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33DC Day 4: Tribal

I’ve not done tribal nails before, and it’s quite out of my comfort zone because for the most part it seems that most tribal designs warrant some freehand art of some sort or another. And freehand is really not my forte, but I had to go with it for the sake of the challenge.

First of all, I sponged on four different colurs over a base of white. I wasn’t trying to make a gradient at all, but my beige and orange have both mixed a little with the white, resulting in a creamy colour, which I’m not unhappy with, to be fair.

Then I added some dots and freehanded some patterns using my Barry M nail art pens in Black and White.

It’s not my best work, but boy is it better than my Mexican nails (coming up Wednesday, if you fancy a laugh – they are useless and I’m hoping I have time to do them all over again, but if not, they’ll be here for all to see).

Tribal nails 33DC
Tribal nails using Barry M Matt White, Blood Orange and nail art pens in Black and White; Model’s Own Nude Beige; and Essie Orange It’s Obvious

This is the first (published) manicure where I have used Glisten & Glow’s top coat, called HK Girl. I bought some from Rainbow Connection, having read reviews about it some months before. I am so pleased that you can now get it in the UK because it is a superb top coat. It is better than Seche Vite even. The first stage of drying – being dry to a slight touch – isn’t quite as fast as with Seche Vite, but it’s no slower than any other quick dry top coat. But the second stage of drying – being undentable – is faster than with Seche Vite, and it doesn’t leave the polish underneath all squashy and malleable. Oh, and there’s no shrinkage either. I love it and it’s now my favourite top coat. I am so glad I bought 4 bottles, as I think Rainbow Connection will probably run out of this very quickly.

Here’s a reminder of the remaining challenges.

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Matt White
  • Sponged colours:Barry M Blood Orange, Model’s Own Nude Beige, Barry M Matt White and Essie Orange, It’s Obvious
  • Tribal patterns: dots using Barry M Matt White and lines and dots using Barry M nail art pens in Black and White
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

 

Have a look at what everyone else doing the challenge has come up with:

 

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33DC Day 3: Tape Mani

My two most recent polish purchases are L’Oréal Color Riche Amazon Flower and NYC Blue Sky (which, like every other bottle of it I’ve ever seen, is mis-labelled as Raindrop). As the two newest, they are swatched next to each other on a nail wheel. I thought they complemented each other nicely, so chose them – along with silver – for this manicure, which is number three in the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge.

I quite like doing tape manicures and don’t find it too much of a bother. The outcomes can be lovely, so the time investment is always worth it for me.

I used a combination of striping tape and painters’ tape. My striping tape has never been much good – the stickiness is often left on the wheel as I unravel it – so I only use it sparingly and I much prefer painters’ tape, as I think it gives cleaner lines.

33DC Day 2 tape mani purple blue silver stripes
33DC Day 2: Tape Mani – stripes using OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, NYC Blue Sky (labelled Raindrop), L’Oréal Color Riche Amazon Flower, and Barry M Foil Effects Silver

The next challenge is tribal. It’s a good thing I have the weekend to do it. I have never done a tribal manicure and the thought is terrifying!

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Striped colours: NYC Blue Sky (mis-labelled as Raindrop), L’Oréal Color Riche Amazon Flower, Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Top coat: two coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

 

Have a look at what everyone else doing the challenge has come up with:

 

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33DC Day 2: Your Most Used Colour Polish

My most used polish is a bottle of Revlon All Fired Up. I am fairly certain that the polish was unique to Boots, and it was one of only about twelve polishes that I owned before I became rather obsessed with this little hobby of mine and before I started to keep my nails painted.

I’ve had it a while and red is such a classic colour that it’s easy to wear with anything. And that’s why it’s my most used polish.

I went back and forth with this challenge about what to do to add a nail art element to my manicure. I tried stamping, but I seem to have lost my stamping mojo, and it just wasn’t working for me. Then I tried out various ideas on a nail wheel, which only served to prove how useless I am with a striping brush. Ultimately therefore, I went with a technique I knew I could master, but in a style I’ve not done before.

So these are my fishtail nails. They have a base of Revlon All Fired Up, and then I added fishtail shaped tips using Barry M Foil Effects Silver and W7 Black. I added the silver using some tip guides, just so I could be sure I got crisp lines, but I freehanded the black as I couldn’t be sure I would get the guides straight as I couldn’t see under them to check if they were lined up properly.

Red black and silver fishtail nails
Red, black and silver fishtail nails using Revlon All Fired Up, Barry M Foil Effects Silver and W7 Black

 

And just for posterity, here’s my nails painted in just Revlon All Fired Up.

Revlon All Fired Up
Revlon All Fired Up

 

And here’s a reminder of the prompts for the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge. It’s a tape mani next – comfortable ground for me 🙂

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Revlon All Fired Up
  • Fishtail tips: Barry M Foil Effects Silver and W7 Black
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

 

Have a look at what everyone else doing the challenge has come up with:

 

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33DC Day 1: Dots

Today is the first day of the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge. I’ll be posting my challenge manicures three times a week on a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday for the next eleven weeks. I’ve not taken part in a challenge before, so I’m rather excited. But I’m also a bit daunted by some of the prompts. Goodness only knows how I’ll manage tribal nails or Mexican nails, for example!

This is only the third time I’ve done a dotticure. I have always been really worried that I will get it wrong. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I want my dots to be exactly round and exactly the same size. The fear of not being able to get that right is what has always put me off doing dots. I just need to learn to relax about it though, and not be so hard on myself. These aren’t perfect, but they look fantastic from a distance in real life; it’s just the zoom of the camera makes me cringe at what I see.

I copied this manicure from a photo I found on Flickr. I had pinned it and have been wanting to recreate it for some time. This challenge gave me the nudge to finally do so.

#33DC Day 1 Dots Multicoloured dots
#33DC Day 1 Dots: Multicoloured dots

I used all different brands of polish for the dots:

  • Yellow: MUA U&I
  • Blue: Barry M Blackberry
  • Light pink: Collection 2000 Candy Floss
  • Mint green: George Smarty Pants
  • Dark pink: Model’s Own Pink Blush
33DC Dots polishes
MUA U&I, Barry M Blackberry, Collection 2000 Candy Floss, George Smarty Pants, Model’s Own Pink Blush

These are the challenges for the next 32 days. I know lots of bloggers plan ahead and some have already completed a lot of the manicures. I’m quite organised, so I’ve listed them all in a spreadsheet, and have detailed some ideas for some of them, but I’ve not had the time to do any of them in advance, so this challenge could be hard work.

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of China Glaze White On White
  • Dots: MUA U&I, Barry M Blackberry, Collection 2000 Candy Floss, George Smarty Pants, Model’s Own Pink Blush
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

 

Have a look at what everyone else doing the challenge has come up with:

 

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Model’s Own Pink Blush was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

Emily De Molly When Planets Collide

This is the last of my Emily de Molly polishes that I bought back in June.

I don’t always match my polish with the seasons, but I guess I do for the large part, and this one seemed too dark to wear in the lovely summer weather we had this year, so it has waited until now.

It’s a black jelly base with blue, turquoise holographic, and orange glitter. I layered two coats over a single coat of W7 Black. The glitters twinkle as they catch the light, and this looked good in my office, which has overhead lights.

Emily De Molly When Planets Collide
Emily De Molly When Planets Collide

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour:one coat of W7 Black
  • Glitter coat: two coats of Emily de Molly When Planets Collide
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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