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Red, black and white splatter: May Polish Party

The prompt for this month’s Polish Party is “splatter”. I do love doing splatter nails; they’re such fun to do – albeit very messy.

I was already wearing a plain red manicure – Rimmel Double Decker Red – and thought it would be a good base for some black and white splatter.

I used my favourite black and white: W7 Black and Sinful Colors Snow Me White. Both bottles are near the end, and the thickened polish was making it difficult to get much splattering going on. I completely ruined my ring finger with a large blob of black, so took it off and re-did it. This time around, I used new bottles of each polish, and they actually didn’t seem to work as well as the others. You can see in the photo that the ring finger has fewer tiny splatters, and looks “cleaner” than the others. I was surprised at that, because I thought the thicker polish in the older bottles was causing me problems. Obviously not.

Red black white splatter: Rimmel Double Decker Red, W7 Black, Sinful Colors Snow me White
Red black white splatter: Rimmel Double Decker Red, W7 Black, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Rimmel Double Decker Red
  • Splatter: W7 Black and Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Here are the other Polish Party manicures for this month:

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GOT Polish Challenge: Purple: Splatter

Today’s theme in the the Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge is purple; one of my favourite colours.

I chose to do a splatter manicure with some purples over white.

I started off using Ciate Cabaret, which comes from the 2012 advent calendar, and which is one of my favourite purples. Then I added Greige Gardens, an old and, until now, unused Sally Hansen.

I thought it needed something extra, so I added a third colour: Ciate Sugar Plum, a bright lilac, which is from the 2013 calendar, but shhh, don’t tell anyone that it’s that new as it’s against the GOT Polish rules!!

Purple splatter
Purple splatter using Ciate Cabaret, Sally Hansen Greige Gardens and Ciate Sugar plum
Golden Oldie Thursday

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Splatter colours: Ciate Cabaret, Sally Hansen Greige Gardens and Ciate Sugar Plum
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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My 20 favourite nail art manicures of 2013

A Happy New Year to you.

Following on from my favourite nail polishes of 2013, here’s my favourite nail art from 2013.

I tried to limit my list to 10 manicures, as before, but I just couldn’t manage. So, please excuse my self-indulgence while I detail my favourite 20 nail art looks from 2013. I’ve ordered them chronologically, so they (in my humble opinion) get better as you go through the list.


1. China Glaze For Audrey with a water marble accent

For Audrey water marble
China Glaze For Audrey; plus a water marble accent nail

Before this For Audrey watermarble manicure, which I did in January, I hadn’t done much other nail art. I’d done a little stamping, some glitter gradients, some half moons and a braided accent nail. This was my first proper try at water marbling, and I was really pleased with how it came out. So pleased in fact that I entered it for The Crumpet’s amateur nail art challenge, and I was stunned that I won! (It’s a nice manicure, but I think I just have lots of friends who were happy to vote for it!).


2. Dotted flowers

Dotted nail art flowers: Beauty UK Smokey Lilac, NYC Pinstripe White and W7 Cosmic Purple
Dotted flowers: Beauty UK Smokey Lilac (base), NYC Pinstripe White and W7 Cosmic Purple

Buoyed by my success in a nail art competition, I felt encouraged to try some more techniques. These dotted flowers are my first try at a full hand dotticure. At this time I wasn’t so good at dotting. I’d practised a bit, but nothing had made it to my nails for longer than ten minutes! However, I found that flowers were really easy, and I’ve since recreated this look in green and orange too.


3. Navy, orange and white splatter

Navy, orange and white splatter manicure
Navy, orange and white splatter

Again, this navy, orange and white splatter manicure was my first try at this technique. I loved the colour combinations and received lots of compliments about this manicure.


4. Stripey water marble

Stripey water marble using China Glaze White On White, Fifth Avenue and Purr-fect Plum
Stripey water marble using China Glaze White On White, Fifth Avenue and Purr-fect Plum

Here’s another water marble. I was even more proud of this one as it came out practically perfectly. China Glaze polishes definitely work well for water marbling.


5. Union Jack manicure

Union Jack manicure
Union Jack manicure, using Barry M Matt White, Barry M Blood Orange, Beauty UK Blue Moon and a Barry M nail art pen in white

I did this Union Jack manicure for our road’s street party to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. Because I’m such a perfectionist, this took me ages to do, and I kept going over it when one colour strayed into another.


6. Butterfly nails

Butterfly nails with Chanel Azuré and Bel-Argus
Butterfly nails created using a gradient of Chanel Azuré and Bel-Argus; then stamped using Nailz Craze plate NC01 and W7 Black

I created these butterfly nails with a gradient of two of the Chanel L’Été Papillon collection polishes. The Nailz Craze plates really stamp beautifully.


