The brief for today is Inspired By A Band... I struggled a little with this one at first, surprisingly as I LOVE music and have a pretty substantial CD collection. I decided to look though my collection for a bit of inspiration and right on top of the CDs sitting next to my stereo was a CD I was given for my birthday last month - Birds of Toyko, This Fire.
Birds of Tokyo are one of my all time favourite bands, I have seen them live heaps of times and I have loved them each time :)
|Image Source: birdsoftokyo.com|
I tried out a few different colours to see what would work best, but I ended up with two Ulta3 colours - Royal Fever (which is awesome and deserves it's own blog post soon!) and Pink Hibiscus.
I toyed with the idea of doing a splatter, but chickened out because of the potential mess lol, so I tried a few other things to see what would work. Sponging the pink shade over the purple meant the whole nail ended up too pink, as I had to do a few sponge coats to get the pink to really show, because all my pinks were a bit too sheer for one coat over the dark purple.
I then tried 4 different shades of pink over the purple (different shade on each nail) and tried the cling wrap technique. I've tried sponging polish on to the nail before using a bunched up piece of cling wrap as a 'sponge' but I wasn't so happy with it, so this time I did a base coat of Royal Fever and then put a coat of the various pinks over the top. I got the cling wrap and used it to take off some of the pink polish, but when I did it, I hadn't waited long enough for the purple to dry, so I ended up pulling the base coat off with the pink, so that was a fail. I did discover that Ulta3 Pink Hibiscus was the best out of the four shades I tested though, so my efforts weren't wasted.
OK so third time lucky, I put on a base coat of Royal Fever, then Wicked Fast top coat, let it dry for as long as it took me to write most of this post and play on pinterest - about 20-30 minutes, then I did a coat of Pink Hibiscus over the top. I waited about 30 seconds, then got a bunch of cling wrap and used it to pull off the pink.
So that is it, my first day of my first challenge. Hopefully I did OK, I am pretty happy with it and that is the main thing. What do you think of it?
PS I thought I would link to a couple of Birds of Tokyo songs in case you would like to have a listen: This Fire the first song of this album and a couple of my favourite older/grungier songs Silhouettic and Broken Bones.
You can see what everyone else in the other Take Two challenge has created by clicking links to their blogs below :)