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Halloween Needle Drag: October Polish Party

The Polish Party theme for October is Halloween. I’ve never done a “traditional” pumpkin, ghosts, haunted house, bats, Jack Skellington, mummies kind of manicure. And it seems that this year is no different. I was inspired by a beautiful needle drag manicure by one of my favourite nail artists, Nail Bamboo, and used the Halloween […] Read more

Geometric Colour Blocked Nails: A is for: Angles

I’m starting a new challenge today, a new A2Z series challenge where the A to Z prompts are words, not polishes beginning with the letters. So, the first one is angles. I decided on a three-colour, colour-blocking, geometric, chevron sort of design. (This look needs a name, doesn’t it? That’s too much of a mouthful). […] Read more

NYK1 Prep&Shine

NYK1 Secrets sent me a sample bottle of their best-selling Prep&Shine product to try out. It cleans, sanitises, prepares and dehydrates the nail prior to nail treatments. Typically, this is for gel and acrylic treatments, but it’s apparently good for all types of nail treatments, including nail polish, as it ensures good adhesion. I normally […] Read more

1970s Wallpaper-inspired Flowers (52 Week Challenge)

For the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge the choices are 1970s and grey with a colour. I painted some grey and blue striped nails, photographed them and was all set to start writing up the post, when my husband declared that he didn’t like the nails. I kind of agreed with him. The photography […] Read more

Pink stripes on cream: Z is for: Zoya Zanna

It’s the end! This week is letter Z in the A to Z series challenge. I bought Zoya Zanna some weeks ago, specifically for this series of challenges. It was the only polish I could find beginning with a Z. I’m sure there are probably others, but once I’d found this one, I was happy. […] Read more

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 […] Read more

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, […] Read more

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 […] Read more

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, […] Read more

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 […] Read more