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60s Psychedelic Swirls Skittle (52 Week Challenge)

The themes this week in the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge are ’60s and matte/texture. I’ve gone with the ’60s. I have been trying to combine two prompts if possible, but I couldn’t bear to mattify these 60s psychedelic swirls, so left them glossy.

These are done using the dry marble / needle drag technique, as inspired by a fairly recent manicure by @sevta_sanders on Instagram (although I’ve done this differently to hers). I painted a thickish coat of base coat first, then immediately lightly placed a wide stripe of the other colour down the middle of my nail. Then with my smallest dotting tool – the one that’s practically a point – I pulled through the polish, circling from the outside inwards to the centre. I had to work quickly to get this look, and I re-did the blue and orange one about five times before I was happy! Also, because I could only do one base coat, I chose Barry M polishes, which are pretty opaque, especially the Gellys.

I am actually a child of the sixties, but I wasn’t really old enough during the decade to know if this look is right or not. Are they fab, cool, far out, hip and groovy enough do you think?

60s psychedelic swirls skittle
60s psychedelic swirls skittle using Barry M polishes

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Index: Barry M Bright Purple and Barry M Lemon Ice Cream
  • Middle: Barry M Pink Punch and Barry M Cyan Blue
  • Ring: Barry M Blood Orange and Barry M Key Lime
  • Little: Barry M Damson and Barry M Mango
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Red with glittery gold stripes

I’ve been going through a bit of a nail art rut recently, so I have been trawling Instagram and Pinterest to get some inspiration. I was struck by this manicure by nailsofjessek on Instagram and decided to recreate it, only with a different coloured base.

So this is two coats of China Glaze High Roller, with added stripes of glittery gold, using China Glaze I’m Not Lion.

High Roller is quite jelly-like, and would have looked less sheer had I used three coats rather than two.

I think the trawling has helped reignite some nail art creativity, and I have a few more ideas now. The addition of another challenge has also helped.

Red with gold glitter stripes, using China Glaze High Roller and China Glaze I'm Not Lion
Red with gold glitter stripes, using China Glaze High Roller and China Glaze I’m Not Lion

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of China Glaze High Roller
  • Glitter: China Glaze I’m Not Lion
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Dark Metal Lacquer Cuticle Oil

Kam from Dark Metal Lacquer very kindly sent me some of her grapefruit scented cuticle oil to try out.

I make my own cuticle oil and I have a bottle in the living room and a bottle on my desk in my office, but despite this, I’m always forgetting to use it. But this oil from Dark Metal Lacquer comes in a pen dispenser and has been an absolute godsend. I’ve left it in the car and have been applying it at traffic lights and in jams (there are lots of those in London). I can’t use the other cuticle oils that I own in the car; I’m sure I’d spill the open bottle all down me. But this little click pen is much more convenient. You simply remove the cap and click the base clockwise, which dispenses a small amount of oil onto the brush. It’s easy then to swipe the brush around the edge of the cuticle.

I really adore the grapefruit scent. I don’t like to eat the fruit itself, but I do love the smell (and have been known to demolish grapefruit flavour sweets). There are other scents available too: coconut, lemon, vanilla, rose and almond.

Dark Metal Lacquer grapefruit cuticle oil
Dark Metal Lacquer grapefruit cuticle oil

I’ve been using it for about ten days now. I’ve used it every single day, and I put that down to the handy format that it comes in. Ultimately, this means that my cuticles are in much better shape. Before, I would frequently forget to use cuticle oil, even though I have bottles stashed where I *can* easily use them. I think having this in a format I can use in the car is the real benefit. There’s not much else to distract you in the car when you’re stopped in traffic, so it’s become second nature for me to apply some oil.

I also love that the pen is refillable, meaning I can replenish the oil when it runs out. Kam’s oil contains jojoba oil, which my own does, and which I rate very highly for nails and cuticles. She’s also put in rice bran oil, grapeseed oil and tea tree essential oil. The oil costs just £4 and can bought from the Dark Metal Lacquer shop.


