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Red Roses Over Black: Gothic: FingerFood’s Theme Buffet

It’s Gothic today for the FingerFood’s Theme Buffet challenge and I was devoid of all inspiration. I Googled a bit and thought about doing more of an 80s Gothic look, using black and spiky studs. But it wasn’t something I fancied wearing and I wanted to keep my manicure for the whole day.

So I chose to stamp some red roses over black. It’s sort of Gothic … I think.

The base is two coats of W7 Black and I’ve stamped using A England Perceval and the MoYou London Pro 10 XL plate.

Perceval stamps beautifully, and by the final nail (the index finger), I’d worked out how to stop the annoying missing bits I get with MoYou plates due to them being etched so deeply. I discovered that a second application of polish and another scrape fills in the air bubbles and stamps beautifully. I could probably just scrape more lightly, but I had run out of nails to try it on by this point, so I’ll try that next time.

Red roses stamped over W7 Black using A England Perceval and MoYouLondon Pro 10 XL
Red roses stamped over W7 Black using A England Perceval and MoYouLondon Pro 10 XL

 

Finger Foods Theme Buffet 2

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats ofW7 Black
  • Stamping polish:A England Perceval
  • Stamping plate: MoYou London Pro 10 XL
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Scofflaw This Must Be The Place: Indie: Never-ending Pile Challenge

… For today’s indie prompt in the Never-ending Pile challenge, I had so many polishes to choose from, and went with one I’ve been dying to wear, but just somehow haven’t got around to: Scofflaw This Must Be The Place.

It’s a cream coloured base with pink and purple micro-glitters and small gold flakies. It’s very pretty and delicate, and I believe it was developed by the maker for her own wedding. I used two coats over undies of one coat of OPI My Vampire Is Buff.

I tried stamping over it, testing different patterns in gold, white and purple, but everything just detracted from the beautiful polish. There was a wheel of studs still out on my desk that I’d used for my manicure using OPI Excuse Moi!, and I thought some small gold studs would enhance the manicure without being too showy.

Scofflaw This Must Be The Place, with round gold studs
Scofflaw This Must Be The Place, with round gold studs
The Glittah Pirates: The Neverending Pile Challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Undies: one coat of OPI My Vampire Is Buff
  • Colour: Scofflaw This Must Be The Place
  • Round gold studs
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Ciaté Cupcake Queen with glequins: Hot Pink: GOT Polish Challenge

I seem to be wearing a lot of pinks and corals at the moment. Seeing as I’ve always considered pink to be my least favourite colour (after the abhorrence that is green, of course), that’s surprising. But I am mainly choosing to do it, so I think my contempt for pink may be waning. So, for the hot pink prompt in the Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge, I was quite happy to pick out and wear a suitable pink shade.

This is Ciaté Cupcake Queen, a mini that came in 2012′s Mini Mani Month advent calendar. It’s a bright pink with a subtle blue shimmer to it.

I was going to do some stamping, as I seem to have neglected it recently, but concluded that it might obscure the pink too much. So, in preference, I chose to add some light pink glequins in a polka dot arrangement.

These are fab nails. The glequins sparkle and flash in the sun, and that, added to the hot pink, make it such a summery, cheery manicure.

Ciate Cupcake Queen pink glequins polka dots
Ciaté Cupcake Queen with pink glequin polka dots
Golden Oldie Thursday 2

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Ciaté Cupcake Queen
  • Light pink glequins
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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OPI Excuse Moi!: Jelly: Never-ending Pile Challenge

I had three untried jelly polishes to choose from for today’s Never-ending Pile challenge.

I went with OPI Excuse Moi!, which came from the Muppets collection that was released at Christmas 2011. I wasn’t even into painting my nails then (I got hooked in the summer of 2012), but I bought this just recently, in January, from TK Maxx, which often sells old polishes at reduced prices.

It applied beautifully. The glitters just swept effortlessly and evenly onto the nails, without any dragging. This is a mixture of pink, blue, silver, gold, green and orange small hex glitters, along with a generous amount of silver micro glitter, all suspended in a berry red jelly base.

I added a stripe of Barry M Pomegranate down the centre of two nails and added some studs. I’m very much into having my middle and ring fingers as matching accents at the moment.

That being said, I am disappointed with this manicure. I think the stripe is too wide, and so covers too much of the glitter. I think perhaps it might have been better to have the colour at the edges, and have the studs sit on the glitter.

