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PPSA Nail Challenge – Dark and Vampy

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Hi everyone! It’s time for the next prompt in the #PPSAnailchallenge 🙂 This entire month all my nail posts will be for the Polished Pretties South Africa Nail Challenge. Polished Pretties South Africa is a Facebook group started by the Nail Anarchy ladies and we decided to do a month long challenge and open it up to everyone. You don’t have to be a member of the group to participate, but if you have a love for polish, why not join our group anyway? The challenge is also not compulsory for group members. It’s all just for fun 🙂 Here are all the prompts and the dates:#PPSAnailchallengeI used to dislike dark polish. I’m not sure why, but I didn’t like the way it looked. Slowly that started to change and suddenly this winter, I’m wearing one dark colour after the other and loving it. It’s so strange to me how my tastes have evolved and how I have learned to appreciate things I thought I would never like. So, instead of rolling my eyes at this prompt, I was excited to do it. Megan chose this prompt, so I had to ask her what she meant by “vampy”. Apparently vampy can be loosely translated to sexy too. I had something just for it in my untried stash. Here is what I came up with:PPSA Nail Challenge Dark and VampyPPSA Nail Challenge Dark and VampyPPSA Nail Challenge Dark and VampyI started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Tip Top Black Forest on my index and pinkie nails. On my middle and ring nails I painted 2 coats of Tip Top Sparkle Queen. Sparkle Queen is a black crelly with different sized silver holographic glitter. As this glitter looks like Tip Top Rocky Road to me, I decided to use that for a glitter gradient on the other 2 nails. Rocky Road is the same glitter, only it is suspended in a clear base. I painted a little bit of Sinful Colors Queen of beauty which is just small silver glitter in a clear base to start the gradient. I used the brush of Tip Top Rocky Road to try to fashion a gradient. I wiped off glitter and tried to catch it from the bottle neck, but it didn’t work very well, so I ended up taking glitter out of the bottle and trying to pick it up with a dotting tool. It still came out quite thick on the nail though. This isn’t the best glitter to use for a gradient, but it is one of my favourite glitter polishes. I just LOVE that silver holo sparkle! Despite the thickness I think it turned out okay. At first I didn’t like Sparkle Queen, but once I saw it in the day light I completely change my mind! I chose to use Rocky Road over Black Forest to show the similarities between the glitters. The formula on Sparkle Queen was a little bit thicker than a regular polish, but this ensured that the glitter was suspended well in the bottle and I had no problems getting them out onto my nails.

What do you think of this look? I would love to hear in the comments below. Don’t forget to see what everyone else did in the link up 🙂





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