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Orange, blue and cream: K is for: Kitchen Sink

This week in the A2Z series challenge it’s K, and that means Kitchen Sink. A kitchen sink manicure is where you use “everything but the kitchen sink”. So it’s a bit like a skittlette, only all the nails are different, and you use a different technique for each one. Usually though, there is some sort of theme and/or the colours are consistent.

I chose cream, orange and blue and have an assortment of things on my nails. I used OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango.

I started with the water marble, in case it didn’t work out well, but I love it. It came out really well and I kind of wish I had it on all my nails. But that would defeat the purpose, eh!

The ring finger nail is a simple cream base with small square studs that I painted in the orange and blue polishes I used.

For the little finger nail, I freehanded the fishtail chevron tips. I was convinced I’d have to re-do it, but the Gods were on my side and it looked OK.

I completed the index finger nail last. I was thinking of stamping blue on cream, or doing a dotticure, but finally I opted to try some water colour bubbles. The effect is great, but I’m not entirely happy with it. I used the polishes watered down with acetone, and for a few of the bubbles I wasn’t quick enough and the acetone ate away the centres. Top coat filled those in nicely, but it isn’t as clean looking as I had pictured. Not bad for a first try though. I think the acrylic paint approach and water might be better for this technique and I might just give that a go soon.

Orange, blue and cream "kitchen sink" manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango
Orange, blue and cream “kitchen sink” manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango

After I’d finished this, I wish I had done the nails in a different order. I think the bubbles and the water marble are too similar, so should be further apart from each other. Perhaps I should have swapped the bubbles with the chevron tips. Balancing skittlette / kitchen sink manicures is not my forte.

Orange, blue and cream "kitchen sink" manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango
Orange, blue and cream “kitchen sink” manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal, Barry M Mango
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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SpaRitual Dynamics

This is the wonderful shade called Dynamics, from SpaRitual’s Spring 2015 collection, Rhythm.

It’s quite a difficult colour to describe, but my best effort is that it is a dusky, pale pinky-lilac creme. I can’t quite decide if it’s pink or lilac, but either way it’s right up my alley and a gorgeous colour for spring. I adore it!

This is 3 coats. I sometimes find that SpaRitual polishes take 3 coats to become opaque. But in fairness, this one was already OK at 2 coats, but I left it on too long before photographing it and wasn’t happy as I’d scuffed it a bit. So I added a third coat and another top coat before taking these pictures.

SpaRitual Dynamics
SpaRitual Dynamics

The Rhythm collection wasn’t supposed to be available until the end of January, but I’ve just had a peek on the SpaRitual UK website and it’s already on there – at £9.75 a bottle. I particularly like the look of the blue and the orange. For US readers, it’s expected to be available on the SpaRitual.com website in early February.

SpaRitual Dynamics
SpaRitual Dynamics

The collection is inspired by art and spirituality and consists of 6 shades:

  • Rhythm – a dusky pink-lilac creme
  • Pattern – orange glitter and in a grey base
  • Vibration – a pale pink creme
  • Cycles – an orange creme
  • Seasons – a yellow shimmer
  • Groove – a dusky cornflower blue creme

SpaRituals Spring 2015 Rhythm collection
SpaRituals Spring 2015 Rhythm collection

Here’s a short video about the collection, featuring Shel Pink, SpaRitual’s founder talking about the collection and its inspirations.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of SpaRitual Dynamics
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
  • (Actual manicure was: 2 coats, top coat, third coat, top coat)


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Dynamics was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.
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Holo chevrons (52 Week Challenge)

The 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge choices this time around are film and holo.

I didn’t have much time this week for nails, as I’ve had flu again. I’m never ill and yet I’ve had flu twice since Christmas. So, because of wasting three days of my life in bed this week, I kept things simple and chose the holo theme and added some holo to my existing manicure of Butter London Queen Vic.

I’ve used Orly Miss Conduct and painted chevrons using smART Nails stencils P064 and added some plain holo nails too.

It’s quite a subtle look and my camera just doesn’t play when it comes to holo, even with added flash.

Pink holographic chevrons using Butter London Queen Vic and Orly Miss Conduct
Pink holographic chevrons using Butter London Queen Vic and Orly Miss Conduct

I think these two colours play nicely together. Queen Vic is a lovely, classy pink-toned purple which really complements the pink holo of Miss Conduct.

I’m still very much in love with using smART Nails stencils. They’re so quick and easy to  use. If you want to order some, there’s free shipping in January on their website: www.smart-nails.com

Pink holographic chevrons using Butter London Queen Vic and Orly Miss Conduct
Pink holographic chevrons using Butter London Queen Vic and Orly Miss Conduct

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Butter London Queen Vic or two coats of Orly Miss Cnoduct
  • Chevrons: Orly Miss Conduct using smART Nails stencils P064
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Sephora Ka-Pow! with rhinestones: J is for: Jewel

I’ve not been very creative with this manicure. It’s for J is jewel in the A2Z series challenge and all I kept thinking of was sapphires.

So I chose my most sapphire-like polish – Sephora Ka-Pow! – and added some rhinestones.

The colour of Ka-Pow! is lovely – a deep blue with a lighter blue shimmer that gives it a metallic quality. Very shiny. I bought it when I visited France on holiday last summer. I do love its name.

Sephora Ka-Pow! with rhinestones
Sephora Ka-Pow! with rhinestones

The rhinestones are 3mm in diameter and clear. I wanted to add some blue ones, but the ones I have are teeny and they looked a bit lost on my nails.

Sephora Ka-Pow! with rhinestones
Sephora Ka-Pow! with rhinestones

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Spehora Ka-Pow!
  • Studs: 3mm clear rhinestones
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Pink and Aqua Tape Manicure (52 Week Challenge)

The themes for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challengeare dotting tools and/or pink and aqua and I’ve done a tape manicure using the colours option.

I wasn’t entirely sure what colour aqua is. I’ve always assumed that it’s short for aquamarine, which is a greeny sort of turquoise. I looked it up and it’s actually distinct from aquamarine, and is a cyan colour, exactly half way between green and blue. I’ve used Barry M Turquoise, which was what I thought was the closest I could get to it. But I realise now that Barry M Cyan Blue would have been better! I paired it with another favourite Barry M, Fuchsia, for the pink.

I’ve added in some silver too and created some chevron designs using Nail Vinyls.

Pink, aqua and silver tape manicure with chevrons using Barry M Foil Effects Silver, Turquoise and Fuchsia
Pink, aqua and silver tape manicure with chevrons using Barry M Foil Effects Silver, Turquoise and Fuchsia

My son loved this look and after I’d done just four fingernails, demanded that I do it on all my nails. I don’t always do the more bold designs on all my nails, in case I have an unexpected business meeting. But this time, I obliged him, and actually ended up wearing it for about five days in the end.

Pink, aqua and silver tape manicure with chevrons using Barry M Foil Effects Silver, Turquoise and Fuchsia
Pink, aqua and silver tape manicure with chevrons using Barry M Foil Effects Silver, Turquoise and Fuchsia

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: one coat of Barry M Foil Effects Silver, then single coats of Barry M Turquoise and Barry M Fuchsia
  • Chevron designs: made using Nail Vinyls
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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