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Hawaiian Hibiscus Stamped Gradient: Tropical: GOT Polish Challenge

For today’s tropical prompt in the Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge I immediately thought of the ubiquitous Hawaiian floral print. I checked to see if Hawaii is in the tropics and happily discovered that it is (just). A little more research revealed that the flower that features is a Hawaiian Hibiscus. And after yet more Googling, I discovered that I own some stamping plates with this flower on them. Bingo! A manicure was born.

Once I had the image, I needed a background. I’ve chosen to go with some bright colours in a gradient, and it was a happy accident that I chose two Barry M polishes – Guava and Mango – both of which are named after tropical fruits. They’re not a year old, but eleven months will have to suffice as I don’t have any other suitable colours.

Tropical gradient using Barry M Guava and Mango stamped with a Hawaiian hibiscus flower using BM-318
Tropical gradient using Barry M Guava and Mango stamped with a Hawaiian hibiscus flower using Bundle Monster BM-318

As ever, my camera just cannot cope with orange, regardless of the settings I change, or how I set the white balance. However the lovely vibrant colour you can see in the bottle is how it appears on my nails in the flesh, so you’ll just have to imagine that the bottle colour is on the nails!

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: gradient of Barry M Mango and Barry M Guava over one coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Stamping polish: Konad Special White
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-318
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Ciaté Cupcake Queen with glequins: Hot Pink: GOT Polish Challenge

I seem to be wearing a lot of pinks and corals at the moment. Seeing as I’ve always considered pink to be my least favourite colour (after the abhorrence that is green, of course), that’s surprising. But I am mainly choosing to do it, so I think my contempt for pink may be waning. So, for the hot pink prompt in the Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge, I was quite happy to pick out and wear a suitable pink shade.

This is Ciaté Cupcake Queen, a mini that came in 2012’s Mini Mani Month advent calendar. It’s a bright pink with a subtle blue shimmer to it.

I was going to do some stamping, as I seem to have neglected it recently, but concluded that it might obscure the pink too much. So, in preference, I chose to add some light pink glequins in a polka dot arrangement.

These are fab nails. The glequins sparkle and flash in the sun, and that, added to the hot pink, make it such a summery, cheery manicure.

Ciate Cupcake Queen pink glequins polka dots
Ciaté Cupcake Queen with pink glequin polka dots
Golden Oldie Thursday 2

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Ciaté Cupcake Queen
  • Light pink glequins
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Coral: GOT Polish Challenge

I had about three or four old corals to choose from for this week’s Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge.

I chose L’Oréal Dating Coral, which is a bright coral with a very subtle shimmer to it. I needed three coats for it to be opaque, but anyone less fussy than me might get away with just two thickish ones.

I created some four-petal flowers using OPI My Vampire Is Buff and Barry M Guava.

I’ve adjusted the image to try to get the coral to show correctly, but I stopped short of getting there completely because it made my hands very yellow and the turquoise was becoming too blue. So, this isn’t colour accurate for the coral – it should be less magenta and more orange than this.

Coral turquoise white four petal flowers pattern
Coral, turquoise and white four petal flowers pattern

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of L’Oréal Color Riche Dating Coral
  • Flowers: OPI My Vampire Is Buff and Barry M Guava
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Revlon Lilac Pastelle: GOT Polish Challenge: Pastel

And so the second round of the Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge gets underway, and the first theme is pastel.

I have only a handful of old pastels and Revlon Lilac Pastelle seemed to jump out at me, calling to be used.

Inspired by an image on Pinterest (see below), I created an accent using white and a couple of “swooshed” lines in Lilac Pastelle, which I did using French tip guides.

Lilac Pastelle is sheer and watery and so needed 4 coats. But it dried quickly, as all Revlons seem to, so needing to paint so many coats didn’t cause any problems.

It’s a lovely pastel pinky lilac colour and goes very nicely with white.

Revlon Lilac Pastelle with lined accent
Revlon Lilac Pastelle with a lined accent

This was my inspiration for these nails, although these ones are in peach and have been created using acrylics.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: four coats of Revlon Lilac Pastelle
  • Accent nail: two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White, plus one coat of Lilac Pastelle using French tip guides
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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GOT Polish Challenge: Yellow: Polka Dots

For the Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge this week, the theme is yellow or peach. I don’t have many of either polish, so it was fairly easy to choose one to use.

I left this manicure very much to the last minute, without much idea of what I was going to do. I had chosen Ciaté Big Yellow Taxi, and after painting that on all my nails, I just went with a simple white polka dot.

As with most yellows, Big Yellow Taxi is streaky and difficult to apply. This took four coats, and it went on best when I used a light touch. It’s a lovely bright yellow. While I’ve never been to New York, I’m not so sure it’s warm or dark enough for the famous cabs it’s named after.

Ciate Big Yellow Taxi polka dots
Ciaté Big Yellow Taxi with white polka dots
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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: four coats of Ciaté Big Yellow Taxi
  • Dots: Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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