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W7 Lava Flow: Glitter: Never-ending Pile Challenge

I’m starting another challenge today. This one is the brainchild of Missy from Gnarly Nails, and is being run through her Glittah Pirates Facebook group. It’s the The Never-ending Pile challenge and the quest is to use up all those untried polishes we addicts hoard. As at today, I have 229 unworn polishes. That represents […] Read more

FingerFood’s Theme Weeks: Dots & Stripes: Black & White

It’s dots and stripes in this week’s FingerFood’s Theme Buffet challenge. I was inspired to do this manicure by a dress I saw. At first I created the stripes only, and it looked like the Pizza Express branding – no bad thing seeing as I was eating out at Pizza Express that evening with friends, […] Read more

GOT Polish Challenge: Orange: Orange and White Stripes using Nails Inc Porchester Place

I don’t own many orange polishes at all, so the prompt today for the Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge was always going to be a toughie. Ultimately, I’ve done a (fairly rubbish) taped manicure using Nails Inc Porchester Place. I bought this polish along with three others when I was just becoming interested in […] Read more

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 […] Read more

33DC Day 32: shapes

It’s the penultimate day of the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge and today the prompt is shapes. I was looking back over the manicures I’ve done for this challenge and it was very apparent that I’ve hardly used green or yellow in my manicures. I love yellow, so that surprised me; but I don’t […] Read more

33DC Day 22: Three colour gradient and pattern

Day 22 marks two-thirds of the way through the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge. I’ve surprised myself that I’ve managed to do all the challenges, and do them on time. For today’s theme, I always knew I wanted to do a gradient with a white pattern using striping tape. I’ve seen lots of people […] Read more

33DC Day 18: Featuring 2 Patterns

Day 18 of the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge calls for a manicure featuring two patterns. I was going to do dots and stripes, but it kind of evolved into dotted flowers and stripes instead when I saw this post and wanted to copy the flowers. I started off with a base of OPI […] Read more

33DC Day 6: Textured

I really enjoyed this manicure that I created for day 6 of the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge. Finally, I am wearing a manicure on all of my nails – not just four – and I will be keeping it on for several days, rather than swiftly removing it after deciding I don’t like […] Read more

Black manicure with sparkly red stripe French tips

I wore a red top to my son’s school Speech Day (prize giving day) yesterday and matched it by wearing China Glaze Ruby Pumps. Today I wanted to switch things up a bit and do something that I could also blog about. (I’ve blogged about Ruby Pumps before). I decided to add striping tape near […] Read more

Pink stripes and vintage flowers

I’ve seen a number of manicures where stripes have been teamed with vintage roses, and I’ve pinned many of them on my Pinterest board that I use for saving manicures that I want to try to recreate. Pretty much all of the nails I’ve ever seen seem to be of the Cath Kidston variety, with […] Read more