Monday, 25 August 2014

Work Appropriate Manicure Monday Returns!

Greetings All!

That's right, my semi-regular, on again, off again 'series' of work appropriate nail art is back! This time I was heavily inspired by my pink Colour Me Crazy nails, and the little swirly roses. Although I was fairly happy with my first attempt, I always trick myself into thinking they'll be perfect next time. And I fall for it every single time!

These are not perfect! But again, I am quite happy with them. They're only borderline work appropriate (according to m own personal definition) because they are a little bit colourful. However, today is a Bank Holiday, so I'm allowing it.

I did initially consider doing these on bare nails, but I wasn't brave enough. I settled for two coats of OPI You Callin' Me A Lyre? to leave just a bit of vnl (and hide the staining!). The roses are Etude House Ice Cream Nails in Peach, and Barry M Gelly in Grapefruit, so they're fruity as well as flowery! The leaves are Color Club New Bohemian.

And now, a very rare sight, my left hand. The hand that does all the work! Polishing my left hand is something that really puts me off doing freehand. I can manage stamping very well, or a gradient, or weirdly, leopard print (I think the irregularity/shaky handed brushwork helps in that case), but I wasn't looking forward to this.

For me, this isn't too bad at all! I'm strangely proud of the one on the right on my ring finger.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Colour Me Crazy! Week 7 - Purple

Greetings All!

I'm slipping in just in time with my purple contribution. Again, I have no good excuse for leaving it so late. This manicure has been sitting ready for a few weeks!

So here are my purple nails.

Good old leopard print! I must confess, often with challenges I will just paint the one hand, as they aren't always the sort of manicures I would choose to wear. However, I loved this one so much I painted my other hand to match and wore it all weekend!

I started with Models Own Grape Juice, then I made a gradient using that and Color Club Pucci-licious, which was quite brave/foolhardy of me, as I haven't used it before, and not all polishes gradient well! The leopard print is Sally Hansen Purple Posy and Pat On The Black, and it's all finished off with Asda Matte Topcoat.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014


Greetings All!

So, pineapples appear to be a 'thing' at the moment. My friend Charlie from Pocket Money Polishes has a bit of a pineapple passion, so while she was eagerly awaiting some pineapple stamps I was inspired to create these.

My base is OPI The 'It' Color. I recently bought a second bottle of this polish, as the one I have is on its last legs. It's rare for me to finish a bottle of polish that isn't black, white or nude, and quite bizarre that it should be a yellow! It is one of 'my got to' yellows though (the other being Sally Hansen Yellow Kitty).

I added some Sally Hansen Evening Glow with a bit of clingfilm to try and get a mottled effect. I then stamped BM203 using OPI A-piers To Be Tan. I don't have a specific pineapple image, but I think this image works fairly well, with a bit of artistic licence! It was a little on the small side for some of my nails, but as I was adding leaves at the top (in Revlon Emerald) it didn't matter too much.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Colour Me Crazy! Week 6 - Pink

Greeting All!

I'm very much continuing with my little break from life/society/reality/everything, but I've bullied myself into just spending ten minutes writing up a post to keep participating in this challenge. For the last two years, nail polish and nail art are things that have given me a lot of pleasure, and I don't want to lose that. Plus they're all prepped and ready. That helps a lot!

So here are my Pink nails.

I've been trying out a new-to-me technique for polishing roses. You put two little dots of polish next to each other, then swirl them together. This is actually my first attempt, and it's a bit of a mixed bag, but I'm getting the hang of it.

My base is Sally Hansen Sgt. Preppy, the roses are Barry M Gelly in Rosehip and Pomegranate and the leaves are Sally Hansen Palm Treat.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Colour Me Crazy Challenge Week 5 Blue

Greetings All.

You may or may not have noticed my absence for the last week (probably not). I haven't run out of nails, and I haven't been doing something more exciting. I just haven't had the energy or motivation to hoist myself in front of the computer, and try and think of words to type. I still can't, which is why I'm just being honest. I'm not getting any enjoyment from anything - I've barely even painted my nails this week.

I thought about leaving things until I feel better, but a) who knows when that will be, and b) if I fall behind in the first challenge I've done this year, then that's one more failure to add to the pile. So here are my blue nails.

Barry M Gellys in Blueberry, Damson and Blue Grape for the gradient, Butter London Frilly Knickers for the glitter, and Sally Hansen Nightwatch and Collection 2000 Button Moon for the pretty appalling freehand.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Lynnderella Deep Blue Seeing

Greetings All!

I mentioned last weekend that I had recently become the proud new owner of some Lynnderellas. Today I have a swatch of the first Lynn I bought! I'm not normally a blue girl, but the swatches I saw of this polish were just gorgeous.

Deep Blue Seeing, 2 coats over Sally Hansen Nightwatch.

For what is essentially a 'plain' blue glitter topper, this is so so pretty! Almost as pretty on me as the lovely swatches that convinced me I needed it (this one in particular!). And for the record, I do like blue, there are just many other colours that I like more!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Models Own Microdots

Greetings All!

So, did anyone else blink and miss July? Where did that month go?! That's my little introduction to the fact that it's August, which means two months until October, and Halloween nails. Is it weird that I'm already excited about that? And planning nails?

Today I have a polish I received in a mystery bag. You pay an amount, you receive some polishes, you don't know what they're going to be. It's a risky game, but a lot of fun! This particular polish has been on my list of polishes I like, but I (try to) convince myself I don't need, so I was very happy to receive it!

This is two coats of Microdots, over Barry M Gelly in Key Lime. I went for a bright, Summery base, although I imagine this would work over all sorts of colours (including black!).

The main reason I convinced myself I didn't need this was that when I first heard the name, I was hoping it would be circle glitter. Don't get me wrong, it's a very pretty topper, but imagine it with circles.