Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014!

Hope everyone's New Year has gotten off to a good start.  I'm still under the weather myself.  Seems I'm always sick this time of year. Kind of annoying, actually, but there it is.  Should be fine by the weekend, I hope. 

So, I had already decided that this is the year I explore the independent polish makers.  Actually, I've already started that little endeavor early and I've obtained some beautiful polishes so far. Looking forward to even more lovelies in my stash by year's end.

Also, I've decided to challenge myself this year.  At least once every month, I will be attempting a different nail art technique and posting the results, pass or fail.  Some of these techniques I have tried in the past.  Some of them didn't work out too well for me - water marbling and stamping, I'm looking at you.  

Most, however, I have not yet tried so this will be quite interesting to say the least.  I will do a bit of practicing ahead of time so it's not a total disaster but not much.  Who knows?  I might just nail some of these right out of the gate.  Yeah, no pressure.

Here is what the year will look like:

January - gradient
February - dots
March - plastic wrap
April - tape 
June - water marble
July - free hand stripes
August - fish tail
September - stamping
October - water color
November - brush stroke
December - free hand Christmas art

So, we'll see how this goes and hopefully this will be entertaining for all of us.

Also new for 2014, I'm trying out a new camera app on my phone. I am planning to purchase an actual camera/light box set up this year but until then, the phone and daylight lamp on my desk is all I have.  Except when the sun decides to grace Ohio with its presence.  The room I have my computer in gets lots of sunlight through the windows so sunlight pictures will be numerous - I hope.

And finally, I mentioned in an earlier post that I had started using Nutra Nail 5 to 7 Day Growth Formula so I'll do the update here. 

First, updated naked nail pictures:

I do believe I see an improvement.  I know they're definitely growing faster.  I take down the length and next thing I know, I'm having to do it again.  I do a lot of work on a keyboard and if they get too long, they get in the way.

My problem nail, the one on my right hand ring finger, does seem to resist splitting more than it did.  I can see where the split might happen and normally it would have split before reaching the length you see here but so far, the nail is still intact.  I'm hoping to keep it that way.  

I do still have peelies  but only the ones that existed before I started using the product.  They're pretty far down on the nails so they'll need to grow out before I can call myself peelie free.  I use a chamois buffer to deal with them without taking off any nail plate layers that I really can't afford to lose.  I do have ridges and so buffing is really a bad idea for me.  I think that's how I got the problem nail to begin with.

Well, there's the plan for 2014 and your naked nail update.  Lots more to come with swatches and nail art.  Until then, thanks for reading and stay tuned.



  1. I can't wait Penny. Ravy and I want to learn some new things from you on nails and we are excited. Great blog by the way, Keep up the good work. Your Cousin Kelley

    1. Thanks, Kelley. And we will all learn together. I'm still trying to figure out the gradient for this month. OY!