Sunday, March 20, 2011

I loathe bubbles!

After many CRAPTASTIC manis with bubbles galore, I've become determined to find the cause. At first, I thought it was because I was shaking the bottle too much and introducing air bubbles. So, I gently rolled the bottle, like the nail techs do. Still bubbles. I waited five minutes between coats to let it dry completely. Still bubbles. I could not believe how bad this red jelly looked. Behold, the horror:
This is Ultra Professional nail lacquer in "What a Maroon". I'm sparing you a close-up
because I'm embarrassed by its hideousness.

So, then I decided to search the Makeup Alley nail board for information on how to prevent bubbles, and found this "scientific" explanation:

"The nail polish is not absorbing air bubbles. The bubbles are not actually air, at all. They are formed when the volatile chemicals in the polish evaporate. That's how nail polish dries. If you apply very thick coats, the surface of the layer of polish will dry while it's still wet underneath. The volatile chemicals in the still-wet layer try to evaporate, but are now trapped under the already-dry top layer, and they form tiny bubbles. If your coats are thin, each coat will dry uniformly and none of the volatile gasses will be trapped between coats, so your mani will be bubble-free. "
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Sooooo, I tried three very thin coats and this is my result:
This is Ulta Goddess. It is a shear peachy pink nude with a gold shimmer.
It was overcast today. And my camera didn't capture the gold very well.

I had a few bubbles on each nail, but they are difficult to see. In reality, I should have done the red again, but it just doesn't feel right for spring. I'm in a nudes and pastels state of mind.

I feel the need to make this blog more interesting. I'm going to focus on more nail art, especially free hand stuff. I've got a lot of ideas rolling around in my head: easter mani, spring colors. I guess I should find-out when Easter is!

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