OPI Excuse Moi Barry M Pomegranate square silver studs
OPI Excuse Moi with accent nails using Barry M Pomegranate and square silver studs
The Glittah Pirates: The Neverending Pile Challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Base colour: three coats of OPI Excuse Moi!
  • Accent nails: Barry M Pomegranate and studs
  • Top coat: one coat of Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Fresh Therapies Natural Nail Polish Remover

I spotted the Fresh Therapies Natural Nail Polish Remover in Scratch magazine and thought it looked good.  It’s supposedly more gentle on your nails and cuticles, leaving them less prone to dehydration, weakness and cracking.

Sounds good to me. My nails are dry, weak and tend to split, peel and crack and I know that my regular use of acetone contributes to this. However, I do always try to moisturise my hands and fingers at least once a day, and use cuticle oil once or twice a day too. This regime seems to help, but if I could still do that and use a better polish remover as well, then that would be the best situation.

So, I purchased a sample of this polish remover to try out. I was quite surprised when it arrived and it was in a teeny, tiny bottle. I haven’t measured it, and it doesn’t say, but my guess is that it’s about 2 or 3ml. It was only £1 though, including postage, so not too much to splash out.

Fresh Therapies natural Nail Polish remover
Sample bottle of Fresh Therapies Natural Nail Polish Remover

To test the remover, I removed the polish from a manicure where each nail had the same on it. I removed one nail using my usual acetone (with a touch of glycerine) and one with the Fresh Therapies remover. I used a lint-free pad and kept in on the nail for about ten seconds, before swiping the polish off the nail.

With the acetone, this took four swipes in total and all the polish was gone, except a little under the free edge, which I typically clean off using a brush afterwards.

With the Fresh Therapies remover, it didn’t break down the top layers of polish anywhere near as successfully, and the first three or four swipes only took a small amount of polish off.  I ended up using twenty-one swipes to get all the polish off, and had to employ a bit of rubbing too. Because it doesn’t evaporate like acetone, it left my nails wet, which I’m not used to. But it did smell nice; it had a lovely lime freshness.

Acetone versus Fresh Therapies remover comparison
Polish remover comparison: acetone (left) versus Fresh Therapies Natural Polish Remover (right)

So, what’s my verdict? I was disappointed. This remover just doesn’t work as well as acetone, and I wouldn’t buy it. (Those of you who use non-acetone remover may find it’s comparable though).

It’s also very expensive. A 50ml bottle costs £8.99 (plus £3 postage and packing). I buy litre bottles of acetone from Sally’s for £6.49. So my acetone costs 32.5 pence for the equivalent amount that I’d get in a bottle of £8.99 Fresh Therapies remover. If you look at it the other way around, the price differential is clearer to see: that would be nearly £180 for a litre bottle of the Fresh Therapies remover.

Much as I like the idea of using a more natural product that doesn’t dry out the nails so much, it didn’t work as efficiently as acetone does, and it just doesn’t make financial sense, especially seeing as I get through so much remover.

 

 

 

Navy, silver and blue fishtail

The theme in today’s FingerFood’s Theme Buffet challenge is fishtail.

Now to some people, fishtail means a braided pattern, and to others it means a curved chevron French tip sort of design.

I’ve gone with the latter (as it’s easier – ha ha), but I have done braided nails before.

I started with a base of the polish I was already wearing: Rimmel Midnight Blue. Then, using curved chevron guides, I added tips in Barry M Silver Foil Effects. The blue – Rimmel Blue Eyed Girl – was freehanded on, as I couldn’t be sure if I’d get the lines evenly spaced if I used more French tip guides, as they would have to cover up what had already been painted. As it turned out, I was a fraction out with the right-hand sweep on my ring finger, but it’s hardly noticeable.

I really love these nails. They’re very “me” … the colours, the geometry, the lines, the symmetry.

Navy, silver, blue fishtail
Navy, silver, blue fishtail using Rimmel Midnight Blue, Barry M Silver Foil Effects and Rimmel Blue Eyed Girl
Finger Foods Theme Buffet 2

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Rimmel Midnight Blue
  • Fishtail chevrons: Barry M Silver Foil Effects and Rimmel Blue Eyed Girl
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Purple, Silver and Black Skittlette: Random Untried: Never-ending Pile Challenge

It’s time for a random untried in the Never-ending Pile challenge. And I’ve used two for this one!

