31DC2015 Red Nails with Barry M Gelly Red

It’s that time of year again when internet nail artists the world over have to decide between their spare time/social life/sleep and the 31 Day Challenge. Call me crazy, but this year I have once again opted for the latter! I was unsure for a while about joining the challenge this year but I eventually decided it would be plain weird not to. This will be my 5th consecutive year and it would be a real shame to break that streak so I’m going to try my hardest to stick with it right through to the end.

For the first few days I like to ease myself in with some plain(ish) manis as the prompts don’t call for much else. I took to Periscope on Monday (follow me @thesammersaurus) and asked everyone who was watching to help me choose which of my red polishes to use for Day 1’s ‘Red Nails‘. In the end, we settled on a classic red creme with a few glitter accents.

The Nail Polish

I used 2 coats of Barry M Blood Orange/Red for my base and painted on  2 thin coats of Lynnderella Ruby Red Ruby for the accents.

Here are the cues coming up in the challenge. If you’re only just finding out about this, it’s not too late to join in! Just post when you can and catch up if you have a chance. You can also follow along on the #31DC2015 hashtag pretty much everywhere but most of the action will be on Instagram!

If you fancy scrolling through the archives of my previous challenge efforts, you’ll find them here: 31DC2011 | 31DC2012 | 31DC2013 | 31DC2014

Thanks to Sarah @ Chalkboard Nails for the beautifully designed graphics again this year!

Red Glitter Nail Polish

Barry M Red and Lynnderella Ruby Red Ruby

Pahlish // Thunderous Sparks

Today is the start of the #31DC2014 and until just a few hours ago, I was planning to sit this one out as I’ve just started a new job and and struggling to fit in time for blogging every 3 days, let alone every single day! In the early hours of this morning, I started contemplating it and I knew I’d be missing out if I didn’t even try to complete it again this year. In the end I decided to just dive in and take each day as it comes! If you want, you can catch up with my efforts from the challenge in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
This year, I’m not going to commit myself to completing every single day but I’m going to try my damnedest to finish them all anyway! If I do have to sit out a day here or there, it’ll be very hard not to feel guilty about it!
Big thanks to Chalkboard Nails for basically organising the annual gathering of 31 Day Challengers single-handedly. If you want to find out more about the challenge or even take part yourself, she wrote a great FAQ on her blog.
We’re kicking off today with red. I’m going to be taking full advantage of the first 6 days where no nail art is required to ease myself in. It’ll also give me chance to use plenty of my glitter polishes that don’t get enough love. Today I’ve gone with a glittery jelly/topper from Pahlish over a few coats of my boldest red polish.

Polishes Used

Rimmel Raw as Night
Pahlish Thunderous Sparks
Pahlish // Thunderous Sparks
The Nailasaurus #31DC2014
The Nailasaurus #31DC2014 // Red Nails
31 Day Challenge // The Nailasaurus

…but this is happening again! This will be the third year running that I’m embarking on the 31 Day Challenge and I’m incredibly nervous but excited at the same time! The challenge always pushes me to come up with original nail art ideas and I definitely feel like I need a boost as I’ve been lacking in inspiration lately. Although it can be tough at times when you’re struggling to find inspiration or enough hours in the day. But hey, they don’t call it a challenge for nothin’! 
If you want to see past years’ challenge manicures, you can click through the 2012 challenge here and the 2011 challenge is here
This year, I’m jumping on board with Sarah from Chalkboard Nails who called the nail art community to action this week! Sarah wrote a post with plenty of information and a few other images for you guys to grab on her blog here.
 I will be starting with Day 1 tomorrow, September 1st and posting every day until the challenge is over. At least if everything goes to plan! Who else is going to be taking the challenge?
Thanks to Chalkboard Nails for the lovely new graphics


Here it is. The very last. The final day of my 31 Day Challenge 2012! It’s been a long and bumpy ride, we even lost a woman 5 weeks in but just like last year, I’m so glad we did it! I don’t really have much else to say on the subject so I’ll just leave you with my recreation of Rie’s Day 8 Metallic Nails.
I’ve never ever done a splatter mani before and I probably won’t be doing one again any time soon. The clean up on this took just as long, if not longer, than the mani itself! I think part of the problem was the metallic polishes. Whenever I touched acetone to the mess, it would send a million bits of shimmer swimming in to my cuticles and I just couldn’t get it all off! Saying that, I did grow to love the result and maybe a bit of practice will do me good.

