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Everything But The Kitchen Sink manicure: purple

Some of my lovely Twitter friends are doing an Everything But The Kitchen Sink Manicure challenge. The challenge is fairly straightforward: on Saturdays in January you do your nails in an “everything but the kitchen sink” fashion. That basically means that you do a mismatched manicure where all (or nearly all) the nails are different.

If you want to see the manicures that everyone has done so far, then you can search on Twitter for #kitchensinksaturday.

I missed the first challenge, but am joining in as of today. I already had a velvet / flocked / fur-effect accent nail, so decided to keep that one and also my purple manicure base.

Purple kitchen sink manicure
My purple “kitchen sink” manicure

I started off with the studs and the stripes, and then I was going to add a dotted flowers nail, but didn’t think it went with the more geometric / stark nature of what I’d already done. So instead I added a Saran wrap / clingfilm nail and some glitter.

The colours don’t tie in together as well as I would have liked: Plum Night is very dark and shows up more black than  purple;  the flocking powder is a bluey-purple; and the glitter nail is more pink than I thought it would look. But it’s kind of funky, n’est-ce pas?

I enjoyed doing it and am already thinking of ideas for next Saturday! You can see which polishes and techniques I used below.


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Thumb: two coats of Revlon Plum Night, layered with one coat of Revlon Scandalous
  • Index: two coats of Revlon Plum Night, layered with a coat of Barry M Lilac Foil using the Saran wrap / clingfilm technique
  • Middle: a diagonal striped tape manicure using Revlon Plum Night and Barry M Lilac Foil
  • Ring: MUA Fur-Effects Nails Fluffy Bobbin
  • Little: two coats of Revlon Plum Night, then some small, round silver studs applied with nail glue
  • Top coat (where used): Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip



MUA Fur-Effect Nails Fluffy Bobbin

I received nail mail from MUA the other day and was excited to try it out. Apart from some polishes, I also ordered some of their new “Fur-Effects Nails” products. These are little pots of flocking powder – and they’re great value at only £2.

It’s really easy to apply. First you just use a coat or two of a similar nail polish, in case of any bald spots. The instructions say to put the flocking powder on when your second coat is still wet. My manicure was a day old though, so I just used a coat of clear nail polish. I didn’t use a quick-drying top coat, just a normal clear polish. Then you simply press your nail into the pot and roll it around a bit. After 30 seconds you can gently wipe off any excess with a brush, then after another 30 seconds, it’s OK to touch it.

It’s fab stuff. It feels a bit like velvet (which I usually can’t bear to touch) and it wears really well. You can wash your hands or have a shower and it stays put and the colour doesn’t run either. I’ve not tried using anything else on my hands though – like moisturiser or cuticle oil.

Fluffy Bobbin is a purple colour. It doesn’t go brilliantly with my manicure – because the purple of my Revlon Plum Night nail polish is too dark. But I have plans for an “Everything But the Kitchen Sink” manicure anyway, so I didn’t mind.  When I use it again, I’ll choose a polish that’s closer in colour, or will probably do all my nails rather than just an accent nail.

MUA Fur Effect Nails Fluffy Bobbin
MUA Fur Effect Nails Fluffy Bobbin


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of Revlon Plum Night
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip
  • Accent nail: MUA Fur-Effect Nails – Fluffy Bobbin