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April Nail Challenge Collaborative: Week 1 Game of Thrones!

April’s theme for the NCC is Music, Movies, & TV. Such a great theme and sooo many ideas. My first one coincides nicely with the return of Game of Thrones! I’ve read some of the books – enough to be warned of the nasty Red Wedding and then some. So I’m excited to see some of the upcoming developments in the show and how they’ll portray it on screen. HBO has done such a great job bringing those books to life so far!


I started with a polish I bought back in February from I Love Nail Polish – Undenied. It’s one of the gorgeous ultrachromes from Barbra’s new Spring collection. There’s a purple-burgundy-red-gold shift that is absolutely stunning! I wore it on its own for a day or two, then decided it was a great base color for a dragon-themed manicure for the NCC. Because who doesn’t love the dragons? And Daenerys? She’s such a badass.

I stamped using Messy Mansion’s MM21 plate – it has some amazing images including dragons, scales, koi fish, and even mermaids. I stamped using Essie’s Good as Gold, one of the best stamping polishes I’ve found outside of Konad!


Just look at that index and middle finger! It shows the beautiful range of colors.


Not the best pic of my nails, but the above picture shows part of the chainmail my crafty husband made out of soda tops.

Is anyone else gearing up for Game of Thrones tomorrow night? I’m so excited! Here’s to the Mother of Dragons!

And check out the other manicures the NCC has thought up for April’s theme:


The Nail Challenge Collaborative: Untrieds Week 2

I’m not as thrilled with my second run at the untried challenge. I like it, but it’s definitely not my favorite.

First, in sunlight (actual sunlight – woohoo! What a nice reprieve from the long, grey cloudiness in Pittsburgh):


I did have to cut my nails down after some continued peeling was happening around the edges. So back to nubbins!

And now inside lighting:


I used:

  • Base color: Julep Celia – a gorgeous chrome/metallic teal with hardcore shimmer that was really hard to capture in the pics.
  • Stamping plate: MoYou London Suki Collection 01 (pic to follow)… yet another amazing image plate from MoYou! I can’t get enough!
  • Stamping color: Essie Good as Gold – a perfect gold chrome polish that I finally broke down and bought, specifically for stamping. My pinky didn’t quite transfer the whole image, but that’s likely because I took a little extra time to figure out where to place it.

Again, all untried polishes and an untried stamping plate.


Gorgeous, right?! As you can probably guess, I used the top left corner images using the fan and flower branches. I love MoYou’s full image plates. This was my first time playing with them though, so I think I could use some practice getting a good image. I’ve seen that some people use a cutout of a nail image to figure out the best areas to stamp… maybe I’ll try that.

Anyways, pretty but not my favorite.

See what the other NCC ladies are doing!