Nails & Cocktails!
I had a little Nails & Cocktails gathering at my house on Saturday evening with a few girlfriends. It was a lot of fun, and I hope it becomes a regular thing. :) Everyone came over around 7pm and we sat around my dining room table eating, drinking, talking and listening to music for about 2 hours before we finally headed upstairs to do nails and paraffin wax hand treatments.
All of the girls know of my blog and my polish collection, but some of them hadn’t seen it yet. I realize it may seem a little excessive to some people, but I think they all know me well enough to know what to expect. :) Below is a picture of the chalkboard in my office/nail salon that I prepared before everyone came over just in case. LOL I don’t normally do nails for anyone else except my mom, so this was a new experience. Since I’m not a nail tech, I didn’t file their nails or do any of the cuticle work… I just prepped and polished. I asked the girls if they wanted to be hand models for the blog, and they all let me take pictures to share with you. Yay!
Suzy was first, and she selected Couture Tiffany’s Secret as her color. I applied three coats of this color on her nails, and then we did a little stamping. Stamping was also new to everyone, so they browsed through my plate collection and selected some designs to add to their nails. Suzy wanted a black crown on her pinky, a white heart with wings on her ring finger and some stars on her thumb. The small accent stamps were from Cheeky Jumbo Plate #8 (Princess Charming). The stars are from my DRK-A plate.
Carrie was up next and she wanted a peachy/coral color, so I suggested Gelish Sweet Morning Dew. This is three coats of Sweet Morning Dew, and then we stamped some hibiscus flowers on her nails using Cheeky Jumbo plate #2 (Tropical Holiday).
Tina selected one of the colors that I just swatched from the TruGel Ringleader collection, Hoop of Flames. Another coral color, but this one is a little more reddish. She saw me with this on my nails a few days earlier and really liked it. She selected two small accent stamps, a heart from the Cheeky Jumbo Plate #8 (Princess Charming) and butterflies (I can’t find which plate this is from!!).
Here’s are a couple of pictures that Diane took of me working on Tina’s nails. Also, while I was doing nails all of the girls were doing paraffin wax treatments on their hands. I was hoping to get a picture of someone sitting in the mitts, but I was too busy doing nails. LOL One of my friends gave me this awesome deluxe Remington paraffin bath a while ago, and I just cleaned it out and put fresh new wax in it. It took about 6 pounds of wax to fill it up! I went with this lavender scented wax… ahhh. It’s so soothing!
You can see a few drinks in the pic below. Everyone was drinking something different. I think all of the girls were drinking different kinds of wine, and I was drinking raspberry lemonade with a twist. Yummy! And yes, I still have my sunglasses on my head at night… they double as a headband sometimes. :)
Diane waited patiently and went last since she knew her nails would take a while. She’s going off to Comic-Con soon so she wanted some really fun themed nails. She picked a different color and stamp for each nail and she wanted flowers on her pinkies. I’m not even going to try to list all of the color names and stamping plates, though I did get to use one of my MoYou plates that I’ve been wanting to try… it’s the Pro Collection #10 which has a bunch of comic book themed designs including the words POW, BANG and WHAM!
From left to right, here’s a quick explanation of what’s on each nail; yellow with flowers, sparkly green with a turtle, red with a spider web, orange with the word “POW”, white with a blue comic book girl, purple with the word “WHAM”, green with the word “BANG”, yellow with bats, red with a yellow lightning bolt, and blue with flowers.
And by the time we were done it was already 1am!! I slowed down on my drinking much earlier so that I didn’t mess anyone’s nails up too badly. LOL Below is a pic that I took of my raspberry lemonade with a twist and my Gelish 18G lamp. <3