@clairestelle8 May challenge – May 1st Flakies

Two posts in one night? Why the hell not! 🙂

I kinda gave up on the 52 week challenge back when I stopped posting before Christmas. I wanted to start a new one, but a shorter one this time. And not one that needs a mani every day, because I just don’t have the time for that.

I’ve been using Instagram a lot lately, and I spotted this challenge starting today, organised by the talented @clairestelle8 :


By the way, if anyone wants to follow me on Instagram, I’m @thepolishedmagpie. The first prompt is flakies, I wanted to do something that I would be happy to wear all weekend while I’m away. So I’ve gone on the safe side, picking purple with a flakie accent.


I started with a base coat of HK Girl Stuck On Blu, then two coats of Make Up Gallery Stormy Night. Make Up Gallery can be found at Poundland, and are awesome polishes for just £1, though of course they are not going to be 3 or 5 free. Stormy Night is a solid two coater blurple with a very slight shimmer. The brush is slightly awkward, it is flat and wide but not curved like the new Barry M or OPI brushes, so the corners tended to catch my cuticles occasionally.


I then added a coat of Max Factor Fantasy Fire to each nail except my ring fingers – in hindsight, I wish I’d done them all. Fantasy Fire is a special effect polish – it gives a glowing purple shimmer to the base colour, changing to gold in some lights. It works brilliantly over dark blues and purples.


The flakies on my ring finger are an old favourite of mine, Sally Hansen Triple Shine Pearly Whites. I know from experience how thick and gloopy this polish is, so I decided to sponge it on using a makeup sponge, hoping the sponge would absorb the gloop. It worked really well, first time I’d tried something like that! It also meant that I could get a lot more flakies on my nail than just brushing it on.


Finally, a coat of INM Out The Door to finish off. I’m happy with these, and now they will be my anniversary nails this weekend! 💗 I will be more adventurous next time though, I promise!

If you’d like to see more challenge nails, or join in! search #clairestelle8may on Instagram.

Jo x

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