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Orange, Blue and Cream: K is for: Kitchen Sink

This week in the A2Z series challenge it’s K, and that means Kitchen Sink. A kitchen sink manicure is where you use “everything but the kitchen sink”. So it’s a bit like a skittlette, only all the nails are different, and you use a different technique for each one. Usually though, there is some sort of theme and/or the colours are consistent.

I chose cream, orange and blue and have an assortment of things on my nails. I used OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango.

I started with the water marble, in case it didn’t work out well, but I love it. It came out really well and I kind of wish I had it on all my nails. But that would defeat the purpose, eh!

The ring finger nail is a simple cream base with small square studs that I painted in the orange and blue polishes I used.

For the little finger nail, I freehanded the fishtail chevron tips. I was convinced I’d have to re-do it, but the Gods were on my side and it looked OK.

I completed the index finger nail last. I was thinking of stamping blue on cream, or doing a dotticure, but finally I opted to try some water colour bubbles. The effect is great, but I’m not entirely happy with it. I used the polishes watered down with acetone, and for a few of the bubbles I wasn’t quick enough and the acetone ate away the centres. Top coat filled those in nicely, but it isn’t as clean looking as I had pictured. Not bad for a first try though. I think the acrylic paint approach and water might be better for this technique and I might just give that a go soon.

Orange, blue and cream "kitchen sink" manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango
Orange, blue and cream “kitchen sink” manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango

After I’d finished this, I wish I had done the nails in a different order. I think the bubbles and the water marble are too similar, so should be further apart from each other. Perhaps I should have swapped the bubbles with the chevron tips. Balancing skittlette / kitchen sink manicures is not my forte.

Orange, blue and cream "kitchen sink" manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango
Orange, blue and cream “kitchen sink” manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal, Barry M Mango
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Here are the manicures from the other A2Zers:

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Navy, silver and blue fishtail

The theme in today’s FingerFood’s Theme Buffet challenge is fishtail.

Now to some people, fishtail means a braided pattern, and to others it means a curved chevron French tip sort of design.

I’ve gone with the latter (as it’s easier – ha ha), but I have done braided nails before.

I started with a base of the polish I was already wearing: Rimmel Midnight Blue. Then, using curved chevron guides, I added tips in Barry M Silver Foil Effects. The blue – Rimmel Blue Eyed Girl – was freehanded on, as I couldn’t be sure if I’d get the lines evenly spaced if I used more French tip guides, as they would have to cover up what had already been painted. As it turned out, I was a fraction out with the right-hand sweep on my ring finger, but it’s hardly noticeable.

I really love these nails. They’re very “me” … the colours, the geometry, the lines, the symmetry.

Navy, silver, blue fishtail
Navy, silver, blue fishtail using Rimmel Midnight Blue, Barry M Silver Foil Effects and Rimmel Blue Eyed Girl
Finger Foods Theme Buffet 2

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Rimmel Midnight Blue
  • Fishtail chevrons: Barry M Silver Foil Effects and Rimmel Blue Eyed Girl
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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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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