Look at me, squeezing in another post before the end of the weekend! I will get this challenge finished eventually…
My beach themed mani is inspired by these beach huts:
The bright colours made me happy, so I’ve transferred them to my nails like so:
I used Sally Hansen – White On as a base for all of them and the others are as follows…
Orange – Leighton Denny – Perfect To Party
Yellow – Milani – Yellow Whiz
Green – Sally Hansen – Grass Slipper
Blue – Sally Hansen – Model Behaviour
Red – Orly – Ma Cherie
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’m going to see The Human League tonight at the Royal Albert Hall and so wanted to paint my nails like the 80’s. While I like what I’ve ended up with, it didn’t really turn out as retro as I’d hoped, I think I should have gone for full on neons rather than brights, but we live and learn!
Some of these nails gave me complete cleanup nightmares and I’ve done my cuticles no favours in the process, so please don’t be too disgusted with me.
The colours I used were:
white – Sally Hansen – White On
yellow – Milani – Yellow Whiz
orange – Mavala – Elle Orange (free with a magazine ages ago)
green – Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Grass Slipper
blue – Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Model Behaviour
So I needed to find something to do with my hands while watching the Wimbledon Mens Final. I started with a base colour of Milani Yellow Whiz (tee hee!) This is my only Milani and the best formula on a yellow I’ve come across. Here it is in sunlight…
But on a Sunday afternoon with time on hands I couldn’t leave it at that, so here’s what I came up with:
I’ll get the excuses in first, there is no way I will ever learn to photograph my right hand, in fact I think I’ve given myself claw hand just by trying. These were taken after a full day of wear at work, so they’re showing a bit of tip wear and suffering from me picking around the cuticles. But I did fool at least one person into thinking I’d picked up some new nail strips in New York – I did of course, but these are not they.
The greeny turquoise is Bourjois So Laque in Bleu Model. I picked this up on a whim in Waitrose of all places a few weeks ago. I feel like the yellow is making it look more green when it would otherwise look a bit more blue.
Well this was by no means perfect, but it was certainly my best ever attempt at a tape mani, I am proud!