Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April's Tri-Polish Challenge

I think that the Tri-Polish challenge is the most challenging challenge I have done so far (tee hee).  True, it is only 4 manis per month, but coming up with 4 unique designs using the same colors, and usually colors that I would never use together, takes for a lot of creative brain power.  Can you smell the smoke coming out of my ears?

The colors for this month are...get, turquoise and pink.  I would not have come up with this combo...not in my wildest dreams!  So these are the colors I chose.

China Glaze Exotic Encounters, Julep Hayden and China Glaze Mimosa's Before Mani's
Okay, Exotic Encounters may be considered a teal by some, but it fits turquoise in my book.  And Mimosa's leans towards coral, but is still pink to me.  Cut me some slack, okay!  So here is my first design!
  I don't know why I love this so much, but I do!  First off, two coats of Julep Hayden is so gorgeous!  This actually dries to a matte finish, which I hope to show during one of these, but here it is with a topcoat.  This soft pastel orange is so flattering on me.  It makes my fingers look tan!

Next I stamped with Exotic Encounters and one row of this image from LeaLac XL B.  Sorry about the poor quality.  I need to make a different image of this plate soon!  Anyone who follows me know that this is a reoccurring theme for me, a straight stamp design, slightly off center, straight down the nail.  It gives the illusion of longer nails, and I just like it!  Stamping Exotic Encounters over Hayden made it look more green than turquoise or teal, which was fine with me. 

Finally I put some Mimosa's Before Mani's on my palette and thickened it up by stirring it for awhile with an orange stick, like you would for spun nails.  When it was the consistancy I wanted, I dotted it on.  This gave it depth and texture.

So there you have it.  A gorgeous base color, vertical stamping, texture and depth.  The stamping is not perfect, nor the dotting, but I love it despite it's flaws!

Thanks for looking and feel free to check out the other Tri-Polish manis.


  1. An interesting combo, but very pretty!

    1. Thanks Jenna! I had a much harder time choosing this months polishes, but we will see how it goes.

  2. I have to agree with you - it look lovely! :)
    I guess it's the flowery designs giving it a springy look, impossible not to like ;)

  3. This is really pretty. I uses MBM too, but I used it as my orange. It is hard to fit polishes into one category sometimes.

    1. is one of those pinkish, orangish, coral colors!