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Crumpet’s Tri-Polish Challenge Day 4: Fan Brush Striped Nails

Here’s Day 4 of the Tri-Polish Challenge from Crumpet’s Nail Tarts, last day with this color set!

The basic rules are that you have to pick three polishes, one coral, one purple and one green, and then use those same polishes to create four different manis. You can also add in white, black, silver, gold and glitter toppers.

fan brush striped nail art

The three colors I chose are Sinful Colors Island Coral, Sinful Colors Amethyst and Julep Courteney; I used all three here for this fan brush striped nail art pattern. There’s a video tutorial here on fan brush striped nails from simplenailartdesigns  if you’d like to see how to do it.

fan brush striped nail art

I started with two coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls for the white base, then dipped the tip of a fan brush into Sinful Colors Island Coral and spread it across the nail, first from one side toward the center, then from the other side toward the center. I followed that using the same technique to add stripes in Julep Courteney and then Sinful Colors Amethyst.

fan brush striped nail art

I repeated that color pattern several times to build up the layers, and then topped it off with one coat of Poshe fast-dry top coat.

fan brush striped nail art

I honestly wasn’t sure when to stop, and I can’t tell looking at the finished product whether I should have added more or already added too many (or if it’s good as is).

fan brush striped nail art

This was my first time using my fan brush, so will definitely try it again. I think I might like the design better with different colors.

Check out the rest of the challenge participants here:



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Crumpet’s Tri-Color Challenge Day 3: Argyle Pattern

Here’s Day 3 of the Tri-Polish Challenge from Crumpet’s Nail Tarts.

Argyle Pattern Nail Art

The basic rules are that you have to pick three polishes, one coral, one purple and one green, and then use those same polishes to create four different manis. You can also add in white, black, silver, gold and glitter toppers.

The three colors I chose are Sinful Colors Island Coral, Sinful Colors Amethyst and Julep Courteney; I used all three here for this basic argyle pattern. There’s a video tutorial from Cute Polish on the argyle pattern if you’d like to see how to do it.

Argyle Pattern Nail Art

I used two coats of Julep Courteney as the base and then used a striper brush to paint on triangles with Sinful Colors Amethyst, and then added white lines with Kiss Nail Art Paint striper polish in white.

Argyle Pattern Nail Art

Argyle Pattern Nail Art

For the accent nail, I used Sinful Island Coral as the base with Julep Courteney on top.

Argyle Pattern Nail Art

I topped it off with a coat of Poshe fast-dry top coat.

Check out the rest of the challenge participants here:



Restock Radar: Week of March 25

Here’s a look at some of the indie nail polish restocks scheduled for the week starting Monday, March 25. Check back every Monday to see what’s coming up.

Monday, March 25
8pmET
SERUM No. 5 (On Etsy and Serumno5.com)
Notables: Restock of Sky Lights and Day Glow

Wednesday, March 27
6pmET
VIVID LACQUER (On Etsy)
Notables: restock of Theoretical collection

And Keep An Eye Out For …
DELUSH POLISH has the Egg-stra Special Limited Edition trio available until March 31, including Hippity-Hop, Eggs-travaganza and Some Bunny Loves You

Buy 3 Get 1 Free from ELIXIR LACQUERS with code SPRING3! until the end of March

KISS YOUR ELBOW POLISH is offering 20 percent off through April 1 with code SPRINGINTOMARCH

If you know of any planned restocks coming in the future, please let me know at polishgroupie@gmail.com Thanks for stopping by!

Crumpet’s Tri-Polish Challenge Day 2: Cult Nails Fetish With Stripes

Here’s Day 2 of the Tri-Polish Challenge from Crumpet’s Nail Tarts.

The basic rules are that you have to pick three polishes, one coral, one purple and one green, and then use those same polishes to create four different manis. You can also add in white, black, silver, gold and glitter toppers.

Sinful Colors Island Coral, Amethyst, Juelp Courteney

The three colors I chose are Sinful Colors Island Coral, Sinful Colors Amythest and Julep Courteney, but for this mani I left out the purple one.

Cult Nails Fetish with Stripes

Cult Nails Fetish with Stripes

For the base I used two coats of Cult Nails Fetish, which is an unbelievably amazing polish that goes on super easy and dries to what the company describes as a “wax look finish.”

