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Green dots (52 Week Challenge)

In the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge this week the themes are dots and 3 shades of purple. I told my son I was going to do a dotticure, and he picked me out some blues. But I – rather uncharacteristically – chose to go with green. I’m not a lover of green, but I’m beginning to like it when it’s used in nail art (rather than as a plain manicure).

This is done mainly with Barry M polishes: a base of Coconut, then dots in Olive, Key Lime, Spring Green and Watermelon. There are also a couple of dots of Barry M Lime Green in there too, but it was a bit too sheer, so I abandoned it fairly rapidly. The only non-Barry M polish is Essie Navigate Her.

Dotted green nails
Dotted green nails using Barry M Coconut, Watermelon, Key Lime, Olive, Spring Green, Lime Green and Essie Navigate Her

I’m using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri as my go-to top coat at the moment. I’ve realised that a top coat will fall out of favour with me once it starts to get towards the end of the bottle and it begins to get a little thick. Regardless of the brand, this seems to happen. So currently I’ve been using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri after a long period of religiously using HK Girl. However, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri isn’t as good at not smearing artwork, so I used my (rather thick) bottle of HK Girl this time around.

Dotted green nails
Dotted green nails using Barry M Coconut, Watermelon, Key Lime, Olive, Spring Green, Lime Green and Essie Navigate Her

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Coconut
  • Dots: Barry M Olive, Barry M Key Lime, Barry M Spring Green, Barry M Watermelon, Barry M Lime Green, Essie Navigate Her
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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33DC Day 15: Animals

This was another prompt in the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge that I went back and forth with ideas for.

I thought about doing penguins (might leave those until Christmas now), then an animal print like leopard or zebra. I Googled for inspiration but nothing was jumping out at me.

I was starting to get somewhere when I was looking at images of cartoon character animals. Mickey Mouse and the like are quite hard for me to replicate, but I suddenly saw an image of good old Roobarb and Custard and knew I shouldn’t have any problems reproducing them.

For those of you who aren’t British, Roobarb was a fantastic children’s cartoon, shown at tea time back when I was a child in the mid 1970s. Roobarb was a green dog and Custard, his nemesis, a pink cat. It was voiced by the wonderful Richard Briers and drawn in a very sketchy way – hence why I thought I could manage to draw it!

I hand drew the characters onto some home-made decals, rather than drawing them straight onto my nails. It was a straightforward process, and although my drawing isn’t perfect (the mouths are missing some teeth for example), it certainly represents the characters I remember so well.

I used Model’s Own Raspberry Crush for Custard. I meant to use Pink Blush, which is a brighter, more Barbie pink, but I grabbed the wrong one out of the Helmer and didn’t realise until it was too late.

Roobarb is done in Barry M Lime Green.

Roobarb and Custard nails
Day 15: Animals – Roobarb and Custard nails, using Barry M Lime Green, Model’s Own Raspberry Crush, China Glaze White On White and Barry M Nail Art Pen in Black

For those of you who have never seen it, here’s an episode of Roobarb, called When The Day Wouldn’t Keep Still:

It’s “South America” next – I have no ideas yet!

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Model’s Own Raspberry Crush, two coats of China Glaze White on White, or two coats of Barry M Lime Green over one coat of China Glaze White On White
  • DIY decals: hand-drawn using Barry M nail art pen in Black and filled in with Barry M Lime Green, Model’s Own Raspberry Crush and China Glaze White On White
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

 

Have a look at what everyone else doing the challenge has come up with:

 

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33DC Day 12: A Pattern in Your Home

So, today for the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge we have to recreate or be inspired by a pattern in our home. There are only three patterns I can think of in my house; everything else is completely plain. My son’s duvet is patterned, we have a wallpapered accent wall, and a patterned vinyl tablecloth

The duvet is white with very fine, slightly squiggly lines in different shades of blue across it. That would certainly be nice and easy to recreate, but not too challenging. The wallpaper is very difficult to copy – there’s no way I’d manage that. And so it was the tablecloth that I went for.

It has a cream background with brown, beige and green swirly flower patterns over it. I wasn’t sure how I’d do, but I went ahead and I’m really pleased with my efforts.

Here’s the (slightly grubby, sorry) tablecloth:

Brown green beige vinyl tablecloth swirly flowers
My vinyl tablecloth with its swirly flowers

And here’s my manicure:

Day 12: pattern in your home - messy flowers, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, NYC Midtown Mink, Model's Own Nude Beige, Essie Navigate Her and Barry M Lime Green
Day 12: pattern in your home – swirly flowers, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, NYC Midtown Mink, Model’s Own Nude Beige, Essie Navigate Her and Barry M Lime Green

I started off with a base of OPI My Vampire Is Buff, then freehanded (yes, I can’t believe it either!) in the flowers. I managed to get fairly good matches for each of the four colours. I used:

  • NYC Midtown Mink (chocolate brown)
  • Model’s Own Nude Beige (beige)
  • Essie Navigate Her (the darker green)
  • Barry M Lime Green (the brighter, lighter, lime green)
Day 12: pattern in your home - messy flowers, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, NYC Midtown Mink, Model's Own Nude Beige, Essie Navigate Her and Barry M Lime Green
My nails and the tablecloth

It took a lot of patience, and it doesn’t look so great close up on camera, but it looks fantastic at arm’s length.

 

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of OPI My Vampire Is Buff
  • Flowers: hand drawn using a fine nail art brush, using NYC Midtown Mink,Model’s Own Nude Beige, Essie Navigate Her and Barry M Lime Green
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

 

Have a look at what everyone else doing the challenge has come up with:

 

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