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Turquoise and Aqua Wavy Stripes | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

We are all doing turquoise or aqua nails for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. My own theme is fluid lines, so I have some turquoise and aqua wavy stripes.

I started with a base of the glitter polish. This is an Accessorize polish, Forever Emerald. There is something amiss in the Accessorize naming department though, because this absolutely is not emerald. It’s firmly turquoise or aquamarine.

Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes
Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes

It took three coats to give enough opacity for my liking, so a base coat of a matching colour will be needed next time I wear it. I do love the bottles of the Accessorize polishes. You can probably see from the picture that they are round, but multi-faceted – like a diamond – with rose gold caps.

After the base had dried, I used wavy French tip guides and painted on a light turquoise, Ciaté Ahoy Sailor, and a more greeny-aqua colour, Essie Melody Maker.

Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes
Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes

I’m not too happy with these nails and will probably remove them after just a day’s wear. The many glitter coats, plus an intermediate top coat, then colour, then another top coat, plus base coat, means this manicure is about seven coats. It makes it look a bit clumsy I think. And I haven’t cleaned up so well around the cuticles either and haven’t capped the tips very well. I’m not sure where perfectionist Claire has got to at the moment – I’m sure she’ll be back!

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: three coats of Accessorize Forever Emerald, one coat of Ciaté Ahoy Sailor, one coat of Essie Melody Maker
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Pink “I Love You” Nails | Bundle Monster Mochi Stamping Station

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a quick post I made about the new Bundle Monster Mochi Stamping Station.

I’ve now had a chance to try it out and have created my first manicure using it: some pink “I Love You” nails.

Pink "I Love You" Nails
Pink “I Love You” Nails

First off, this stamper is huge. The stamping surface measures 11.8cm by 4.9cm and it’s soft and squishy. It has about the same amount of give as the original Creative Shop stamper.

Bundle Monster Mochi Stamping Station
Bundle Monster Mochi Stamping Station

For these nails, I have a base of NYC Rosy Nose, a deep fuschsia colour, and I’ve stamped over it using Essence Stamp Me! White.

The plate I used comes from the recently released Bundle Monster Occasions collection, called Spring Time. This ten piece set consists of square plates, around the themes of love (for Valentine’s Day), Chinese New Year and spring flowers. Five of the plates are buffet-style full images, and the others either have large nail designs or smaller motif images. The set is currently on sale for just $12.74.

Bundle Monster Occasions Spring Time collection
Bundle Monster Occasions Spring Time collection – image courtesy of, and copyright to, Bundle Monster

To stamp an entire plate, you need a slightly different application of polish. I put a line of polish at the top of the image, as normal, but then another line about half way down too. This was just to ensure that I could cover the entire surface of the plate when I scraped.

Then I rolled the Mochi Stamping Station over the image. You can stamp an entire rectangular plate in this way, so it’s perfect if you want to stamp a whole manicure using just one image. It will easily stamp the large rectangular Bundle Monster, MoYou London and Born Pretty Store plates.

Bundle Monster Mochi Stamper Station - with a full image stamped
Bundle Monster Mochi Stamper Station – with a full image stamped

To transfer the imaged to my nails, I left the stamper sitting on my desk with the squishy part upright and then placed my nails into the areas that I wanted to stamp from. It was so easy and while I only did four nails for this manicure because I was in a hurry to get it posted today, you could easily stamp a whole two hands’ worth form this stamper.

Bundle Monster Mochi Stamper Station - showing patches where nails have been stamped
Bundle Monster Mochi Stamper Station – showing patches where nails have been stamped

The stamper doesn’t necessarily need any preparation. I’ve seen a review where they haven’t needed to. But if you want to, you just buff it gently with a magic eraser or nail buffer. You can clean it with a lint roller, but it’s also OK to use acetone on this.

