Wednesday, 25 September 2013

33DC Day Two: Most Used Colour Polish

Hi there!

It's the second of The Crumpet's 33 day nail art challenge, and today's prompt is 'your most used colour polish'. I wasn't sure which one mine was, so I lined up some of favourite polishes to see which I had used the most of and there was a clear winner. China Glaze Fast Track is half gone! I hadn't even realised I had used so much of it!

I decided to go with a beach theme for my mani, since I've always thought that Fast Track mattified looks quite a lot like sand. 

All photos taken indoor, artificial light

I started with two coats of Fast Track. Unfortunately, as my bottle is getting a little old now the formula has become thicker. It's not unworkable, just not as nice as it used to be! Maybe I should invest in some thinner...). I love the golden shimmer this polish has, it's such an interesting nude! I used my Rimmel Matte Finish topcoat so that it looked more like sand. 

Then I mixed Sinful Colors Snow Me White with a little Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away and painted it onto my tips with a small brush, to try and create waves. I added the details with Snow Me White and a toothpick. 

I do like this manicure, but now that I look at it again, I wish I'd added some bigger waves, and maybe a starfish or something as well, to make it more obvious what I was going for. Never mind, it was a good chance to use Fast Track again. 

Don't forget to check out the other manis done for today's challenge down below! 

(Also, I'm experimenting with the size of the photos on the blog - I think I like them this size, but let me know what you prefer!)

Monday, 23 September 2013

33DC Day One: Dots


I'm so excited to be posting again, and to be doing some nail art again! Since I posted yesterday, I have since discovered the nail art challenge is actually being hosted by Debbie of The Crumpet, so that is a lesson to me - I should always always always do more research!

On to the nail art for today! The prompt for day one is dots, and I decided to go subtle, rather than all out polka dots.  

All photos taken under artificial light.Also, they're hideously colour inaccurate.

I started with two coats of Collection 2000 Electric Dreams, a gorgeous teal which I love so much! The formula is so easy to work with, and it dries fairly fast too. Unfortunately it has shown up far more blue in these photos than it is in real life - it is the perfect balance between blue and green for me, with a slightly dusty look to it. 

Then I used a toothpick (since I still don't own any dotting tools) and No 17 Peacock to create little dots on the tips of all my nails. It's a blue-green metallic with some shimmer which looks fabulous as a full mani! I really like it as an accent in this one too, it's subtle but definitely noticeable. 


Unfortunately, I either had something on my nail when I painted them, or it bubbled when it dried, so I have a couple bumps/bubbles you can see in the photos. Maybe it was too hot in my room. 

I topcoated the design with my trusty Barry M 3-in-1 topcoat, which I also used for my base. 

I did try to colour correct these photos in photoshop, but it makes my skin look very strange, so I'll only show you one of them! It's still not true to life, but it's closer than the other photos. (Apparently my camera doesn't like blues and greens.)


Thanks for reading! 

(Don't forget to check out the other manis from today down below!)

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Gnarly Gnails Nail Art Challenge

Hi guys!

I'm sorry I haven't posted in such a long time. I've been in a nail art rut, and then I had exams, and then I was on holiday, and now I've just moved into uni, so I've been very busy!

I had been thinking about doing the 30 day NAil Art Challenge this year for the first time, but decided to ease myself into it gently (!) by doing Gnarly Gnails' challenge instead. It's only thee times a week, not every day so hopefully it will be more manageable. I might not manage to post everything on time, but if things get a little hectic for me I'll take a break and come back to it - I'm excited to start using my polishes in a more exciting way again!

For the images and prompts go here and it will give you all the details. The challenge starts tomorrow, so get started if you want to join in!