Cult Nails Fetish with Stripes

I then used some new striping brushes to add lines with Sinful Colors Island Coral first on the inside, and then Julep Courteney on the outside. I did not use a top coat because I wanted to keep the original finish on Cult Nails Fetish.

Cult Nails Fetish with Stripes

Admittedly the lines on this do not look very clean …this didn’t come out as well as I had hoped. But I hope you can still get the gist of what I was aiming for.

Cult Nails Fetish with Stripes

Check out the rest of the challenge participants here:


Crumpet’s Tri-Polish Challenge Day 1: Dotticure

I’m starting a new nail art challenge today. This is the Tri-Polish Challenge from Crumpet’s Nail Tarts.

The basic rules are that you have to pick three polishes, one coral, one purple and one green, and then use those same polishes to create four different manis. You can also add in white, black, silver, gold and glitter toppers.

Sinful Colors Island Coral, Amethyst, Juelp Courteney

The three colors I chose are Sinful Colors Island Coral, Sinful Colors Amethyst and Julep Courteney.

Tri-Polish Challenge: Dotticure

I went for a simple dotticure, starting with the base color, adding a white dot and then a smaller dot of the base color. The index finger white base is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, the same white I used for the dots.

Tri-Polish Challenge: Dotticure

Nothing too crazy, just wanted to get back into the nail art game.

Tri-Polish Challenge: Dotticure

Check out the rest of the challenge participants here:



Restock Radar: Week of March 18

Here’s a look at some of the indie nail polish restocks scheduled for this week. Check back every Monday to see what’s coming up.

Wednesday, March 20
4pmET
HARE POLISH (On Etsy)
Notables: Restock of The Last Queen of France collection

Friday, March 22
3pmET
SINDIE POP! LACQUER (On eCrater)
Notables: Restock of The Mystery Gang Collection

3pmET
SONOMA NAIL ART (On Etsy)
Notables: last restock of Don’t Eat The Polish collection (shared collection with Silly Bee’s Chickadees)

4pmET
SILLY BEE’s CHICKADEES (On Etsy)
Notables: last restock of Don’t Eat The Polish collection (shared collection with Sonoma Nail Art)

10pmET
ELEVATION POLISH (On Big Cartel)
Notables: Many shades will be restocked and several will be retired. Here’s a full restock list from Elevation Polish.

Saturday, March 23
5pmET
HAPPY HANDS NAIL POLISH (On Etsy)
Notables: Launch of Spring Collection 2013

Sunday, March 24
7pmET
PAHLISH (On Etsy)
Notables: Launch of March Matte-ness collection

And Keep An Eye Out For …
There’s a sale at D & R APOTHECARY this weekend, 10 percent off regular prices plus each order gets a free mini of a special polish, from noonET on March 22 through 11pmET on March 24

DELUSH POLISH is offering 10 percent off until 11:59pmET on March 24 with code DP10OFFSPECIAL

KISS YOUR ELBOW POLISH is offering 20 percent off through April 1 with code SPRINGINTOMARCH

If you know of any planned restocks coming in the future, please let me know at polishgroupie@gmail.com Thanks for stopping by!

UPDATED MARCH 20, 2013

Restock Radar: Week of March 11

Here’s a look at some of the indie nail polish restocks scheduled for this week. Sorry this is an abbreviated version of my usual post (no links to polish pics) … I’m on the road for work and wasn’t able to get it finished before I left. Hoping to add them later in the week.

Check back every Monday to see what’s coming up.

Monday, March 11
1pmET
TRELLY’S M.I.S.C. POLISH (On Etsy)
Notables: Launch of Under the Sea and Springtime collections

Tuesday, March 12
10pmET
DARING DIGITS (On ddpolish.com)
Notables: Launch of ’80s Hits collection

Wednesday, March 13
time not specified
D & R APOTHECARY (On Etsy)
Notables: Release of two new polishes, plus a sale

Thursday, March 14
8pmET
DELUSH POLISH (On Etsy)
Notables: Launch of debut collection, inspired by Downton Abbey

Saturday, March 16
1pmET
ELIXIR LACQUER (On ElixirLacquers.com)
Notables: Last chance to get the Elixiversary limited edition polish (only 25 available during this restock)

Sunday, March 17
1pmET
SCOFFLAW NAIL VARNISH (On Etsy)
Notables: Full restock

If you know of any planned restocks coming in the future, please let me know at polishgroupie@gmail.com Thanks for stopping by!

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