Disasticures - Another Rant Post

9:16:00 PM

No nails tonight, just yet again, another lovely rant post.  This one isn't a rant post regarding water marbling, or some other technique, but instead of just polishing all together.  Now do not get me wrong, I love painting my nails, I love blogging about them, and I will not be giving it up in the near future.  Sometimes though, I do hate it and literally want to scream.

We've all been there - we've had disasticures.  You know, a manicure that turns into a disaster.  Thank you Nicole from Polish Me Please for this awesome term.  I have to say, this happens to me more times than  not.  I've sat and I've pondered the many reasons why, and I finally believe I have figured it all out.
 
There are so many reasons why a perfectly good manicure becomes a disasticure and through this post I shall rant about each and every thing.

The Base

The base is the pivotal part of any manicure.  Up until I started blogging, I never used base coat, and oh my goodness, what a difference base coat does make.  Colors seem to pop more, polish applies more evenly, less staining, and less damage to my actual nail.  I've never had a problem applying a clear base coat, it's when you add the color, the disasticure begins to strike.

Let's take a look at the base for my fourth of July Nails and watch me rip them apart.


I'm not a fan of white nails, but I'm planning on putting a flag there so I had to.  The blue is one of my favorites - Sinful Colors Midnight Blue.  It's a gorgeous dark navy with that beautiful shimmer.  The issue, the polish is goopy, the formula just blows.  I'm not sure if it's my bottle, or if it's all of them but it applies super thick.  This is two coats, which okay I got full coverage and you can't tell it was a pain in the butt.  I can't wrap the tips to save my life, so notice the wearing already on some of the nails.  On top of that, I stained my cuticles, and it's impossible to remove.  This polish stains like no other.

I also some how manage to miss parts on the nail.  I'm not sure how I do so, but notice on the white nail the random open spot?!  As I'm looking at the picture, I see I sort of missed a part on my pinkie finger too.  Stupid thing.  If I were to fix it or apply another coat, then it will be too thick all together, and would just be easier to start over.

The Art

Oh lord the art....this can be a disaster in itself.  I see ideas on pinterest, youtube, or come up with something in my head which looks completely awesome.  I get super psyched, paint on my base coat, then start dotting, tooth picking, whatever, and bam...disaster.  The thought then instantly enters my head as "how the hell does this person do it so well and I fail??? That picture looks so easy!!!!"  When disaster strikes, I take crappy webcam photos and start sending them around asking people what they think.  Despite the fact some say it's good, if it's not good in my own mind, it comes off and I refuse to share it with the rest of the world.  Below is a Valentines Day manicure which never saw the light of day.

  

This was a design I saw on CutePolish.  It was super cute on her, and she made it seem super easy.  It wasn't horrible, but let me rip it apart. My heart on my pinkie finger is a blob, the red bled into the white lines, and you can barely see the pink nail underneath.  And of course the middle finger is like swiped stupidly compared to the others.  If I ever attempt this manicure again, I'm doing the white lines on the bottom and making sure my tape is set down evenly on each nail.

The Top Coat 

If you're like me and you do nail art, you know that top coat can totally mess up your nail art even if you do not mean it to.  You sit and wait and wait until it is totally dry, but it never is.  Some polish will smear, typically the black.  It's my biggest pet peeve when that happens, and well there isn't much you can do about it but start over.  And let's face it, once you add a top coat who wants to start over.  Usually I just suck it up and deal. 

Here are the Fishy Nails I did for a guest post over at Polish Pixelle.  Now let me state that I did not think that this whole manicure was a disasticure.  I freaking LOVED my fishies.  These two nails though were disastrous all thanks to the top coat.


Notice how the little guys eyes are smeared down.  Now okay, I'm sure no one noticed this standing 3 feet away complimenting them, but I noticed it and it made me think those were disaster nails.

Photography

The wrong photo can destroy a perfect manicure.  If you do not believe me, just go back to the beginnings of my blog.  Blurry pictures will ruin anything.  I was the master of that, but I believe I have come a long way with photographing them :)

Final Thoughts

Disasticures will happen.  They are unavoidable.  I believe it's mostly due to OCD that I can take a perfectly good manicure and rip it to shreds.  I've never though looked at another girls blog and went "Wow that's awful."  Instead, I've learned from so many of you bloggers out there!  I try to frame my hands in similar ways, look at lighting in pictures, read their ways that they apply polishes, etc.  I want to learn, I want to become a better nail blogger and nail painter.  I want to reduce the amount of disasticures.  Will it happen, maybe not, but hell I'm going to try.

The biggest way I believe you can avoid a disasticure, is confidence.  Have confidence in your skills, don't think others will believe it's crap.  Easier said than done, but hell I'm sure going to try.


