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Perfect polka dots (the cheat’s way!) over Chanel Mirabella

Look at those perfect polka dots! Now, before you think I’ve become all conceited and boastful, I’ll explain that they’re only perfect because they are round glitters. Fab eh? I can now have perfectly formed dots whenever I want, thanks to these white round glitters that I bought from Born Pretty Store.

Of course, if I’m showcasing the perfect dots, I need the perfect polish to go with them. For me, perfection in polish (oooh, unintended aliteration!) comes in the form of Chanel. It always applies beautifully and evenly, leaving a wonderfully smooth finish. And Mirabella, from the Reflets d’Été summer 2014 collection is an adorable light orange colour. It’s not light enough to be peach, nor does it have any pinkness about it to be coral, but neither is it a classic orange, in an Essie-Orange-It’s-Obvious kind of way either. It’s just a toned down, lightened orange. Very summery and very classy. For me, orange is a great cheer me up colour, and these nails certainly had me smiling.

Chanel Mirabella with white polka dots using round glitters
Chanel Mirabella with white polka dots using round glitters

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Mirabella
  • Dots: Born Pretty Store round, white glitters
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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M is for: Magic Croisette from L’Oréal (with Saphir Treasure stamped butterflies)

I’m jumping in on a new challenge. Only in my last post was I complaining about my lack of inspiration and lack of posting – so it’s come at exactly the right time.

Charlie from Pocket Money Polishes is running the challenge, which is a series of A to Z posts. I’m joining in right in the middle, at M, but will see it through to the end. Who knows, I may just then start at A and do the front half of the alphabet too!

So, for M, I have Magic Croisette from L’Oréal. The Boulevard de la Croisette is a famous seaside promenade in Cannes, and the name so I guess the polish is named after the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean as seen from a leisurely stroll along the esplanade of the same name.

I bought this in March 2013 and haven’t worn it until now. It’s a duochrome in mid blue and teal, with a light blue, almost turquoise shimmer. The duochrome doesn’t show up much on the naills, but the polish is lovely all the same. It took two easy coats, and then I added some simple stamping.

I thought I’d keep the stamping in the L’Oréal family and tried out Saphir Treasure, a metallic light blue. It’s very similar – in the bottle anyway – to Essie Blue Rhapsody from the Mirror Metallics collection.

I stamped using the butterfly image on Bundle Monster plate BM 307.

L'Oreal Magic Croisette stamped with butterflies using Saphir Treasure and Bundle Monster BM-307
L’Oreal Magic Croisette stamped with butterflies using Saphir Treasure and Bundle Monster BM-307

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Zoya Mimi (PMP)

Barry M Mediterranean (Starfish Nails)

OPI My Vampire is Buff (Penny Pinching Polishes)

Emily de Molly Maddy’s Magenta (AnnaBean’s Nails)

Delush Polish Master of Disguise (PishPosh And Polish)

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of L’Oréal Color Riche Magic Croisette
  • Stamping polish: L’Oréal Color Riche Saphir Treasure
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-307
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Orange gradient with zigzag tips

I’ve not had much time recently to do too much on my nails, and so nail art on the blog has been a little sparse. I’ve also found myself lacking in inspiration, which is possibly due to having stopped doing the challenges I was following. When you have too much choice of what to do, it’s too difficult to make a decision. But, the challenges focus the mind more. I think I need to get back into some of them.

I fancied something bright and wore China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin on my nails for a few days, before turning it into a gradient with a zigzag tip.

I applied mini zigzags from Nail Vinyls (they’re called chevrons on the website) at the tips, then sponged over my three gradient colours: China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin, China Glaze Papaya Punch and Ciaté Hopscotch.

Orange gradient with zigzag tips, using China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin, China Glaze Papaya Punch and Ciaté Hopscotch
Orange gradient with zigzag tips, using China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin, China Glaze Papaya Punch and Ciaté Hopscotch

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin
  • Gradient: China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin, China Glaze Papaya Punch and Ciaté Hopscotch over a Nail Vinyls zigzag
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Blue Gradient with Stamping: June Polish Party

This month for the Polish Party we’re doing gradients. I took the liberty of adding to mine with a bit of stamping though.

