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Silver and blue skittlette: L’Oréal Mystic Blue, 2True Christy and zig zags

After all the challenges I’ve been doing, I wanted to do something that was just for me on my nails. And this skittlette – or (everything but the) kitchen sink manicure – fitted the bill just perfectly.

I didn’t design these nails with New Year’s Eve in mind, but with the sparkle of the textured glitter, I think they’d work well. So if they last me until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be pleased.

It’s quite classic in its use of zig zags and glitter (a look first popularised by @Selenadee_nails of Pink You Rock) but I have used a textured glitter and added some stamping.

I love the combination of navy and silver, and I absolutely adore this navy blue. It’s L’Oréal Mystic Blue and it is part of the L’Or Electric Collection, which came out in summer 2012 for the Cannes Film Festival. I bought it recently from Fragrance Direct for a measly £1.30. (And then I bought two more bottles as back ups because it is completely gorgeous). It has a silver shimmer that makes the polish quite metallic-looking. For me, it’s the navy version of Divine Indigo, which is also one of my favourites.

Blue silver skittlette nails L'Oreal Mystic Blue 2True Christy zig zags
Blue and silver skittlette nails with textured glitter and zig zags, using: L’Oreal Mystic Blue, 2True Christy and Barry M Foil Effects Silver

The textured glitter is 2True Christy. I also own the blue (Eva) and the purple (Naomi) from this range, but this is the first one I’ve worn. It would be great used as a full manicure; it’s really sparkly and classy-looking.

For the zig zags, I did a base coat of Barry M Foil Effects Silver, then added some mini zig zag guides and painted over with one coat of Mystic Blue. I bought the guides a while ago from Linda of nailvinyls.com. They are really fantastic and do a brilliant job. Unfortunately, after I had created my most perfect ever zig zag nail, I managed to dink it straight after I’d added the top coat. I had to touch up the blue and the silver at the tip end a little with a brush. I know it looks OK, but I can’t help but grieve a little for my once-perfect nail!  (The perfectionist part of me keeps telling me I should have re-done the nail!)

Finally, for the stamped nail, I used Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Nailz Craze plate NC02, the “magical” plate.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Navy blue: two coats of L’Oréal Color Riche Mystic Blue
  • Textured glitter: two coats of 2True Christy
  • Zig zag nail: one coat of Barry M Foil Effects Silver, then one coat of L’Oréal Color Riche Mystic Blue over zig zag guides
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Stamping plate: Nailz Craze NC02
  • 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

Everything But The Kitchen Sink manicure: purple

Some of my lovely Twitter friends are doing an Everything But The Kitchen Sink Manicure challenge. The challenge is fairly straightforward: on Saturdays in January you do your nails in an “everything but the kitchen sink” fashion. That basically means that you do a mismatched manicure where all (or nearly all) the nails are different.

If you want to see the manicures that everyone has done so far, then you can search on Twitter for #kitchensinksaturday.

I missed the first challenge, but am joining in as of today. I already had a velvet / flocked / fur-effect accent nail, so decided to keep that one and also my purple manicure base.

Purple kitchen sink manicure
My purple “kitchen sink” manicure

I started off with the studs and the stripes, and then I was going to add a dotted flowers nail, but didn’t think it went with the more geometric / stark nature of what I’d already done. So instead I added a Saran wrap / clingfilm nail and some glitter.

The colours don’t tie in together as well as I would have liked: Plum Night is very dark and shows up more black than  purple;  the flocking powder is a bluey-purple; and the glitter nail is more pink than I thought it would look. But it’s kind of funky, n’est-ce pas?

I enjoyed doing it and am already thinking of ideas for next Saturday! You can see which polishes and techniques I used below.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Thumb: two coats of Revlon Plum Night, layered with one coat of Revlon Scandalous
  • Index: two coats of Revlon Plum Night, layered with a coat of Barry M Lilac Foil using the Saran wrap / clingfilm technique
  • Middle: a diagonal striped tape manicure using Revlon Plum Night and Barry M Lilac Foil
  • Ring: MUA Fur-Effects Nails Fluffy Bobbin
  • Little: two coats of Revlon Plum Night, then some small, round silver studs applied with nail glue
  • Top coat (where used): Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip