52 week Challenge week 6 – Domestic animals

This week the prompts for the pick n mix challenge are domestic animals, and 3 shades of blue. I’m hoping to get both done if I have time – I’m away at the weekend so the blue mani would have to last me a few days… which also means planning my outfits around my nail polish! I’m sure things are supposed to work the other way round… Continue reading “52 week Challenge week 6 – Domestic animals”

52 week Challenge week 5 – 80’s!

The prompts for week 5 of the pick n mix challenge are 80’s or 3 dark colours. Since I’ve dodged doing 60’s and 70’s manis, I thought I’d better have a go at this one! The 80’s was the decade that I became a teenager, started and finished senior school, and got my first job, so its pretty memorable! I had a think about what I remembered about the 80’s – lots of bold, clashy colours, electric blue mascara, leg warmers!, Rubik’s cubes, vhs tapes, cassette tapes, Boy George… I could go on for hours. One of my favourite TV programmes was Fame, and that got me thinking about the 80’s dance wear / exercise wear craze – bright leotards with contrasting belts, and shiny Lycra leggings. And leg warmers of course! So this is what I’ve tried to recreate for my 80’s mani. Continue reading “52 week Challenge week 5 – 80’s!”

52 week Challenge week 4 – Grey and colour

Week 4 of the pick n mix challenge is upon us, and I’ve been putting this one off as much as possible! The briefs this week were 70’s, grey and a colour, or a combo of the two. The 70’s didn’t inspire me much – I googled a few patterns which looked OK, but I didn’t have any appropriate colours. I didn’t own a grey polish (unless silver counts?) as I don’t find grey does much for my skin tone. Eventually I caved in, and bought Rimmel Salon Pro Moon. It’s a grey creme. Not finding it inspiring to be honest! Continue reading “52 week Challenge week 4 – Grey and colour”

52 Week Challenge week 3 – Texture

Week 3 of the 52 week Pick n Mix challenge, and the prompts are 60s or texture/matte. I drew a blank on 60s, so texture it is! I’d bought a couple of Barry M texture polishes recently that I hadn’t got round to trying, so this seemed a good opportunity. I also decided to try a tape mani, which didn’t go as planned.  Oh well.. Here’s the finished result:


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52 Week Challenge week 2 pt2 – Pink!

So here is the second part of the 52 week pick n mix challenge – this week the prompts were three colour gradient or pink. You can see my gradient attempt here. I used pink in the gradient, but I still wanted to do a pink mani too, mainly to try out some ideas.

#52wpnmc 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge - Pink

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Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 52 week challenge week 1 – Teal / 2 colour gradient


I’m a novice at nail art. I stare in awe at some of the creations that show up on my FB feed, and wonder if I’ll ever be able to come up with anything approaching that level. The best way to learn is to practice (at least, that’s what I keep telling my students!) so I figured joining a challenge would make me learn and use some new techniques.

I joined Crumpet’s Nail Tarts group, who have just started a new 52 week pix n mix challenge. It seems pretty relaxed, one mani a week from one of two prompts. I can do that! (I hope 😉

This week we can choose either teal or go for a 2 colour gradient. I wanted to do a gradient as I’ve never tried one before. Things got messy. I may need to restock on cotton pads and nail polish remover..

The finished result (attempt 3 or 4, I lost count):


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