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Orange Watermarble Stripes (52 Week Challenge)

The themes for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge are orange and outlines. I chose to create some orange watermarble stripes, using decals.

These have been watermarbled without dragging through the image. I have wanted to use this technique for ages, to make (slightly curved) wide stripes on my nails. I’ve tried it a couple of times and it’s been disastrous. Previously, when I have dipped my nail in the water, it’s ended up a slushy mess.

So this time I tried it by letting the watermarble dry into a decal first.

Orange, black and white watermarble stripes using OPI A Roll In The Hague, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris - Black
Orange, black and white watermarble stripes using OPI A Roll In The Hague, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris – Black

It was still a bit messy. I let it dry in the water for over an hour, nearly two, but it was very pliable when I took it out and you can see a resulting slight stretch in the pattern on my ring finger. I would have preferred to cut it for the cuticles edge, but it was too soft, so I had to use acetone and a clean up brush, meaning it’s not as sharp and clean as I would like.

Orange, black and white watermarble stripes using OPI A Roll In The Hague, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris - Black
Orange, black and white watermarble stripes using OPI A Roll In The Hague, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris – Black

I used OPI A Roll In The Hague, Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris – Black, and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. They all marbled well. However, it’s still not entirely the look I was aiming for. I wanted mainly white, with different widths of black and orange stripes. I didn’t pay attention enough to what I was doing though.

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Plain orange nails: three coats of OPI A Roll In The Hague
  • Watermarbled nails: OPI A Roll In The Hague, Clavin Klein Ebony Hate Chris – Black, and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Kitchen Sink Saturday … er make that Monday: blue

I didn’t manage to get around to doing a kitchen sink manicure last Saturday. So here’s it is now … a couple of days late.

I was already wearing Chanel Blue Boy, and had added the leopard spots accent nail. But as I wasn’t entirely happy with the leopard nail, I went over the inside of the spots with a lighter blue (Revlon Dreamer) and then also had to re-do the outlines too. The lighter colour makes it stand out a little more, but it still could be executed better.

Blue kitchen sink manicure
Blue “Everything But the Kitchen Sink” manicure, using Chanel Blue Boy as the common base

For the other nails, I dotted on some flowers, did a half moon, added some glitter and did a saran wrap / cling film manicure.

The glitter is Claire’s Teal Holographic. I haven’t used this before, and it’s a shame it’s snowy and dull today, because in sunlight (or even with overhead lights) this sparkles a full rainbow of colours. I can’t wait to wear this more when Britain starts to get some sun again.

The half moon and the cling film manicure are lovely, but my favourite is the dotted flowers. At some stage I must do these on all my nails. They aren’t perfect, but it’s only my second time trying them, so hopefully they will improve with practice.

Details of the polishes used for each nail are below.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of Chanel Blue Boy
  • Thumb: dotted flowers using China Glaze White On White and Beauty UK Bon Bon
  • Index: half moon using Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Middle: glitter nail using Claire’s Teal Holographic
  • Ring: taped silver diagonal using Barry M Foil Effects Silver; stamped leopards using Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris-Black and Cheeky plate CH1; filled in with Revlon Dreamer and outlined with the same black
  • Little: saran wrap / cling film manicure using Revlon Dreamer
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

Blue leopard spots accent nail

I spent ages trying to draw these leopard spots. I watched some tutorials on YouTube and searched Pinterest and Google Images for some inspiration. I found something I liked and wanted to emulate, so tried freehanding the spots, just practising on a paper plate. But it was really quite woeful.

Then I had a bit of a brainwave and thought I could stamp the spots on. I used Cheeky plate CH1 and it came out OK, but I thought it would look better if I coloured in the centre and then outlined the black edges a bit more using a dotting tool.

It’s not brilliant, and I’m not particularly happy with it, which is why I also only stopped at one nail. My inspiration for this design came from here, where she has created more than one leopard spots nail. Perhaps I might be more pleased with it if it was on all my nails, but it took long enough to get to this point that I couldn’t be bothered to do the rest of my nails!

Blue leopard spots accent
Blue manicure with leopard spots accent nail – using Chanel Blue Boy, Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris-Black
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of Chanel Blue Boy
  • Intermediate top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip
  • Accent nail: Barry M Foil Effects Silver; stamping with Cheeky plate CH1 using Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris-Black; dotting tool to fill in with Blue Boy and to outline with Ebony Hates Chris-Black
  • Final top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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NYC Rock Muse over Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris-Black

After all my indecision yesterday about what to put on my nails for New Year, I ended up just doing very little yesterday except a plain black manicure using Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris-Black.

It’s a most unusual name for a nail polish. I have no idea who “Chris” is, nor why “Ebony” hates him! It’s also the name of a Wet n Wild nail polish, so I presume it’s the same nail polish, just licensed to Calvin Klein or something.

Anyway, it’s my favourite black – opaque and shiny in two, very easily applied coats.

I didn’t get enough time to finish it off with anything yesterday, so it remained black.

Today, I’ve probably gone with the easiest option from my ideas yesterday and have layered NYC Rock Muse over it. It’s more appropriate for a night out on New Year’s Eve, but never mind!

Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris-Black with NYC Rock Muse
Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris-Black, layered with NYC Rock Muse
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris-Black
  • Intermediate coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip
  • Glitter coat: NYC Rock Muse
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

 

New Year’s Nails

We’re going to friends tonight for drinks, then coming home for a nice meal (before probably dozing on the sofa to Hootenanny and then being woken by the fireworks at midnight!). And tomorrow we are out for a meal with some other friends.

So I want to do some New Year’s nails, but I’m not sure what to do. I’ve had a look on Pinterest and Google images, but still I’ve not been inspired enough to make a choice.

So instead, I have played about with some swatches.

New Years Nails
Black with silver sparkles or black with sparkly tips?

Left: I’ve layered NYC Rock Muse over Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris Black (EHCB).

Right: I’ve used a base of EHCB, added a tip using Nina Silver Slipper, and then added some rhinestones. I like how it looks, but could probably only do that on an accent nail, otherwise it would take too long I think.

New Years Nails
Silver glitter or silver and black half moons?

Left: I’ve simply used Nina Silver Slipper on its own.

Right: this is a half moon using Silver Slipper and EHCB.

New Years Nails
Black with silver stripes or reverse black and silver half moons?

Left: I did a base of Silver Slipper, then used striping tape to add two of the lines near the tip. I then layered over EHCB and removed the tape. I smudged it a bit, so used a silver striper to go over the lines and then got a bit carried away and added some more. I think the execution is poor, so don’t really like how this came out and am not sure I have the patience today to do all my nails like that.

Right: a reverse half moon with Silver Slipper and EHCB.

Then I’ve done three gold nails.

New Years Nails
Plain gold or gold with added gold sequin glitter or gold with red and gold glitter?

Left: Barry M Christmas Gold, with a top coat of Nails Inc Glamour Glitter.

Centre: Barry M Christmas Gold, with two coats of Revlon Sequins.

Right: Barry M Christmas Gold, with a coat of China Glaze Electrify.

 

My problem now is that I have too many choices and don’t know which ones to choose! What shall I do?