Thursday, 30 April 2015

30 Days of Colour May Challenge!

May is almost upon us, and me and the ladies from 30 Days of Colour are once again participating in a monthly challenge! We've mixed it up this time and have options for swatchers and nail artists alike.

Want to just do swatches? No problem - the first column is for you!
Want to do nail art? Awesome - can't wait to see what you do with the second column!
Want to challenge yourself and combine both prompts for a given day? Go for it!

There's lots of flexibility so there's something for everyone. :)

- Challenge starts May 1st and everyone is welcome to participate! All link-ups are open until the end of the month so it's okay if you need to play catch-up!
- We'll be using the hashtag #30DaysofColourChallenge across social media (yes there is a "u" - I'm Canadian!) 
- This is a casual challenge so you can take part in as many or as few fills as you want.   
- Feel free to grab the graphics above or below to use in your posts or to share across social media - the more the merrier!  

InLinkz Codes:

1    Gold / Dotticure: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=521249
4    Purple / Dry Brush: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=521250
7    Green / Gradient: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=521251
10  White / Leadlighting: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=521254
13  Glitter / Animal Print: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=521255
16  Holo / Watermarble: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=521258
19  Matte / Stamping: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=521259
22  Creme / Colour Blocking: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=521263
25  Indie / Freehand: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=521264
28  Favourite Brand / Technique: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=521265
31  Bloggers Choice: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=521267

** You must be signed in to InLinkz (it's free to join) to add a link or copy the widget code

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Participating Blogs:

**Feel free to add a link to the main page of your blog to this linkup if you are planning to participate, even if you'll just be doing one or two fills. It's nice to have a place where we can see who is involved!

And as with all nail challenges it's always the more the merrier, so if you are interested in taking part please do! And stop by the Facebook group to say hello!


Monday, 27 April 2015

30 Days of Colour [Day 27: Untried] China Glaze Point Me To The Party

You know how in some collections there's that one shade that everyone seems to pick up and instantly love? I feel like Point Me To The Party is exactly that for China Glaze's Electric Summer Nights 2015 Collection. I've had this sitting on my desk since it came out and finally decided to rock it on my nails for my Birthday last week. I've also swatched it to share for today's 'Untried' prompt for the 30 Days of Colour! Woo!

Friday, 24 April 2015

Julep Maven May 2015 Selections are Open - The Set Sail Collection

*Referral Links

I feel like we're rushing through the year... Can you believe April is already almost over?! One good thing that comes with the end of another month is another new collection from Julep. This month they have some new shades of some fav beauty products and a bunch of bright and bold new polish colours. The two featured products are a new line of Plush Pout Lip Crayons (which are being re-named It's Balm) and some brand new eyeshadow duos. You'll definitely want to check them out!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Coachella Inspired Herringbone Nails with Zoya and CND Vinylux

Herringbone and dry brush nail art with Zoya Noot and CND Vinylux Garden Muse shades

Around this time of the year I love looking at all the bright, bold and geometric nails that people have put together for Coachella. In that spirit I’ve decided to share some nails that I put together a little while ago featuring a bright mix of colours and a herringbone design. I’m not a music festival type of person but if I was I would definitely rock a look like this when I went!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

30 Days of Colour [Day 19: Vampy] Sally Hansen Velvet Texture in Lavish

Swatch of Sally Hansen Velvet Texture in Lavish

It's no secret that I love texture, right? So when I saw the new Sally Hansen Velvet Texture line in stores I knew it was something I had to try. Texture that emulates velvet? Sounds awesome to me! And the colour I picked up just so happens to go along with today's prompt for the 30 Days of Colour - 'Vampy'!

What did I think of the texture? Does it really feel like velvet? Check under the cut to find out! 

Saturday, 18 April 2015

30 Days of Colour [Day 18: Chrome/Metallic] Sally Hansen Color Foil Cobalt Chrome

Back in the game! I'm jumping back into the 30 Days of Colour Challenge with my fill for day 18! Today the theme was 'Chrome/Metallic' and I decided to go with one of the Sally Hansen Color Foils I recently picked up. The Color Foils were Sally Hansen's newest entry to the chrome game last year when all the mainstream lines were releasing chromes. The colour I'm swatching today is called Cobalt Chrome.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Colour Burst Floral Nail Art + Review of the Born Pretty Store Transparent Crystal Handled Nail Art Drawing Brush

Press Sample

Aaaaand I'm back! You may have noticed my absence over the past week, and if you're following me on facebook you would have seen that was because I've been working on creating a nail room for myself in my apartment. (Woo hoo!) Furniture assembly and reorganization takes a lot of time and energy out of a person, so unfortunately my blog writing had to take a mini break. I'll have a full post with a look at my new room up in the future, but in the meantime let's look at this fun colour burst nail art design I put together using a new brush from Born Pretty Store!

Friday, 10 April 2015

30 Days of Colour [Day 10: Grey] Nicole by OPI Gumdrops A-Nise Treat

Swatch of Nicole by OPI Gumdrops A-Nise Treat

We've made it 1/3 of the way through the 30 Days of Colour! Everyone take a deep breath and pat yourselves on the back for making it this far (or for following along with me this far). Great job! 20 more days to go!

Today's prompt is 'Grey,' and I actually own quite a few grey polishes. Check under the cut for more info about this beauty and also a quick conversation about where it got it's name!

