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Pink half moons

My husband hates this manicure, but I love it. He says the colours don’t go. Well, that was the idea really: to use contrasting colours in order to get a stand-out effect. But you can’t win them all.

The pink half moons are Models Own Raspberry Crush, which was one of the freebie polishes I received with More magazine recently. Prior to this, I didn’t own any Models Own, but if all their polishes are like this, then that won’t be the case for very much longer. The formula was almost perfect. It went on so beautifully for me and dried nice and quickly too. I think “raspberry” is a bit of a misnomer though. Although it does seem a bit reddish in darker lighting, I would more accurately describe it as a deep pink.

The rest of the nail is Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Plum. However, my bottle is labelled as “Blackberry”, which I know, from various reports on other nail blogs, is how some of the early bottles were (mis)labelled. This is just one coat, and it went on even better than the Models Own did. I love the Gelly Hi-Shine polishes. They really are true one-coaters and dry with a fantastic shine.

For the first time, I haven’t done too badly with my half moons. Before now, I have always managed to splodge at least a couple of them as I remove the ring reinforcers.

Pink half moons
Pink half moons: Models Own Raspberry Crush and Barry M Gelly Plum (although my bottle is labelled as Blackberry)
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of Models Own Raspberry Crush
  • Interim coat: Seche Vite
  • Nail art tools: ring reinforcers to tape off the half moon shape
  • Next coat: one coat of Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Plum
  • Top coat: Seche Vite

Freebie nail polishes from More magazine and We [Love] Pop magazine

I learned from Swishie Nails’s blog post today that More magazine was giving away two Model’s Own nail polishes. These usually cost £5 each, but as the mag is only £1.50, that’s a bit of a bargain.

I didn’t want to miss out, and my lovely husband offered to go and buy the magazine for me!

It probably cost him more than £10 in petrol though because he went to 11 different shops in 6 different towns. Reckon he loves me, eh?!

He got both colours though. One is Nude Beige and the other is Raspberry Crush.

He also came back with We ♥ Pop magazine, which is some sort of teen pop mag, full of popstar photos and One Direction gossip! (I’m sure it’s no worse than Smash Hits was in the ’80s). But, it had two free nail polishes, which is why he bought it. Unfortunately, they’re aimed at the teen market, so they are rather cutesy colours and … not sure about this bit … they are scented! One is Grape Suzette and the other is Creme Caramel. I’m not sure they’re aimed at 45 year olds but I will give them a try. You never know how they might turn out.

More magazine
More magazine and We [Heart] Pop magazine with the freebie nail polishes

Grey gradient nails

I was loving my snowflake nails, but they chipped. Typically I just re-paint the chip and all is good, but because it’s the weekend, and we are stuck in with builders sorting out our hallway floor, I have plenty of time today to do a new manicure.

Sometimes it takes me an age to decide what to do, but today I seemed to know straight away that I wanted to do a gradient. I’ve only done one before, but it was quite successful and much easier to do than I had imagined.

If you don’t know how to do a gradient, then I can highly recommend the Nailasaurus’s tutorial. The only thing I would add is that I use a make-up sponge and wet it before wringing it right out. This stops the polish from sinking into the sponge too much. I also paint stripes of colour straight onto the sponge rather than onto plastic.

Today I chose to go for grey gradient nails. I painted my nails with two coats of Revlon Hazy, which is the lighter of the two greys. I haven’t used this polish before and I have to say I was really impressed. It went on smoothly and dried quickly. It’s part of the Top Speed collection and says on the bottle that it sets in 60 seconds, which for once with a polish is actually true. It also says to apply one coat, but I chose two. I think you could easily get away with doing one thickish coat if you applied it well; I just wanted to ensure I got a great finish.

When it was dry, I sponged the gradient on using more Hazy and Barry M Grey. The Barry M Grey is also another of my untried polishes and I just love the colour. I wil be wearing this one on its own at some point.

Grey gradient
Grey gradient nails using Barry M Grey and Revlon Hazy
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of Revlon Hazy
  • Gradient polishes: Revlon Hazy and Barry M Grey
  • Top coat: No.7 Stay Perfect

Snowflake nails

My previous manicure has lasted really well, but I was getting a bit bored with it, so decided to jazz it up with some stamping.

On Facebook, I’m a member of the group, Adventures in Stamping. There’s a weekly challenge manicure where everyone has to stamp according to a theme. This week’s theme is “over a blue base”, and while it’s a bit early, I couldn’t resist using my current blue manicure to stamp over for the challenge.

I’ve used Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Bundle Monster plates BM-14 and BM-323. I then dotted on some extra “snow” and added two coats of George Jackpot, which is a very sparse silver glitter.

The glitter coat has taken away the vibrancy of the blue. It’s not so much an electric, cobalt blue now. And it also no longer has its duochrome effect, although bizarrely the purple tinge is now slightly evident in the photos, where it wasn’t yesterday. Strange how a polish can do that. However, it makes it look like I have a completely new blue polish on today!

It’s not really the right day to do this, as it’s a lovely bright autumn day where I am in the UK. So I hope I’ve not jinxed the weather. My son is desperate for some snow, but I’m really not keen.

Snowflake nails stamping
Snowflake nails stamping
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of China Glaze Tempest
  • Sparkle coat: Nailene Artist FX Sparkle
  • Top coat: Seche Vite
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Stamping plates: Bundle Monster BM-14 and BM323
  • Glitter coat: George Jackpot

China Glaze Tempest (with some added sparkle)

When buying some nail polish recently I was overcharged but didn’t realise until I got home. My husband returned to the shop for me, and instead of a refund, picked me up a new polish – gotta love him! He chose China Glaze Tempest.

This is a shimmer polish with a hint of a duochrome. I’ve seen it described as a purple, but I think it looks more like a blue. Either way, depending on the angle and the light, it shifts from a vibrant cobalt blue to an inky violet.

China Glaze Tempest
China Glaze Tempest with a top coat of Nailene Artist FX Sparkle

It’s very sheer in application. I used two coats but was left with a couple of bare patches on some nails, so those received a third coat.

I added Nailene Artist FX Sparkle Coat. It’s a sparkly top coat that came with a nail art set. In the bottle, this has tiny flecks of sparkle that also switch between purple and blue, so it’s a great match for Tempest.

Nailene Artist FX Sparkle
This is the nail art set that contains Nailene Artist FX Sparkle, which is on the left

I couldn’t get my camera to photograph this at all with any purple showing, but you can see it slightly in the bottle shot.

China Glaze Tempest bottle
China Glaze Tempest – you can see the purple at the top of the bottle

The polish on my index finger also shrunk a little. You can see that it’s pulled back from the free edge of the nail. I hadn’t experienced this before, but know it to be an occasional “side-effect” of the Seche Vite top coat that I used for this manicure. I’ve read that it can shrink your polish and that a way around that is to “wrap the tips” ( sweep the free edge of the nail with the top coat too). I obviously didn’t wrap the tip of that nail very well, as all the others seem fine! Anyway, I just filed it down by that offending millimetre and all is well again 🙂

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of China Glaze Tempest
  • Sparkle coat: Nailene Artist FX Sparkle
  • Top coat: Seche Vite