Overall I kept things quite simple this month, which gave me the chance to try out some colours that I hadn't got round to using yet, and some new colours that just happened to fall into my basket whilst out shopping.
At the beginning of the month I got my first Butter London polish so, of course, I had to try that out right away, and I paired it with a beautiful new Orly colour as well.
I started with Fluorescent Fuchsia from Orly, as my main colour and used The Black Knight from Butter London as an accent nail. Orly polishes that I have tried before have a lovely smooth application and this is no different. With it being a florescent colour it dries to a matte finish, but I simply used my normal top coat to as shine. The Black Knight is opaque in two coats, which also means you get a good helping of glitter. The glitter particles are tiny pink and blue flecks, with even smaller gold sparkles running throughout.
I have really been enjoying watching the International Space Station fly recently, so I thought I'd do some nails inspired by watching the night sky. I started with a base of Essence It's Raining Me, which has a subtle shimmer so it seemed like an appropriate colour to start with. For extra stars I added a coat of Disco Ball from Rimmel because it has varying sizes and colours of glitter giving the idea of distant stars in the sky. To finish off I stamped the ISS and The Plough constellation from my MoYou Sci-Fi 03 plate.
I hadn't done a gradient in a long time so thought I'd crack out some nice summer coral shades so this one. I started with a base of white to make the colours really pop and then sponged on the gradient with a make up sponge using Model Own Peach Melba and OPI Toucan Do It If You Try. I smoothed it all out with a glitter top coat and then added small white hearts with my dotting tool. I got lots of compliments with this design.
I have had a busy few days towards the end of this month so I used my limited nail painting time to try out Models Own Blue Spray which I've had for a long time, but never used. The Artstix from Models Own are a really brilliant idea meaning that you have a colour and a glitter polish all in one. You can use just the base colour or just the glitter, or both together. Blue Spray is made up of Blue Maldives and Sea Spray which you used to be able to get as full sized polishes, but I think they have now been replaced by other collections. The Sea Spray glitter has silver bar shapes, red glitter dots and large diamond holographic flecks that really catch the light.
Lastly this month I tried out Barry M Sunset nail paint. This is another new one, but I didn't even put it in my basket... It was my fiancé, so I don't feel guilty about the purchase - ha ha! When I first read about the Sunset collection I wasn't sure that the daylight curing finish would be much different from a gelly, but it does feel different somehow, plus, look how pretty Fuchsia Generation is.
Which has been your favourite design of mine this month? Make sure you visit my blog again at the end of next month for my next round up, but in the mean time keep up with my designs weekly on Instagram.
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