The last time I wrote anything nail-related was in 2015. Here it is, 2 years later, I’m married to the love of my life *aww* This post will mark the first of the wedding series, where I’ll share few bits of pieces of our pre and wedding details.
Alright, wedding nails. I made it a decision early that I have to use gel polish. I didn’t want to fuss about my nails, looking at them, searching and wondering whether they’d chipped or not. As much as I dislike the removals and how they make my thin nails even thinner afterward, I have to make an exception. Gel polish is practically foolproof and that’s what I need.
So, here are the nails I wear happily on my big day.
From the very beginning, I didn’t want any of those too-elaborated designs. 3D flowers embellishments, not my thing. Definitely, no extensions either because long nails make me uncoordinated and too cautious, hindering my normal, day-to-day activity.
I was actually fine with using a single base solid color until I decided to browse around and found several different ideas I could go with.
After deliberating, I chose an upcycled variation of a french manicure, inspired by Polish Infatuated’s design. On hers, she used soft colors with silver glitter. I was inspired by its classic approach with an added touch of charm. It’s the kind of aesthetic I’m looking for in my wedding nails.
I had the manicure done 5 days before the D-Day. I realized I don’t have the time to go out to a nail salon anymore. So the next best thing is having it come to me. This is the first time I’ve ever tried any of these mobile services, so I don’t know what to expect. I chose to try Spalosophy. My sister had used their services several times in the past and she seems to enjoy it considering the repeat order. That same day, I contacted them and have my nails done.
As a note, I did show them several designs I have in mind first (via WhatsApp), making sure they’ll send the right manicurist for the job. They even sent me several names of the gel polish I can choose from. Right on! I also made sure they have glitters because it is key in this look. This is important if you have a specific design in mind, or wanting to have any kind of design. I know some nail services specialize in intricate designs and some don’t. It doesn’t hurt to always ask beforehand.
I have several requests from my followers through Instagram DM asking me the name of base gel polish color. After a quick search (scrolling old conversations), I remembered what she used on me: Perfect Match Mi Amour. On me, it pulled greyish instead of a pink nude which I actually prefer! It gives a modern touch of nude nails. And it also matches my wedding dress 😀
I chose gold instead of silver glitter simply because my wedding ring is in the same tone. Thank goodness, the gold tone isn’t too yellow, otherwise, I’d be forced to think of a plan B. I asked the manicurist to draw the glitter thinly as I didn’t want it to attract too much attention. It still needs to translate as a french manicure, instead of striped nails.
In case you’re interested in trying Spalosophy’s nail services, here’s a short review. First, I was surprised that the manicurist came all set up. The large bag she brought with her contains everything, including plastic to cover the floor, small stool for her to sit on and a bucket to soak the feet. All I need to provide was warm/cool water and electricity for the LED nail lamp to work. Everything else, just turn on that sit-and-relax mode.
The nail polish selection is limited though. It’s understandable because she can’t carry extensive colors, heavy bottles in tow all the time. That being said, it’s more than enough if you’re only going to do fairly simple designs with not too many fancy colors and ornaments. Of course, as I said above, always ask before confirming the service.
The manicurist did a fantastic, meticulous work on my nails! I absolutely love the final result! She was able to follow the design guideline and make adjustments as needed. As a nail art-enthusiast, I definitely appreciate her attention to details. Apart from that, she did the actual manicure well too. She cleaned, trimmed and buffed the nails to the way I want it. Everything was pleasant from start to finish. Her name is Mbak Icha, in case you want to get the same nails (and experience) as I did 😀
I totally get why people enjoy this kind of service. We can get pretty much the same thing done sans the traffic we have to face, the time wasted on the way and other obstacles. It’s an absolute convenience for busy bees.
And if you’re wondering how the nails pair with the wedding ring…
All of the photos were taken 3 weeks after the initial manicure so pardon the nail bed showing.
Yep! I love my wedding nails! The understated design is still also considered to be work-appropriate and I can don it with all kinds of outfit. It’s definitely on the minimalist side for a “bridal”, but I wasn’t going for the frou-frou. The thin gold glitter echoes the wedding ring, subtly and ever-so-slightly.