Sometimes tutorials can be misleading…
especially when it has been one of those weeks when you experience a never-ending stream of impossible tasks and all you’re looking for in life is one single, solitary win. You are vulnerable. Weak. Eating frosting from the can and not even using a graham cracker…only spoons.
I’ve not done that last part about frosting in quite a while, but I’ve thought about it. A lot.
That is when Pinterest gets you. When you’re vulnerable and full of frosting.
SO this week, as stated earlier, was horrifying. Not that I didn’t have an excellent time with my friends at work. This is not the issue. I had a lovely lunch with Jenn Wednesday, then Heather and I discovered a new and fascinating Instagram account to be obsessed with. We highly recommend Tinder Nightmares if you love reading extremely perverse but clever ways in which dudes try to woo ladies on Tinder. It’s mostly “R” rated so be warned. Let’s just say we laughed to the point when your body starts shutting down and all you can do is cry and gasp until you’re hunched over in your chair like you have appendicitis. Then you develop that odd laugh-cough that doesn’t go away for hours and sounds like you’ve chain smoked your entire life.
Back to Pinterest. We just needed a no hassle, fun experiment for lunch break makeover this week. Something we could do while we ate and laughed and everyone could be a part of. Something like THIS Marble Nail Art.
You’ve likely seen it somewhere in or on the internet and maybe you’ve tried it and had success with it! We weren’t so lucky.
Take a look at the Marble Nail Art Tutorial that enticed me to choose this “trial”.
Here is what happened when we tried.
Gah. Looking at finger nails up close is disgusting.
Immediately after editing this post, I went ahead and gave myself a no holds barred manicure because I clearly needed it.
We learned a few simple things that may help you actually perform this nail art without being maimed.
1. Paint your nails first. A good base coat seemed to reduce bumpy, bubbly nails.
2. Be quick! Once the nail polish started to dry in the water, it just became a huge clumpy mess. You’ve got to work fast!
3. Really light colors didn’t work. Jez’s first attempt was with this pearly white shade I had brought and it just didn’t have enough substance. It looked terrible.
4. The above diagram makes #6 look so effortless. IT IS A LIE! Use some sort of tape or bandaid-something to cover the skin around your nails. I’m not sure what magician can clean up the mess that is inevitably all over your fingers with a soggy acetone q-tip, but it’s not me.
Aside from the issues we had, the nails that DID turn out were pretty. And I would consider doing them again if I had a lot of free time (not on my lunch break) and the patience to do it correctly.
But even with Jez’s fingers still stained from the purple polish, I’d say this week’s test was the most hilarious and mood-boosting one to date.
Let’s face it. Who doesn’t love a good Pinterest fail???