I used A-England Lancelot as my base colour, then used Essie Penny Talk, Barry M Gold Foil and Barry M Silver Foil for the splatters. I topped it with one coat of Seche Vite to make it dry quickly and then one coat of Rimmel Mattifying Top Coat.


Today’s nails are inspired by good old gingham as part of the 31 Day Challenge. I’ve done gingham nails before but I wasn’t 100% happy so I wanted to give them another try and I like the outcome much better. 
As always, head over to Let Them Have Polish and Nails and Noms to see their nail art today.

I used Barry M White as my base colour and used a nail art brush to paint on the stripes 2×2 on each nail in Essie Navigate Her and then used Barry M Spring Green to paint on the little squares where the lines cross. I topped it all with a coat of Seche Vite.


Welcome to Day 25 of the challenge! Today, we have to create nails inspired by fashion so the first thing I did (again) was type ‘Fashion’ in to Google! I came across the Vogue website and started clicking through this season’s catwalk shows.
I spent a long time looking through and I was waiting to see something… ANYTHING that I could immediately envisage on my nails when the bottom half of a dress from Christian Dior’s ready-to-wear collection caught my eye. I immediately knew that this would be the nail art I’d do to match and I’m so pleased with the way it turned out.

Runway photo credit: Vogue.co.uk

For this manicure, I didn’t use a base colour or even a base coat, I went straight in with some striping tape to mark off the lines. I did this for two reasons. Firstly of course, you’ve got the authentic see through look and also I couldn’t be bothered to wait for anything to dry! For the thicker lines I just used two pieces of tape right next to each other. I used nail art tweezers for this step because it’s very fiddly.
When all the tape was in place, I painted on a coat of A-England Lancelot, one nail at a time, and carefully peeled off the tape using the tweezers. There was some polish out of place, especially near the edges where the tape had come away from the nail a little, so I dipped a nail art brush in some acetone to clean away the bits I didn’t want. When everything was completely dry, I used two coats of Seche Vite to glaze it over.

Now go to Rie and Cris‘ blogs to see their fashionicures!


This is the first weekend for months where I have absolutely no plans so I’ve had a pretty lazy Saturday. So far today I’ve worked my way through the entire first series of Workaholics, picked up where I left off on Homeland, dyed my hair and painted my nails about 7 times! I consider that quite a day, especially for a weekend!
Today I’ve got swatches of some polishes from Aphrodite Lacquers*. These polishes have been sitting on my desk for swatching for weeks now but with the 31 Day Challenge going on, I haven’t had much time for swatching. With the quick break I’m taking from it this weekend I finally had time to sit down and test out these beauties.
Auction is a pearly white base packed with blue square glitter and small black hexes. I’ve used 3 coats straight on to my naked nail except on my ring finger where I used two coats of Sally Hansen Ion under 3 coats of Auction. There are two coats of Seche Vite top coat on every nail.

Supernova is definitely my favourite of the three. It’s pink purple and silver hexes in a black jelly base. I used three coats for drama but two will give you full coverage. I used two coats of Seche Vite top coat.
Margarita is a beautiful green glitter polish somewhere between lime green and bottle green. It contains green hexes, slightly smaller blue hexes and silver glitter in a green jelly base. For this swatch I used two coats of NYC High Line Green as a base and then three coats of Margarita, except on my index finger which is just 3 coats of Margarita. Using a green base has given a slightly brighter result but the polish looks just as great on its own. Two top coats of Seche Vite.

You can buy Aphrodite Lacquers from Rebecca’s Etsy Shop for $8 plus shipping.