Early manicures Here are my manicures prior to starting this blog. Click on the stripey nails at the top left, then use the right arrow to see how my nail polish obsession grew. It started with me going to a “black and bling” party. I needed nails, and saw some black and silver nail wraps. I bought these stripey ones at the same time and tried them out. This is 2nd November 2011.I tried these blue and white star nail wraps too. 12th November 2011.The time came for the “black and bling” party (26th November 2011) and I wore these black and silver nail wraps.I tried some more wraps. These are glittery red, although the picture shows it a very pink – it’s bright red in reality. 23rd February 2012. I didn’t really like how the nail wraps left my nails when I removed them though, so I did nothing much with my nails for a while. Then a few months later, I bought some polish, from Nails Inc, and I started to get a bit more interested. April 2012.Although I did do one more mail wrap – for the Olympics. Had to be done really.After that was when I started to really enjoy doing my nails and this is really when the obsession began. This is Max Factor Cool Jade. (24th August 2012)Beauty UK Bon Bon (29th August 2012)First attempt (fail) at water marbling, with Rimmel Rapid Ruby and an unknown silver polish. 6th September 2012.Then I tried gradient nails – Nails Inc Kensington Park Road and Eye Candy It’s All Good. 9th September 2012.L’Oreal Cafe St GermainMy nail polish collection is starting to grow – No. 7 Salsa with Barry M Jewel Britannia over the top. 16th September 2012Eye Candy It’s All GoodEye Candy Peacock (magnetic). I didn’t like how this turned out at all.Moon nails – Barry M Foil Effects Silver and No. 7 Salsa. I like this. (23rd September 2012)Max Factor Cloudy BlueMax Factor Cloudy Blue with a sponged taped gradient accent nail. I can’t remember the other colours I used now. 26th September 2012.Gold moons – H&M Antique Gold with Revlon All Fired UpH&M Wine & Dine with silver striper pen accent nailH&M Wine & Dine with Barry M Foil Effects Silver stripes. I didn’t do this very well at all.French manicure – what could be simpler?L’Oreal Hypnotic RedL’Oreal Hypnotic Red with a taped triangle accent nail in H&M Je T’aimeNow I discover stamping! H&M Deep Deep Water, stamped with Barry M Foil Effects Silver, Bundle Monster plate BM14. 12th October 2012.L’Oreal Parisian Rooftops stamped with H&M Wine & Dine, Bundle Monster plate BM16. 14th October 2012.New plates arrive. Max Factor Cloudy Blue stamped with Bundle Monster plate BM317. 18th October 2012.My first use of a dotting tool. I created this manicure to match my top. China Glaze Sexy In The City, stamped with China Glaze White on White using Bundle Monster BM321 and dotted with Essie Orange, It’s Obvious. 20th October 2012.Another new plate! L’Oreal Versailles Gold stamped using Nailz Craze NC02 with China Glaze Purr-fect PlumBy this stage the obsession is rapidly gaining pace and I’ve been looking at all sorts of looks I want to recreate. This one took an age, so I won’t be reproducing it in a hurry. Taped blocked nails: China Glaze Harvest Moon, with W7 Black Cherry, Nails Inc Devonshire Row and Rimmel Rapid RubyStudded purple nails – Sinful Colors Daddy’s Girl. 28th October 2012.W7 Salt n PepperNails Inc did nothing for the new-found obsession. They gave away £11 polishes with the purchase of Glamour Magazine (£2). I had to have all four!More nail mail! More stamping plates this time. China Glaze High Roller, stamped with Barry M Foil Effects Gold, using Cheeky plate CH16. 3rd November 2012.Chanel Blue Boy. It’s gorgeous, but the camera hasn’t picked it up at all well.China Glaze Fifth Avenue, stamped with China Glaze White On White and W7 Black Cherry using Bundle Monster plate BM20, with a layer of Nails Inc Glamour Glitter. 8th November 2012.Remembrance Day nails – China Glaze White On White, dotted with China Glaze High Roller, Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris-Black and George Meteorite. My first attempt at dotting or freehanding anything. Not too shabby for a change!W7 Black CherryAnd this brings us up to date. W7 Black Cherry with Revlon Scandalous over the top. 12th November 2012 … the day I bought this domain and started this blog.