The first challenge I chose to do is two colours. When I won a L.A .Girl Polka Dot set from Ordinary Misfit’s blog it contained a dotting tool and 3 mini polishes. Red, black and silver. I’ve used the silver for art and as a base before, but the red and black remained untouched, till now. Since it was so very long ago I decided to start with these. While Michelle and I were discussing it I realized they were the perfect colours for a ladybird mani! I had seen some on Pinterest before and the didn’t look too hard, so I thought I’d give it a bash.
I started off with a coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results as my base coat. I then painted all my nails with the red L.A. Girl. This is a very bright red. The minis don’t have names on, so I can’t tell you which colour it is and I’m not sure if the full size is available in their collection. Even after two coats there is still very visible nail line. A third coat may have sorted this out, but I didn’t have time to try. The colour was even and not streaky, so more coats are really only necessary if the VNL bothers you. The VNL isn’t really obvious in the picture, but it was obvious to me at certain angles in person.
I blotted some of the black polish onto a non porous surface and used a dotting tool to make a Y shape on my thumb and middle fingers. I filled in the V part of the Y shape with the polish brush. I went back in with my dotting tool and made random dots on the leftover red. I showed Rudi and he thought I had made champagne glasses. I did a quick Pinterest search and saw almost all the manis had added eyes to their ladybirds. I took my dotting tool and used Sinful Colors Snow Me White to make eyes on the black part of my nail. I then dotted smaller black dots in the white to complete the eyes.
I didn’t top coat it because I was scared it would drag the art that I’d done, so I decided to do the top coat the next morning. The next morning I used my new Revlon Colorstay Gold Standard top coat and it still dragged the art even though it had dried overnight!! When the first nail dragged I thought I may have been a little heavy handed with the brush, so I used a light touch on the rest of my nails, but it didn’t stop it from dragging. Not cool! I’ve noticed top coat seems to penetrate all the layers of your polish, even if it has completely dried. I’m not sure how I will be able to prevent this in future. I’ve painted a top coat on completely dry nails before, bumped it and all the layers came off.
I must say I struggled a bit with the mini brushes. I’m not sure why, but I messed a lot more than I do with regular sized brushes. I’ve read on other blogs that I’m not the only one who has had this experience. Anyway, this is what I ended up with:
So the first mani for my challenge is done and dusted. Michelle also challenged me to use 8 unused polishes before the 14th when I plan to go buy my Seche Vite top coat and some more China Glazes that I can’t stop thinking about. 2 down, 6 to go 🙂