7. Vintage roses

Vintage roses nail art with SpaRitual Last Tango and Delight
Vintage roses nail art with SpaRitual Last Tango and SpaRitual Delight, plus an unnamed white, plus Barry M Spring Green

I was doing some nail art to launch a giveaway and thought that vintage roses would be the best thing that would show off the beautiful colours of these SpaRitual polishes.


8. Multi-coloured dots

Multicoloured dots
Multi-coloured dots

This multi-coloured dots manicure was the first challenge manicure I did. Although they’re not original at all, I was so happy with these and loved them on my nails. I quickly discovered though that the problem with challenges is that you don’t get to keep manicures on for very long, which is a pain when you love something like this so much!


9.Textured gradient stripes accent nail

Textured nails, using Barry M Countess and Duchess and Seventeen Celestial Pearl
Textured nails using Barry M Countess and Duchess and Seventeen Celestial Pearl

This textured gradient stripes accent manicure received a lot of views on the blog, and plenty of compliments in real life too. This was only the second time I’d worn any textured polishes and, despite being a latecomer to the textured party, I was soon taken by this popular trend.


10. Messy flowers

Day 12: pattern in your home - messy flowers, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, NYC Midtown Mink, Model's Own Nude Beige, Essie Navigate Her and Barry M Lime Green
Messy flowers using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, NYC Midtown Mink, Model’s Own Nude Beige, Essie Navigate Her and Barry M Lime Green

My messy flowers nails were inspired by my tablecloth (there’s a comparison photo in the post). This was a rare example of my nail art turning out exactly as I had pictured it!


11. Roobarb and Custard

Roobarb and Custard nails
Roobarb and Custard nails, using Barry M Lime Green, Model’s Own Raspberry Crush, China Glaze White On White and Barry M Nail Art Pen in Black

If you’re not from the UK, you’re unlikely to know about Roobarb and Custard. This animated duo were the inspiration for this freehanded nail art using the home-made decal method. Because the original cartoon used shaky drawings, I managed to recreate this pair rather well!


12. Flowers and stripes

Flowers and stripes nails
Flowers and stripes using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Ciaté Pocket Money, SpaRitual From The Heart and W7 Black

I loved these flowers and stripes nails so much. My lines were a little messy in some places but the flowers were perfect and the background colour showed them up so well. I promised someone a tutorial on the flowers, but still haven’t managed to do it – must try harder! This manicure and number 20, my blue and silver skittlette, are probably my favourites of the year.


13. Grey, black and white skittle manicure

Cashmere Bathrobe grey black white skittle manicure
Grey, black and white skittle manicure using Essie Cashmere Bathrobe, L’Oréal Black Diamond, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Cheeky and MoYou plates, and a star stud

I didn’t like this grey, black and white skittle manicure much at first. But it grew on me. Probably because I got lots of lovely messages about it! Gosh I’m fickle!


14.Multi-coloured half moon nails with matching studs

Multi-coloured half moon studs nails
Multi-coloured half moon and studs nails using NYC Pinstripe White, Collection 2000 BMX Bandit, Barry M Mango, Rimmel Oh Boy You’re So Fine and Essie Navigate Her

I created these multi-coloured half moon stud nails by painting the studs to match my polishes. The pastel colours didn’t really go with the autumnal weather at the time, but who’s to dictate when you can and can’t wear certain polishes, eh?!


15. Green squares

Barry M Watermelon SpaRitual Delight green squares
Green squares, using Barry M Watermelon and SpaRitual Delight

My green squares nails weren’t a particularly original idea – I’ve seen lots of similar things – but I did love the simplicity of the colour scheme, and I can’t quite believe that I chose to use green!


16. White dots over navy blue

L'Oreal Midnight Mistress white dots
White dots over a navy base using L’Oréal Midnight Mistress and Sinful Colors Snow Me White

This white on navy dotticure was another example of a manicure that just came out perfectly. It took me a year, but I finally got the hang of doing dots!


17. Dotted winter trees

Winter nature blue dotted trees nails
Blue dotted winter trees

These dotted winter trees were inspired by a painting I came across. I didn’t replicate the picture very faithfully but I was pleased with the outcome and this was another manicure that received lots of compliments.


18. Holly stamped textured nails

Holly stamped nails over Seventeen Celestial Pearl
Holly stamped nails using Revlon Emerald and Revlon Red over Seventeen Celestial Pearl

I really loved these holly stamped textured nails and wore this manicure for far longer than I usually do. The photo sadly doesn’t show up the wonderful sparkle of the textured base polish.


