I am still on a short hiatus, well kind of. But I totally wanted to show you how my "learning acrylics" journey went.
I was scared for many, many years of acrylics because of the strong chemicals used in the process (smelly, maybe not exactly strong).
Well I wanted to learn something new, so I bought a set off Born Pretty Store and started learning.
I watched a bunch of Youtube videos and off I went..
I have the french manicure acrylics set, which includes a translucent, a pink and a white acrylic powder.
My first try was with a bunch of false nails, because there was no way in hell, I'd let that stuff near my fingers!
But after a couple of days of testing and playing I wanted to do it on my nails. Because then I would be so much more careful and well... looking for mistakes.
Well first, it took me quite a while to do all then nails. 3 hours in total, if I am not mistaken. That's a lot. A LOT! And only about 45min for the application part. Most of the time I was buffing the nails and making them even. I am sure the pros can do it quicker because they are awesome like that. I can't (yet? I don't know if I will continue the acrylics journey, I prefer builder gel, but that's for another time).
Did it stink? Oh boy, did it stink!
They weren't even and I had some air trapped underneath (I saw that later), which made me extremely nervous. I practically ripped them off (and some I did soak in acetone).
A couple of days I made these. Quicker and with white powder.
I liked them. So I added a layer of white polish and some nail art (stickers and tape).
I had these for a month or so. I did enjoy wearing them, but the used to part took me two days. I over-buffed these puppies and felt it.
They are also thicker than I'd like them to be. Much thicker than gel!
But overall I was happy with my learning. I may or may not continue with the learning of the way of Acrylics, but I did had a blast!
I will write next about my time learning to work with builder gel. Stay tuned!