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Polish Party February: Chevrons: cream, peach and gold chevron French tips

In this month’s Polish Party challenge we’re doing chevrons.

I usually do three-coloured chevrons, splitting my nails equally into three. I have even done some as the latest manicure I did, for the GOT Polish challenge.  So, I thought I’d try something a little different and try some chevron French tips.

Firstly, I applied my base coat of OPI My Vampire Is Buff.  It took 3 coats to become opaque enough for my liking.

Cream peach and gold chevron French tips
Cream peach and gold chevron French tips: OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Jess Harmony and Revlon Classy

Then, for the chevrons, I did it first with chevron guides, but about twenty seconds after top-coating it, I dented it and in a fit of pique, removed it all. I could just have re-done that one nail, but was obviously in a mood for making things more difficult than they need be.

When I came to re-do it, I chose to freehand it, as I didn’t have as much time, and I didn’t have the luxury of waiting for it all to dry before using the nail guides. It’s therefore not as good as it was when I did it using the guides, but it’s not too shabby either.

I added Jess Harmony first, which is a lovely shimmery, pale copper colour. This is the first time I’ve used a Jess polish, which you can buy in Poundland. They’re a bit stinky, so perhaps not free from all the chemical nasties, but they have some lovely colours.

Then I added a coat of Revlon Classy, which is a browny peach, a bit like a pale Plasticine colour.

Despite the  angular lines, the colours make it look really quite delicate, which isn’t usually me.

Polish Party nail art challenge

Here’s everyone else’s February manicures:

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: three coats of OPI My Vampire Is Buff, one coat of Jess Harmony, one coat of Revlon Classy
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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GOT Polish Challenge: Orange: Orange and White Stripes using Nails Inc Porchester Place

I don’t own many orange polishes at all, so the prompt today for the Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge was always going to be a toughie.

Ultimately, I’ve done a (fairly rubbish) taped manicure using Nails Inc Porchester Place. I bought this polish along with three others when I was just becoming interested in polish. It stirred me to want more, so I started reading blogs and within a few months I was on the slippery slope to addiction.

The base is Sinful Colors Snow Me White. Then I used all the different width Nail Vinyls straights to create decreasing sized white stripes down my nails and topped it off with one coat of Porchester Place.

I did this in a bit of a rush, so I’m not particularly pleased with it. The lines aren’t completely parallel and some of the polish bled underneath because I didn’t take enough time to ensure the strips were stuck down properly.

Once again, my camera didn’t like the orange; it has trouble with orange, peach and coral. But I didn’t have the time to play around and adjust the colour balance during editing, so you get to see what my camera saw! In reality, Porchester Place is warmer and more “orange” than this shows. It looks right in the bottle; just not on the nails!

Orange white stripes Nails Inc Porchester Place
Orange and white striped nails using Nails Inc Porchester Place

 

Golden Oldie Thursday

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Orange stripes: Nails Inc Porchester Place
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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FingerFood’s Theme Weeks: Cute: Japanese Kawaii Animals

For the cute theme in the FingerFood’s Theme Weeks challenge I have always been intending to do these nails.

These are Japanese kawaii animals (kawaii means cute). Think Hello Kitty and Pikachu and you’re there.

I couldn’t find any references for four characters I loved, so I mixed and matched some ideas I saw on various items, like miso soup bowls, phone covers and the like.

The details were dotted and hand painted using a very fine, cut down detailing brush.

The duck’s base is George Buttercup Shine, which took four coats before I was happy.

The bases for the other animals took just two coats: the white for the rabbit is Sinful Colors Snow Me White; the pink for the pig is W7 Baby Pink; and the grey for the cat is Sally Hansen Ion.

Japanese Kawaii cute animals
Japanese Kawaii animal nails
FingerFood's Theme Weeks

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Index finger (duck): four coats of George Buttercup Shine; Essie Orange It’s Obvious
  • Middle finger (rabbit): Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Ring finger (pig): W7 Baby Pink
  • Little finger (cat): Sally Hansen Ion
  • Other details: W7 Black and Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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GOT Polish Challenge: Chevrons: Pink, Peach and Orange Chevrons

It’s chevrons today in the Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge.

I messed up completely today. Not with the manicure; I’m happy with that, even though they were rather hastily – and not very well – cleaned up. But, I messed up with the challenge. I knew I needed to do chevrons for a challenge today, but it didn’t register in my brain that this was for the GOT Polish challenge, and so I haven’t used old polishes. In fact, I’ve used brand new polishes; they’re only a few days old all of them! Whoops!

Oh well. I’ve been away for a couple of days so I’ve been catching up on work all day today, meaning I wasn’t focusing on doing my nails as much.

Here they are anyway. I’ve used L’Oreal Color Riche Peach Negligée as the base. It’s part of the Spring/Summer 2014 Les Blancs collection, which is a collection of four pastels and has just launched in the UK. The colours are beautiful and pale and this one was nicely opaque in just two coats. I really love them, even (shhh, don’t tell anyone) the green.

After applying my chevron guards, I painted Barry M Papaya at the cuticle end and Barry M Satsuma at the tips. These aren’t newly released polishes, but they are brand new to me, having been bought for me for my birthday a few days ago.

My camera didn’t like Papaya. It should be brighter than it is in my photos.

(Now then, shall I be all pedantic and say I bet there are zig zags in the link up??  No, I won’t; it would be petty!)

Pink peach and orange chevrons
Pink, peach and orange chevrons using Barry M Papaya, L’Oreal Peach Negligée and Barry M Satsuma

 

Golden Oldie Thursday

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of L’Oreal Color Riche Peach Negligée
  • Other colours: Barry M Papaya, Barry M Satsuma
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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FingerFood’s Theme Weeks: Abstract: Using Revlon Polishes

I didn’t know where to start for the abstract theme for this week’s FingerFood’s Theme Weeks challenge.

So I did what I always do when faced with something I’m not sure about … I Googled!

I looked up abstract art and found a nice abstract painting to use as my inspiration. I was going to try to copy it using the distressed technique (see Chalkboard Nails’ distressed tutorial). I started off with a coat of white and then barely scraped the polish on.

I chose a random assortment of Revlon creme polishes: Revlon Red (red), Royal (royal blue), Plum Night (purple), Sweet Tart (pink), Bewitching (plum), Dreamer (pale blue) and Electric (yellow). I got it wrong with the yellow though; it’s not a creme but a shimmer polish.

But after just one nail, I didn’t like the look.  It didn’t look anything like my inspiration picture and I just hated it.

So then I loaded the brushes more and painted on randomly. I think it’s a bit like Elmer the elephant now. I’m still not entirely sure I like it – but it’s abstract, that’s for sure!

Abstract Revlon Multi-Coloured Elmer manicure
Abstract manciure using Revlon polishes: Royal, Dreamer, Electric, Plum Night, Sweet Tart, Revlon Red, Bewitching
FingerFood's Theme Weeks

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: one two coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Colours: Revlon polishes in: Revlon Red, Royal, Electric, Dreamer, Plum Night, Bewitching, Sweet Tart
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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