Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Tri Polish Challenge March: Manicure One

Greetings All!

Today marks the start of a new challenge hosted by The Crumpet. The rules are quite weird and complicated, you can try and get your head around them HERE, and if you want to join in, you have to join Crumpet's Nail Tarts on Facebook HERE. Basically we are given three colours. We then have to choose a polish to represent each colour, and create 4 manicures with those same three polishes. Apparently you cannot change polishes, and have to use the same ones throughout. You then post your manicures on the third and fourth Tuesday and Thursday of the month. You have to use at least 2 of your three polishes for each manicure, and you have to use all three at least once. You are also allowed to use black, white, gold and silver, and glitter. The colours are the only theme - you can paint what you like.

It's a bit complicated and faffy, but I'll take nearly any excuse to paint my nails. Unfortunately this months colour choices are awful - green purple and coral. Green and purple, fine, but coral?! Ridiculous. I don't know why they couldn't just say orange. Then you could use coral if you wanted (but no one would because it's a stupid colour). Orange purple and green  - Halloween! Green purple and coral  - ugh.

Anyway, I finally managed to find a coral polish. Here are my colours.

Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in Grass Slipper, an unnamed Sweet Heart polish (that after all that effort, pretty much just looks like orange. FML) and Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in Purple Pulse.

And this is what I did with them. I started with 3 coats of the coral (did I mention it's thin and applies horribly?), then I painted on some Grass Slipper and used cling film to remove some of the green.

Initially I was going to stamp over this, but I thought I should use all three, and get that out of the way. So I freehanded some swirls and dots with Purple Pulse.

I'm quite happy because usually this is the sort of design I would stamp, but I gave it a go freehand and for the most part it looks pretty good! A few little mistakes, but not bad.

Remember you can check out what everyone else has been doing, and see if anyone out there actually likes coral!


  1. Weird colour choice combination I have to say, then again it will make it more challenging. I like your cling film effect.

  2. Hey, not a weird choice of colours at all - in colour theory those are a 'triad' and that's why they look so good together! I like both the finished mani and the cling film effect :D

  3. So sorry you didn't like my color choices. The reasoning for being more specific about the color is so that we can be challenged more! Anyway, I think what you came up with looks nice. :)

    1. Aww thank you. To be honest, it probably wouldn't have been as bad if I had more than 2 coral polishes - one is horrible, and this one just looks orange! I think the hassle and frustration led to a dislike of the colour lol

      I do agree it's more challenging though!

  4. I love that Green , I keep passing it at shop near us, but i am going to snag it :D Great start :D

  5. I think these colors are AWESOME together. Reminds me of something I might see on some boho 70's runway....if you know what I mean. You make me wish I had gone with some brighter colors babe!


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