10 little red ways to get glam this week. Dare you!

One thing no-one warned me about before I had kids was the impact it would have on my hands.

Digits that were previously spent tap-dancing over the keyboard of a computer, or aimlessly, dreamily curling through locks of hair were now being used to wipe, massage, stroke, wash, wipe, wipe, and wipe. Hands were soapily scrubbed and purposefully dried to ensure my amazing creation of Baby remain protected from the germy germs of the world.

So my hands – and nails – got nailed.

Fast-forward years later, and my nails often remain neglected. While a mani is always on my to-do list, it’s often the thing that falls by the wayside as I juggle the usual stuff in my life. Time (and money) to get my nails professionally done is scarce, and an at-home manicure is either interrupted mid-buff and subsequently forgotten about. Or, if I do by some miracle manage to get my nails lacquered up, there’s inevitably some sort of issue involving Lego – or more wiping – that ends in chipping and/or smudging.

Nails nailed again.

This week, we’re continuing our series of style challenges by daring ourselves to maintain our nails to perfection all week, and to polish them in the most classic of all colours: red.

Throughout history fingernails have been painted and adorned – a tradition that dates as far back as 5,000 BC when women in India would dye the tips of their fingers with henna. Around 3000 BC the Chinese concocted a lacquer that included crushed orchids and rose petals to create a reddish tone when applied to the nails. But it wasn’t until the 1920’s when flappers broke all kinds of fashion rules that red nail polish really took off.

This week, we’re bringing them back with a vengeance.”

6 reasons to try the red nail polish dare:

1. It’ll force you to find time to sit down, uninterrupted, to focus on yourself.

2. In making the time to maintain your polish all week, you just might discover that finding ‘me time’ isn’t as hard as it actually sounds.

3. You’ll feel really girly: There’s nothing as feminine as having a manicure!

4. Red nail polish is sexy, strong, and classic. Who wouldn’t want a piece of that at their fingertips all week?

5. Pardon the pun, but nothing will add polish to your outfit faster.

6. You’ve probably already got a bottle of red nail polish banging around in a drawer somewhere, crying to be used. Or if not, there’s a shade of racy red polish at the local store with your name on it, from as little as $5. Cost of entry to this dare = LOW.

7. We’ll call you “chicken” if you don’t join in. “Burk, Burk, Burk!


The Dare: Polish your nails red, and maintain them to perfection for a week.

The rules:
  • Join in whenever you like, but to complete the Dare you need to do it for 7 days straight.
  • Choose whichever shade of red you like, but the racier the better.
  • You need to maintain your nails for the entire week. Re-polish them, fix those chips, and show them extra love.


Need inspiration? Oh la la! 


What’s a dare without proof that you’ve done it?

We wanna see your gorgeous glossy red nails, and we wanna hear how you go with the dare this week.

So upload your photos in the comments section below, or share them on Facebook or Twitter, using #rednaildare, and let us know how you’ve felt with 10 shiny red nails accompanying you on your travels throughout the week.

If you’ve got some great tips for maintaining your mani, please share away!


So… are you in? Or are you ‘Chicken’?

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 Missed out on the fabulous style dares we’ve run in the past? It’s not too late to try them. Click here, browse away and select a challenge that’ll take you out of your style comfort zone. Five bucks says you’ll be happy you did!

x Andrea

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  • Now this one I’m in for…. as soon as I get me some red polish, I only have fluro pink in the house

    • Anonymous

      yay, bring it on Belinda! 

  • Meegs

    Count me, removing the shellac as we speak, I’m due for a another shellac-ing on the 1stFeb & depending on how I go with this dare, I may get them shellac’d RED – aarrggghhh!!!! A big difference from the usual nude or french look i go for on my fingernails ; )

    • Anonymous

      Awesome! I’m doing exactly the same Meegs. Will DIY this week, and hopefully get time for a Shellac on Saturday – finger(nails) crosssed… 😉

  • AJ Howard

    I’m in – in fact I got a manicure with gel nails on Wednesday morning and duly painted the classic OPI Big Red Apple (my favourite red!)…. I previously had red shellac which looks great. I had to get falsies as my nails were in such bad shape and kept breaking… plus I have job interviews so I’m going matchy with my shoes and business shirt – I reckon red is a lucky colour to wear x

    • Anonymous

      Ha ha great minds think alike then! Good luck with your interviews. x

  • Love it! How good does “crushed orchids and rose petals” sound for any beauty product?

    • Anonymous

      Mmmm, and it’d smell great too 😉

  • I’m in!!!

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  • Shaggygirl

    I’m in too, though I’ll have to confess I’m cheating. Mine are always the same red and I have them done as I’m useless at doing it myself. I feel much better when they are done.

    • Anonymous

      It really makes a difference to have gorgeous nails. Am loving the dare this week!

  • Samy_savva

    I am cheating with this dare. I have my partners 30th birthday celebrations on Friday night so I am taking the time to go to the beautician and am getting the bio gel sculptured nails done TONIGHT!!!!! SO EXCITED. It has been so long since I have had a manicure and nails polished. I was going to go for a nude or French polish but tonight I will be going RED! This has given me inspiration!!! Bring on the fire engine red nails 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Oh la la! So nice to treat ourselves. Am trying to decide whether I’ve got time for a Shellac this week… Have fun Samy! x

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  • oooh i had red nails for more than 2 weeks. both hands and feet. haha unfortunately i was able to join this dare.

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