12 June 2015

My nieces manicures

Hi everyone!


A special post today as these are (obviously) not my nails.

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This morning my nieces came over to our place as their parents had to take care of some things and their teachers had a study day that was extended to an entire day and not just the afternoon, so all of a sudden the two little ladies needed someone to look after them: their uncle who is at home studying for his next exam. I managed to get a day off so I could enjoy their company as well :)

After they had me solve their messed up Rubik's cube (I used to be able to do that pretty fast in ancient history but now it took me the best part of an hour) and talked about school, their day off, swimming lessons and all the other stuff girls of 10 and 8 talk about, they asked if I could give them pretty nails. Of course I said yes, so first they had to pick colors.

The eldest picked Casuelle Midnight Sky, a thermal that transforms from purple into sky blue as base and a-england Rose Bower for stamping. The youngest one chose Catrice Earnie & Birdie, a sunny yellow with pretty pink shimmer and Hit The Bottle Watermelon Splash, a happy pink stamping polish. Both picked the same tiger stripe image from Bundle Monster plate BM16.

Casuelle Midnight Sky, a-england Rose Bower
Catrice Earnie & Birdy, Hit The Bottle Watermelon Splash

So we covered the table with plastic, put the polishes and the base coat and the top coat and the plate and the stamper and anything else I could think of that might be needed on it and sat down. "Do we really need all that, aunt?" "Yep, we do" "How long will it take?" "That depends, can you sit still?" "Of course we can! We'll be as quiet as a mouse!" "Really?" giggles all around...

We had a lot of fun. As only one of them could sit right across, I decided to have them switch seats after each coat of polish. So base coat on one small hand, base coat on the other, switch seats, base coat on the third small hand, base coat on the fourth, switch seats, first coat of color on one small hand, etc.

It took two coats of blue and three coats of yellow to get their bases opaque (and I think I painted about thirty nails instead of twenty as they had ants in their pants so the mice weren't that quiet ;) After that a coat of Seche Vite so they could get up and scratch itches, put hairs behind ears, go to the toilet and basically do all the things they were not allowed to earlier as their nails were wet!

The eldest took off into our yard and started playing soccer with her uncle and the youngest was about to witness the mystery of stamping (after she made sure she could play soccer too when her nails were done ;) She couldn't get enough of seeing the image appear when the polish was scraped off of the plate. She did find the stamping a bit messy as it was all over her fingers but after I cleaned off the offending remnants with a q-tip and some acetone she declared her nails were the prettiest she'd ever seen. One last coat of Seche Vite and she ran off to show her nails to her sister and uncle.

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Unfortunately those two had managed to kick the ball over the fence in our neighbor's yard (and of course they weren't at home) so when the eldest sat in front of me, the youngest decided to play hide and seek in the yard and it was the eldest's turn to get stamped. As her fingers had less frays (or whatever those tiny strips of torn skin are called) I painted liquid latex on her fingers to help with clean up "Oohh, that's itchy! And it sticks together! Should I keep my fingers flat on the table?" When we were almost done, her sister decided the spot under the table between our legs would be a perfect hiding spot... more giggles when uncle found her and those mice were definitely having a ball now :)

indoors, no flash
When their mom came by to pick them up, they shoved their hands in her face before she was even inside, they were so proud of their pretty nails. And since they know I take pictures of my nails, their nails had to be photographed as well in various poses and that's how this post came to be (with permission of my brother and his wife of course).


This was a great morning and I now have even more respect for nail technicians. It's hard to do someone else's nails!! But I think you'll agree with me when I say they will definitely have the coolest nails in class coming Monday (if the manicures survive a weekend with those two little tornadoes ;)



a-england Rose Bower was bought from Pretty Polish.
Hit The Bottle Watermelon Splash was bought from Hypnotic Polish.

8 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness how cute!!! ^_^ I think they did very well. My nieces are in their teens and don't have the attention span for stamping. lol Also, man, they're better at picking out good stamping colors than I am!!

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    1. Thank you! The girls both grew at least a few inches with pride while reading your comment :)

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  2. I love the colors! I'm a sucker for bright pretty colors! And I love the color combos! Great job!!!! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! The girls are already writing down new combos to try out next time they're here :)

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  3. I just tried to comment but I'm not sure it went through, so I'm doing it again. If you get two from me...sorry! These are awesome and the girls chose winning color combos! One is bright and cheery and the other is cool and mysterious! Also you did a great job stamping someone else's nails. I can barely stamp my own!

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    1. Thanks for commenting :)
      The little ladies loved your description and they said it suits our weather at the moment: it's summer so it's bright and cheery outside but it's also cool as it isn't very warm (I haven't figured out where the mysterious part fits in;)
      (I explained later about warm and cool colors, but I thought their initial response was too cute not to repeat here)

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  4. Oh my goodness the story is just as cute as the nails! Your nieces have excellent taste and it sounds like they had a blast getting their nails done with you!

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    1. Thank you! I think I've created two new polish junkies. They've already asked if they could come over again next weekend (or even earlier but their mom said schooldays are off limits) :)

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