I'm not looking to burn myself out or turn this into a nail polish blog, so I'm setting a two week timetable per theme for a total of twenty six designs over the next year. I typically change polish once a week so this should give me a good balance of inspiration and flexibility to do whatever I want (or even nothing) in between.
(Edit: I will also be following The Lacquer Legion Challenge on Facebook but I think they should work out well together).
I think I have a pretty good spread of challenges but I still need to pick a few and would love suggestions. I'll be posting the specific challenges soon and designs will be "due" every fortnight. Audience participation in any way would be TOTALLY STELLAR and links to your designs would be the subject of cross-posting and great affection.
Challenge pics will be posted here but if you want to see the in-between stuff have a look over there on the right at my Instagram feed!
|Sadly uncredited (which feels like it should be metaphor for... something)|
I've had an off-again on-again love affair with outrageous nail polish my whole life. Back in my day we didn't have it easy like the young kids do today! We had to walk uphill both ways in the snow for wild nail polish colours, and when it wasn't simply peeling off within an hour people called us weirdos for wearing it!
That's all true outside of the uphill in the snow part.
*looks outside at snowdrifts from Blizzard Hercules*
Most of the year anyway, but I actually have traversed a snowy hill or two in my day.
More about me and my nail-polish lovin' ways after the cut.
In my early teens I hoarded the seasonal Wet N Wild Fantasy Makers Halloween colours. I spent the year carefully rationing polish out of one bottle of black or glow in the dark, and layering or pairing them with stuff from my Mom's mundane polish collection to extend them and make new colours. I could do a tape mani like no-one's business - to the point that I am afraid now of even trying things I used to do regularly!
If you were really lucky your local convenience store would carry the GOOD STUFF like the dark blue, or purple, or Black Ice which is a nearly black green/plum duochrome. I still have a bottle of Black Ice that must be between fifteen and twenty years old and it looks shockingly viable.
|Snow-days are an ideal time for any hot pink Muppet themed footie pajamas you may happen to own.|
Just in case you weren't sure.
My toes hold polish well and I normally keep up with them, but I cannot abide wearing chipped up polish on my hands, so for about the last decade and a half I just stuck with natural nails. I'd try to do my nails about once a year, which was exactly often enough to remind me why I didn't ever do my nails.
I got an RCM Gel Polish Pro Kit two Christmases ago and got back into polishing a bit, but gel polish seemed like a lot of work to put on and remove compared to the previous *none*, so it took me a while to get into it. I'd do my nails every once in a while but they grow out fast. I'd get bored of the colour WAY faster than I expected, and removal was hard on my nails for a while. I will say however it did teach me to be a lot neater and more patient in my application process and looking up tutorials for better results got me looking into nail polishes again.
|Snow Leopard - December 2012|
|Malefiskittle - 22 October 2013|
|Orchid tape mani - 25 November 2013|
It's also great for smoothing out uneven surfaces so I've started falling *hard* for dense glitter polishes which normally would annoy me with all the catchy-bumpiness. I'm pretty much losing all that gained time in the subsequent removal process, but I try not to think too hard about that when I'm putting it on.
|Removing glitter polish makes me feel a bit like a villain in old school British Sci-Fi|
Disclaimer: All listed products purchased by me (or in a few cases in this particular post gifted by my Mum) and all opinions based on personal experience of product's particular level (or lack) of awesomeness.