Has the week been treating you well? I hope so! If you didn’t see the message on Facebook, I do apologise about the blog being down for just shy of 24 hours. Something was trying to publish to my blog and caused the server to crash within ten minutes of restarting. The only way to stop it was to switch it off. Everything is back on track again though. Thank you for your patience 🙂
I have mentioned a few times about how Nail Candi spoilt me with nail veils, nail rings and today I am showing you the nail jewels (or manicure jewels). I decided to go a little french with it today and if you want to know my thought process on how I got there from the nail jewel, you’re in luck because I am going to tell you 😛
The nail jewels I got were little M’s. I was actually so touched by it because it felt so personalised to match my name (even though it might’ve just been random :P). Growing up I didn’t really love my name. Michelle was (and probably is) a super common name and I remember always having at least 3 other Michelle’s in every class. I always wanted a different and unique name or something that sounded exotic. In the last few years though I have really come to love my name. The thing I love most about it is that my a) my parents chose it and b) it’s french…..and voila! A french affair on the nails 😉 Ok ok some might consider that a giant leap but it makes total sense to me. Let me show you.
I started out with 2 coats of Tip Top – Melting marshmallow. The most gorgeous light pink ever. Once that was completely dry I went to work with the striping tape and taped up all my nails. I then went one nail at a time and used a nice thick coat of Essence – Grey-t to be here. I removed the tape immediately on each nail before moving on to the next one. Once that was done and the tape all removed I left that to dry completely. Once it was dry I decided to really test my freehand skills again. I know I really stink at it – as is evident here – but I need to practice to see if it will help. So I used a black striper and on my pinky and index I drew on the ribbon and ‘bow’. I saw ‘bow’ because I am not sure it looks much like a bow but now that I have told you what it is it totally works right? 😛 Ok well, it’s a ribbon and bow! On my ring and thumb I stamped the Eiffel tower using an Essence stamping plate and Essence stampy polish in black. (The image on my ring finger looks a teeny bit like the leaning tower of Pisa but shhhhh) Finally it was time for the final piece and inspiration for it all. I top coated everything and while the topcoat was still wet I placed the Nail Candi ‘M’ on my middle finger. I did not use glue because I knew I wasn’t going to wear this longer than a day.
I actually almost wish I had just used the M because it is so beautiful and striking it didn’t need all the other stuff. I do really like the stripy background though. When I was done I was adamant I would never use striping tape ever again! I guess we will have to see how long it lasts before it calls me again 🙂
The jewel is the perfect size to fit almost any nail in my opinion. It is also pretty light weight and you can barely feel it on the nail. When I just applied it I was a little worried that it would stick out too much and catch on everything but I didn’t have a problem at all. It does obviously extend above your nail a bit but I didn’t have any snagging or pulling issues. I did run my fingers through my hair once and a few loose hairs wrapped around it but I just kept pulling my hand through my hair in the same direction and it all just ‘flowed’ around it. What I am trying to say, it isn’t something I had to watch or be careful of while wearing.
There are a ton of different jewels you can choose from and they are super affordable. Remember they are 00% reusable so you can use them over and over again. Which makes them even cheaper than they already are!
If you want to get your hands on some of the amazing Nail Candi goodies visit them on any of their social media pages or website for more info and tons of pics. I love almost everything they have and will definitely be purchasing a few more goodies for myself. Who knows, you might even see something in a future giveaway 😉
What do you think of my french affair? Do you also love the nail jewel? I might just need them in every letter of the alphabet 🙂
Thanks for reading,
Thanks for the great review Michelle, and we totes chose the “M” om purpose! Amazing nail art, love the French & NailCandi combo! Xx
Aww thank you so much! I love my M’s! 🙂
This is really pretty 🙂 The nail jewel looks great.
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Thanks so much Kerry! I love the jewels!
So cute! The French theme to match your name is adorable.
Thanks so much Lesley. I kinda liked it too.
YES YES YES! PERFECT! Adore this
Yay! Thanks so much V! xxxxx
This is perfection, so pretty! LOVE it
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Thank you so much Tyler 🙂
Omw! Obviously I’m crazy about the french theme and now NEED that eiffel tower stamp in my life. Very pretty
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Thanks Faeema. I thought you might appreciate it 😉 PLEASE remind me to chat to you about that stamp.
This is gorgeous!! And Michelle IS an awesome name : )
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Aww thank you so much Catherine. 🙂