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 colours orange and black to recreate it. Google Translate gave just enough help for me to work out exactly how she achieved her look.
After painting one thick coat of the orange base, OPI A Roll In The Hague, I quickly added a couple of largish dots of black, MUA Shade 2, at the tip end using the brush from the bottle. I also added a dot of orange in about the centre of the nail. Then, using my finest dotting tool, I promptly swirled the colours around a bit until I was satisfied with the look.
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 use acetone in a final swipe of the nail to make certain that it’s free from oil and moisture. However, what I like about Prep&Shine is that it not only dehydrates the nail, but it also kills germs. I’ve had nail fungus on my toenails and it’s something I don’t want on my fingernails, so I have been loving using this product for that reason alone.
A tiny bit goes a long way, and I’ve been using this before all my manicures now to ensure that my base coat adheres well to the natural nail. I can’t say for sure how well it’s done as I’ve not tested it in any formal way, but my manicures have certainly lasted well, so I think it’s lived up to its claims.
It’s also very good for cleaning brushes without ruining them. Acetone and normal polish remover can both damage brushes, taking away the natural shine from real bristles, and melting synthetic bristles. I’ve not used my nail art brushes since receiving this sample, but I’ll definitely be cleaning them in Prep&Shine from now on.
Finally, Prep&Shine can apparently dilute regular polish if it’s starting to get a bit thick. Just adding a few drops to the bottle will bring it back to life. I’m not sure about this one. Well, I’m sure it would work, but the product smells a little like TCP, and that’s not a smell I’d like added to my polish personally. And anyway, I already have a nice big bottle of nail thinner.
This product is primarily made for removing the sticky residue that’s present after curing a gel nail polish under a UV lamp. I don’t have any gel nail polishes – nor even a lamp – but it’s something I would love to try some day.
However, its benefits of sanitising brushes and dehydrating the nail plate prior to polishing are good enough for me. And the 30ml bottle looks like it will last for ages. It costs just £5.95, with free mainland UK delivery. I checked out the reviews on Amazon, and they are really great, with most reviewers giving the product 5 stars.
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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 wasn’t great and one of the stripes was a bit wonky. I am normally quite a perfectionist, but I’d done this manicure in a rush, and had removed it after taking just a couple of photos. It wasn’t my best work, and I decided to junk it and start again.
Instead, I have some floral nails, inspired by the wallpaper that used to hang in our kitchen in the house we moved to in 1976 (when I was just 9 – shhhh, don’t tell anyone how old I am!) The flowers are pretty much spot on – as far as I can recall – but the pattern also had vertical curved orange, brown and yellow lines weaving between the flowers. I stopped short of trying to recreate that; that’s just beyond my skills!
The polishes I’ve used are: Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Barry M Mango for the bases. Then Barry Ms for the dotted flowers: Mustard, then Cappucino (their spelling, not mine!) and finally a dot of Mango in the centres.
For this manicure I’ve used:
Orange nails: two coats of Barry M Mango
Floral nails: two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White, dots of Barry M Mustard, Barry M Cappucino and Barry M Mango
Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl
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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. It’s a soft, dusky, muted pink. I do love colours like this. I bought it before Barry M brought out Ballerina, which is very similar, just a shade lighter.
This is 2 coats of Zanna on the pink nails and 3 coats of Barry M Coconut for the cream-based nails. I then added a stripe of Zanna to the cream nails. I was going to add another stripe in a complementary colour, but I liked it like this, and decided that since less is sometimes more, I should leave it alone and be satisfied.