View from the Salon Cherie waiting area
I intended to just get gel done on my natural nail (length) but wtf two nails on my left hand broke about a week before my appointment and obviously they were not going to catch up with the rest of my nails in that time, so I had to get them sculpted. Which is not a big deal of course, but it's just an added expense :|
My nails before -
I always get really "stressed" to come up with a nail design. That probably sounds really silly but I'm going to be spending at least $100 for it, and it's something I will want to live with for at least a month if I want to get my money's worth, so I'm always nervous about picking something I won't be happy with or having regrets about not going grander or something like that.
I decided to go simple with the gel design (no hand-painted complicated stuff like last time) and used this photo as inspiration -
|ahhh I'm so sorry but I can't find the source for this photo but I know it's from somewhere on Twitter...which obviously doesn't narrow it down.|
Then the fun part is the deco! I had a few pieces I knew I wanted to use, and then she worked around that.
Here is the result -
Sorry I don't have time right now to take DSLR photos in the daylight (wtf suddenly very busy) but hopefully these iPhone photos will do for now. I think by the time I have time to take good DSLR photos with natural light, they will be grown out a little bit at least. -__- As a result, this will be a pretty short blog post :|
[Ofc I will edit this later if/when I have time to take better photos but unfortunately I'm not sure when that will be wtf.]
Rady? I think it will easily match with a lot of my Liz Lisa wardrobe. I love how the combination of colors allows for a lot of variation in color with the 3D parts which isn't TOO matchy.
Overall, I'm happy with my nails. I usually like a little more length to balance out the heaviness of the 3D parts, but that's really my fault because I cut my nails done like a centimeter or so in mid February, and they didn't grow back as fast as I wanted wtf. This is my first time getting sculpted extensions (without a plastic tip) for the nails that broke and Mariko did an excellent job shaping them and worked really quickly. I hope they are as durable as my other nails. I was expecting the appointment to last 3 hours, but I was out in 2.5, even with Mariko moving back and forth between me and another patron and switching with another nail tech who did the more mundane, simple tasks.
I wasn't really going to mention this, because I don't want to be disappointed with the nail set, but I'm pretty sure that the butterfly that was applied to my thumb nail is missing 2 pink rhinestones on the right wing. This kind of ruins it a little for me, but tbh it's not very obvious. I just wish I had noticed while in the salon and had asked her to just stick a few to add on. I know it's not that they fell off since I left the salon because the gaps are filled with gel lol. Anyway, small grievance about a small detail, but otherwise I'm pretty happy.
|here's my ootd for getting my nails done :)|
1888 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815