Day 2 of the 30 Day Challenge: Orange nails

Today is day two of the 30 Day Challenge that I’m doing with a few of my blogging friends, and the theme is ‘Orange nails’.

Obviously when thinking of orange coloured things, the first thing that comes into your head is….an orange. I knew I had a few fruity stamping images, so I pleased to find that I had one of an orange’s cross-section.

As for the polishes used, I only have one untried orange which is Rimmel’s Tangy Tangerine. It’s a lovely pale peach creme that I thought would go really nicely with Barry M’s Block Orange.

Orange nails – indoor with flash

I decided to do a full coat of the Rimmel Tangy Tangerine as I thought Block Orange would stamp over it better than the other way around. Tangy Tangerine was actually really easy to use it and didn’t really require much cleaning up at all. It has a wide, flat brush and a small brush handle making it easier for my little hands to hold. It did take three coats to get it opaque though and it could have done with another coat probably. A bit annoying, as it made the nails look quite thick :(

Barry M Block Orange stamped really quite well on the top which was pleasing! I really like the overall effect, although I wish I had only down two orange stamps on my index finger!

For this manicure I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Barry M – Block Orange
  • Rimmel – Tangy Tangerine
  • Cheeky Mega Image Plate B
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri


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Back to school!

So today is the start of Rachel’s 30 Day Challenge, and I thought it sounded like great fun! The idea is that there is a theme for each day of this month that you must make a manicure around, using untried polishes where you can (that is, polishes you haven’t used before).

Today’s theme is ‘Red Nails’ so I dug through my polish box and found Bourjois Rouge Escarpin, a polish I had bought some time ago but have never used. I knew that I didn’t want to just paint my nails with this colour, so I looked through my new stamping plates to see what a could find. The apple was the first red thing I spotted and I thought it would be a cool idea to do a ‘Back to school’ theme.

Back to school – indoor with flash

What do you think?! I think it turned out pretty cool :)

I painted three fingers and my thumb with the Bourjois, and my ring finger with Barry M Matt White. I then stamped the apple using the Bourjois which worked surprisingly well! I then used a tiny paintbrush to dab bits of green glitter from Nails Inc Piccadilly Arcade onto the lead of the apple. I stamped the ABC using another of Cheeky’s stamping plates and Konad Special Polish.

Tomorrow’s theme is ‘Orange Nails’ so I’m starting to conjure up ideas for that already…

For this manicure I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Bourjois – So Laque! – Rouge escarpin 24
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Nails Inc – Piccadilly Arcade
  • Konad Special Polish – White
  • Cheeky Mega Image Plate A
  • Cheeky Mega Image Plate B
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri


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It’s a bit Tiffany-esque

So after wearing Topshop’s Easy Breezy for a day and a half, I still colour not bring myself to remove it. I really do love this colour! So for this manicure, I decided to recycle yesterday’s.

Yesterday I received some new stamping plates in the post along with some gems! How exciting! I’ve never used gems before and I’ve seen plenty of blog posts and video tutorials about them. On one of the jumbo Cheeky plates I got was a really cute set of three flowers in different sizes , so I decided to stamp those onto my nails.

My first attempt was made with the wrong stamping colour entirely. Lesson learned – Barry M Bright Pink does not stamp well AT ALL over this colour. Instead I chose to use Barry M Foil Effects Silver and stamp one or two flowers onto each nail.

Tiffany-esque – indoor with flash

It’s safe to say that I did a better job on my left hand than my right hand, but you’ll only see the left one anyway!

After I had stamped the flowers, I poured out some little clear gems onto my tray and gradually placed them at the centre of each flower with a bit of clear nail polish, finishing with a topcoat over all my nails.

As soon as I had finished and looked at them under a bright light, the colour immediately reminded me of those of the Tiffany jewellery brand. How cute!

What surprised me the most was the durability of these little gems – or the strength of my topcoat! They’ve survived the shower, several hand scrubs, a night in bed and many a handbag rifle. Really good news for someone like me!

Have you ever used gems before?

For this manicure I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Topshop Easy Breezy
  • Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Clear rhinestones
  • Cheeky jumbo stamping plate F
  • Dotting tool
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri
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Gothic nails for a rocking wedding

Yesterday was the wedding of two of my friends and as they are very much the rocker type, they decided to theme their wedding around rock music and attire. Queue stress about outfits and makeup.

In the end I chose a lovely dress from Next that was a dark purple, green and grey floral patterned floaty number that was short at the front and long at the back. With it I put black tights and my ‘Spice Girl’ black platform heels. Makeup-wise I went for dark metallic eyes and simple lips, and was actually very pleased with the final effect (which makes a change).

