Today marks the beginning of ANOTHER challenge put forth by the lovely ladies of Crumpet's Nail Tarts. Debbie's idea was simple: start using up all those unloved polishes at the back of our stash drawers. Thus was created the Golden Oldies Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge.
The rules are simple:
- the polish you use should be at least one year old
- if you haven't been a polishaholic that long, you can use the oldest polishes you have
- the polish should be previously used, but if you're stuck, you could free a yearling from Mount Untried
- you can use more than 1 polish as long as it fits the theme and the rules
I have to admit, when I read the very first theme, I almost backed out right away, but after reading the rest of the list, I figured it was better to get the worst part over with so I could enjoy the rest of the challenge. Most of my stash was collected this year, but as it turns out I did have quite a few bottles that qualified for this challenge, mostly elf and a few CoverGirl and Revlon bottles made the trip overseas with me. The rest of my then-pitiful stash went to my roommate's young niece who didn't care that they were old and kind of goopy. Sorry, Buddy! (Cuz that's really her nickname, not cuz she's gender-confused.)
ANYWAY... I actually do have a few pinks in my collection and a couple that even qualified as oldies, so I figured I could get this mani over and out the door. I also managed to play with a new-to-me technique along the way.
Kiss striper in Pink
elf Passion Pink
Yes, I'm aware that one of the colors is purple, but Plum is sort of a pinky purple, right? Mostly I needed something dark enough that I could stamp with it and still cover it over it with the ultra sheer Passion Pink. I had two other elf pinks in my qualifying stack, but they weren't dark enough to work for this technique. I present to you the Swampy Hearts jelly stampwich.
To create this look, I started with 3 coats of Passion Pink to give a nice opaque base. Then I stamped the floating hearts image from MoYou London's Princess Collection plate 10 in Plum. Once that was dry, I layered another coat of Passion Pink over the top, and sealed it in with SV.
Although I did this with every nail, my pinky just did not want to play nicely, and I couldn't get the last layer of pink sheer enough to see the stamping underneath, so I topped it with a free-handed heart with my bright pink striper.
I have to admit that whereas I still hate pink, and this look is a bit cutesy for my taste, it was fun trying a new technique, and this would be a suitable Valentine's look for girls who are into that sort of thing.
As a side note, although I have a whole mess of polishes still in my box to swatch for you, I'm going to have to put those off for a couple of weeks because I just received a huge batch of editing to do on a fairly tight deadline, so my posts will be mostly limited to challenges until I get that off my plate. However, with 3 nail challenges plus the #2014BloggerChallenge running, that still gives LOTS of new stuff to check out. If you don't want to miss an update, follow me on Bloglovin, Networked Blogs, Facebook, and/or Twitter, or add me to your current blog reader program. As such, I will probably be fairly quiet until next week, so I hope you all have a great weekend and stay warm!
Also, don't forgot to share the love by browsing some of the other GOT Polish challenge entries, below.