Pink "I Love You" Nails
Pink “I Love You” Nails

Here’s some other things you can do with the Bundle Monster Mochi Stamping Station:

  • use it to create decals / reverse stamping decals on.
  • use another stamper to stamp multiple images onto the Mochi Stamping Station. That way, you can repeat an image many times, which would be useful if you’re creating decals.
  • you needn’t worry about leaving the stamped image too long on the Mochi Stamping Station. You can always top coat your nails one at a time and leave until tacky. Then it will pick up the image from the Mochi Stamping Station just fine.
  • use it to pick up watermarbles. You can then leave them to dry on the stamper and cut them out later as decals.

The Mochi Stamping Station is available tomorrow, 4th February 2016, on the Bundle Monster website. I am excited to use it for other manicures and in other ways too. Just when I thought everything nail art related had already been invented, along comes something new. Bravo Bundle Monster – I love your new idea!

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of NYC Rosy Nose
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! White
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-S221
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Bundle Monster Mochi Stamping Station and plate BM-S221 were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Purple Skittlette | Mix & Match | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday group is doing mix and match manicures today. I haven’t heard that term applied to a nails look before, so I am not entirely sure if I’ve got this right. To me, it sounds like it should be a bit of a skittlette: the match being the same or similar colours, and the mix being different designs. So, to that end at least, I created a purple skittlette. I hope I got it right!

I created two matching nails, using Barry M Fonadant as the base. To this pink-toned lilac colour I added thin stripes of white and purple.

Purple skittlette
Purple skittlette

The plain nail is SpaRitual Modern Craftsman, a stunning purple nail polish with tiny red glitters.

Then the middle nail has a white base and is stamped with 2true Artemis, a purple metallic polish. The 2true Metallica collection is great for stamping. They don’t seem to be sold in Superdrug any more, which is a shame. But you can still buy the blue one, Athena, from the 2true website.

Purple skittlette nails
Purple skittlette nails

The stamping image is from Born Pretty Store plate BP-L001. It’s a repeating design using marquise shapes. Other than this image, the plate has floral, leaf and foliage patterns. It’s absolutely my kind of plate and has lots of images that I love. It currently is available on the Born Pretty website for $4.19. If you’re buying other, full-priced items, feel free to use my 10% discount code: ZSL91 (there’s nothing off this particular item as it’s already reduced).

 

Twinsie Tuesday logo

Please take a look at all the other manicures from the Twinsies this week (even if it’s only to see if I got the right idea for the theme!):

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Index and little finger: two coats of Barry M Fondant, plus stripes of Barry M Matt White and SpaRitual Modern Craftsman
  • Ring finger: two coats of SpaRitual Modern Craftsman
  • Middle finger: two coats of Barry M Matt White, with stamping, as below
  • Stamping polish: 2true Artemis
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-L001
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Born Pretty Store plate BP-L001 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Harry Potter: Hogwarts’ Houses | Films | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

We’re doing films for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group, and I chose to use my new hēhē plates for a Harry Potter-inspired Hogwarts’ houses skittle manicure.

Four of the hēhē plates are themed around the Hogwarts’ houses. I don’t know how accurately they represent the house flags and crests as used in the films. Although I’ve seen all the films, I don’t recall much about the crests and flags. But the images I found online seem to be fairly similar to the ones on the plates. Certainly the badges in the centre of each plate, which depict each house’s mascot, are accurate.

Harry Potter Hogwarts' Houses skittle manicure
Harry Potter Hogwarts’ Houses skittle manicure

So, I painted a nail to represent each of the houses, as a bit of a skittle:

  • index finger: Gryffindor – Barry M Blood Orange, stamped with Barry M Foil Effects Gold using hēhē 026
  • middle finger: Ravenclaw – Barry M Blue Grape, stamped with Sally Hansen Shiny Penny using hēhē 028
  • ring finger: Hufflepuff – Barry M Lemon Ice Cream, stamped with Konad Black using hēhē 029
  • little finger: Slytherin – Barry M Spring Green, stamped with Barry M Foil Effects Silver using hēhē 027

This manicure took some planning. I stamped the emblem first and got it centred well by using my Clear Jelly Stamper. Lots of places seem to be selling these now. I bought mine from Clear Jelly Stamper itself – I’m not sure, but I think the vendor was the person who also invented these stampers. I believe she’s patenting it too. I’m not sure it will stop any rip-offs though.