The nails however were an entirely different story. On Sunday night I must have tried about five different ideas that I just hated, but upon waking Monday morning I had another idea. I realised that I hadn’t used my Maybelline Cosmic Flash in a really long time and thought I would look really great over a black. While I was rooting through my polish box, I came upon my Rimmel Pro Matte Topcoat and thought the matte effect would make it look even more edgy!

Gothic nails – indoor with flash

So I painted my nails and then found a skull stamping image on one of my Bundle Monster plates an thought it would look good accented in silver. I put Barry M Foil Effects Silver onto the plate, scraped the excess off and stamped the stamper onto it. Unfortunately that was the last bit that went well. When stamping the image onto my nail I discovered that even though my nails might look dry and feel dry, they definitely were NOT DRY.

So a smudged nail later, I then had to repaint a nail and wait FOREVER to make sure it had dried properly before attempting stamping again. Second time lucky, it stamped ok. It could have been better as it missed out the skull’s teeth, but you can’t really tell I don’t think.

It was so weird not doing a topcoat on top of the stamped image, and while I was having my shower before getting dressed I was paranoid that the design would come off and kept checking my nails every thirty seconds. It survived fine though, and I’m actually quite reluctant to take it off today :(

For my gothic nails I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Models Own – Black Magic (1 coat)
  • Maybelline – Cosmic Flash (2 coats)
  • Rimmel – Pro Matte Topcoat
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Silver
  • Bundle Monster Plate 211
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Tiger Time!

When I first got my Bundle Monster stamping plates, I knew this was a manicure that I had to try. Big cats are my favourite animals (stay tuned for the leopard print) and the thought of sporting a cat-coat on my nails was definitely appealing.

Tiger Time – indoor with flash

The Barry M Block Orange was really lovely to work with. I am a huge fan of Barry M polishes (if you don’t already know) and this polish only took two coats to become opaque. LOVE IT. Not sure the colour suits my complexion too much, but I love it too much to care.

As usual, the Konad special polish worked really well while stamping. I was a little impatient waiting for it to dry before putting the top coat on so I got some annoying smear-age, but I still like the final effect.

The only way I think I could have made this manicure a little more me would have been to put a glittery coat on the top, as I did feel that it lacked something sparkly.

I’m totally getting the hang of this stamping thing now which according to my recently viewed items on Amazon, is a bad thing. My poor purse is going to have meltdown.

For Golden Ibiza Glitter Gradient I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Barry M – Block Orange
  • Konad Special Polish – Black
  • Bundle Monster Plate 223
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri
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Golden Ibiza Glitter Gradient

I’ve seen quite a few posts bobbing about on various blogs recently of glitter gradients and have been really keen on trying my own. The challenge here was to choose the colours I wanted to use without copying anything I had seen before…

Ibiza mix by Models Own is a glitter I picked up a few weeks ago whilst visiting my parents. My sister and I had decided to hit Boots in the hopes of finding a fun new polish and I ended up coming home with several. As usual.

I chose to use two different golds as I have used this combo before and knew that they really compliment each other well!

Golden Ibiza Glitter Gradient – indoor with flash

Read on and see more pretty pictures…

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Second attempt at stamping!

I am obsessed. I can’t help it. I just can’t. Stamping has taken my nails to a whole new level of pretty.

The night before last I couldn’t decide what pattern to stamp on my nails, so I gave my boyfriend the choice. What a great choice he made! This really detailed pattern on Bundle Monster plate 201 is absolutely gorgeous, almost displaying a stained glass window sort of effect.

The next problem seemed to be choosing the colours. I knew that I was off to a BBQ yesterday and that I wanted to wear my black and white polka dot dress (LOVE IT) so I thought black and white would be a good idea. But as I reached for the polishes, the super duper shiny Barry M Instant Nail Effect Silver Foil caught by eye, and I knew that I had to use it.

Proving once again that I am impossibly indecisive, I could choose whether to paint a black background and stamp with silver, or paint a silver background and stamp with black. So I did both. I also wanted to try doing an ‘accent nail’ too, so I thought I’d throw that in the bundle.

The final outcome was very pleasing indeed.

Read on to find out more…

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This week I bought some Bundle Monster stamping plates and could not wait to try them out! So last night I sat down and had a good go.

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What do you think of that snazzy slider?! Pretty cool huh. You can click on the images in it to see bigger versions, same for the images below :)

I started out by trying all sorts of different patterns and colours, and finally settled on this one for my first nail art blog post. Not bad for a first attempt I think!

Read on and see more pretty pictures…

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