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Stamped Lace Nails: X is for: eXtra Special

I’ve chosen to create some stamped lace nails for X is for eXtra Special in the A2Z series challenge.

I tried to think of things that were extra special, but couldn’t come up with much. I had a bit of a Google and checked out some manicures on Pinterest, but still failed to be inspired by anything. Finally, I tried to think of things or events that were extra special. I thought of weddings, and hey presto, decided to do a bridal manicure.

I was married 18 years ago, long before I got into painting my nails, and long before nail art was a self-service kind of thing. So back then I just had a simple French manicure, painted for me at a beauty spa. I would much rather have had something like this. However, I don’t think I would have liked the agony of deciding exactly what to do, so perhaps the way it happened 18 years was best after all.

Stamped lace nails using Ciaté Amazing Gracie and Born Pretty Store BP-02
Stamped lace nails using Ciaté Amazing Gracie and Born Pretty Store BP-02

The base is 3 coats of Ciaté Amazing Gracie. It’s a very sheer, very pale pink. I wouldn’t much like to wear it on its own, but it’s perfect as a base for something like this. After 3 coats, there’s still a lot of visible nail line, which I don’t ordinarily like, but it was absolutely fine for this look; it just seemed right somehow.

The stamping is done with Konad White, using Born Pretty Store BP-02. It’s a buffet style plate with 4 lace designs on it.

Stamped lace nails using Ciaté Amazing Gracie and Born Pretty Store BP-02
Stamped lace nails using Ciaté Amazing Gracie and Born Pretty Store BP-02

 

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Ciaté Amazing Gracie
  • Stamping polish: Konad White
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-02
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Here are the manicures from the other A2Zers:

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Blue Daisies Stamping using Bundle Monster BM-XL05

Here’s a blue daisies stamping manicure using one of the new extra large plates from Bundle Monster.

BM-XL05 is one of the extra large plates released by Bundle Monster in February of this year. They’re not new images, but are old ones – the most popular ones apparently – resized as XL images. That’s great news for me. When I first started stamping, the first set of Bundle Monster plates was fine for my nails. But my nails have gradually got longer over the past couple of years, and I now definitely need XL designs to stamp with.

Blue daisies stamping using Nail Geek Clear Skies and Bundle Monster BM-XL05
Blue daisies stamping using Nail Geek Clear Skies and Bundle Monster BM-XL05

The Bundle Monster plates are rectangular, about the same size as the MoYou London plates and Born Pretty Store rectangular stamping plates. They are backed with navy plastic and come packaged with the blue protective film. On top of that, they are then wrapped in a plastic wrapper, like a greetings card wrapper.

Bundle Monster stamping plate BM-XL05
Bundle Monster stamping plate BM-XL05

Plate BM-XL05 is called Flower Child and has 12 floral patterns on it. I found 8 of the images on other plates I own:

  • BM16 (3 images)
  • BM-205
  • BM-221
  • BM-224 (2 images)
  • BM-617
Blue daisies stamping using Nail Geek Clear Skies and Bundle Monster BM-XL05
Blue daisies stamping using Nail Geek Clear Skies and Bundle Monster BM-XL05

I’ve used the daisies image that can also be found on BM16. The original of this is way too small for my nails now. In fact the whole first Bundle Monster set is too small. So it was wonderful to be able to use it again!

The blue base colour for this is Nail Geek Clear Skies, which I will post a fuller review of later in the week. The stamping is done using Mundo de Uñas Blue Navy (no. 3).

Blue daisies stamping using Nail Geek Clear Skies and Bundle Monster BM-XL05
Blue daisies stamping using Nail Geek Clear Skies and Bundle Monster BM-XL05

These XL plates cost $3.99 each from Bundle Monster, or you can buy them in sets of ten plates (there are 3 sets) for $29.99 per set.

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Nail Geek Clear Skies
  • Stamping polish: Mundo de Uñas Blue Navy
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL05
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Nail Geek Clear Skies and Bundle Monster plate BM-XL05 were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Nella Milano The Rubinator

This is a swatch of Nella Milano The Rubinator. It is an absolutely stunning, full-on red; a rich, tomato-red colour.

