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Orange, Blue and Cream: K is for: Kitchen Sink

This week in the A2Z series challenge it’s K, and that means Kitchen Sink. A kitchen sink manicure is where you use “everything but the kitchen sink”. So it’s a bit like a skittlette, only all the nails are different, and you use a different technique for each one. Usually though, there is some sort of theme and/or the colours are consistent.

I chose cream, orange and blue and have an assortment of things on my nails. I used OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango.

I started with the water marble, in case it didn’t work out well, but I love it. It came out really well and I kind of wish I had it on all my nails. But that would defeat the purpose, eh!

The ring finger nail is a simple cream base with small square studs that I painted in the orange and blue polishes I used.

For the little finger nail, I freehanded the fishtail chevron tips. I was convinced I’d have to re-do it, but the Gods were on my side and it looked OK.

I completed the index finger nail last. I was thinking of stamping blue on cream, or doing a dotticure, but finally I opted to try some water colour bubbles. The effect is great, but I’m not entirely happy with it. I used the polishes watered down with acetone, and for a few of the bubbles I wasn’t quick enough and the acetone ate away the centres. Top coat filled those in nicely, but it isn’t as clean looking as I had pictured. Not bad for a first try though. I think the acrylic paint approach and water might be better for this technique and I might just give that a go soon.

Orange, blue and cream "kitchen sink" manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango
Orange, blue and cream “kitchen sink” manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango

After I’d finished this, I wish I had done the nails in a different order. I think the bubbles and the water marble are too similar, so should be further apart from each other. Perhaps I should have swapped the bubbles with the chevron tips. Balancing skittlette / kitchen sink manicures is not my forte.

Orange, blue and cream "kitchen sink" manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango
Orange, blue and cream “kitchen sink” manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal, Barry M Mango
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Here are the manicures from the other A2Zers:

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Pink and blue watercolour nails with Barry M polishes

I wanted to try a spotted water marble, using some bright colours over a white base, but it just wasn’t working for me. I’m not sure what was wrong … the water temperature, the polishes I used, or the hairspray I used. But my polish wasn’t spreading well on the water and I couldn’t get a nice pattern at all. I must give it a go another day as it looks great.

So, as my nails already had OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls on them, I had to try something else. After a bit of a rethink, I decided to try water colour nails, which I haven’t done before either.

Using two of my favourite Barry M polishes – Turquoise and Fuchsia – I thinned the polishes with polish thinner. Some tutorials I’ve seen say that you can use acetone, but I was worried this might do too much damage to my base coat.

I did the blue first , then the pink. I just put a drop of polish onto a plate, then used my cleanup brush and some polish thinner to thin them out a little, and then literally just splodged the colours on randomly.

Pink and blue watercolour nails with Barry M polishes
Pink and blue watercolour nails with Barry M Turquoise and Barry M Fuchsia

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Watercolour polishes: Barry M Turquoise and Barry M Fuchsia
  • Top coat: Seche Vite

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