Monday, 23 September 2013

33DC2013 Day 1 - Dots




It's the first day of The Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge! Todays manicure is all about dots. Because this is supposed to be a challenge, I did not want to go with a simple dotticure. Many eons ago I spent about 7 months in Adelaide, Australia as a student. I absolutely loved it there and today's manicure is in honour of the indigenous people of Australia, the Aboriginals. Their art is amazing and unique. My inspiration came from a painting, I tried finding the artist's name, but I could not find it.

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The circles are symbols for campsites, there are boomerangs surrounding the camp sites. There are also sugar ants crawling all over. I skipped the sugar ants in my manicure because they are not dotted *winks*.


Let's look at the polishes I used. From left to right we have:
  • KIKO Sugar Mat - 638 Taupe
  • Catrice LE Matchpoint -  C03 Rockby
  • Catrice LE Matchpoint -  C01 Team Lucky Mustards
  • Essence stampy polish - 001 stamp me! white
  • Glisten & Glow - HK Girl Top Coat
  • HEMA - Top Coat Matt
I started with 2 coats of KIKO taupe, the reason I chose this polish was purely for colour. I simply don't have a similar coloured creme. I started dotting on top of the textured polish next. I did the white dots first, then the red ones, and filled the empty spaces with the yellow.





The top 4 pictures show the design as is. I loved how this turned out, but I felt it was not complete. I added one coat of HK Girl Top Coat and let it dry. Then I added the matted top coat to transform this manicure. I am pleased with the result, I loved it smooth and matte. See for yourself!





I think this is one of the best manicures I've done so far and I absolutely love it. The colours are earthy and remind me of a gorgeous country I hope to visit again one day. It was an amazing experience spending a small part of my life in Australia and I miss it. The relaxed atmosphere, the nice people, but above all the landscapes. Colourful birds... cockatoos, lorikeets, rosellas and the cute fairy-wrens. Kangaroos, wallabies... but also the ants ranging from a few millimeter in size to over 2 centimeter. Time to pull out my photo albums!


14 comments:

  1. Love it! I understand the inspiration but they also look like mosiac tiles

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  2. I did an aboriginal dot art manicure just the other day! Very cool. :)

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  3. Oh my good glord! this is so amazing... it's by far my favourite for Day 1! I have seen so many dotticures, but this is beyond perfect :)

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  4. Yay found em! They look lovely in the traditional colours :) I think I like the textured finish the best- It seems more authentic for some reason (maybe like its painted on bark?)

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