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Blue and Purple Textured Glitter Zigzags: T is for: Textured

I’ve used some textured glitter for T is for textured in the A2Z series challenge this week.

Both polishes are from the 2true Sequins collection and are Eva, which is the blue one, and Naomi, the purple one. I have one other nail polish from this 5-part collection; it’s the silver one, called Christy. I’ve used that one quite a lot, and often use it as an accent nail, but this is the first outing for either of these two.

They are quick drying, and have a course, grainy feel to them after they’ve dried.

I created some textured glitter zigzags over white to add some interest to the manicure. I quite like the look, but can’t help but think that either blue or purple would have worked well on their own; not both together.

Blue and purple textured glitter zigzags using 2true Eva, 2true Naomi and Barry M Cotton
Blue and purple textured glitter zigzags using 2true Eva, 2true Naomi and Barry M Cotton

There’s only six more weeks of this challenge left. It’s gone by really quickly.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: 2true Eva, 2true Naomi, Barry M Cotton


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Here are the manicures from the other A2Zers:

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Cyan blue and silver skittlette with zigzags and studs

This is a skittlette I created to wear out with a matching cyan blue top. In the event though, I managed to dribble toothpaste down the top just before we left and so had to change what I was wearing. Typical.

The blue is Barry M Cyan Blue, a perfect formula, near single coater. It shows up a little lighter in my photos than it is in real life, but it’s a gorgeous colour. I did two coats just to even it out, but absolutely could have got away with just one thick coat, had I painted it on a bit better!

I painted zigzags using normal sized chevron Nail Vinyls and Barry M Foil Effects Silver and then added some studs: 2mm square silver studs that I’m pretty sure I bought from Born Pretty Store.

Finally, I added some sparkle using 2true Christy, a textured glitter polish, which seems to make an appearance whenever I do a skittlette based around a cool colour.

Cyan blue and silver skittlette with zigzags and studs
Cyan blue and silver skittlette with zigzags and studs
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Blue: two coats of Barry M Cyan Blue
  • Textured nail: three coats of 2true Christy
  • Zigzag nails: two coats of Barry M Cyan, Nail Vinyls chevron guides, one coat of Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl (except textured nail)


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FingerFood’s Theme Weeks: Hearts: Rimmel Space Dust Luna Love

As we get closer to Valentine’s, it’s no surprise that this week’s theme in the FingerFood’s Theme Weeks challenge is hearts. I’m doing the Week Of Love Valentine’s challenge starting tomorrow too, so there are going to be lots of red, pink and lovey-dovey manicures coming up!

The pink nails are three coats of Rimmel Luna Love. This is a polish from Rimmel’s Space Dust collection, a textured pink that has a blue and magenta shimmer. It’s not highly textured, like textured glitters can be, it’s more subtle than that. I’ve read quite a few reviews where bloggers haven’t liked it, but I think it’s lovely.

The white nails are two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White, then I’ve cut out some heart shapes from masking tape using a punch. I’ve painted just one thickish coat of Luna Love before removing the tape. Because of the texture, this isn’t top-coated at all.

Rimmel Luna Love and hearts
Hearts using Rimmel Space Dust Luna Love over Sinful Colors Snow Me White

 

FingerFood's Theme Weeks

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Pink nails: three coats of Rimmel Luna Love
  • White nails: two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White, then one coat of Rimmel Luna Love for the hearts
  • Top coat:none

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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.

 

 

 

Silver and blue skittlette: L’Oréal Mystic Blue, 2True Christy and zig zags

After all the challenges I’ve been doing, I wanted to do something that was just for me on my nails. And this skittlette – or (everything but the) kitchen sink manicure – fitted the bill just perfectly.

I didn’t design these nails with New Year’s Eve in mind, but with the sparkle of the textured glitter, I think they’d work well. So if they last me until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be pleased.

It’s quite classic in its use of zig zags and glitter (a look first popularised by @Selenadee_nails of Pink You Rock) but I have used a textured glitter and added some stamping.

I love the combination of navy and silver, and I absolutely adore this navy blue. It’s L’Oréal Mystic Blue and it is part of the L’Or Electric Collection, which came out in summer 2012 for the Cannes Film Festival. I bought it recently from Fragrance Direct for a measly £1.30. (And then I bought two more bottles as back ups because it is completely gorgeous). It has a silver shimmer that makes the polish quite metallic-looking. For me, it’s the navy version of Divine Indigo, which is also one of my favourites.

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 and Barry M Foil Effects Silver

The textured glitter is 2True Christy. I also own the blue (Eva) and the purple (Naomi) from this range, but this is the first one I’ve worn. It would be great used as a full manicure; it’s really sparkly and classy-looking.

For the zig zags, I did a base coat of Barry M Foil Effects Silver, then added some mini zig zag guides and painted over with one coat of Mystic Blue. I bought the guides a while ago from Linda of nailvinyls.com. They are really fantastic and do a brilliant job. Unfortunately, after I had created my most perfect ever zig zag nail, I managed to dink it straight after I’d added the top coat. I had to touch up the blue and the silver at the tip end a little with a brush. I know it looks OK, but I can’t help but grieve a little for my once-perfect nail!  (The perfectionist part of me keeps telling me I should have re-done the nail!)

Finally, for the stamped nail, I used Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Nailz Craze plate NC02, the “magical” plate.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Navy blue: two coats of L’Oréal Color Riche Mystic Blue
  • Textured glitter: two coats of 2True Christy
  • Zig zag nail: one coat of Barry M Foil Effects Silver, then one coat of L’Oréal Color Riche Mystic Blue over zig zag guides
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Stamping plate: Nailz Craze NC02
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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