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33DC Day 30: the same pattern, different colours

I had a lovely manicure planned for Day 30 of the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge. It would have used seventeen different polishes! But, I hadn’t had time to make a start on it until today, so I decided that, on top of all the work I have to do today, my complicated manicure was just too much to take on. So it’s been shelved; hopefully to be resurrected another time.

In its place, I have done a simple half moon manicure using different coloured polishes and matching studs.

I started with a base colour of NYC Pinstripe White. It’s a lovely creamy colour, that I forgot I owned. The formula was quite thin, so I needed three coats, and it also tended to pool into the cuticles, but it’s a great colour for nail art so I’ll forgive it its issues and will remember to use it more often.

Then I used hole reinforcers to mark off the half moon shapes and painted on the different colours:

  • Blue: Collection 2000 BMX Bandit
  • Orange: Barry M Mango
  • Purple: Rimmel Oh Boy You’re So Fine
  • Green: Essie Navigate Her

The studs are gold ones that I bought from She Sells Seashells, which I’ve just painted using the same polishes.

Multi-coloured half moon studs nails
Day 30: same pattern, different colours. Multi-coloured half moon and studs nails using NYC Pinstripe White, Collection 2000 BMX Bandit, Barry M Mango, Rimmel Oh Boy You’re So Fine and Essie Navigate Her

Wow! Only a week to go now. Just three more manicures until the challenge is over.

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of NYC Pinstripe White
  • Index finger: Collection 2000 BMX Bandit
  • Middle finger: Barry M Mango
  • Ring finger: Rimmel Oh Boy You’re So Fine
  • Little finger: Essie Navigate Her
  • Studs: studs painted in the same polishes as above
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

 

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

 

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SpaRitual Tango

This is a second polish from the latest collection from SpaRitual. It’s Tango, from the Dance collection.

I did three coats for this, and it definitely needed it. It’s much more sheer than Cha Cha Cha. Although I did do thin coats, and could probably have achieved opaque coverage in two thick coats.

This is a wonderful vibrant orange textured glitter. It’s rare to see a textured glitter in this colour. In fact, I think I’ve only seen three other oranges: a Zoya, a JulieG and a Kiko Sugar Mat.

It’s too late for Halloween now, but this would work fabulously at Halloween.

SpaRitual Tango nails
SpaRitual Tango

All SpaRitual polishes are 5-free and vegan, and this particular collection has sustainably sourced bamboo infused into the polish. The bamboo absorbs water and oil from the nail bed into the nail, and so increases the thickness of the nail by up to 35%, making your nails stronger.

SpaRitual Dance Collection
SpaRitual Dance Collection, left to right: Jazz, Charleston, Ballet, Cha Cha Cha, Flamenco and Tango

 

There are six polishes in this collection, all named after dances:

  • Ballet – a soft pinky-beige
  • Cha Cha Cha – lilac
  • Charleston – Silver
  • Flamenco – a berry pink
  • Jazz – black
  • Tango – orange

The SpaRitual Dance Collection is available now.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of SpaRitual Tango
  • Top coat: None

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33DC Day 29: Your favourite pattern

Today in the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge we have to choose our favourite pattern. My favourite pattern – and technique, I guess too – is a gradient.

Gradients are really easy to do, and can sometimes be very striking if you choose some good colours.

I wanted to do a purple and blue gradient and chose some unused polishes from my stash. I’ve only used creme and textured polishes before to gradient with, so I wasn’t quite sure how these metallic/shimmery polishes might work.

I thought from the bottle that one of the polishes, Collection 2000 Minx, was purple, but on the nail it turned out to be quite pink, due to the pink shimmer in it. The other polish is also from Collection 2000, and is called Vogue. It’s a metallic cobalt blue.

I’m not sure that the photo does these justice. They are very metallic-looking and shiny, and the colour clash of pink and blue seems to get them noticed; I’ve had lots of lovely comments about them.

Collection 2000 Vogue Minx pink blue gradient nails
Day 29: Your favourite pattern – pink and blue gradient nails using Collection 2000 Vogue and Collection 2000 Minx

I thought about jazzing the gradient up a little by adding some glitter or stamping over it, but then I guess it wouldn’t still be my favourite pattern, so I left it as it was.

I can’t believe we’re nearly at the end of this challenge. Just four more manicures to go.

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Collection 2000 Minx and Collection 2000 Vogue, applied using a sponge
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

 

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

 

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SpaRitual Cha Cha Cha

SpaRitual has launched a new, special edition collection of textured glitter polishes, called the Dance Collection.

This is Cha Cha Cha, a gorgeous lilac colour, with an intense glittery sparkle. I adore it. I love how the rubberised handles of SpaRitual polishes help you to maintain an even stroke, but it’s not necessary with this polish as it just glides on beautifully anyway. I did two thin coats, but it really could work with just one thick coat. It dried really quickly between coats, and then without needing to add a top coat, this was probably one of the quickest and easiest manicures I’ve ever done.

At first I thought this colour might be similar to 2True Naomi, but that’s a much darker and colder purple. This is a softer colour; very feminine and pretty.

SpaRitual Cha Cha Cha nail polish
SpaRitual Cha Cha Cha, from the Dance Collection

SpaRitual polishes are vegan and 5-free, and this collection is apparently infused with bamboo, which has been sustainably sourced from India and the islands of the Pacific Ocean. Bamboo is known to absorb water and oil into the nail from the nail bed, helping to increase the thickness of the nail by up to 35%, giving you stronger nails.

SpaRitual Dance Collection
SpaRitual Dance Collection, left to right: Jazz, Charleston, Ballet, Cha Cha Cha, Flamenco and Tango

There are six polishes in this collection, all named after dances:

  • Ballet – a soft pinky-beige
  • Cha Cha Cha – lilac
  • Charleston – Silver
  • Flamenco – a berry pink
  • Jazz – black
  • Tango – orange

The SpaRitual Dance Collection is available now.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of SpaRitual Cha Cha Cha
  • Top coat: none

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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.

 

 

 

Blue Tartan: 33DC Day 28: Lines

The prompt in today’s Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge is lines.

I have wanted to do tartan nails for ages, ever since seeing a tutorial on Tumblr. It wasn’t easy. I usually do my stripes and straight-lined patterns using tape. But for some reason, I chose to freehand these with nail art brushes and that made it a whole lot harder. It also meant my lines are all a bit wobbly!

I do love how they look, even though I didn’t quite finish them off. They should really have another line (I was going to do red or navy) in the centre of the white stripes. But I was pleased with how far I had already got, and was convinced I might ruin them, so chickened out of adding anything else.

Tartan plaid nails
Day 28: Lines – tartan nails using Barry M Blackberry, Barry M Matt White and NYC Raindrop (Blue Sky)

There are only five more of these challenges left. I’ve enjoyed doing them as it’s made me do more than simply paint my nails with a single colour. There are two or three Christmas challenges coming up afterwards, which I may take part in – I’m not sure as yet.

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Plain nails: two coats of Barry M Blackberry
  • Tartan nails: two coats of Barry M Matt White, plus NYC Raindrop (Blue Sky), Barry M Blackberry and Barry M Matt White – all added using nail art brushes
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

 

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

 

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