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Day 26 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a pattern

Morning campers! I am so tired today it is not even real. I have one of those confusing occurrences with my alarm this morning where you are sure you put it on snooze but apparently you turned it off. I still made the train on time though so no matter.

Today’s theme is ‘inspired by pattern’ so I was really pleased that there wasn’t too much limitation for today’s nails. It gave me a chance to use a new stamping image that I have been longing to use since my new Cheeky plate set arrived a few weeks ago.

Look at the pretty stars!

I started by painting my nails with a base of Leighton Denny’s Rebel which my dad got me in a set on his way back from a business trip in India. It is such a beautiful colour! It shimmers a really vivid purple with pink undertones. I then used Barry M Foil Effects Gold and Cheeky stamping plate CH51 to stamp the star pattern over the top.

I absolutely love this design!

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Leighton Denny – Rebel
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Gold
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 25 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by fashion

The finish line is nearly in sight. I’m not going to lie…I can’t wait for it to be over. My creativity is starting to run thin.

Today’s theme is ‘inspired by fashion’ and I did think about copying a dress print from London Fashion Week that has just gone but then I remembered that I had a cool new set of clothes and fashion stamping images that I haven’t tried out yet.

First I painted my nails with No7 Winter Tale which is a polish from their new collection recently released. The colour is really lovely. One of the men at work described it as ‘battleship grey’ which I thought was a very good description so I’m stealing it. The consistency is not so lovely however. It is impossible to get the right amount of polish on the brush. You either get too much and it dribbles everywhere or not enough and it streaks and drags. It makes me a bit reluctant to buy any more from the new No7 collection.

After it had dried I used five different stamp images to stamp over the grey with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Grape Escape which is a lovely dark metallic purple. These Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes are amazing for stamping. I managed to pick this one up with a few other colours from Poundland a few weeks ago which was an absolute bargain.

Hope you like it :)

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • No7 – Winter Tale
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri Grape Escape
  • Cheeky Image Plate CH37
  • Cheeky Image Plate CH55
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 24 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a book

There was only ever going to be one book (or series of books) I chose for today. I’ve been a fan of the Harry Potter books for more than ten years now and it was so much fun doing a tribute to them on my nails!

I wanted to keep it relatively simple, but still obvious enough what the theme was so I decided to do a take on the four houses at Hogwarts – Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin. I also add a cheeky Potter lightning bolt scar onto my thumb.

I painted my thumb with Models Own Black Magic, my index finger with No7 Pillar Box, my middle finger with Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream, my ring finger with Barry M Yellow and my little finger with Sally Hansen Emerald Express.

I then used a striping brush to make the lightning bolt and stripes. The lightning bolt and index finger were done with Barry M Foil Effects Gold, the middle finger with LA Colors Bronze Bombshell, the ring finger with Models Own Black Magic and the little finger with Barry M Foil Effects Silver.

I’m so pleased with how it came out!

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Models Own – Black Magic
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Gold
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Silver
  • Barry M – Blueberry Ice Cream
  • Barry M – Yellow
  • Sally Hansen – Emerald Express
  • LA Colors – Bronze Bombshell
  • No7 – Pillar Box
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 23 of 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a movie

I am so absolutely chuffed with this manicure. It’s my first proper freehand paint!

Choosing a film was pretty tough, but Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory has been on the TV several times recently (the new one and the old one) so I thought I would do a tribute to that film. Personally, I prefer the first one so I based my nails on that film instead of the new one.

I used Barry M Matt White, Blueberry Ice Cream, Foil Efects Gold and LA Colors Bronze Bombshell as a base for each of my nails and then used acrylic paint to freehand the design with the world’s tiniest paintbrush. I will definitely be trying freehanding again.

My little finger is the one I am leats happy with – it shows a golden ticket, my ring finger has a shiny chocolate base with the Wonka ‘W’ on it, my middle finger shows loads and loads of the famous ever-lasting gobstoppers, my index finger shows a little oompa loompa, and finally my thumb shows my take on the lickable wallpaper.

What do you think? I can’t wait to see everyone else’s take on movies!

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Barry M – Blueberry Ice Cream
  • LA Colors – Bronze Bombshell
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Gold
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 22 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a song

This week is definitely going to be a tough week… Week 1 was so easy when I just had to think about using red or blue or something. But ‘Inspired by a song’? Really?!

I was a bit worried about this one, but when my new Cheeky plates arrived this week gone I knew exactly what I was going to do. ‘God is a DJ’ is a song by one of my favourite bands ever – Faithless and having a stamp image that said it was so cool I had to use it. There are also quite a few other music related stamp images in the set so this gave me a great chance to use them!

