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

As many of you will know, I’ve undertaken the 31 Day Challenge for 3 years in a row now and I always comment on how much I love the fact that it forces me to come up with plenty of inspired nail art and probably some of my favourite manis ever!
Of course, doing nail art every day for 31 days is pretty intense and that kind of dedication can only be reserved for once a year! However, I miss the inspiration that it brings and all the nail art creations that I get to see from the amazing ladies also doing the challenge.

Sarah from Chalkboard Nails was having the same predicament so she took it upon herself to organise a brilliant new initiative – The Lacquer Legion! Alongside Sarah, Leslie (work/play/polish) and Rebecca (Rebecca Likes Nails) I’ll be helping out a bit behind the scenes, giving you reminders each month so you don’t forget and, of course, participating in the challenge!

Absolutely anyone can join The Lacquer Legion – the more the merrier. There will be one prompt per month, one date that everyone will post and a hashtag to use across social media so that it will be easy to explore everyone’s nail art. This challenge should be fun and easy-breezy for everyone so you don’t have to take part every month, just if and when you fancy it!

We’re starting with the theme of Reinvention in January and you can interpret this any which way you like!
Theme: Reinvention
Date to post: January 27th
Hashtag: #LLreinvention

To stay updated with Lacquer Legion news and the monthly prompts, make sure you like the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/thelacquerlegion

Will you be joining The Lacquer Legion?

So here we are on the very last day of 2013! This year has had a lot of ups and not too many downs for me which is always good. It’s been a great year for The Nailasaurus – this blog was nominated for Cosmo’s Best Established Beauty Blog award for the second year running, I hit 1 million likes on Facebook and to top it all off have an amazing bunch of readers that have stuck around through thick and thin. Life is sweet!

Here’s a round-up of my favourite 13 manicures from 2013 in no particular order. I can never, ever choose just one! This was the year of Striping Tape and Waterfalls and I embraced glitter in a big way! In September, I undertook the 31 Day Challenge for a third time and, as usual, it forced me to create some of my year’s best. In 2014, I want to work on creating more freehand nail art and taking more inspiration from my favourite things. The way I used to do with movies and comics way back when!

Click on any picture to be taken to the original post!


With the 31 Day Challenge commandeering my blog this month, I’ve talked about little else here. There are a few bits of news I wanted to share so I thought I’d do a little round up post to get up to date!

A few days ago, I made an Instatorial for the Art Deco nail art I created for Day 8 of the challenge which I thought would be good to share here too. I also confessed my intention to make more YouTube tutorials to the whole world. I guess that means no take backs!

Staying on the theme, my post at Divine Caroline this week is an Art Deco inspired striping design.
Check out the whole post with extra pictures here.

Allie invited me to write a guest post for her blog, Brit Nails, while she’s away on holiday this week so I created some galaxy nails. No surprise there huh?!
See the full post here.