Nail Challenge Week 2: Orange

Week 2 of the Money Saving Expert Nail Challenge and I’ve loved seeing everyone’s take on the themes.


Week 2: Colours – Orange Nails

Two coats of George Sunset Orange (which looks awful and chalky by itself) covered in one coat of No. 17 Rock Hard polish in Heavenly (a sheer peach with a pink flash) then a graduated tip in Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure, followed by another coat of Heavenly.  It really has a true ‘sunset’ feel.



DIY OPI Black Spotted a.k.a. Frankenspotty

So… I really really want OPI Black Spotted but it’s only available in France and is silly money on eBay.  I wondered if I could make it myself somehow.  It looks like it’s made from two immiscible fluids (ones that don’t want to mix) so I had an hours play this afternoon.

I tried flicking acetone nail polish remover onto black polish to see if it would ‘eat’ some holes in it but it just sat on top = FAIL

I tried mixing black polish with acetone nail polish remover but it was just smelly = FAIL

I tried mixing black polish with quick dry drops but it kind of set in the dish and made a gloopy mess = FAIL

I tried putting quick dry drops over the base colour then adding the layer of black polish = NOT TOO BAD!


I used these products in this order:

One coat of OPI Year of the Dragon + One drop of Virgin Vie Quick Dry Drops + One’ish coat of Creative Voodoo (quite a thin black polish) + One coat of Seche Vite.

So it doesn’t have the spots as such but the effect is quite similar isn’t it?

Spurred on I tried the same over W7 Silver:


As I was on a roll I thought I’d try some cuticle oil to see how that went too = NOT TOO BAD!


I used these products in this order:

Nails Inc Old Bond St. + Decleor Aromessence Ongles + Creative Voodoo + Seche Vite

A little more tiger than spider perhaps?

Verdict: I’m positive this can be done but I just need to find the right mix!  Do you think it’s worth me mixing the polish + the oil together?

EDIT: I tried mixing with oil and it turned into a big gloopy mess, water was a little better so I will persevere with a water and nail drops mix somehow!

Meal Planning

  • Beef Tacos

Old El Paso seasoning and shells.  Can anyone eat these without getting mince and bits of salad all over the place?

  • Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Crusty Cod

  • Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Mustard Chicken

  • Thin Beef Steaks…

I got these on offer but I haven’t decided how to eat them yet.

Some More Cards

I received my Collall glue and some new papers at the weekend so had an hours card making.


The beetle is the trial I did using Indigoblu Flitterglu plus the copper nail art foil on white card.  I roughed up the edges using the blade of a pair of scissors and buffed the edges with some stamping inks on an off cut of sponge.  The black card is core’dinations black with a mustard reverse edged with Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Broken China.  The patterned paper is by Prima – the 12×12 paper has an image of a ballerina on one side but I thought the beetle really worked with the flowers.  The blue pearlised card and envelope is from eBay.


Background paper is by Magnolia and this time the glitter glue is by UHU.  I got to use some more of the butchers twine in this one too.

Revlon Lip Butter – Lollipop

I managed to get this not only with an offer across the range but also using an in-store Boots coupon for it cost me £3.99 instead of the regular selling price of £7.99!

Now this is the depth of colour I expected the Korres to have but didn’t.  It is moisturising and the colour stays for a few hours.  I personally love these kinds of balm/lip colours as they aren’t quite so harsh looking as traditional lipsticks and a bit more forgiving of a not-quite-perfect-application-technique.

Lollipop is an opaque, vibrant, dare I say almost Barbie like, pink yet still manages to be flattering.  There is a tiny amount of sparkle in it.  To be honest I didn’t even notice them until I’d read some other reviews.


Verdict: Love it.  I’d certainly consider getting at least one more colour from this range put it that way.

Nail Challenge Week 1: Red

I’ve joined up with a nail challenge with lots of lovely nail polish addicts from Money Saving Expert forum.  It’s supposed to be a 31 day challenge but everyone decided one challenge per week would work best so watch out for my future posts.

The full list we’re using is here in case anyone wants to join in with the fun:


Week 1: Colours – Red Nails

Two coats of Creative in Claret.  The formula on these are fantastic but I don’t seem to have captured the colour well in the photo.  I added a small gold stud or nail head in the moon as a nod to a Chanel design from a few seasons ago.  I think it was from Special FX but I could be mistaken.

George Octopus Swatch


Two coats George Octopus, not top coat.  This one is a deep khaki with a teal micro glitter/shimmer.  Quite unusual really.

Asda currently have their regular George nail polishes reduced to £1 and they’re worth a go at that price.  I tend to pick up two or three per year and always go for unusual or fashion colours.  They are a little thick and the brush is just that bit too square but hey ho for £1!