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The Nail Arcade Rainbow Chess: September Polish Party

The Polish Party is one year old this month, so the theme is birthday / party / celebrations nails.

I tried to copy the Polish Party logo and had a stab using a few different methods for painting multi-coloured streamers onto my nails. It failed. Abysmally.

So next, I attempted to paint some cupcakes. It also failed. Even more abysmally. The cupcakes looked like a five year-old had painted them and the nails didn’t even get photographed.

Finally, rather than trying to create some party nails, I instead put the party on my nails. I used The Nail Arcade’s Rainbow Chess, a clear base jam-packed with square, multi-coloured, matte glitters. It certainly looks like a party in miniature, with tons of rainbow-coloured confetti.

Rainbow Chess multi-coloured square glitter
The Nail Arcade Rainbow Chess over China Glaze White On White

Rachel of the The Nail Arcade has an Etsy shop and a Facebook page. Rainbow Chess was a limited edition, and as the shop owner Rachel is now at university, she doesn’t sell polish at the moment, just lots of nail art bits and bobs.

Happy birthday Polish Party! If you want to join in next month, please join at the Facebook page.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Base colour: two coats of China Glaze White On White
  • Glitter: The Nail Arcade Rainbow Chess
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl



All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Here are the other Polish Party manicures for this month:

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Tartan Nails: Twin Post with Em’s Little Corner

A while ago, I got chatting with Emma from Em’s Little Corner and we decided to do a twin post based on the theme of tartan (plaid) nails.

I did some blue tartan nails last year for a challenge and I wasn’t very happy that I didn’t manage to finish them, so this was a great opportunity to try them again.

Having said that, I’m still not entirely satisfied with these. They look fantastic at arm’s length, but perfectionist me isn’t happy that close-up photos show the messy white striper lines. I definitely need more practice with a striper brush.

I used Barry M Plum (mine is incorrectly labelled Blackberry, as many bottles were at first) for the dark purple, and for the lilac I used a recent prize win – ironically won in Emma’s recent competition giveaway – OPI Do You Lilac It? I painted all the detail with a striping brush, except for the purple squares where the lilac lines cross, which I did with a cut down detailing brush.

It was just as difficult as my last attempt, but I’m pleased I finished these. Do go and check out Emma’s tartan nails.

Purple tartan plaid nails using OPI Do You Lilac It and Barry M Plum
Purple tartan nails using OPI Do You Lilac It and Barry M Plum

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Plain nails: two coats of Barry M Plum
  • Tartan nails: two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White, OPI Do You Lilac It? and Barry M Plum
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

FingerFood’s Theme Weeks: Dots & Stripes: Black & White

It’s dots and stripes in this week’s FingerFood’s Theme Buffet challenge.

I was inspired to do this manicure by a dress I saw. At first I created the stripes only, and it looked like the Pizza Express branding – no bad thing seeing as I was eating out at Pizza Express that evening with friends, and again the following day with my family!

Then I added the dots. Unfortunately, they’re a bit wiggly, but the overall effect is quite nice.

I used my staple black and white: W7 Black and Sinful Colors Snow Me White.

Dots stripes black white
Black and white dots and stripes

 

Here’s the dress that inspired these nails:

 

And here’s my “Pizza Express nails”, which I much preferred, photographed in Pizza Express:

 

 

 

FingerFood's Theme Weeks

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of W7 Black
  • Dots and stripes: Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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33DC Day 20: A pattern in your wardrobe

My Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge manicure for today is a bit of a cop out. The theme is a pattern in your wardrobe and I was all set to recreate a shirt I have that’s a lovely medium purple with white swirly flowers and leaves. I had left the manicure to the last minute – not least due to having been diagnosed with a DVT, which seems to have come about as a complication of my recent foot surgery.

Anyway, this morning I painted my nails with an almost exact purple and waited for it to dry before stamping on a similar pattern to my shirt. But the stamping just didn’t go well and I ended up taking it all off.

In the meantime, I had to re-do a repair to my index fingernail and it was while I was doing this that I thought of a far easier manicure. So I have a simple black and white dotticure that matches a t-shirt I have.

Black and white polka dots nails
Day 20: A pattern in your wardrobe – black polka dots (W7 Black) on white (China Glaze White On White)

It’s pretty rubbish – dotting is my nemesis (apart from flowers – I can do those) – and I’m not at all proud of it, but it’s done. The next manicure in the challenge is Europe. Help!

Black and white polka dot nails with top
Black polka dots on white, inspired by my top
Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of China Glaze White On White
  • Dots: W7 Black
  • 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 1: Dots

Today is the first day of the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge. I’ll be posting my challenge manicures three times a week on a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday for the next eleven weeks. I’ve not taken part in a challenge before, so I’m rather excited. But I’m also a bit daunted by some of the prompts. Goodness only knows how I’ll manage tribal nails or Mexican nails, for example!

This is only the third time I’ve done a dotticure. I have always been really worried that I will get it wrong. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I want my dots to be exactly round and exactly the same size. The fear of not being able to get that right is what has always put me off doing dots. I just need to learn to relax about it though, and not be so hard on myself. These aren’t perfect, but they look fantastic from a distance in real life; it’s just the zoom of the camera makes me cringe at what I see.

I copied this manicure from a photo I found on Flickr. I had pinned it and have been wanting to recreate it for some time. This challenge gave me the nudge to finally do so.

#33DC Day 1 Dots Multicoloured dots
#33DC Day 1 Dots: Multicoloured dots

I used all different brands of polish for the dots:

  • Yellow: MUA U&I
  • Blue: Barry M Blackberry
  • Light pink: Collection 2000 Candy Floss
  • Mint green: George Smarty Pants
  • Dark pink: Model’s Own Pink Blush
33DC Dots polishes
MUA U&I, Barry M Blackberry, Collection 2000 Candy Floss, George Smarty Pants, Model’s Own Pink Blush

These are the challenges for the next 32 days. I know lots of bloggers plan ahead and some have already completed a lot of the manicures. I’m quite organised, so I’ve listed them all in a spreadsheet, and have detailed some ideas for some of them, but I’ve not had the time to do any of them in advance, so this challenge could be hard work.

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of China Glaze White On White
  • Dots: MUA U&I, Barry M Blackberry, Collection 2000 Candy Floss, George Smarty Pants, Model’s Own Pink Blush
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

 

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

 

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Model’s Own Pink Blush was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.