The gradient I’ve done is a pale turquoise to mid blue, using Barry M Sugar Apple and Rimmel Blue Eyed Girl. These colours look great together in a gradient, but I couldn’t help but think it needed something extra. So I’ve stamped over it using a floral/leaf image from CICI & SISI 03.

I’ve not had the time these past ten days or so to do my nails with anything more than a plain colour, so the time I took out to do these was a real luxury after such a busy time. My son breaks up from school for the summer at the end of this week though, so that gives me back an extra three hours a day that I won’t be ferrying him to and from school, and I fully intend to spend that extra time catching up on my sleep and painting my nails :)

Blue gradient with stamping using Barry M Sugar Apple, Rimmel Blue Eyed Girl and CICI & SISI 03
Blue gradient with stamping using Barry M Sugar Apple, Rimmel Blue Eyed Girl and CICI & SISI 03
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient: Barry M Sugar Apple and Rimmel Blue-Eyed Girl
  • Stamping plate: CICI & SISI 03
  • Stamping polish: Konad special white
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Here are the other Polish Party manicures for this month:

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Freehand daisies over an orange-red base

I painted some nails to match a top of mine, which has an orange-red background, with daisies all over it. I didn’t do all my nails, and I didn’t even attempt my right hand, but these came out pretty well, I thought, and certainly looked very matchy-matchy with my top.

I used a base of Rimmel Sun Downer, which is almost perfectly comparable to the colur of my top. I don’t always like Rimmel as it easily chips on me, so it’s rarely my first choice, but this was the closest match in my stash so it had to be.

Then I spent about an hour painting the daisies with acrylic paint. I did the white of the petals first. I couldn’t get them very defined though. They would be best done with a one-stroke technique, to get some shading to them, but at this size it was just impossible. I tried to achieve something similar by adding a little black to the first layer to make a light grey, and then going over them with white, but you can’t notice that, not even in the photos.

I then added some grey shading to the centre of the daisies (not very visible in my pictures), before adding the yellow and gold centres and the leaves and foliage. My blouse has lots of yellow-ish stems and stalks all over it, which I’ve tried to emulate.

Freehand daisies over orange-red, using acrylic paints and Rimmel Sun Downer
Freehand daisies over orange-red, using acrylic paints and Rimmel Sun Downer
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Rimmel Sun Downer
  • Daisies: acrylic paints
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Rimmel Navy Seal with cream stripes

I posted on Twitter the other day about being lacking in nailspiration. I seemed not to be able to think beyond stripes, chevrons and zig zags. Several kind people prompted me with some ideas, but I’ve come back to stripes. Again. I do love them.

I got it into my head that cream stripes over blue would be nice, and picked out this lovely shade of blue from Rimmel, called Navy Seal. It’s what I would describe as an “airforce blue”, but I suppose the Navy is still one of the armed forces, so fairly close! It was a little runny and pooled at the cuticles on some nails, but otherwise went on well, with two coats needed.

The striped nails were previously prepared with a base of two coats of OPI My Vampire Is Buff, plus some Nail Vinyls strips. I was going to stripe the whole nail, but changed my mind and limited it to three stripes each. I think it looks rather cool like this.

Cream stripes over blue using Rimmel Navy Seal and OPI My Vampire Is Buff
Cream stripes over blue using Rimmel Navy Seal and OPI My Vampire Is Buff

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Blue nails: two coats of Rimmel Navy Seal
  • Striped nails: one coat of Rimmel Navy Seal over Nail Vinyls and a base of two coats of OPI My Vampire Is Buff
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Glitter placement: muti-coloured neon dots

I haven’t had time in the past couple of weeks to do my nails with anything more than plain colours. I’ve been busy with work, and my husband also had gastric flu for five days, which meant I was nurse-maiding quite a bit. I also got it, but only for 24 hours, about which I’m very thankful.

So, today is the first opportunity I’ve had in quite a while to do some nail art. I bought some round multi-coloured neon glitters from Born Pretty Store and was keen to try them out. I thought a dotticure would be best, and I’ve placed them randomly across two accent nails. I thought about going with a neon yellow to compliment this, but instead chose Barry M Grapefruit, a bold pink.

