Friday, September 16, 2011

Afraid of the Dark

I love dark, vampy nail polish colors.  I buy them often.  And yet, when I go to do my nails, I rarely choose them.

Why?  Because I'm afraid I won't apply them with a steady hand and will end up with darkened cuticles that won't come clean.

It's a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The other day I went to put this on:

Essie Carry On

The left hand went OK, as I'm right-handed.  But then I switched to doing the right hand, and the more I thought about being careful and not making a mess, the shakier my hand got!

I'm not going to show you my right hand.  Although, after clean-up, it wasn't that bad, really.  I'm trying to force myself to wear the dark colors more, because I love them, and I think I need to get over this fear.

A few hours after applying Carry On (the third of the polishes I've tried from Essie's fall collection), I made my "Pay It Forward" gifts (remember that?),  a fairly finger-intensive activity.  I was pretty sure I would mess the whole thing up, but this polish held up remarkably well.  I got just the teensiest bit of tip wear on my right index finger - that's all!

But the finish dulled a little, so I decided to do a little stamping on top, since I haven't done any stamping in a couple months.

So here is Essie Carry On stamped with China Glaze 2030 using Bundle Monster plate 222.

Scary, right?


  1. Your nails look so great in those vampy colors! I haven't gotten into stamping yet, but every time you do it, I fight the urge to go buy stuff.

  2. Thanks, Pam! I was totally addicted to stamping last fall, and I still like it, but I've slowed down a lot. If you decide to go for it, I'd recommend the Bundle Monster set #2. I find I use those a lot more than the first Bundle Monster set, because the images are larger, and they are really good value for money - about $22 for 25 plates!

  3. Gail, since I am right handed I always paint that hand first.
    I've found it easier to apply the polish USING my LEFT and to paint my right hand FIRST. My hand is much more steady.

    I've been with clear nails for several weeks now. Hard to power knit with wet nails. Now that Camp Loopy has ended, on with color.


  4. Wow, that's a good tip, Gerry! I'll have to try that!

  5. I always paint my right hand first too. I know what you mean about thinking too hard about it, though. I'm definitely better than when I first started. However, I'm really trying to work on making that bottom edge better (I don't always have time to clean up with a brush & polish remover). When I think about it too much, it definitely gets worse.

  6. I have the same thing when I do balancing poses in yoga - the more I think about balancing, the more I wobble! I think there's a lesson in there!


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