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April Challenge – Day 29 – Inspired by a song

Only one day left to go ! Today’s challenge is “inspired by a song”. I was really stuck for this one, until I was trying to relax on my super-long commute, and this came on on my mp3 player : ‘Tessellate’ by Alt-J. Especially this bit (well, the only bit I know the words to):

Triangles are my favourite shape,
Three points where two lines meet,
Toe to toe back to back, let’s go,
My love, it’s very late;
‘Til morning comes; let’s tessellate

Cute, right ! And triangles, I can do triangles. Actually, I even managed to do triangles on my right hand too… Can’t begin to tell you how pleased I am about that !

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April Challenge – Day 27 – Inspired by Fashion

If you join in the challenge, you can get an extra entry to my 100 followers giveaway on the rafflecopter link. It’s one entry per day though, so if you’ve missed any, please email me at brijit.elouise@gmail.com with your ‘missing links’ and I can add them for you. The giveaway ends in 2 days, so please be quick !

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Today’s prompt is inspired by fashion. This is the one of the whole challenge that has caused me most trouble ! I’ve been poring through magazines to try and find a fabric with a motif I’d like to copy, and I just couldn’t find anything. So I decided to rip a page out of one of those magazines and do a version of a newspaper mani 🙂

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Now magazine print isn’t exactly like newsprint, but I think it came off okay ! I didn’t have any rubbing alcohol (or vodka) either, so I used an antiseptic that has about 4% alcohol content (I didn’t want to waste my gin…) – it transferred pretty well. The colours went pretty funky until I topcoated it, then they looked fine.

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I’m not sure you can really tell it’s a fashion page, but this is the page I used to start with. I wanted one with pictures small enough to look reasonable on my nails, but I think they were still too large ! : 

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April Challenge – Day 26 – Gradient

If you join in the challenge, you can get an extra entry to my 100 followers giveaway on the rafflecopter link. It’s one entry per day though, so if you’ve missed any, please email me at brijit.elouise@gmail.com with your ‘missing links’ and I can add them for you. The giveaway ends in 4 days, so please be quick !

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Today is gradient day ! I love a good gradient, so I had fun with this one ! Since spring is coming round, I went for corals – both EssieTart Deco is the paler of the two, Meet Me At Sunset is the deeper orangey coral. I also tried a cool new technique (okay, it went up 2 years ago, but it’s new to me !) that I discovered through Tartofraises – I used a fan brush to gradient, instead of a sponge – it’s so much neater ! Tartofraise’s video is here. She uses acrylic paint, but I used nail polish and that worked fine 🙂

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As sad as I’ll be when this challenge is over, I think my ‘to swatch’ box could do with being looked after  !

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April Challenge – Day 25 – Metallic

Well, I totally over-thought this one and ruined it 🙂 I got myself some nice new stamping plates and wanted to test them out (metallic polishes are great for stamping), but I found it really hard to stamp right up to my cuticles (my stamper isn’t very soft). So this is the best I came up with 🙂

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Can’t win ’em all ! The next two I’ve got coming up are much better, so I can take this fail 🙂

 

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April Challenge – Day 24 – Striping – Zoya Veruschka & Darling Diva Dreamy

Oh no, I’ve discovered another brand that is really hard to get a hold of  in France and that I am totally in love with !

I’m sure you all know Zoya. Well, I picked up Veruschka, a deep forest green with a matte velvet finish and it is beautiful. Lookie!

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Zoya is pretty pricey in France (13€), but for a 15ml bottle, at least it feels worth it ! I used two coats, and it was soo smooth. Plus, this stuff dries faster than any other polish I have ever used! And not tacky-dry, totally rock-solid dry. 2 minutes after this manicure I cleaned and cooked mussels, and it didn’t do the polish any harm at all. Despite the microglitter, it removes pretty easily, I didn’t see any staining after a few days of wear.

For today’s tape mani, I added Dreamy by Darling Diva – this is a beautiful holo topcoat that I have yet to swatch properly. I kept it simple, but was pretty happy with the result :

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Well, I’m afraid Naughty Kitty has decided it’s cuddle time now, and is literally climbing all over me, purring and bumping my face with hers. She’s probably right. So I’ll leave you with another photo under different lighting 🙂

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April Challenge – Day 23 – Caviar

The shoulder’s finally feeling better, yay !

Double-yay, I have a really special mid-week guest post for you! Sabrina from the Polish Alcoholic wrote one for me. It’ll go up tomorrow, and I can’t tell you how excited I am about that. Since I have been nail blogging, I have been reading more and more other nail blogs, and I have a lot of respect for a lot of nail bloggers. But when it comes to Sabrina’s site, it goes beyond that, I turn into a proper fan girl. So please check it out tomorrow 🙂

Today’s mani for the challenge is caviar nails. I love caviar manis! For this one I mixed up some purple & pink beads and paired it with a metallic polish for contrast. I went for a half-moon motif, because that’s just about the only mani style I could think of that isn’t already on the challenge list !

And I think it looked pretty great 🙂

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