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After Dinner Mint-icure

September celebrations are over, but it doesn’t quite feel like fall yet. Oh wait, it never will, the choices for seasons in Belize: “wet” or “dry”.  Well, I decided to squeeze in one more “summery” manicure, before I get all excited for Halloween manicures! I’ve been having an obsession with the colour “mint” lately.


So I had to go with mint for my theme, but not just any mint,


After Dinner Mints!

aka Minty Moos (so named by my grandmother).  I have also named my Mint robot floor cleaner “Minty Moo”.  He’s just so amazing.  I think he’s almost alive (after watching Wall-E), and he deserved a name for all the dog hair and dead spiders he picks up.

OK, back to the subject.

Always base coat first! I don’t like to show this step because my nails are grossly stained from never-ending nail polishings.  Base coats claim to prevent staining, but I have yet to find one that does.  I use it mainly for adhesion of the nail polish, to make it last as long as possible.

Then 2 coats of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Mint Sorbet”


Then accent nail of Sally Hansen Gem Crush in “Big Money”, which is a pale (maybe 10K shade) gold glitter with bigger lavender flecks in it. 2 coats.


Then I used these different sized nail art rhinestones that come in a wheel, and these crystal stickers that I think are really meant for scrap-booking. They come on a clear glue-like sticker, so just dig them off of the glue backing to use them. (not the jumbo sized ones obviously)


While the glitter polish is still wet, place the stones randomly on the accent nail. I used different sizes of light pink, light green, baby blue, and lavender.


Top coat of Seche Vite


Mint anyone?