As ever, my camera can’t give you a true representation of the vibrancy of the neon, so you’ll just have to trust that they look fab!

I’m pleased with my bright, sunny nails. I think the weather forecast for tomorrow is cloudy, so these will definitely cheer the mood.

Multi-coloured neon dots glitter placement with Barry M Grapefruit
Multi-coloured neon dots glitter placement with Barry M Grapefruit
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Pink nails: two coats of Barry M Grapefruit
  • Dotted nails: multi-coloured neon round glitters, placed over two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

Shimmer Karen with purple zigzags

I meant for this manicure to have more than just a ring finger accent. I was going to do both the centre nails plus my thumbs with the zigzags, but I was really busy at the weekend and I just didn’t have the time.

So, it’ll have to stay as just a one fingernail accent, unless I get the time to add to it today.

The base is Shimmer Karen, which is a full coverage glitter in lilac, purple and copper, but which also has a generous amount of holographic glitter too. So, from afar, the polish looks pinky lilac, but on closer inspection, the holographic glitters make it twinkle through a rainbow of colours.

I added the zigzags using Nail Vinyls (standard size “chevrons”) and Sally Hansen Anenome Of Mine.

Shimmer Karen, with purple zigzags using Sally Hansen Anenome Of Mine
Shimmer Karen, with purple zigzags using Sally Hansen Anenome Of Mine
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Shimmer Karen
  • Zigzags: Sally Hansen Anenome Of Mine
  • Top coat: two coats of Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

Red, black and white splatter: May Polish Party

The prompt for this month’s Polish Party is “splatter”. I do love doing splatter nails; they’re such fun to do – albeit very messy.

I was already wearing a plain red manicure – Rimmel Double Decker Red – and thought it would be a good base for some black and white splatter.

I used my favourite black and white: W7 Black and Sinful Colors Snow Me White. Both bottles are near the end, and the thickened polish was making it difficult to get much splattering going on. I completely ruined my ring finger with a large blob of black, so took it off and re-did it. This time around, I used new bottles of each polish, and they actually didn’t seem to work as well as the others. You can see in the photo that the ring finger has fewer tiny splatters, and looks “cleaner” than the others. I was surprised at that, because I thought the thicker polish in the older bottles was causing me problems. Obviously not.

Red black white splatter: Rimmel Double Decker Red, W7 Black, Sinful Colors Snow me White
Red black white splatter: Rimmel Double Decker Red, W7 Black, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Rimmel Double Decker Red
  • Splatter: W7 Black and Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Here are the other Polish Party manicures for this month:

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Neon Gradient Skittle

The neon fad kind of passed me by until very recently. I had a few neon polishes, but hadn’t ever worn them. And then I saw a bight, highlighter yellow polish by Jess in Poundland and had to have a range of neon colours immediately!

I bought a green, orange and pink in Claire’s Accessories, and recalled that I already had a blue neon.

So I was set to create a rainbow (ish) gradient look.

After painting a base of white, I sponged on my gradients. The yellow (Jess Sherbet Fizz), orange (Claire’s Stormy Day) and pink (Claire’s Rave) are proper neon colours; bright and fluorescent.

The green (Claire’s Pinball) is described on the bottle as “Neon Fluorescent”, but it absolutely is not neon at all. And the blue is worse. It’s Nails Inc Kensington Park Road, which is labelled on the bottle as a neon, but again just isn’t.

To complete the circular range of colours, my thumbs are blue at the cuticle end and pink at the tips.

My camera couldn’t capture the brightness of the neon, and I tried to photograph them with the help of an ultra violet emulator phone app, but that wasn’t very successful either. So you’ll just have to use your imagination about how bright these are.

Neon rainbow gradient skittle
Neon rainbow gradient skittle nails

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Pink: Claire’s Rave
  • Orange: Claire’s Stormy Day
  • Yellow: Jess Sherbet Fizz
  • Green: Claire’s Pinball
  • Blue: Nails Inc Kensington Park Road
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.