Have you had a disasticure?? How do you avoid them???

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15 comments

  1. Great post!!!

    "You sit and wait and wait until it is totally dry, but it never is." LOL

    I think my biggest issue is, as you mentioned, the top coat application onto nail art. I Find that using Seche Vite is easier and doesn't smear as much on nail art as traditional top coats.

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    1. My Sally Hansen Double Duty tended to not smear, but it took forever to dry! I have Out the Door now and I rarely get smears, of course the stupid fish eyes smeared and it was like 1am and just did NOT want to do them over again.

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  2. SO MANY! I think practicing a lot would be my biggest advice. I tend to paint my nails everyday and I notice a massive difference since I've started bloggig. Plus practicing specific techniques even if its never going to be a full mani :)

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    1. I did nautical nails the other night, and I wasn't happy. Scratched them and refused to take pictures. Practice definitely does make perfect. I need to learn to practice on one finger and not all ten.

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  3. Hahaha yeah disasticures can happen that's for sure!! That's funny that you pointed out your sad fish eyes cuz I definitely hadn't noticed! Poor fishes.

    It's so disappointing when you have this great idea and then it all falls apart and you just wanna cry!! Ugh. My nails tomorrow are verging on disasticure. You're gonna have to tell me what you think.

    Very funny post! I love your rants. :D

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    1. I think I was the only one who noticed those eyes. It always happens with that dang black nail polish!!!! Yes you'll have to email me them, I wanna see! From the sound of it, if you're still doing the vintage flags, they sound amazing!

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  4. Wow!! It's like you were at my house last week when I had "disaticures"!! CG Sex on the Beach wouldn't go on right, so I took it off. Used SH Beaming and it stained my nails and cuticles even though I put base coat on. Beaming wouldn't apply right, either. Realized I missed a couple of spots (how??), tried to fix it. Let it dry, went to be, woke up with sheet marks on all of my nails. Stamped on the pinkies, white looks goofy, and put CG Full Spectrum on the rest of my nails. THEN!! It started chipping the next day. I was super frustrated and took it off today. Trying to french tips for an idea I have in my head for the 4th, and that's making me mad, too, LOL.

    Sorry for the rant!! I just know where you're coming from! :P

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    1. I HATE SHEET MARKS! I wish I remembered that for this! That's my biggest pet peeve, you go to sleep with a PERFECT mani and you wake up and it's destroyed. Sometimes I wonder why I spend so much time on my nails, but when they're done right, I'm in love. I'm sorry about your disasticure night =( but i'm really happy I'm not alone! lol

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    2. LOL, I was so upset! I had let them dry for an hour, too. If you couldn't tell, I was so excited about this post, I had spelling issues, haha.

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  5. Love this post! It's so true. I come up with ideas all the time and then bam go to do them and they wind up sucking. I can totally relate to where you are coming from! I would have never noticed the smears on your fishy's eyes until you pointed them out! I hate when that happens! Once again Great post my dear!

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    1. thank you!!!! and yeah no one noticed the fishies messed up eyes, but i opened pandora's box haha. i smeared my dots on my mani tonight and i again was like meh and didnt care hahahah.

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  6. Lmaooooo I said yep yep yeeeep at each of your rants. This happened to me last week in fact, i was so bummed. Like you i said I would even put it on instagram or etc. lol but it happens to all of us. I do the best I can tho I'm not an artist but if I don't sit right with me then it comes off.

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    1. I'm pretty sure my family thinks I'm insane because they claim i take off perfectly good manicures, but to me they arent. I'm still debating if my fourth mani is a disasticure, but i'm going to photograph and post it because it's getting too late to post another one. You'll have to let me know when it's posted if it was or not :) lol

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  7. I've been doing "nail art" for less than 3 months now and all my nails looks like disasticures..! I guess that I'm learning but the things that REALLY get's me angry is the top coat thing.. it is NEVER to dry NEVERRRRR...!!
    and doing manicures you see in other blogs that looks easy, sometimes makes me cry.. water marbling.. it looks easy, i can't handle it.. love how it looks, i'm dealing with the fact that I might NEVER get to do that!! hahaha

    I think it is one step at the time!

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    1. oh i've cried plenty of times. seroiusly felt defeated by a design. i really dont get how other blogs make things look so easy. Have you read my water marble rant??? http://thelittlecanvas.blogspot.com/2012/05/water-marble-rant.html I can't do it. i literally can't. it frustrates me so much....i'm going to stop now or i'll begin another rant! lol read the post i'm sure you'll relate.

      don't give up though on the nail art! keep trying! and i'm sure it's not as disastrous as you think!

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