Month: September 2013

33DC – Tape mani

Taping has never been one of my strengths but when I saw this pretty mani I was inspired to do something similar with a pale purple to white ombré. I still feel a bit frustrated when I try taping as my lines are always a bit messy so I tend to avoid it – good thing it’s always included in challenges to force me to practise using tape!


I used: My Boyfriend Scales Walls – OPI, Full Steam Ahead – Essie.

33DC – Most used colour polish

The theme for the second day of the Crumpet Nail Tarts challenge was a mani featuring your most used colour polish. I tried looking back over my past manis to work out which was my most used polish but didn’t get very far and decided just to go with polishes which I love and therefore must have used a lot. Blue has always been my favourite colour to put on my nails and two of my all time favourite blues are Baker Street – Nails Inc and Matte Aqua – BYS. So those are the polishes featured in this mani.

I’m still hunting for the perfect pale blue – I thought I’d found it in the gorgeously pale Blueberry Muffin – Models Own this summer until I actually applied the polish and found out it was much like spreading blueberry muffin batter on my nails… I’m also looking for a nice metallic blue that will match my new car! Anyway, getting side-tracked here with my love for blue polishes, back to today’s mani…

I was going to do something floral but wanted a kind of spiky edgy floral and ended up with something vaguely reminiscent of cactus or maybe palm trees… I added the peachy/coppery outline to stop it being to try and complement the blue and make it stand out a bit more.

I quite like the result but wish I’d taken a bit more time and made my blue leaves/petals a bit neater.


I used: Baker Street – Nails Inc, Matte. Aqua – BYS, Secret of Love – Anny

I’m back! 33DC – Dots

Well with such a busy summer I just didn’t have time for nail art, but now I’m back in Spain I thought I needed to give myself a bit of a kick and get going with it again. I noticed that Crumpet’s Nail Tarts was starting a new 33 day challenge but with just 3 manis a week (which seems way more achievable after having a couple of months off) so I thought I’d join in and try and get my skills back to where they were before the summer and hopefully learn a few new tricks too!

The first day was a nice easy one: dots. I decided to keep it simple but then at the last minute added some glittery dots which I think was a mistake and makes it too busy. Still I’m glad to be back to having something pretty on my nails and not just plain colours!


I used: A-taupe the Space Needle – OPI, French Quarter for Your Thoughts – OPI, Honk if you Love OPI – OPI, Copper’ize Me – Essence

And here’s the challenge info: