a few months.

  2. I think I just made up my mind...I'm going to sallys after payday and picking up some gems. I've been so in love with every mani you've done using them. Don't shoot me--but I actually use a base coat to MAKE my flat nail bed rounded. Crazy, right? Little known fact, curved nails are actually harder to break than straight/flat nails! I also find they're more appealing on the eye! So every mani I do? Base coat underneath! But anyway...that gray. Oh, that gray. I have a review coming for the SH Miracle Gel next week, and my gray was similar to that one--but the CG one just has a bit more dustiness to it which I loooooooove!

  3. I love the colors you paired together for this! I don't own any rhinestones so I can't relate to the battle, but these look VERY WELL placed. ;)

  4. As a curved nail bed and (mostly) oval cuticle gal myself, I appreciate knowing that even though it takes time and patience, this kind of precision is possible. Thank you!

    That pattern of rhinestones reminds me of a bellydance outfit I once drooled excessively over. I love it! Grays and eggplant appear to be the colors for fall this year. I better get on that! ;)

  5. They look great.


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