My first untried is the purple: Rimmel Purple Reign. It’s a lovely shade of purple that has an almost imperceptible gold shimmer to it. You can only see it really close up and it doesn’t seem to alter the polish as it still looks like a solid creme. This is two coats.

The second is the glitter: W7 Moondust. I’ve used three coats without undies. It’s micro glitter in silver, pale blue and pinky-red.

Purple, silver, black skittlette
Purple, silver, black skittlette using Rimmel Purple Reign, W7 Moondust, W7 Black and Sinful Colors Snow Me White

It took my inspiration from a manicure I saw on Pinterest – I just changed the colours (sorry if you can’t see this in your reader – I know it doesn’t show up in Feedly – you’ll need to open the post itself if you want to see it):

 

The Glittah Pirates: The Neverending Pile Challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Purple: two coats of Rimmel Purple Reign
  • Glitter: three coats of W7 Moondust
  • Dots: Rimmel Purple Reign and Sinful Colors Snow Me White over one coat of W7 Black
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Coral: GOT Polish Challenge

I had about three or four old corals to choose from for this week’s Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge.

I chose L’Oréal Dating Coral, which is a bright coral with a very subtle shimmer to it. I needed three coats for it to be opaque, but anyone less fussy than me might get away with just two thickish ones.

I created some four-petal flowers using OPI My Vampire Is Buff and Barry M Guava.

I’ve adjusted the image to try to get the coral to show correctly, but I stopped short of getting there completely because it made my hands very yellow and the turquoise was becoming too blue. So, this isn’t colour accurate for the coral – it should be less magenta and more orange than this.

Coral turquoise white four petal flowers pattern
Coral, turquoise and white four petal flowers pattern

 

Golden Oldie Thursday 2

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of L’Oréal Color Riche Dating Coral
  • Flowers: OPI My Vampire Is Buff and Barry M Guava
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Guest post over at The Crumpet

Right at the end of last year, Debbie from The Crumpet named mine as one of the blogs to watch in 2014. I felt so honoured to be named alongside some truly brilliant nail artists. And very flattered to be named as such by Debbie, who is the undisputed star of nail bogging in the UK.

Now, I’ve been privileged to be invited to guest post for The Crumpet blog, which has left me even more excited.

I agonised over what nail art to create for my guest post. It needed to be something laudable enough to warrant being showcased on Debbie’s fab blog. I don’t really think I’ve particularly succeeded, but you can make your own mind up by popping over to The Crumpet and having a look.

I do have some photos here, but the description and detail is on Debbie’s blog post.

Abstract coral green black cream flowers for The Crumpet

I usually only take one photo for my blog, but took another for Debbie as she has several photos for each look.

Abstract coral green black cream flowers for The Crumpet 2

My manicure isn’t an original design; I’ve taken it from a pattern I saw while browsing on Pinterest:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of OPI My Vampire Is Buff
  • Pattern: dotted on using China Glaze For Audrey, Barry M Papaya, OPI My Vampire Is Buff and W7 Black
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Pastel Water Marble: Never-ending Pile Challenge

For the second in the Never-ending Pile challenge prompts, it’s pastel.

I seem to have done a lot of pastel nails recently, so couldn’t immediately come up with much inspiration. And it wasn’t helped by only having four or five pastel untrieds.

I decided on a water marble, and after trying with some Ciaté polishes that didn’t work too well, I used two L’Oréal polishes that worked brilliantly.

So, I have a starburst style water marble using L’Oréal Riviera Lavender, a darkish lilac, and L’Oréal Creamy Angora, a pale peach. I’m really pleased with how it’s come out.

L'Oreal peach lilac pastel starburst water marble
Peach and lilac pastel starburst water marble, using L’Oréal Riviera Lavender and L’Oréal Creamy Angora

I only did two water marbled nails – I couldn’t bank on getting more great results – so the other nails were painted in three coats of Creamy Angora over white. I wouldn’t normally paint peach over white, but I’d already prepped all my nails ready to water marble all of them.

The Glittah Pirates: The Neverending Pile Challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Undies (all nails): one coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Water marble nails: L’Oréal Color Riche Riviera Lavender and L’Oréal Color Riche Creamy Angora
  • Plain nails: three coats of L’Oréal Color Riche Creamy Angora
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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