It mayyy or mayyy not have been a mistake (really draw out those "may's" when you say it... my trainer talks like that and it's pretty much hilarious).
I began by creating a french tip on my nails with Sally Hansen Midnight In NY. If you missed how I create my french tips, you can always go back and check that out here.
For some reason, black always sticks to my nails and it's always really hard to make nice, clean lines with my brush and acetone. So I apologize for the staining and messiness which will be more apparent in the upcoming photos.
Now, at this point, I should have applied my Nickel and Dime-mond franken, even though I didn't love the way it turned out. Instead, I really wanted the look of the original, bright rainbow flakies on my tips. So I pulled out my jar of flakies.
I had never tried anything like this before so I just sort of dove in head-first. Over my black tips, I would apply a thin coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri topcoat. Immediately after, I would dip my finger into my flakie jar. When I pulled it out my whole nail tip would be covered in flakies. I would gently brush off the loose ones with my fingers. For the ones that were stuck but still sitting on top of my smile line (creating an uneven line), I would push those down toward my tip with my cuticle pusher tool (whatever it's called). I repeated this process for each of my ten nails.
After I was satisfied with that look, I applied 2 coats of Gelous to the tip of each nail. I finished with one coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. After letting my nails sit for about an hour, I went back over them and buffed off the rough spots and the flakies that hung over the tips of my nails.
Sheesh. Had I known it was going to be such a laborious process I would've just skipped it and applied my franken over the black tips. So, what do you think?
To be quite honest, this manicure was definitely more work than it was worth. My nails still feel really bumpy from the little flakies, and this has also been chipping easily. In fact, some of the flakies just seem to peel off for no reason. I have had this on for 2 days now and although I'm not impressed with the application or staying power of it, I just can't get over how awesome and stained-glass-like the tips look.