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Purple and Lilac Chevrons (52 Week Challenge)

This 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge calls for either a tape mani or a green manicure. I am not at all keen on green, so this was a no-brainer of a choice for me. I’ve created a purple and lilac chevrons manicure.

The lilac is Revlon Provence. Provence in France is famous for its fields of lavender, and this is a lovely pale, cool-toned lavender shade. It’s quite sheer though and I needed three coats as the base for the chevron nails.

Purple and lilac chevrons using L'Oréal Atomic Purple and Revlon Provence
Purple and lilac chevrons using L’Oréal Atomic Purple and Revlon Provence

The purple for the plain nails and the chevrons is L’Oréal Atomic Purple. It’s also quite sheer. It’s a neon though and they often are sheer.  Again this needed three coats on the plain nails. For the chevrons, I thought it might be tricky to get it opaque enough, but it was fine with just one thickish coat.

Purple and lilac chevrons using L'Oréal Atomic Purple and Revlon Provence
Purple and lilac chevrons using L’Oréal Atomic Purple and Revlon Provence

I used chevron guides from Nail Vinyls. I usually do mine pointing towards the tips, but fancied doing them the other way around today!

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Purple nails: three coats of L’Oréal Atomic Purple
  • Chevron nails: three coats of Revlon Provence, with chevron nail vinyls, then a coat of L’Oréal Atomic Purple
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (purple nails) and Glisten & Glow HK Girl (chevron nails)


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Nella Milano Scarlet Heat

This week’s swatch is of Nella Milano Scarlet Heat. It’s a classic red; slightly darker and a touch less orange than The Rubinator.

It was good at two coats and they both dried speedily and to a great shine.

I really rate Nella Milano polishes. I’ve been so impressed with them. They come in a nice large size (12ml), dry quickly to a high shine, and come in a stylish square bottle that has a snazzy pattern on the lid.

Nella Milano Scarlet Heat
Nella Milano Scarlet Heat

Scarlet Heat is this week’s special offer nail polish on the Nella Milano website. It’s half price – £4.47 – and you can get an extra 20% off this or any other Nella Milano polish if you use the code Kerrspecial.

Nella Milano Scarlet Heat
Nella Milano Scarlet Heat

 

 

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


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

 

 

 

 

 

Orange and Red Gradient with Swirls Stamping (52 Week Challenge)

The two prompts for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge are three colours of red/orange or swirls. I combined the two for an orange and red gradient with swirls stamping.

I can’t get enough of gradient stamping at the moment. I think it’s my favourite type of nail art.

Orange and red gradient swirls using Barry M Mango, Block Orange and Blood Orange, stamped with CICI & SISI 05
Orange and red gradient swirls using Barry M Mango, Block Orange and Blood Orange, stamped with CICI & SISI 05

For the gradient, I used three Barry M orange and red polishes: Mango, Block Orange, and Blood Orange (which is red).

Then I stamped a gradient of red and orange Mundo de Uñas polishes over it, placing the orange over the red base, and vice versa. I used a swirls pattern from CICI & SISI 05.

Orange and red gradient swirls using Barry M Mango, Block Orange and Blood Orange, stamped with CICI & SISI 05
Orange and red gradient swirls using Barry M Mango, Block Orange and Blood Orange, stamped with CICI & SISI 05

I thought gradienting the stamping polishes would work well, but in hindsight, I think it would have looked better just stamped in the red. The Mundo de Uñas stamping polish is darker than the Barry M red and still would have stood out.

On top of that, my camera hates orange and has washed out the orange stamping over the tips. None of the colours here is quite true.

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient: Barry M Mango, Barry M Block Orange, Barry M Blood Orange
  • Stamping polish: Mundo de Uñas Orange (13) and Mundo de Uñas Red (3)
  • Stamping plate: CICI & SISI 05
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Nella Milano Madame Pompadour

This beautiful blue is Nella Milano Madame Pompadour. It is a medium, slightly dusky blue. Some people see it leaning more purple or violet, but it doesn’t look like that on me; it’s just blue.

I had no idea after whom it was named, but having looked her up, I now know all about her. She was Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV’s official mistress. There were no clues on Wikipedia though about why this muted mid blue should be associated with her!

Nella Milano Madame Pompadour
Nella Milano Madame Pompadour

It was opaque in two coats, dried wonderfully quickly and was shiny and hard-wearing.

Nella Milano Madame Pompadour
Nella Milano Madame Pompadour

As ever, Madame Pompadour is Nella Milano’s special offer polish for a week. You can buy it for half price (£4.47) from the Nella Milano website. There’s also an extra 20% off with the code Kerrspecial.

 

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


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

 

 

 

 

 

Gold and Black: Houndstooth French Tips

These gold and black houndstooth French tips feature SpaRitual Tend as the base and are stamped with an image from Born Pretty Store BP-L013. I hadn’t intended for them to have French tips at first, but you’ll read why I added them in just a bit.

Tend is a mustard coloured polish, with small gold flakies. It comes from SpaRitual’s recently launched 2015 summer collection, called Gathering.

Gold and black houndstooth French tips using SpaRitual Tend and Born Pretty Store BP-L013
Gold and black houndstooth French tips using SpaRitual Tend and Born Pretty Store BP-L013

I stamped over it using Konad Black and an image from Born Pretty Store BP-L013. This plate has 21 full nail images on it. Unfortunately, they are not as large as the images on the other Born Pretty Store rectangular plates I own and they weren’t quite large enough for my middle and ring finger nails.

Consequently, I had to be a bit creative, and I added some black tips, which masked the missing image.

Gold and black houndstooth French tips using SpaRitual Tend and Born Pretty Store BP-L013
Gold and black houndstooth French tips using SpaRitual Tend and Born Pretty Store BP-L013
Born Pretty Store 10% discount voucher code ZSL91

Born Pretty Store plate BP-L013 has a number of useful images on it: hearts, stars, houndstooth, tartan, chevrons, diamonds and more.

Note though that they are smaller than some other Born Pretty Store rectangular plate images. They are 16.5mm tall by 14.5mm wide. Funnily enough, they fit my nails now they are a bit shorter, but when I did this manicure a few weeks ago, they didn’t.

The plate costs $5.99 and there’s free worldwide shipping. You can also get an extra 10% off with my code: ZSL91.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of SpaRitual Tend, over a base of Barry M Mustard
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-L013
  • French tips: W7 Black
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
SpaRitual Tend and Born Pretty Store BP-L013 were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.