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January’s Polish Party: January Blues: blue roses

I joined a group on Twitter who have a Polish Party once a month. We all do nail art to a theme and this time around we’re doing January Blues.

I’ve done quite a lot of blue manicures recently – good thing it’s my favourite colour!

I decided to be cheery about my “blues” and went with some roses.

I was going to put some polka dots in between them, but changed my mind after I’d done them on my thumb nail. So the spacing of some of the roses isn’t as even as it could be.

Blue Roses January Blues Polish Party
Polish Party: January Blues: blue roses using NYC Raindrop (Blue Sky), L’Oréal Sky Fits Heaven, Barry M Blackberry and Barry M Blue Glitter

The base is NYC Raindrop. Well, it’s labelled as that, but every time I use it, I end up pointing out that, in every Superdrug I’ve been in, the shelf for NYC shows the pale blue as Blue Sky and the pale green as Raindrop. But the bottles have the names the other way around. The rose centres were done with L’Oréal Color Riche Sky Fits Heaven; the darker bits of the roses are Barry M Blackberry; and for extra cheeriness, I gave my roses glittery leaves using Barry M Blue Glitter.

There we go! Blues banished! 🙂

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of NYC Raindrop (or Blue Sky)
  • Rose centres: L’Oréal Sky Fits Heaven
  • Rose shading: Barry M Blackberry
  • Rose leaves: Barry M Blue Glitter
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Blue Tartan: 33DC Day 28: Lines

The prompt in today’s Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge is lines.

I have wanted to do tartan nails for ages, ever since seeing a tutorial on Tumblr. It wasn’t easy. I usually do my stripes and straight-lined patterns using tape. But for some reason, I chose to freehand these with nail art brushes and that made it a whole lot harder. It also meant my lines are all a bit wobbly!

I do love how they look, even though I didn’t quite finish them off. They should really have another line (I was going to do red or navy) in the centre of the white stripes. But I was pleased with how far I had already got, and was convinced I might ruin them, so chickened out of adding anything else.

Tartan plaid nails
Day 28: Lines – tartan nails using Barry M Blackberry, Barry M Matt White and NYC Raindrop (Blue Sky)

There are only five more of these challenges left. I’ve enjoyed doing them as it’s made me do more than simply paint my nails with a single colour. There are two or three Christmas challenges coming up afterwards, which I may take part in – I’m not sure as yet.

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Plain nails: two coats of Barry M Blackberry
  • Tartan nails: two coats of Barry M Matt White, plus NYC Raindrop (Blue Sky), Barry M Blackberry and Barry M Matt White – all added using nail art brushes
  • 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 24: Art with the colour you own the most of

Today in the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge it’s art with the colour you own the most of. (Ooh, a terminal preposition. The pedant in me would shout “bad grammar”! I’ll let it pass 😉 )

I own more blues than anything else. At current count, 87 of my 393 polishes are blue. That’s 22%. The next colour I have lots of is purple, and I have just 54, so blue wins by quite a margin.

I set out to do a watermarble, but it really didn’t go well and I took it all off again. I was going to my son’s school concert last night, so quickly did a new manicure and chose a new Chanel my husband bought me a couple of days ago, called Magic. It’s a gorgeous, limited edition polish that’s part of the Vogue Fashion Night Out 2013 collection. It’s a deep blue, which has a hint of teal, and so it was perfect as a blue base for something this morning.

I chose finally to do a splatter manicure. I used three polishes on top of my Chanel Magic base:

  • Barry M Turquoise
  • Rimmel Blue Eyed Girl
  • NYC Raindrop (it’s Raindrop ccording to the bottle, or Blue Sky if you go by how it’s labelled on the shelves)
Chanel Magic blue splatter nails
Day 24: art with the colour you own the most of – blue splatter nails using Chanel Magic, Barry M Turquoise, Rimmel Blue Eyed Girl and NYC Raindrop (or Blue Sky!)

I’m very pleased with this. I love doing splatter manicures, but rarely think of doing them. The colours work well together, and (obviously) blue is my favourite colour. My husband did complain though. he said he didn’t spend £18 on a nail olish for me to splatter cheaper stuff all over it! Cheeky beggar!

These manicures are all getting a bit last minute, but at least I now have the weekend to perhaps prepare some in advance.

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Chanel Magic
  • Splatter polishes: NYC Raindrop (or Blue Sky), Rimmel Blue Eyed Girl, Barry M Turquoise
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

 

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

 

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness manicure: blue and pink butterfly nails

I saw a post by Jessica of Be Happy And Buy Polish encouraging nails bloggers to commemorate Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month on 15th October with a manicure.

Like Jessica, I too have lost two pregnancies, one at 6 weeks and another at 10 weeks. I had to endure the awful pain and grief of the miscarriages, as well as the unkind words from friends and family who thought they were saying the right things. The second time around I had a serious, life-threatening haemorrhage that needed the staff of two ambulances and two paramedic cars to stabilise me and then take me to A&E at two in the morning. I desperately wanted more than one child – I always thought I would have three actually – but it wasn’t to be. It took me many years to come to terms with the fact that I wouldn’t have another child, but I am thankful that we were at least able to have our wonderful son.

Pregnancy Infant Loss logo

The October 15th organisation is a US one, and the awareness month is for the US too, but I know so many people who have gone through miscarriages, stillbirths or the loss of a baby that it is a subject very dear to my heart. So while I’m British, I’m pleased to join in with my own manicure.

The organisation’s logo is a blue and pink ribbon, with a butterfly. I took inspiration from that to create this manicure.

I did a pink to blue gradient using Collection 2000 Candy Floss and NYC Raindrop (or Blue Sky – I’m sure it’s mis-labelled!).

Then I stamped some butterflies over the top using Konad Special White and Cheeky plate CH3 and Gals plate GA4.

Pregnancy infant loss pink blue butterfly nails
Pregnancy and Infant Loss nails – using Collection 2000 Candy Floss, NYC Raindrop and butterflies stamped using CH3 and GA4

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: a gradient using Collection 2000 and NYC Raindrop (Or Blue Sky!)
  • Stamping polish: Konad Special White
  • Stamping plates: Cheeky CH3 and Gals GA4
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

 

 

Here are the links to all the other bloggers taking part. Do have a look at their nails too.

 

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33DC Day 3: Tape Mani

My two most recent polish purchases are L’Oréal Color Riche Amazon Flower and NYC Blue Sky (which, like every other bottle of it I’ve ever seen, is mis-labelled as Raindrop). As the two newest, they are swatched next to each other on a nail wheel. I thought they complemented each other nicely, so chose them – along with silver – for this manicure, which is number three in the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge.

I quite like doing tape manicures and don’t find it too much of a bother. The outcomes can be lovely, so the time investment is always worth it for me.

I used a combination of striping tape and painters’ tape. My striping tape has never been much good – the stickiness is often left on the wheel as I unravel it – so I only use it sparingly and I much prefer painters’ tape, as I think it gives cleaner lines.

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33DC Day 2: Tape Mani – stripes using OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, NYC Blue Sky (labelled Raindrop), L’Oréal Color Riche Amazon Flower, and Barry M Foil Effects Silver

The next challenge is tribal. It’s a good thing I have the weekend to do it. I have never done a tribal manicure and the thought is terrifying!

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Striped colours: NYC Blue Sky (mis-labelled as Raindrop), L’Oréal Color Riche Amazon Flower, Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Top coat: two coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

 

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

 

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