I just love its name. In the words of Nella Milano, The Rubinator has been:

“sent back through time to save humanity from dull colours and lifeless nails”

It is slightly on the sheer side, so with my longish nails, I preferred 3 coats for this nail polish. I expect if you have shorter nails then you could get away with 2 coats, but I don’t much like visible nail line, so for me the the extra coat is vital.

As with the other Nella Milano polishes I’ve worn, it is very glossy even without top coat.

Nella Milano The Rubinator
Nella Milano The Rubinator

It applied just as beautifully as the other Nella milano polishes I’ve worn so far. Both of those polishes have (only very temporarily) stained my skin. So I was fully prepared for this one to do the same. After all, reds are notorious for staining. But this one didn’t stain at all.

Nella Milano The Rubinator
Nella Milano The Rubinator

If you want to buy this, or any other Nella Milano polish, you can get 20% off with the code Kerrspecial. The full range consists of more than 30 colours. The polishes are £8.95 each, but The Rubinator is half price at the moment, so you can get it for £4.47. With the 20% code, that comes down to just £3.58.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Nella Milano The Rubinator
  • 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.

 

 

 

Born Pretty Store Multi-Coloured Swirl Pattern Water Decals

I am wearing some awesome nails today. These are multi-coloured swirl pattern water decals, from Born Pretty Store.

Aren’t they fab? Very funky indeed.

I’ve placed the water decals over a cream base. They took longer than the recommended 10-20 seconds in soak to come off the backing card. It was more like 30-35 seconds for me. They also slid around a bit more more than I have experienced with other water decals. All my decals bar one set have come from Born Pretty Store, so maybe these are made slightly differently. But, I got there in the end, and it was just a case of getting used to these for a few nails.

Born Pretty Store multi-coloured swirl pattern water decals
Born Pretty Store multi-coloured swirl pattern water decals

I can just get ten nails out of these sized sheets. With the sheet in landscape orientation, I cut four portrait shaped nails from each long side, leaving enough one landscape shaped piece from each short side. You have to do it carefully, to make sure you get ten of the correct size, but it can be done (for nails my length, anyway).

Born Pretty Store multi-coloured swirl pattern water decals
Born Pretty Store multi-coloured swirl pattern water decals

I do love this multi-coloured swirl pattern. I’m a child of the 70s, and it reminds me of the Doctor Who credits, only more colourful. (I could be mis-remembering that though; I’m off to search YouTube after posting this!)

BPS multi-coloured swirl pattern water decals, sheet 198
BPS multi-coloured swirl pattern water decals, sheet 198

If you want to buy these, or any other nail art items from www.bornprettystore.com, then you can get 10% off non-sale items using the code ZSL91.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:


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.

 

 

Pastel Stripes (52 Week Challenge)

This week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge prompts are 3 pastels and negative space. I’ve been wearing a gel base coat for a while to prevent staining, but it hasn’t quite been long enough for all the staining to grow out. So negative space is a big no no for me. Accordingly, I chose 3 pastels and have created some pastel stripes on my nails.

The base is Barry M Coconut. I had meant to use Cotton, which is white, but the two polishes sit next to each other in my Helmer, and it just didn’t register – until I had already painted them – that I’d used the wrong one. However, I’m glad I did, because I think this has a nice, soft look, thanks to the creaminess of Coconut. I wonder now if white would have been too stark.

Pastel stripes using Barry M polishes in Coconut, Fondant, Full Throttle and Sky Blue
Pastel stripes using Barry M polishes in Coconut, Fondant, Full Throttle and Sky Blue

The pastel stripes colours are all Barry M too: the lilac is Fondant, the peach is Full Throttle and the blue is Sky Blue. I used my thinnest Nail Vinyls to create the stripes. Full Trottle, which is one of the new Speedy Quick Dry polishes, did in fact dry very quickly, meaning I had to work fast to ensure the nail vinyls would pull off cleanly. This is in contrast to my previous experience with Full Throttle, where I didn’t think it dried quickly at all. Hmmmm … confused now.

Pastel stripes using Barry M polishes in Coconut, Fondant, Full Throttle and Sky Blue
Pastel stripes using Barry M polishes in Coconut, Fondant, Full Throttle and Sky Blue

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Barry M Coconut
  • Stripes: Barry M Fondant, Barry M Full Throttle, Barry M Sky Blue
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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