Nailblazer || Nails for Charity – Week One

This week I started a new project at work – doing nails for charity!

I’ve been thinking for a while how much I’d like to do something for charity and how much I need to practise on other people’s nails and eventually (after longer than you might think…) I had the eureka moment!

Feminism and protecting women from violence has long been a passion of mine, so I went for a charity called Solace Women’s Aid. This is a fantastic, local charity working towards a world where women and children can live lives that are free of domestic and sexual violence.

They offer a range of services from refuges to advocacy and legal support. For more information, head to their website.

I put up posters around the office and the response has been amazing! I started just this week and have done 8 lovely ladies, with 13 more booked in over the next couple of weeks. Even more touching was when a male colleague sent an email to my wider team to tell them what I was doing and encourage all the guys to donate anyway!

Here is a round up of my first week of charity nails – £100 raised so far!

J’s Turquoise Chevrons

My colleague found a picture on Pinterest with this dazzling design and I was more than happy to recreate it. After some digging, I discovered the original was done by Rosie aka little_nails – go check her out!

To get this look I painted two coats of OPI Goldeneye. Once dry, I used Models Own Hypergel Turquoise Gloss to add the dots and chevrons; finishing with a coat of HK Girl.

I’s Golden Swirls

My second colleague on Tuesday night originally came in saying “do whatever you like Martha!”, and promptly changed her mind when she spotted a picture of the nails I wore at the weekend. Luckily, I had the polishes in my little shoe box as I’d been too lazy to take them out after the weekend 😉 See my original post for how I got this look.

A’s Stars and Spots


I’m so pleased to have met this lady – she’s a polishaholic just like me! She was the first person who saw my poster to email me and book in, and before this appointment she’d already booked a second for next week!

We’d talked about either red and gold or purple and silver stars, and in the end settled on this look. I was excited to have the chance to open two brand new polishes another colleague (I work with the best people!) had brought back from America.

FYI to my American friends – you are so lucky! I can’t believe how much cheaper OPI is over there, my colleague brought back five polishes having found them for $9.50 each on buy one get one half price! In the UK, these bad boys retail for £11.95 a pop, and are never on promotion 😦

Anyway, back to the mani. To get this look I used two coats of OPI Viking in a Vinter Vonderland. Once dry I used OPI With a Nice Finn-ish to create dots and stars. Love it!

This lady, by the way, has already emailed to book in three more appointments before the end of the year! 🙂

C’s Falling Hearts


Apologies for the poor quality photo! This lady had originally come in also wanting my gold swirly wedding nails but had been inspired on the way in by the purple and gold combination of the lady before.

To create this look, I again painted two coats of OPI Viking in a Vinter Vonderland before stamping some falling hearts with MoYou Mother Nature 01 and OPI With a Nice Finn-ish.

C’s Geometric Stamp

Another poor photo, but I thought it might have been a bit over the top to bring in the lightbox as well as the heaving shoebox of polishes…

This lady was very patient with me as I had a bit of a stamping nightmare! We went with Honk if You Love OPI (two coats) and then stamped a geometric pattern onto the middle fingers with Barry M Gelly Chai. I was hoping as it was a Gelly that this polish would be okay for stamping, but it was a bit iffy unfortunately. She was very gracious though and hopefully she’ll come back again soon for something better! 🙂

H’s Hipster Print


This colleague of mine has gorgeous nails – probably because she never paints them! Very privileged to be bringing her into the world of nail art 😀 She had originally just wanted green with a green glitter accent nail, but got rather interested in stamping when discovering the MoYou Hipster 08 plate.

To get this look, I painted two coats of Rimmel Salon Pro Acid House. On the middle finger I added a coat of Models Own Absinthe; while the ring finger had some suitably hipster glasses stamped with OPI With a Nice Finn-ish.

Unfortunately I didn’t manage to grab a photo of my seventh colleague, a lovely French lady who went for a classy matte mani using Nails Inc Kensington Place.

S’s Golden Swirls

Today, another request for gold swirl wedding nails! 🙂

C’s White Squares

My final appointment of the week and I think it might just be my favourite so far! Another instance where a colleague sent over a photo to recreate, I haven’t been able to find the original yet so if anyone knows who did it give me a shout!

I started with two coats of Nails Inc Victoria. This lady couldn’t believe it when I pulled out the exact polish that was being held in the photo – there’s an addict for you!

Once dry, I drew the white squares using a WAH Nail Art Pen in White and lined the edges with OPI With a Nice Finn-ish.

Wrap Up of Week 1

So what have I learned from my first week?

1. Always bring multiple polishes – changing our mind is a woman’s prerogative after all!
2. You can find incredible generosity in people you’ve never even spoken to before
3. Seeing the excited faces at the end makes any late night totally worth it! 😀

Bring on Week 2!

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