Big Bad Breakage (Breaking Bad?)
Oh lucky day, I broke another nail. This one was a bad one, too. I was sitting outside with the boys, filing down pretty significant length. My nails, like my hair, grow fast. I have to do pretty significant filing every couple of weeks. I like to do it while they’re still polished because it helps make the free edge more visible. I have weird perception issues where my squared ends always seem slightly off-perpendicular to my finger, so making that edge more visible is a big help.
Then the boys decided they wanted to go for a bike ride. We donned helmets and headed off down the street on our new-skool big wheels. Jacob got going on a slight downhill run and I had to chase after him to slow him down. I reached for that handle just as he planted his feet to stop and WHAMMO! Broken nail. Damn. At least I lost it in the line of duty.
I considered pulling off the broken edge, but instead made a protective fist and finished our walk. When we got back I left them in the care of their father and went inside to see if I could patch something so major.
Time to break out the Orly Nail Rescue again! I brushed it down with nail glue, then dipped it in the powder. I gave it a moment to dry, then brushed and dipped again. I tried to nudge the broken part back into alignment as the glue set. I basically had a big lump of drying compound, because I just wanted it reinforced. Better to get some structure around the break and file it down than be too conservative.
I let it dry fully, then applied a coat of CND Stickey base coat and two coats of Milani’s Sail Away. Sail Away is a richly pigmented micro-glitter blue that applied nearly perfectly in one coat. It was a nice discovery, since my last Milani experience was Green Glow, a dreadful sheer green. I did a second coat just to smooth it out fully. I was also trying to put some additional reinforcement around the break by layering on lacquer. Over the next few days as I swap out manis and do some additional buffing, it will get down to a pretty natural thickness. I topped it with one layer of Out the Door quick dry top coat.