I then top coated and waited until my nails were completely dry. Before stamping over the nail with the rest of the design, I covered each emblem in liquid latex. It worked really well and it was easy to pull off the latex afterwards with some tweezers.

Harry Potter Hogwarts' Houses skittle manicure
Harry Potter Hogwarts’ Houses skittle manicure

I have stuck faithfully to the colours of the houses, although Ravenclaw should be bronze and I’ve used more of a copper colour. And I have used something from each plate that comes as close as possible to the designs I’ve seen online for the individual house shields.

I’m really pleased with these hēhē plates. I probably won’t be doing a lot of Harry Potter manicures, and I can’t really see me having the need for a badger image very soon! But the other patterns on the plates are great. I know a lot of bloggers have been sent hēhē plates by a nail accessories online shop, myself included. But please note that these are fakes and they definitely aren’t as good quality as the real thing. Outside of China, you can currently only get hēhē  plates from aiyoohēhē itself.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of China Glaze Tempest
  • Index finger: two coats of Barry M Blood Orange
  • Middle finger: two coats of Barry M Blue Grape
  • Ring finger: three coats of Barry M Lemon Ice Cream
  • Little finger: two coats of Barry M Spring Green
  • Stamping polishes: Barry M Foil Effects Gold, Sally Hansen Shiny Penny, Konad Black, Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Stamping plates: hēhē 026, 027, 028, 029
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

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Pink and Cream Roses | Reverse Stamping | Moyra Florality 1 Plate

I did some reverse stamping using a new stamping plate from Moyra, and created these pink and cream roses.

Moyra is a relatively unknown brand in the UK at the moment. Their polishes were being sold in the UK via someone on a Facebook group about a year or more ago, but I don’t think it lasted very long and I hadn’t seen any talk about Moyra for ages, until fairly recently.

That was when I saw a review of Moyra stamping plates by an Italian blogger I follow. I was really interested in getting hold of the plates, but no-one here sold them. After asking Moyra’s head office in Hungary where I could buy some, they very generously sent me some items.

Pink and cream roses. Stamping decals made with Moyra Florality 1 (plate 6).
Pink and cream roses. Stamping decals made with Moyra Florality 1 (plate 6).

I am absolutely in love with the plates and now want all of them! I understand that two places in the UK will be stocking them soon: Nail Artisan and Rainbow Connection. (If you’re in Ireland, there is already a Moyra stockist).

There are 16 stamping plates, all of which are the same size as the ÜberChic Beauty plates. Those of you with long nails will love these plates as the images are longer and wider than Bundle Monster XL, MoYou XL and Born Pretty BPL plate images. The images on the Florality 1 plate measure 2.0 cm wide by 2.5 cm tall. They also come in a coloured cardboard cover, with a different design for each plate, making them nice and easy to find in your stash of plates!

Moyra also produces stamping polish. I haven’t tried it with this manicure, but will try it out and review it soon.

Pink and cream roses. Stamping decals made with Moyra Florality 1 (plate 6).
Pink and cream roses. Stamping decals made with Moyra Florality 1 (plate 6).

For this manicure, I painted a base of Revlon Vintage Rose and then used Konad Black to stamp a roses image from Moyra Florality 1 (Moyra Plate 6). I used the reverse stamping technique and filled the image in with OPI My Vampire Is Buff. I left the filled-in image on the stamper to dry, then I added top coat onto my nail and left it to dry until it was just slightly tacky. Then I stamped straight onto the nail. This method gives me the most success. If I stamp, fill in, top coat and then remove from the stamper when dry, when I transfer the image to my nail, I get bubbling and smearing problems. This way gives the best results by far.

I did manage to lose the bottom corner of the image for my middle finger though, so I just painted a little more cream polish over that to disguise my mess up!

 

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Revlon Vintage Rose
  • Roses colour: OPI My Vampire Is Buff
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: Moyra Florality 1 (Moyra Plate 06)
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Moyra Florality 1 stamping plate was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.