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Hello everyone! I’ve got an early morning treat for you guys! This is my final look for The Nail Challenge Collaborative’s Neon theme.

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The At Home Salon: Freehand Nail Art Tools

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(Couple items got missed in this preview collage since I’d forgotten about them until I started tagging my post, lol. Also, my brushes are missing from the post because they’re currently in storage, and I didn’t feel like going all the way there just to grab them. Also not pictured are my water marbling supplies, but that’s a plastic cup and some water.)

Another slightly different post from me today. I’ve built up quite the collection of nail art tools and supplies, but I don’t think I’ve ever spotlighted any of them. So today I’ve decided to spotlight everything I’ve got!

This is not going to include my stamping gear, that’s going to be in another post.

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31 Days of Manicures Day 28: Flag Inspired Nails

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I have known since I first heard of this challenge that I was doing this for Inspired by a Flag Day, and nothing was going to change my mind on it.

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Yes, I was inspired by the Finnish flag today.

Now, let me explain. I do not live in Finland. I have never even been there. I live in the States. However, my great grandmother (my grandmother’s – the one I discussed yesterday – mother) was a Finnish immigrant to the States, coming here with her mother and siblings when she was two years old, and I have had a love for Finland and my Finnish heritage for a while now. And what better way to continue honoring my late grandmother (who I was extremely close to) with today’s nails as well.

I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Hard to Get (who is getting a proper swatching later today). I did the blue with acrylic paint. Topped with NYC Extra Shiny Top Coat (it’s right there at my workstation, closer than my Sally Hansen lol)

A note on using acrylic paint vs polish for detail work: acrylic paint is easier to work with, especially for little details, but it can dry slower than polish (at least the blue paint dried slower than the blue polish I would have used for this, Revlon Royal, would have), and I was too hasty on the top coat. There was some smearing of the blue.

And now, to take it off. Not because I don’t like it, but because I have two more posts to prepare for: I’m finally making my haul/swatch video of the polishes I bought last week, and then I’m trying out the DIY version of the Essence Peel Off Base Coat for myself.

And for tomorrow, Inspired by the Supernatural (sorry folks, not the show, lol). I have two idea in my head, let’s see which I do.