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Red and Gold Chinese Pattern

The idea for this red and gold Chinese pattern manicure came to me quite randomly.

I was wearing red – Nella Milano Scarlet Heat – and wanted to extend the manicure with some stamping. Thinking it would look good with gold stamping, I was reminded of the Bundle Monster Around The World “China” plate, Shanghai Summer, BM-XL151. Red and gold in combination is typically Chinese, particularly at New Year; red symbolises good luck and joy, and gold is an imperial colour, denoting wealth and happiness.

Red and gold Chinese pattern using Nella Milano Scarlet Heat and Bundle Monster BM-XL151
Red and gold Chinese pattern using Nella Milano Scarlet Heat and Bundle Monster BM-XL151

So with my theme and colours chosen, I just needed to select the right image from the plate.  The Shanghai Summer plate has many different images to choose from: a large dragon, a pagoda scene, Chinese lanterns, origami, fireworks, the ying and yang symbol, The Great Wall, abstract images, floral pattern, and more.

Bundle Monster Around The-World Shanghai Summer BM-XL151. Image courtesy of and copyright to Bundle Monster.
Bundle Monster Around The-World Shanghai Summer BM-XL151. Image courtesy of and copyright to Bundle Monster.

I used the floral pattern and stamped it using Barry M Foil Effects Gold.

Red and gold Chinese pattern using Nella Milano Scarlet Heat and Bundle Monster BM-XL151
Red and gold Chinese pattern using Nella Milano Scarlet Heat and Bundle Monster BM-XL151

I was really pleased with these nails and they stayed on for quite some time for me.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Nella Milano Scarlet Heat
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Gold
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL151
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Nella Milano Scarlet Heat and Bundle Monster XL-151 were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Nella Milano Summersby

Nella Milano Summersby is the colour of the week and is the current special offer polish on the Nella Milano website.

It’s part of the Tyrian collection, a collection of four lilac and purple shades, including two that I have previously swatched: A Royal Affair and Lady Lavender. (Vintage Violet is the fourth polish. I haven’t swatched it as yet, but will do in the coming weeks).

It’s a medium to dark lilac, which has a hint of pinkness to it.

Nella Milano Summersby
Nella Milano Summersby

I used two coats and, as ever, the polish dried wonderfully quickly to a high shine.

Nella Milano Summersby
Nella Milano Summersby

You can get 20% off all polish on the Nella Milano website using the code Kerrspecial. Summersby is on sale at the moment, for £4.47. Or even less with the additional 20% discount code.

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Nella Milano Summersby
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Products shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Pink and White Stamped Floral Tips

These pink and white stamped floral tips mean just one thing … yet more pink on the blog! I need to start getting into some autumnal and winter colours to neutralise the pinkness of my recent posts!

I was already wearing Nella Milano Cheery Bon Bon and it was wearing well, so I decided to add some stamping to extend the manicure for a few more days.

I used a new (to me) plate manufacturer: hēhē.  From what I can gather, hēhē is a Chinese stamping plate company, run by Haiyan. There seem to be 72 plates currently. They’re the round stainless steel ones, the same size as the Bundle Monster, Cheeky, Konad and Born Pretty Store ones. The one I have – and I presume all the others – are not backed though, so you need to handle them carefully to avoid getting cut. In fairness, mine doesn’t seem as sharp as some that I own.

Pink and white stamped floral tips using hēhē 019
Pink and white stamped floral tips using hēhē 019

I used Konad White and hēhē 019 for this look. I stamped the middle nails in full and added French tips to the others.

I used my Messy Mansion guide to do the French tips and was incredibly impressed with it. I’ve never used any of my French tip stamping images as I just didn’t think I would ever get them to align nicely. This little tool though is fantastic as it gives you a straight edge and a curved edge. So I just lined the end of my nail up along the straight edge, as centred as possible, and pressed down into the stamp. So easy.

Pink and white stamped floral tips using hēhē 019
Pink and white stamped floral tips using hēhē 019
15% off at Lady Queen - use code KBLC15

You can buy hēhē stamping plates from Lady Queen. They take around 3-5 weeks to arrive and delivery is free – a bit like Born Pretty Store.

They supply a range of nail art items and I also have a 15% discount to share if you’d like to use it: KBLC15.

 

 

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Nella Milano Cheery Bon Bon
  • Stamping polish: Konad White
  • Stamping plate: hēhē 019
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Nella Milano Cheery Bon Bon and hēhē 019 were were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Grey Tweed Nails (52 Week Challenge)

The themes for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge are tweed and pale pink. I have done enough pink manicures recently, so I chose to do some grey tweed nails.

To me, tweed is brown and smells of urine. (Yes, really! Google it!) But of course there are other types of tweed besides the stereotypical apparel of posh fox-hunting types and I was inspired by a manicure created by The Haute Spot. I copied the tweed look created for a client, using grey black and white.

Grey black and white tweed nails using Orly Mirror, Mirror and black and white Barry M nail art pens
Grey black and white tweed nails using Orly Mirror, Mirror and black and white Barry M nail art pens

The base is two coats of Orly Mirror, Mirror, a light grey creme polish. This was given to me by the Orly PR representatives when I visited their stand at Professional Beauty London back in February.

Mirror, Mirror goes on very nicely; a little thin on the first coat, but the second evens things out and gives an opaque finish.

I created the tweed look using Barry M Nail Art Pens in white and black. I simply drew vertical and horizontal lines on the nail. I started with white, then added black, then went in with some final white lines to even the colouring up. It was simple to do, but my lines are a little heavy-handed. I haven’t quite got the strokes light enough. I wish I owned the Bundle Monster Secret Garden stamping plates now. A few people have used BM-706 for this challenge prompt, and it looks much better.

Grey black and white tweed nails using Orly Mirror, Mirror and black and white Barry M nail art pens
Grey black and white tweed nails using Orly Mirror, Mirror and black and white Barry M nail art pens

The studs are black triangular rhinestones that came in a mixed pack I bought a year or more ago from one of the pound shops. Here they’re just secured with a dab of top coat, but I would ordinarily use nail glue. I couldn’t wear this manicure for very long, so there was no need to make them rock solid.

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Orly Mirror, Mirror
  • Tweed effect: Barry M Nail Art Pens in black and white
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Orly Mirror, Mirror was given to me. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Nella Milano Cheery Bon Bon

Nella Milano Cheery Bon Bon is this week’s special offer Nella Milano polish.

It’s a deep but bright pink that leans slightly to cherry or raspberry. Just the name cheers me up – it’s cheery, as is the polish colour. It’s a really fabulous statement colour that would look great any time of year but probably more so when the sun is shining.

I can’t believe how much pink I’ve been wearing lately. This manicure makes three out of the last three.

Nella Milano Cheery Bon Bon
Nella Milano Cheery Bon Bon

It dried well, like other Nella Milano polishes, but was slightly sheerer than most, taking three coats. It was also slightly more liquid; I had a couple of cuticle-pooling incidents that I’ve not experienced with other Nella Milano polishes. But I’ll forgive it because it’s such a beautiful colour.

Nella Milano Cheery Bon Bon
Nella Milano Cheery Bon Bon

You can buy Cheery Bon Bon for the next week on the Nella Milano website at half price, so that’s £4.47. And there’s an extra 20% off with the code Kerrspecial, which applies to the entire range of polish.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Nella Milano Cheery Bon Bon
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Nella Milano Cheery Bon Bon was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.