NAILS | Jack-O-Lanterns #CBBxManiMonday

Last week just whizzed right by as we were preparing for Inventory at work and then actually doing it over the weekend which for anyone who has worked in a large retail environment, takes a ton of planning on the management side and traditionally has been quite stressful even if we know what's coming. It's like a combination of wedding planning and writing a final exam since there is a score at the end. Now, that Inventory is over, I am fighting the beginnings of a sore throat and a canker sore which is just FANTASTIC.

I had ordered a couple of Halloween nail vinyls from WhatsUp Nails last year, but then they got lost in shipping and ended up having them replaced in November, but WhatUp Nails was kind enough to gift me an equivalent amount of vinyls for Christmas so that I could still do some holiday-themed nail art. Big thumbs up for customer service there! I also realized in my zombie-like state last night that I had no nails for today so luckily I remembered that I had these replacement Halloween vinyls!

PR samples and gifted vinyls

I am a very big fan of WhatsUp Nails vinyls having used them repeatedly for various nail art designs over the last two years and these jack-o-lantern nail vinyls looked so cute and easy to use that I had to try them out, but then I had issues...

First I started off with two coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Sunset Orange* and one coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust. Once the polish was dry, I applied the vinyls and one thick coat of Sally Hansen CSM in Hooked on Onyx* which actually may not have been the best polish for this because the consistency wasn't viscous enough. I think a thicker polish would have given me the crisp edges I wanted. My intention was to have all of my nails done with the jack-o-lanterns, but disaster struck on my last two nails resulting in my hand application of orange hex glitter from Born Pretty. 

The vinyls were also a bit of a challenge to work with as the eyes and the mouth did not peel off cleanly resulting in my having to physically poke them out with small tweezers. Usually when you peel off a vinyl, you want 90% of the bits to be left behind on the sticker sheet. 

Have a great day everyone and be sure to check out: Renee, Trysh and Eithne's blog and social media channels for their Halloween-themed manicures!

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