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Chanel Provocation with Gold Stamping: Most Expensive: Never-ending Pile Challenge

I seem to be posting every day at the moment, and so I was thinking of missing out a few of the Never-ending Pile challenge days to give myself a bit of a break. But for this particular prompt, I changed my mind – all for the sake of my ten-year old son!

You see, he (helped by his father) bought me Chanel Provocation for Mother’s Day recently. I was painting my nails for yesterday’s challenge when he asked what the next one was. I said “most expensive” and that it had to be unused. In reply to his inevitable next question, I said that Chanel was my most expensive polish – at £18 each – but that I had worn them all (apart from one I was given second-hand). He queried me, saying I hadn’t worn Provocation, and that I should because he had bought it for me. When I retorted that I had worn it, but hadn’t blogged about it, he told me I had to use it. Therefore, to indulge my son, I am wearing and blogging about Provocation.

All Chanel polishes I have are perfect. I love the skinny brushes – despite loving some of the fatter brushes available from other brands – and the formulas have been unfailingly perfect. Provocation meets the same standards.

I wanted to make this a nail art post rather than a swatch post, so decided to just add some elegant stamping, and this image from the CICI&SISI plate 05 called out to be stamped in gold over the classy plum of Provocation.

Chanel Provocation stamped with Barry M Foil Effects Gold and CIC&SISI 05
Chanel Provocation stamped with Barry M Foil Effects Gold and CIC&SISI 05

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Provocation
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Gold
  • Stamping plate: CICI&SISI 05
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Black and Silver Sparkly Stars over Ciaté Boudoir: Had to Have It, Still Haven’t Worn It

I don’t feel I’ve done today’s Never-ending Pile challenge justice. The theme is “had to have it, still haven’t worn it” and I have loads of polishes that perfectly fit the brief that I could have used: Max Factor Fantasy Fire, KBShimmer Snow Way, OPI Ski Teal We Drop, A England Order Of The Garter, China Glaze It’s A Trap-eze … and many more.

But, I hadn’t had time to do the manicure this morning, and I was off to a meeting this afternoon. It was with a company I’d not met before and I wasn’t sure how they’d take to some wacky nail art. Hence, I kept my nails very simple and just painted them red. I luckily chose an untried though, and so I was able to jazz it up a little this evening in time to post this.  It also slightly fits the brief in that it came from the recent Ciaté Mini Mani Month advent calendar, which it’s true I *did* have to have, yet most of the polishes are still unworn.

I’m wearing three coats of Ciaté Boudoir, to which I’ve added a couple of accent nails using some black and silver sparkly star stickers that I bought from She Sells Sea Shells. It’s similar to another sparkly stars nails look I did earlier this year, also using these stickers.

Ciaté Boudoir with black and silver sparkly star stickers
Ciaté Boudoir with black and silver sparkly star stickers

The black stickers lost a little of their sparkle after I added top coat, which is a shame, so when I use them again, I’ll just add a little of my own glitter to revive them.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Colour: three coats of Ciaté Boudoir
  • Stars: sparkly stars from She Sells Sea Shells
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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A England Elaine with Stamping: Boutique: Never-ending Pile Challenge

There have been a fair few discussions in the GLITTAH Pirates Facebook group about what a “boutique” polish actually is, and most of these finally concluded that it’s a high end polish only found in select stores (e.g. Ciaté, Deborah Lippmann) or an indie polish created by a single person, but mixed and produced in a proper manufacturing environment (e.g. A England, Cult Nails).

So that quickly helped me to decide to go with one of my untried A England polishes: Elaine. It’s a wonderful dark purple that’s practically a one-coater. For some added nail art, I stamped using Essie Nothing Else Metals and an image from CICI&SISI 04.

This is the first time I’ve used one of these plates, from the Jumbo 1 set, and I am very impressed. They are a good size for my nails and there are lots of lovely images to choose from. They work best (thus far) with my Konad stamper. However, I had problems with the little fingernail and I just couldn’t get it right, and even this (my third attempt) is wonky!

A England Elaine stamped using CICI&SISI 04 and Essie Nothing Else Metals
A England Elaine stamped using CICI&SISI 04 and Essie Nothing Else Metals

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Colour: two coats of A England Elaine
  • Stamping polish: Essie Nothing Else Metals
  • Stamping plate: CICI&SISI 04
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Gradient Stripes using L’Oréal Maui Wave and Paris Avenues

Today’s theme in the Never-ending Pile challenge is drugstore. I take that to mean polishes I can get from Boots or Superdrug, so: Barry M, Rimmel, Maybelline, L’Oréal, Revlon, MUA, Sinful Colors, NYC, 2True, etc.

I chose L’Oréal, as I have tons of them, and I’ve gone for a design I’ve had in my mind for a long time now: a look I’m terming gradient stripes. Basically, it works the same way as for a gradient, but you place the colours apart from each other, with white in between, instead of merging the colours together.

I got the most blur on the index fingernail, and I like that the best. I should have taken a bit more time to get the others right too, but at arm’s length, the blurred look is equal for all fingers and it makes a striking manicure.

L’Oréal Maui Wave is the darker of the two polishes, and Paris Avenues is the lighter, blue-grey colour.

Gradient stripes blurred L'Oreal Maui Wave Paris Avenues
Gradient, blurred stripes using L’Oréal Maui Wave and L’Oréal Paris Avenues

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Base colour: one coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Gradient colours: L’Oréal Color Riche Maui Wave and L’Oréal Color Riche Paris Avenues
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Scofflaw This Must Be The Place: Indie: Never-ending Pile Challenge

… For today’s indie prompt in the Never-ending Pile challenge, I had so many polishes to choose from, and went with one I’ve been dying to wear, but just somehow haven’t got around to: Scofflaw This Must Be The Place.

It’s a cream coloured base with pink and purple micro-glitters and small gold flakies. It’s very pretty and delicate, and I believe it was developed by the maker for her own wedding. I used two coats over undies of one coat of OPI My Vampire Is Buff.

I tried stamping over it, testing different patterns in gold, white and purple, but everything just detracted from the beautiful polish. There was a wheel of studs still out on my desk that I’d used for my manicure using OPI Excuse Moi!, and I thought some small gold studs would enhance the manicure without being too showy.

Scofflaw This Must Be The Place, with round gold studs
Scofflaw This Must Be The Place, with round gold studs
The Glittah Pirates: The Neverending Pile Challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Undies: one coat of OPI My Vampire Is Buff
  • Colour: Scofflaw This Must Be The Place
  • Round gold studs
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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