19. Furby Boom nails

Furby nails
Furby Boom nails

I wouldn’t typically choose to wear something like this on my nails, but I did this Furby Boom manicure for a Christmas challenge. I am immensely proud that I’ve created these from scratch, without referring to anyone else’s nails or getting the idea from anywhere else. I’ve searched online since and I’ve found one other instance of Furby Boom nails that were created before mine (and several older, “original” Furbies too), but I didn’t copy this idea or execution from anyone else, which made me feel like I had added a new tick against my name in some imaginary nail art achievement checklist.


20. Silver and blue skittlette

Blue silver skittlette nails L'Oreal Mystic Blue 2True Christy zig zags
Blue and silver skittlette nails with textured glitter and zig zags, using: L’Oreal Mystic Blue, 2True Christy, Barry M Foil Effects Silver

Last, but not least, are my silver and blue skittlette nails. I’m still wearing these on my nails as I type this. They’ve lasted five days now, which is a long time for me.


 

So that rounds up my year in nail art. My favourites are these three (with apologies to those of you using a reader to read this post, as these images will show up full size again):

Multi coloured dots nails
Multi coloured dots
Flowers and stripes nails
Flowers and stripes
Blue silver skittlette nails L'Oreal Mystic Blue 2True Christy zig zags IG
Blue and silver skittlette

My nail art has really improved over the year. I wonder if I can expect a similarly good improvement this coming year?

 

 

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Some of these polishes were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

33DC Day 24: Art with the colour you own the most of

Today in the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge it’s art with the colour you own the most of. (Ooh, a terminal preposition. The pedant in me would shout “bad grammar”! I’ll let it pass 😉 )

I own more blues than anything else. At current count, 87 of my 393 polishes are blue. That’s 22%. The next colour I have lots of is purple, and I have just 54, so blue wins by quite a margin.

I set out to do a watermarble, but it really didn’t go well and I took it all off again. I was going to my son’s school concert last night, so quickly did a new manicure and chose a new Chanel my husband bought me a couple of days ago, called Magic. It’s a gorgeous, limited edition polish that’s part of the Vogue Fashion Night Out 2013 collection. It’s a deep blue, which has a hint of teal, and so it was perfect as a blue base for something this morning.

I chose finally to do a splatter manicure. I used three polishes on top of my Chanel Magic base:

  • Barry M Turquoise
  • Rimmel Blue Eyed Girl
  • NYC Raindrop (it’s Raindrop ccording to the bottle, or Blue Sky if you go by how it’s labelled on the shelves)
Chanel Magic blue splatter nails
Day 24: art with the colour you own the most of – blue splatter nails using Chanel Magic, Barry M Turquoise, Rimmel Blue Eyed Girl and NYC Raindrop (or Blue Sky!)

I’m very pleased with this. I love doing splatter manicures, but rarely think of doing them. The colours work well together, and (obviously) blue is my favourite colour. My husband did complain though. he said he didn’t spend £18 on a nail olish for me to splatter cheaper stuff all over it! Cheeky beggar!

These manicures are all getting a bit last minute, but at least I now have the weekend to perhaps prepare some in advance.

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Chanel Magic
  • Splatter polishes: NYC Raindrop (or Blue Sky), Rimmel Blue Eyed Girl, Barry M Turquoise
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

 

Have a look at what everyone else doing the challenge has come up with:

 

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Navy, orange and white splatter manicure

This is my first splatter manicure. And I can confirm that it was a lot of fun to create.

I used Barry M Matte White and Essie Orange, It’s Obvious over the top of my previous Ciate Power Dressing manicure. After laying down lots of newspaper and taping up my nails, I dipped a straw into the white and blew hard to create the splatter effect

Then I did the same with the orange. Some nails were a little too orange then, so I went back and did a little white over the top.

I love the effect. My favourite nail is the middle one as it doesn’t have too many large blobs on it. But then with this sort of nail art, it’s never going to look uniform, so despite my perfectionist needs, I just have to go with the flow on this one!

It was very messy and, despite my precautions, I still had some clean up to do. But this was great fun and I’ll do it again.

Navy, orange and white splatter manicure
Navy, orange and white splatter manicure: Ciate Power Dressing, Barry M Matt White and Essie Orange, It’s Obvious

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of Ciate Power Dressing
  • Splatter colours: Barry M Matt White; Essie Orange, It’s Obvious
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip (two coats)

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