Hello readers, I have a quick nail of the day for you here! This is China Glaze First Mate, a very pretty dark blue creme, with Color Club Covered In Diamonds over it. I love Covered In Diamonds but MAN is it a pain to apply!
I put on my first coat of CID, and then let it dry for a bit. I then added bits of the polish to some of the bald spots, and let it dry until it was still pliable but not tacky. I then used a light press of the finger on top of the mani to try to flatten all of the shard pieces because this polish, if not carefully applied, can get REALLY bumpy.
Obviously I topped with SV - two coats this time. Unfortunately when I woke up to take my pictures this morning, I discovered that the SV had caused some shrinkage! This can happen when your Seche gets too thick - it shrinks up as it dries and pulls the polish back from the tip of your nail. You can solve it by adding nail polish thinner to it, but unfortunately for this mani it was too late. I added a bit more First Mate to the tips to cover it, but you can still see the shrink ridges.
This was a surprisingly labor intensive mani for how simple it looks! I like the manicure, especially the contrast of the CID with the navy polish, but am very bummed about the shrinkage. Also, I'm thinking its time to trim up my nails. They are getting a bit longer than I like to keep them and my typing is starting to suffer! :)