I’ve shamelessly copied a couple of other ladies and gone for a caviar manicure today, which is kind of jewellery for the nails, right?
Also, I got some bargains at Poundland this weekend which I couldn’t wait to try out. The main colour in this mani is Sally Hansen – Lavender Cloud which obviously is not lavender, but it is gorgeous and I think it may have sated my lemming for My Boyfriend Scales Walls.
I’ve been avoiding spending money on any gimmicky textured nail kits, but when I found this in Poundland I couldn’t refuse…
Although I don’t mind the grittiness on my nails, I’m not convinced these are going to stay on, somehow they just feel a bit precarious. I don’t think this is the product’s fault, tiny beads are tiny beads after all.
So here’s the finished manicure:
I’ve missed a couple of days out from the Pre Spring Challenge, realistically I was never going to manage to do my nails on a Friday – Friday is pub day, so yesterday I had an aborted attempt at combining the themes of Sky and Sun. It was such a disaster I don’t think it will be seeing the light of day.
So we resume with Day 7 – Pastel and Taping. This was my second try and I’m really pleased with it. It’s not often you see my naked nails, but I spent a good long time buffing and moisturising this afternoon so I think they’re presentable.
This is so simple and for once I’m happy with my work, yey for pastels and tape.
The colours I used are:
Orange – Love & Beauty – Neon Orange (it’s really not neon)
Lilac – Essie – Nice Is Nice
Pink – Color Club – I Believe In Amour
Yellow – OPI – Fiercely Fiona
Blue – Color Club – Take Me To Your Chateau
Grey – Sally Hansen – Dorien Grey
So clearly the sensible thing to do when you’ve been out for a few drinks is to come home and try to complete a challenge doing something you know you’re rubbish at (stamping.)
I eventually saw sense and gave up on that idea and as 11 o’clock neared I grabbed a quick drying matte polish, Sinful Colors – Savage for a base and quickly dotted some flowers on top with whatever came to hand.
So it’s a bit of a mess, but I’ve managed day 4 and that’s what I was going for…
No seriously I’ve just looked at the pictures, it’s bad, but it’s also the middle of the night, so screw it!
Considering how many green manicures I’ve worn lately, I’m not sure how I ended up not using much green on a day that’s supposed to be all about the colour. But still I quite like this one, it’s supposed to be grass growing in a muddy field, whether it really looks like that or is just wonky French tips I don’t really mind.
I used one of my vintage polishes, Zoya – Meryl for the background, I must swatch this one on its own for you, it’s yummy. The green is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Grass Slipper which is one of my all time favourite greens.
Not my best camerawork today, but I’m tired, ok..?
So here you go, Day 3 and I’m still going strong!
Now I’m not someone who ever really wears pink, I would make a terrible Mean Girl, but what says Springtime more than pink polkadots..?
Today I’m wearing Revlon – Empower which is a polish I found half price in Rite Aid the last time I travelled to the US and I have since found it impossible to google anything about. I believe it was released as a breast cancer awareness exercise, but no-one seems to have swatched it, so I guess I should probably do that one day. The dots are Color Club – I Believe In Amour.
Despite the pinkness I am really enjoying wearing this manicure, it’s an early contender for one I might want to recreate.
So I’m having a crack at the Pre-Spring Challenge hosted by Mommy Love Nail Polish and Polish Alcoholic.
Let’s hope that Day 1 is the biggest disaster I have in this challenge and the only way is up from here! To begin with I’m dealing with my newly nubbified nails – an evening of beer, bowling, dodgems and air hockey is a recipe for breakages if ever I found one.
The plan was to paint my nails white with Sally Hansen -White On (so far so good) then sponge on Milani – Yellow Whiz in a gradient coming from all sides to make a kind of sunburst, this is where things started to go wrong. I couldn’t get the gradient to look properly gradual, so I thought I would mattify things and see if that helped. It didn’t. And somewhere between the sponging and the mattifying I managed to get bits of fluff stuck on my nails and the pale colour really showed it up. I didn’t have time to start again, so what’s a girl to do, but grab a Sharpie that was lying around and doodle on my nails.
Of course the doodling is a complete mess and sponging on yellow is not good news for the colour of my cuticles, but the pattern kind of reminds me of a messy version of some of Wah Nails’ work – I realise I flatter myself, but you know what I mean.
Time I shut up and got to the pictures, yes..?
There’s an Inlinkz thing to link to all the ladies participating in this challenge, but I haven’t worked out how to use that from my ipad, so for the time being, please visit one of the hosts from the links at the top.
I’ve seen a couple of versions of this type of manicure kicking around lately, although of course I’m not organised enough to have noted where and who they belonged to, so thanks lovely anonymous internet ladies who gave me the inspiration for this one.
I am also not together enough to have found the time to take photos when I was done, so we’re going to have to make do with a phone picture I took while at work. However, I’ve just got a new phone and I’m really impressed with the picture quality, so that’s a bonus lesson learned.
The polishes used are Essie – Nice Is Nice, which is one of the lilacs that I always think it’s a good idea to buy and then I realise that it’s a colour that really doesn’t suit me. To make it wearable I sponged Orly – Charged Up over striping tape. Normally with tape I follow the advice to remove it while the polish is still wet, but on this one I left it until it was dry and I was really pleased with the crisp lines I ended up with. The only thing I didn’t like about this manicure was the area that I dinged once I’d applied my topcoat, but I guess you can’t have everything…
And here is the finished result: