Friday, June 22, 2012

Vacation Time!

Happy Friday (and Firday) everyone! Tomorrow I will be in the car foreeeeever on the way home to NY for vacation and I am beyond excited!

This excitement was however paused for a moment of silence for the pinky nail that broke in a very tragic packing accident. Not just a little, it was pretty close to a true nailpocalypse. Of course the rest looked weird being long so they all got shortened in honor of their fallen comrade. I will be doing my best to mentally will all of my repairing blood cells to the affected area to hasten regrowth (and also using some Sally Hansen growth stuff) but in the meantime please pardon the injured digit as it sports polish and pretends like nothing happened.

Now that that's out of the way, today I have an experiment with sharpies. Check it out!




And this is what happens when you put a topcoat on sharpies, it eats it and makes it look like crap!

Polishes used:

  • Seche Rebuild base coat / Seche Vite top coat
  • Essie Blanc
  • Assorted colored sharpies

I did this a few times in different ways to experiment. Firstly I tried just letting the polish dry and drawing on it without a top coat. It worked well but I hate waiting. Then I tried drawing on top of a coat of SV Quick Dry and as long as I gave it a minute to be dry to the touch it also worked out. With the top coat I did have to have a piece of scrap paper to kind of "restart" the marker every now and then but nothing unbearable.  Lastly, I tried three different brands of top coat over the sharpie and they all ate it and made it look terribad. So, long story short, just don't put a top coat over sharpie and you're good. This reminded me of high school when I would get bored and paint on my nails with a white-out pen. Except this looks a lot better. It was admittedly fun to do but I'll probably stick with a nice paint brush and some polish unless I need a super fine line for some reason.

Now I shall go be super antsy and anxious waiting to get in the car. Fear not though, I have a week of scheduled swatches for you all while I'm gone. The internet and cellphone access where we will be is (actually kind of awesomely) spotty to non-existant, so I'll be catching up on all the comments once I get back. Have a great week everybody!

18 comments:

  1. Love the manicure. And of course your fun post :-).
    Enjoy in NY.

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    1. Thanks! I hope I sleep the whole way there :P

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  2. But...but...don't leave me... Who will tell me that cardboard doesn't mix with bodily fluids?

    Fine, seeing as I can't change your mind I wish you a happy happy vacation and a most speedy recovery! Last time I had a bad break the whole nail tip broke off so cleanly I kept putting it back on the skin hoping it would reattach. It did not.

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    1. LOL You'll be okay, just stay away from the dark corners of the internet. If you have to, yell STRANGER DANGER! THAT'S MY PURSE, I DON'T KNOW YOU!

      Dude, I just broke ANOTHER one. I put super glue on it cause I couldn't find nail glue. My nails are such a mess right now >.<

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    2. I totally just thought of myself yelling SWIPER NO SWIPING! SWIPER NO SWIPING! I haven't tried it yet but I feel it would be effective :D

      Daayum! Packing is pure evil. I blame your husband for not having you on a lounge chair eating grapes and bonbons while he does everything.

      That's what marriage is supposed to be right?

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    3. I think half the country may have just heard him laugh when I read that to him :P

      I will now be yelling SWIPER NO SWIPING all week. I will report my findings upon my return.

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  3. This is gorgeous - and have a safe trip back home!!

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    1. I'm hoping I will sleep the whole ride there lol

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  5. Beautiful, enjoy NY and have a safe journey!

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    1. Thank you! Nothing quite like mountains in the summer ^_^

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    1. Thanks!! I hope there will be some summer challenges when I get back ^_^

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  7. aw these look great! amazing idea with the sharpies, too bad the top coat didnt work well. I hope you are having an amazing time in NY :)

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  8. Very appropriate mani and it looks very cool! Sucks about the fallen comrade...I hate when that happens. : (

    Have a great vacation and don't forget to eat lots of pizza and have a slice for me. ; )

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  9. I don't know if this may help but I did a mani a while ago where I used a rollerball pen. After I polished it I used SV, then when that dried I used a coat of Essies Matte About You. I found it was easier to draw on a surface that wasn't too smooth. Then I covered it all with another coat of SV. I didn't have any problem with the top coat eating it. Granted it may also be because it was a pen.

    I hope you're having a great time in NY!

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