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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 15 of the 30 Day Challenge: Delicate print

Late post. Ergh. Excuse me if I make no sense…I just got back from the cinema seeing Total Recall with the boyfriend and I’m absolutely knackered.

Today’s theme is ‘delicate nails’ and I have absolutely no idea what that means so I just took that to mean a really detailed pattern. Naturally, I reached for my stamping plates and this is what I came up with. I think the pattern could be a little crisper but I still quite like it.

Delicate print – indoor with flash

I started by painting my nails with my favourite black – Models Own Black Magic. Then I used Barry M Foil Effects Gold and Cheeky Mega Plate B to stamp this pattern over the top. I actually managed to do all my nails first time which was a result!

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Models Own – Black Magic
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Gold
  • Cheeky Mega Plate B
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 6 of the 30 Day Challenge: Violet nails

My first question when I saw this theme was ‘What colour is violet?’. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a complete idiot. I knew it was something to do with purple. It’s just that the difference between violet and indigo has always been a bit vague to me.

So to Google Images I went. This, however, wasn’t very useful. According to that, violet is every shade of purple under the sun. Faffing over shades was turning out to be too much effort so I just found a purple in my stash that I hadn’t tried yet.

Violet nails – indoor with flash

Barbara Daly’s Purple Velvet is a really really dark purple that tricks the eye into thinking it’s black when in low light. In bright lights however, this colour has a really vivid purple shimmer to it.

I then used two different butterfly stamping images with Barry M Foil Effects Silver to finish the nails off.

They really remind me of the original butterfly nails I did, but I think I prefer these ones :)

For this manicure I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Barbara Daly – Purple Velvet
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Silver
  • Cheeky Mega Image Plate B
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri



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Day 5 of the 30 Day Challenge: Blue nails

Today is the 5th day of the 30 Day Challenge, and I am really enjoying it! Still have a long way to go though, so my attitude will probably change, but for now, all is rosy :)

The theme was today is ‘blue nails’ which is theme I have been really looking forward to. When I got my new Cheeky mega stamping plate B last week there was one particular stamping image that stood out to me as a fun one to use. So I give you….clouds!

Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream – indoor with flash

How cute are these?! The little clouds are actually one big stamping pattern to stamp across the whole nail.

I started by painting my nails with a base of Barry M’s Blueberry Ice Cream which is my untried polish for the day. I then used Konad Special Polish in White to stamp the cloud pattern on. This bit was really quite fiddly as it was difficult to get the full pattern on the stamper without any smudging, but I managed it in the end. I put a top coat on, and sat back admiring the design when my boyfriend said that it would be cool if I could paint little silver linings on some of the clouds! I thought this was a great idea, but as the phrase is “EVERY cloud has a silver lining” I thought that would be a bit of a challenge. I decided in the end to just paint a few clouds in with Barry M’s Foil Effect Silver polish with a tiny paintbrush to give the effect of the occasional raincloud. Plus, it gives a really pretty shimmer to the nails!

I think this challenge manicure is probably my favourite one so far :)

For this manicure I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Barry M – Blueberry Ice Cream
  • Konad Special Polish – White
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Silver
  • Cheeky Mega Image Plate B
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri



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Day 3 of the 30 Day Challenge: Yellow nails

Morning all! Today is Day 3 of the 30 Day Challenge I’m doing and the theme is ‘Yellow nails’.

My first instinct was to think of something yellow, but as I have done something similar to that for the past few days I thought I would try something different. So I give you – yellow nails with black bows! I really need to start being more creative with names for my manicures…

Yellow nails – indoor with flash

I really am not a fan of yellow nail polish in general as it does not suit my skin tone in the slightest as i am so pale. I can get away with pale yellows (sort of) so Barry M’s Lemon Ice Cream would have been perfect, but I’ve already used that so I reached for the only other yellow I have… Barry M Yellow. As you can see, they were about as adventurous with names for this one as I am generally am.

Barry M Yellow is a really vivid yellow creme polish that actually covers to opaque in only two coats which really surprised me, and the application was just as delightful as Barry M polishes always are. The colour however really is not my cup of tea.

For the nail art deco, I decided to use Konad Special Polish Black to stamp little bows from one of my cheeky plates. This was relatively easy, although I think I lost marks on aligning them properly.

It didn’t really seem finished when I had done the stamping, so I stuck little black rhinestones onto the centres of the bows, which made a nice difference.

Overall, these nails are yellow. Really not sure I can give any further positive assessment. The colour really doesn’t suit me and I was quite quick to take this manicure off!

For this manicure I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Barry M – Yellow
  • Konad Special Polish – Black
  • Cheeky Mega Image Plate A
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri


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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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