Friday, 28 February 2014

ILNP - Grape Taffy Goes Steampunk! (And how a Vault is a good AND a bad idea)

Hi Goddesses

I want to explain a little bit today about how my whole "vault" situation arose, as this mani is a perfect example.

Pretty much, for the last 2 years, I've been obsessed with building a vault of manis I could fall back on, if for any reason I couldn't post for a month.  Often, this meant doing a swatch, and then arting over it, so that 2 posts were created every time I did my nails.  Also, as some of you know, I paint both hands differently each day, so that could often make 4 manis in each "round" of painting.  And some days, I could get 6 rounds done.  Yes, maths you do now mmmm.

As you can imagine, this resulted in a lot of quantity, but not so high on the quality.  When you challenge yourself to "quickly plop some stamping on top", you're never going to end up with a nuanced or imaginative mani.

So for 2 years, this is how the vault grew.  It also meant that most things inside it stagnated.  They weren't sensational enough to be dragged out to play, so often they could languish there for months (and some even managed a year!)

Also, the pressure of the vault meant that new manis were never posted as quickly as I wanted, and I ended up in this horrible twilight between the 2.   So ultimately my salvation became a prison, and in an act of rebellion and spontaneity, that's why it's being emptied, so I am only tied to the now and the future.

And today's mani is LOVELY.  I really really liked it, and it hasn't deserved to sit in the Vault since 16th August lol.   This has ILNP Grape Taffy on base, with this brilliant stamp from Cheeky 33 on top, courtesy of Essie Penny Talk, and a lick of matte top coat.

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