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Products shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Barry M pink gradient with stamping (52 Week Challenge)

The two prompts for the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge this week are 3-colour gradient and pink. I’ve combined the two prompts once again and done a pink gradient.

However, I couldn’t leave it just like that, so I also stamped over it.

All the polishes I’ve used are Barry M polishes: Rose Hip, Dragon Fruit and Pink Punch for the gradient, and Pomegranate for the stamping.

The stamping wasn’t perfect as there were a few air bubbles, but I filled them in with a tiny nail art brush. (Perfectionist, moi?)

Pink gradient stamped nails using Barry M: Rose Hip, Dragon Fruit, Pink Punch and Pomegranate
Pink gradient stamped nails using Barry M: Rose Hip, Dragon Fruit, Pink Punch and Pomegranate

Next week’s prompts are interesting. I have no ideas yet about what I’m going to do :/

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient: Barry M Rose Hip, Barry M Dragon Fruit, Barry M Pink Punch
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Pomegranate
  • Stamping plate: CICI & SISI 06
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Leopard print: Y is for: You’re A Peach

I only have two polishes beginning with the letter Y: OPI Yodel Me On My Cell and Nails Inc You’re A Peach. And for the penultimate week in the A to Z series challenge I chose to use You’re A Peach and did some leopard nails.

I’ve never really done leopard print nails before. I’ve done a couple of manicures that have half a nail with leopard spots, and I’ve done rainbow mini leopard print. But never “proper” leopard print.

I thought the peach base would suit leopard nicely. I painted two coats, then added the dots using just the brush of Nails Inc Porchester Place and went around them using W7 Black and a small dotting tool.

Peach leopard print Nails Inc You're A Peach
Peach leopard print using Nails Inc You’re A Peach, Nails Inc Porchester Place and W7 Black

 

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

OPI You’re Such A Budapest (PMP)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Nails Inc You’re A Peach
  • Leopard spots: Nail Inc Porchester Place and W7 Black
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Teal gradient (52 Week Challenge)

I’m starting a new nail art challenge, the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge. It sounds daunting that it’s for a whole year, but it’s only one manicure a week, so I’m sure I can cope :)

There are two prompts each week and you can do one or both of the prompts, or you can combine the two. This week the two prompts are two colour gradient, and teal. So in this instance I have combined the two – and I am going to aim to do this every week, where possible – and I’ve done a teal, two colour gradient.

I used China Glaze For Audrey and A England Galahad. After I’d taken photos, I stamped over the top with a darker teal still, but the stamping was poor so I removed it and left it as it was.

Teal gradient using China Glaze For Audrey and A England Galahad
Teal gradient using China Glaze For Audrey and A England Galahad

 

Next week the prompts are very easily combinable (is that a word?), but there are some harder ones further down the line!

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: one coat of China Glaze For Audrey
  • Gradient: China Glaze For Audrey and A England Galahad
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Blue glitter crosses: X is for: Xs

It’s letter X this week in the A to Z series challenge. I don’t have a polish that begins with X. I don’t even have any where the brands begin with X (Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear springs to mind … but I don’t have any).

So I had to be a bit more creative this week, and I’ve put some Xs on my nails.   I didn’t intend for them to look like Scottish saltires, but they did turn out a bit like that.

I used Ciaté Ferris Wheel as the base. It’s a pastel, baby blue. It’s a gorgeous colour, but it took three coats – four on some nails – for it to be perfect. After adding some straight Nail Vinyls, I added Ciaté Glass Slipper, a cyan blue glitter that came with the 2012 Ciaté advent calendar. The smell was very off-putting; very chemically; a real ‘funky’ smell. But the glitter is nice :)

Blue X glitter nails Ciate Ferris Wheel Glass Slipper
Blue diagonal cross glitter nails using Ciaté Ferris Wheel and Ciaté Glass Slipper

 

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

MoYou Pro XL (PMP)

Cirque XX (AnnaBean)

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear  Raspberry Rave (Penny Pinching Polish)

Xyloid (Starfish Nails)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Ciaté Ferris Wheel
  • Glitter: Ciaté Glass Slipper
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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The Nail Arcade Rainbow Chess: September Polish Party

The Polish Party is one year old this month, so the theme is birthday / party / celebrations nails.

