Friday, April 5, 2013

Before & After: Happy Anniversary, Nail Challenge Collaborative!!


As you know, I joined the Nail Challenge Collaborative group recently, and have been participating in their challenges. We're starting a new one that works a little bit differently. Instead of a set of themes that are pre-determined for each week, we have one theme per month, and create 4 manicures during that month on that theme.

This month's theme is 'pastels' in honor of the very first theme that NCC did, and while our posting dates are normally flexible, just this once we are all posting today in honor of that first challenge date's anniversary. :)

For my first and most important pastel manicure, I started with a base of Orly's Coachella Dweller, a soft, minty-avocado green polish from their new Hope And Freedom Fest collection. I fell in love with this the moment I saw it, rushed to buy it, and was so excited for this excuse to use it, hee hee hee:

Orly Coachella Dweller in direct sunlight

Orly Coachella Dweller in indirect light

I've been on a skittle manicure kick lately, particularly the sort where there are two nails that are alike and two that are different, so I went that way here. First, I put a layer of pastel glitter, Neener Neener Nails's Sweet Tart; it has matte hexes, diamonds and shards in a spray of pastel shades. Finally, I stamped on the middle two nails using Sally Hansen Lightning, and Bundle Monster plate BM11:

Ugh, it annoys me that I got a small roll fold when I stamped the middle nail...but other than that, I'm happy with it. It's a soft springy look without being annoyingly pastel (as you know I'm more of a jewel-tone type of gal).

Thanks for taking a look, and don't forget to check out the other pastel anniversary manicures linked below. :)



  1. So pretty!! I love that base color!

    1. Thank you! Isn't it great! I don't have as many Orlys as I should, clearly...:)

  2. Thankk you very much! So sweet of you!! :)

  3. Base color is very cool.l love it,without glitter...

    1. I love it too...sorry you didn't like the nail art! :(

  4. Guh. I love that color. It is like a 70's avocado fridge (in a good way!)

  5. Beautiful! I think you just made pastels really grown up!! :O


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