08 October 2012

Challenge Day #21: Inspired by a COLOUR

Hello hello! Moving into the last portion of the challenge, today's prompt is "inspired by a colour". In itself, that's a bit vague, but many nail bloggers have interpreted this to mean a nail polish shade--taking inspiration from the sometimes really fun names that polishes have! I decided to go the same route, because one of my favourite polishes also has a special meaning to me!

The one I chose? Soulstice Spa's Manchester.

I always forget to show swatches of the base polish alone--I'm so excited to get to the nail art!--but this one is really great on its own. If you click here, you can see the swatches and review that the lovely Rebecca of Rebecca Likes Nails did for this polish, as well as two others by the same brand (all of which I own!).

Anyway, Manchester is not only the name of a great polish, but a city in England that holds a special place in my heart for being the hometown of one of my very best friends. (Love you Nomz!) Going with that idea, this manicure was born:

Outdoors in sun... which I know is ironic, it's the last thing you'd expect to see in Manchester ;) But, BLOG CONSISTENCY.

Whee! So, I started with a base of two coats of Manchester on all nails. It's such a beautiful creamy grey, I can't say enough good things about it. LOVE. I think I've raved about the quality and formula of it on here at least once before, so I'll skip that and get on to explaning each nail. I did each one with something I think of when I hear the word.

On the index finger, I used Essence Colour & Go #35 Movie Star to create a rain cloud, and Soulstice Spa's Monterey for the raindrops. It definitely rains a lot in Manchester (I do believe the polish is the colour of the sky there most of the time!).

For the middle finger, I represented probably the #1 thing Manchester is known for worldwide--it's major football club, Manchester United! (Oh, and some other team called Manchester City or something, but nobody except Carl supports them.) ;) I used Orly Pointe Blanche and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear #24 Black Out for the ball.

On the ring finger, the Union Jack flag, of course. Done with Revlon Royal (the blue), Orly Pointe Blanche (white), and Revlon Colorstay #120 Red Carpet (red...duh).

And last, the pinky finger. Some hearts because I love my Nomz and her gorgeous family so much! (And you too, Tom, I haven't forgotten you!) The hearts were stamped with the same Revlon red polish as the flag, and the cute cascading hearts design from Konad plate m59. (More commonly known in the nail-art world as "the bow plate", but the bows are too big for my tiny midget nails!)

Indoors with flash. And pearls, for some reason. Maybe they reminded me of the Queen or something. Also, how cool that the red ended up being that plummy-wine colour when used in the thin stamping layer, eh?

And, with a poppy hair clip I got in one of the airports there. Either Manchester or Edinburgh, not sure. May re-post this pic on 5th November :D

That's all for today! Hope you liked this one. I'm about to start working on the next challenge now, "inspired by a song". So many options! Which one to choose? You'll have to wait and see... xoxo

1 comment:

  1. You should make some that are canadian /o german themed ;p for your Nazi Canuk friend :p


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