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Autumnal gradient with gold leaves: November Polish Party

For the Polish Party theme for November, the vote was tied equally between autumn and weather. I’ve gone with autumn as I’ve had the idea for these nails ever since I did my autumnal stripes with the same polishes.

Because of that manicure, I knew that the polishes would gradient well. They are all Barry Ms: Mustard, Paprika, and Cocoa. The stamping polish is also Barry M; it’s Foil Effects Gold.

This is a fairly standard look – a gradient of warm, autumn colours, with some leaves stamped over the top – but I’ve never done anything like it, so for me it’s new 🙂

It is truly gorgeous. I can’t stop looking at its crème caramelly goodness.

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Autumnal leaves using Barry M Mustard, Paprika, Cocoa and Foil Effects Gold
Autumnal leaves using Barry M Mustard, Paprika, Cocoa and Foil Effects Gold

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Base colour: one coat of Barry M Mustard
  • Gradient: Barry M Mustard, Barry M Paprika, Barry M Cocoa
  • Stamping plate: CICI & SISI 03
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Gold
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri



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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 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.

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Halloween orange and black needle drag (dry marble) using OPI A Roll In The Hague and MUA Shade 2
Halloween orange and black needle drag (dry marble) using OPI A Roll In The Hague and MUA Shade 2

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Base colour: one coat of OPI A Roll In The Hague
  • Black: MUA Shade 2
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl



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The Nail Arcade Rainbow Chess: September Polish Party

The Polish Party is one year old this month, so the theme is birthday / party / celebrations nails.

I tried to copy the Polish Party logo and had a stab using a few different methods for painting multi-coloured streamers onto my nails. It failed. Abysmally.

So next, I attempted to paint some cupcakes. It also failed. Even more abysmally. The cupcakes looked like a five year-old had painted them and the nails didn’t even get photographed.

Finally, rather than trying to create some party nails, I instead put the party on my nails. I used The Nail Arcade’s Rainbow Chess, a clear base jam-packed with square, multi-coloured, matte glitters. It certainly looks like a party in miniature, with tons of rainbow-coloured confetti.

Rainbow Chess multi-coloured square glitter
The Nail Arcade Rainbow Chess over China Glaze White On White

Rachel of the The Nail Arcade has an Etsy shop and a Facebook page. Rainbow Chess was a limited edition, and as the shop owner Rachel is now at university, she doesn’t sell polish at the moment, just lots of nail art bits and bobs.

Happy birthday Polish Party! If you want to join in next month, please join at the Facebook page.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Base colour: two coats of China Glaze White On White
  • Glitter: The Nail Arcade Rainbow Chess
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl



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Barry M Rose Hip with rhinestones: August Polish Party

For the Polish Party this month, the theme is glitter and / or gems. I’ve gone for some gems as I don’t think I’ve ever used rhinestones in a manicure before.

I decided on a soft pink as a base, and although it typically takes three coats, Barry M Rose Hip is the best baby pink I own. I have three or fours others, but they are all too sheer to be opaque in even three coats.

I added the rhinestones just with some top coat and they stayed for a good few hours. After one pinged off though, I top-coated the entire nail so that I could wear these nails for a bit longer.

Barry M Rose Hip with rhinestones
Barry M Rose Hip with rhinestones

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Colour: three coats of Barry M Rose Hip
  • Gems: clear rhinestones
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl



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Red and silver water marble: July Polish Party

This month for the Polish Party we’re recreating the first nail art we ever did.

Mine was a water marble manicure – an awful water marble manicure – in red and silver. Goodness only knows why I tried to water marble for my first foray into nail art.

So, I’ve recreated it. Although I’m not all that happy with this attempt either. A couple of the nails are good. But, the best nails are my two thumbs and my little fingernail on my right hand! But you don’t get to see those!

Red and silver water marble using L'Oréal Femme Fatale and Sublime Platine
Red and silver water marble using L’Oréal Femme Fatale and Sublime Platine

I used two L’Oréal polishes: Femme Fatale (red) and Sublime Platine (silver). The red didn’t spread in the water quite so well as the silver, and it merged into it somewhat, to give a more pinky colour in places.

Here’s my original manicure side by side with the new one. This was done nearly two years ago. I used Rimmel Rapid Ruby for the red, and while I didn’t ever make a note of what the silver polish was, I’m pretty sure it must be Barry M Foil Effects Silver, as that was the only silver polish I owned back then in my collection of about 30.

Recreated red and silver water marble nails
Recreated red and silver water marble nails: September 2012 (left) and August 2014

I’m struck by how much my nail art (and clean up, camera skills, etc., etc.) has improved over two years. This is the first post of this kind that I’ve done, so it’s been interesting to look back and see some of the early attempts, including the few that I did before I even started this blog. It reminded me that I have a gallery and a post on here that’s hidden from public view. Now I’ve had a good look through it, I wonder if I’m brave enough to put it on display…

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Base colour: one coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Watermarble colours: L’Oréal Color Riche Femme Fatale and L’Oréal Color Riche Sublime Platine
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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