I started by painting my nails with Models Own Black Magic and then used Konad Special Polish in White to stamp the patterns over the top of it. I think i like my index and ring fingers best!

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Models Own – Black Magic
  • Konad Special Polish – White
  • Cheeky Plate CH30
  • Cheeky Plate CH31
  • Cheeky Plate CH51
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 21 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a colour

After the disaster that was the water marble nails, I give you one of the prettiest manicures I have ever done… if I may say so myself!

Today’s theme is ‘inspired by a colour’ and as this is a bit vague I decided to use a manicure using my favourite colour of something that color. Behold! Leafy nails!

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Mint Green and waited for them to thoroughly dry. I then used Cheeky Plate CH33 and Sally Hansen Emerald Express to stamp the leaf pattern over the top.

This is my first time stamping with this season’s cheeky plates and the quality is impressive. The pattern is picked up on the stamper perfectly every time and and as the images are a bit bigger than usual, the pattern covers my whole thumbnail!

I really wish I had kept this manicure on for more than just a day :(

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Barry M – Mint Green
  • Sally Hansen – Exmerald Express
  • Cheeky Plate CH33
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 20 of the 30 Day Challenge: Water Marble

I have been dreading this day for so long.

I’ve done a water marble manicure before but it is just so much hassle I promised myself that I would never do it again. Well, apparently not. Water marble can give you a really nice effect but it’s time consuming and takes a considerable amount of redoing some nails that you didn’t like the outcome of. ALSO, it wastes so much polish it’s ridiculous.

My attempt this time was ok (ish) but in hind sight there are some things I would have changed. Firstly, I would have done a base coat of white so that the colours would be more vibrant on my nails. Secondly, I should have redone my middle and index fingers as they’re not as swirly as they could have been. My thumb looked awesome though!

It’s quite hard to explain how to do water marble nails as it’s a bit of a long process, but there is an excellent picture tutorial HERE and a great video one HERE if you are interested :)

The colours I used were Barry M Bright Pink and Barry M Spring Green which were good colours for marbling, especially the green. I have found that Barry M polishes are a good consistency for doing the water marble technique.

Have you ever tried water marbling?

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Barry M – Bright Pink
  • Barry M – Spring Green
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 19 of the 30 Day Challenge: Galaxy nails

These may be the best nails I have EVER done. How cool are they?!

I’ve seen loads of different versions of galaxy nails before and I was so excited to try my own. I couldn’t believe how easy they were either!

I started by painting my nails with Models Own Black Magic and waited for it to dry. I then cut a bit off a bathroom sponge and dipped it in a bit of Barry M Matt White and dabbed curved lines onto my nails. I then used the same method to go over the white with Barry M Lemon Ice Cream and Barry M Bright Pink. Next I used the same method to go around the curved lines with Maybelline Midnight Blue to blend them in a bit. I dipped a toothpick in the white polish again and dotted on little stars and used a dotting tool to make the bigger stars. Finally I finished with a glittery topcoat to add extra sparkly stars.

Coolest manicure ever!

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Models Own – Black Magic
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Barry M – Lemon Ice Cream
  • Barry M – Bright Pink
  • Maybelling – Midnight Blue
  • LA Colors – Star Light
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 18 of the 30 Day Challenge: Half moon manicure

So after everyone saying how easy this manicure is, I completely disagree. It took such an effort to get it looking good enough!

For those who don’t know, you can achieve this effect with a bit of cheating. You know those holepunch protectors you can buy? You know, the little stickers that go around the holes in paper to stop them from ripping…well this effect is made using those.

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Bright Pink and then waited AGES to make sure the ink was completely dry. I then stuck one of the hole protectors over where the moon of my nail should be and made sure I pressed it down well so I would get straight lines. Next I painted the nails with Maybelline Midnight Blue, making sure to paint over the stickers a bit to get a clean line. Finally, I peeled off the stickers to show the pink moons underneath.

I’m bit annoyed that I got the moon wonky on my ring finger, but it’s not too unbearable…

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Maybelline – Midnight Blue
  • Barry M – Bright Pink
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 16 of the 30 Day Challenge: Tribal nails

Woop! My first attempt at tribal nails. I’m not entirely pleased with how they came out, but it’s not bad for a first attempt.

I started by painting my nails with a base of Barry M Matt White and then used acrylic paint in green, red and blue to paint the patterns on. Finally I used a black acrylic paint to draw on the outlines.

I think it’s quite a cool effect, but maybe I would choose different colours next time. Reckon it would look quite cool in pastel shades!

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Acrylic paint – red, blue, green and black
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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