Double Stamping with Born Pretty Store Plate BP-54

Press Sample 

Double flower stamping nail art with Born Pretty Store plate BP-54

Who likes double stamping? I like double stamping! And it just so happens that I have a fun and simple double stamping look to share with you today! It uses plate BP-54 which I was recently sent to review from Born Pretty Store. I'm trying to be more creative with my colour choices and after swatching China Glaze Community the other day I decided I wanted to use it as my base. I let myself play around and this is what I ended up with!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

30 Days of Colour [Day 9: Brown] China Glaze Community

Swatch of China Glaze Community from the Limited Edition The Giver Collection

I'll admit I had a bit of trouble finding a polish for today. Apparently I don't pick up many brown polishes and those that I do are all China Glaze! Huh! Ultimately I decided to go with China Glaze Community from the Limited Edition The Giver Collection.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

30 Days of Colour [Day 8: Black] OPI Queen of the Road

Swatch of OPI Queen of the Road from the Mustang Collection

The theme for today's 30 Days of Colour Challenge fill is 'Black' and it just so happens I came across a new (to me) black OPI earlier this week, so of course I had to pull it out today. :) This is Queen of the Road from OPI's 2014 Mustang Collection.

Nail Art + Review // Born Pretty Store Sailor Moon Stamping Plate BP-49

*Press Sample 

Periodically it seems like a Sailor Moon stamping plate comes to light in the nail art community and everyone immediately dashes to get it. That's how I feel, anyway! The last two I came across on instagram were already sold out by the time I got to them, so imagine how excited I was when I was sent this stamping plate with "Star and Moon" designs on it to review from Born Pretty Store! (Hint: I was pretty gosh darn excited.) Check under the cut for my full review of the plate and (a LOT) more pictures of this look!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

30 Days of Colour [Day 7: Orange] Nicole by OPI My Claim to Flame

*Press Sample

Swatch of the redish orange Nicole by OPI My Claim to Flame

I've been holding on to My Claim to Flame since last fall when I got it. It was in my gift bag from the 2014 Spark Sessions Conference and it's from Nicole by OPI's 2015 line. I had trouble deciding if I should swatch it for the 'Red' or 'Orange' fill for the 30 Days of Colour since it's that in-between shade that wants to be either or depending on the light, but as you can see I ultimately decided on orange!

30 Days of Colour [Day 6: Purple] OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-Holm?

Swatch of OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-Holm? a deep grape creme

Remember how I said I would get two posts up yesterday? Yeah, that (obviously) didn't happen. Which means I need to get two up today so that I can get back on track! I have my 'Purple' fill for the 30 Days of Colour to share with you now, and I just have some pics to crop before I can share today's actual post with you (my fill for 'Orange'!) and be fully caught up. Phew!

The purple polish I decided to swatch is one I've been holding on to since it came out, and it's the only shade I picked up from OPI's Nordic Collection last year. It's the ever-gorgeous Do You Have This Color In Stock-Holm?

Monday, 6 April 2015

30 Days of Colour [Day 5: Green] Butter London Swinger

I'm a few hours late but that's okay. :) The first post I have to share with you today is my 'Green' fill for the 30 Days of Colour. I went with a green I've been wanting to try for ages, and also the only Butter London in my collection - Butter London Swinger. I picked this up for St Patrick's Day last year but never got around to using it.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Saturday, 4 April 2015

30 Days of Colour [Day 4: Pink] Nicole by OPI She's Lily Something

Swatch of Nicole by OPI She's Lily Something over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

Think 'Pink' for Day 4 of the 30 Days of Colour Challenge! When the Nicole by OPI Modern Family shades went on clearance last year I picked up a whole bunch of them but (as is a theme for me) they just sat in my Helmer, untouched until now! I've pulled one of them to share with you for today's theme - this is She's Lily Something!

Friday, 3 April 2015

30 Days of Colour [Day 3: Yellow] Kiko Cupcake Nail Lacquer 648 Pineapple

Swatch of Kiko Textured Cupcake Nail Lacquer 648 Pineapple

Day 3 of the 30 Days of Colour Challenge is 'Yellow'! I'm extra happy about today's post because not only do I love this polish but I also got my camera and lighting to cooperate again! Can you believe these pics were literally just cropped? No colour editing needed to make my skin not look like a lobster or ghost! Woohoo! On that positive note let's jump in to it!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

30 Days of Colour [Day 2: Red] Julep Kenya

Swatch of Julep Kenya for the 30 Days of Colour Nail Polish Challenge

Today I'm doing the 'Red' fill for the 30 Days of Colour Challenge that I started, and I decided to go with the stunning Julep Kenya today! This is one I've had for a while and I can't believe I left it untouched for so long!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

30 Days of Colour [Day 1: Blue] Zoya Liberty

Swatch of Zoya PixieDust Liberty textured nail polish

April is here! And that means it's time for the 30 Days of Colour to start! The 30 Days of Colour is a month-long swatching challenge that's going to (hopefully) help me get back into the swing of blogging after my break, and also help me get to swatching more of my collection! I'm pretty excited about it. :)

The first theme in the challenge is a blue polish and I've decided to go with Zoya Liberty. This is mainly because I just made a huge order of Zoya PixieDusts and I really feel like I should try more of the ones I already have before they get here!

Let's take a better look!