I tried to copy the Polish Party logo and had a stab using a few different methods for painting multi-coloured streamers onto my nails. It failed. Abysmally.

So next, I attempted to paint some cupcakes. It also failed. Even more abysmally. The cupcakes looked like a five year-old had painted them and the nails didn’t even get photographed.

Finally, rather than trying to create some party nails, I instead put the party on my nails. I used The Nail Arcade’s Rainbow Chess, a clear base jam-packed with square, multi-coloured, matte glitters. It certainly looks like a party in miniature, with tons of rainbow-coloured confetti.

Rainbow Chess multi-coloured square glitter
The Nail Arcade Rainbow Chess over China Glaze White On White

Rachel of the The Nail Arcade has an Etsy shop and a Facebook page. Rainbow Chess was a limited edition, and as the shop owner Rachel is now at university, she doesn’t sell polish at the moment, just lots of nail art bits and bobs.

Happy birthday Polish Party! If you want to join in next month, please join at the Facebook page.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Base colour: two coats of China Glaze White On White
  • Glitter: The Nail Arcade Rainbow Chess
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl



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Here are the other Polish Party manicures for this month:

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Purple shimmer and creme with striping tape: W is for: Wild With Passion and Wine And Dine

It’s letter W this week in the A to Z series challenge. I couldn’t decide between two purple Ws, so I used them both to create a half and half manicure with some striping tape inthe middle.

The cream on the top half of the nail is NYC Wild With Passion. It’s a red-toned purple, with a mildly jelly-like formula until a second coat is applied. After I’d painted the whole nail, I roughly added on a coat of H&M Wine And Dine on the bottom half of my nails. Then I covered the join with some purple striping tape, sent to me by Tara from Tara’s Talons.

The two colours are pretty similar, so the difference between the shimmer and the creme isn’t so obvious, except in close up.

Purple half and half striping tape NYC Wild With Passion H&M Wine And Dine
Purple half and half with striping tape, using NYC Wild With Passion and H&M Wine And Dine

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Butter London Wallis (PMP)

Shimmer Polish Wendy (PennyPinchingPolish)

Barry M Watermelon / Waikiki (Starfish Nails)

Nails Inc Wardour Mews (AnnaBean)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of NYC Wild With Passion; H&M Wine And Dine
  • Striping tape: purple
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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V is for: Vixen: pink with flower accent

For V this week in the A to Z series challenge I’ve used Vixen by Collection 2000. It’s a striking pink with a fuchsia shimmer.

I paired it with the pale pink of No Excuses by George and created a dotted flowers accent nail.

You may notice that my nails are really short. This is the shortest they have been in a very long time. Looking back over old photos, I think this is the shortest they have been since I started blogging. They’re more manageable this length, but I prefer them longer, certainly in photos they look nicer longer. It’s my index finger nail that is causing the problems. It often breaks at the corner (on the left as you look at the photo) and it’s particularly flaky and peeling also at the moment, meaning any initial damage at a corner will often spread across the nail. So, I’ve taken them all down in length – the index nail is still comparatively shorter – I will just have to be patient while they grow again.

Collection 2000 Vixen pink shimmer flowers accent
Collection 2000 Vixen, with dotted flowers accent nail using George No Excuses

 

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Nails Inc Victoria (PMP)

Barry M Vanilla (StarfishNails)

No7 Vivid Violet / Nails Inc Villiers Street (AnnaBean)

Femme Fatale Vortex Remnants (PennyPinchingPolish)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Collection 2000 Vixen
  • Accent nail: three coats of George No Excuses, plus dotted flowers using Collection 2000 Vixen
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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