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Orange Reciprocal Gradient Zigzags | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

Orange reciprocal gradient: this is my first ever reciprocal gradient. I don’t know why I haven’t done one before now. So, I’m glad therefore that it’s come up as my personal prompt for the orange theme in this week’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

I added zigzags as the element to differentiate the two reversed gradients. After seeing a manicure by Caffeinated Cuticles (Jenn) on Instagram, I chose to “misalign” the zigzags nail vinyls so that they created little boxes, rather than zigzagged lines. I liked the way she’d done it, so copied it.

Orange reciprocal gradient zigzags
Orange reciprocal gradient zigzags

I left two nails bare. I’m a lazy manicurist these days and rarely “accent” more than three nails per hand. It saves so much time. I usually do just the two centre nails and my thumbs. I did gradient the other nails though, as I thought it made it more interesting overall than a plain orange colour would have been.

Orange reciprocal gradient zigzags
Orange reciprocal gradient zigzags

I used three orange nail polishes for the two gradients. Firstly, I used Barry M Full Throttle, a light, pastel orange as my palest colour. Then I chose Nella Milano Chilli Blaze, a medium orange. And finally, Nella Milano Cystal Coral. There’s nothing coral about it at all though; it’s a full-on red-orange.

In hindsight, I think I should have mattified it, as the light reflections in the photos stop you being able to see the pattern so well.

Next week the theme is “inspiration”. Who knows what I’ll be inspired by for that! At the moment I am completely clueless.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Barry M Full Throttle, Nella Milano Chilli Blaze, and Nella Milano Crystal Coral
  • Vinyls: zigzags from Nail Vinyls
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Nella Milano polishes used for this post were previously sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

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Gel Touch Mini Starter Kit | Polish to Gel

This manicure is a polish to gel one, created with the Gel Touch Mini Starter Kit.

This great little kit from United Beauty contains a mini LED lamp and a gel top coat. The GelTouch top coat is an LED-cured top coat that transforms any nail polish into a gel manicure. Typically gel manicures last two weeks and usually only need redoing then because of nail growth.

The mini lamp good enough for one finger at a time and plugs into your PC or Mac with a USB cable.

GelTouch over Orly Miss Conduct
GelTouch over Orly Miss Conduct

It is a 60-second cure and has an automatic cut out after the minute is up – or you can switch it on and off if you’re flash curing something. Of course you can use your own lamp if you want to do all your nails at once, but as with any gel system, it is always best to use the lamp that comes with the system and which is therefore calibrated to properly cure the gel in question.

The Starter Kit includes:

  • GelTouch Clear Top Coat
  • Mini LED lamp with USB cable
  • Gel Cleansing Wipes

GelTouch Mini Starter Kit
GelTouch Mini Starter Kit

I tried it with Orly Miss Conduct. The instructions say to wait until your regular polish is completely dry and suggest this is 20-30 minutes. I left mine for at least an hour, just in case. I didn’t use a quick dry (nail polish) top coat as I thought this would make me think the polish was dry – because the top coat probably would have been before the polish underneath was – and I thought it might affect the results.  But I’m sure you could use a quick dry top coat – as long as you left it long enough. Perhaps, for example, if it was the day before’s manicure or something.

GelTouch over Orly Miss Conduct
GelTouch over Orly Miss Conduct

Then I added the gel polish. Now personally, I’m gel polish qualified, but as long as you follow a few simple rules, I don’t think there’s a problem with people doing their own gel manicures at home.

The things to remember are: shake the polish well (this is hard for us polish lovers to accept, but needs to be done); apply thin coats; do not let the gel polish touch your skin – if it does, remove it immediately; cap the free edges with each coat; cleanse the sticky layer at the end using the provided wipes (or rubbing alcohol). You should also only use the lamp that is recommended for the gel polish you are using.

I did two coats for best longevity. It had a really great shine.

I love the tiny lamp. I’m a self-employed marketing consultant and I mainly work from home. So my work desk is also my nails desk, which makes it very easy to plug in this little lamp into my PC and cure away. It’s really dinky, only about the size of a box of matches, and has two folding legs that raise it up enough to put your finger under.

When it comes to removal, you can just gently peel it off in one go (see the video below). I wasn’t sure I wanted to do that, as I thought there was a chance of damaging the nail. But it really does just peel off easily, taking the regular nail polish with it. I found it easiest to file the ends of my nails, to release one of the anchor points of the gel. In a couple of cases, that filing lifted up the now free edge of the polish/gel and allowed me to get under it with my nail and then ease it off. But if you’re unsure, you can simply soak them off as you would with other gel polish. I tried it that way too, and after about five minutes of soaking, the top layer of gel lifts up and can then be swiped off, along with the polish underneath, with a pad soaked in acetone.

You can buy the kit for £24.99. You can also buy it on Amazon and if you’re an Amazon Prime member, then there’s free delivery.

I love this little kit and can really recommend it if you fancy extending the wear of a manicure every now and then. If you’re a regular gel polish user, then a kit with a larger lamp that can fit four fingers in might be more appropriate, but for occasional use, or as an introduction to gel polish, this is fantastic.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Orly Miss Conduct
  • Top coat: GelTouch Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The GelTouch Mini Starter Kit was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coral Reef Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These coral reef nails are for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group, whose prompt this week is “Things In The Water”.

I decided to use some images from the Bundle Monster Sun Kissed stamping plate collection to create an underwater scene.

Firstly, I painted the gradient background using Barry M Cotton, Barry M Sugar Apple and Barry M Turquoise.

Coral reef nails
Coral reef nails

Then I added various coral reef images. On each nail I stamped a spindly coral using Barry M Almond. Because this isn’t a stamping polish, it’s great for use in the background like this.

Then I added some more coral, using Mundo de Uñas 13 Orange, 42 Holland Blue and Barry M Blood Orange (the red on the index finger) and Barry M Cocoa (medium brown).

I made a couple of decal fish: a clown fish and an angel fish (well, it’s a Moorish Idol to be precise) and also stamped some other shoals of fish on.

Coral reef nails
Coral reef nails

I also added an orange crab but really didn’t like it. It seemed a little comical. Plus, little crabby felt like he’d be more at home at the seaside than crawling around a tropical coral reef. So I was delighted to discover that it came off in one go with my lint roller without disturbing any of the other stamping. Complete result.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Background gradient: Barry M Turquoise, Barry M Sugar Apple and Barry M Cotton
  • Stamping and decal polishes: Barry M Almond (background coral on every nail), Barry M Blood Orange (coral on index), Mundo de Uñas 42 Holland Blue (coral on middle and shoal of fish on ring), Barry M Cocoa (coral on ring) Mundo de Uñas 13 Orange (coral on little, clown fish), Mundo de Uñas 46 Mustard (shoal of fish on little, angel fish), Barry M Cotton (clown fish), Nella Milano Raven Wing (clown fish and angel fish)
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-501, Bundle Monster BM-502, Bundle Monster BM-504 and Bundle Monster BM-510
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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

 

 

 

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Yellow and Silver Double Stamping | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

This is some yellow and silver double stamping for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. The colour prompt is yellow and silver, and my personal theme is pattern on pattern.

I only very rarely wear yellow on my nails. I know lots of people really dislike it. I don’t, but it’s not something I often reach for. However, this is the second yellow manicure I’ve worn in a row. I didn’t have any choice with today’s nails, but I definitely selected yellow last time. Maybe it’s something to do with the sunshine!

Yellow and silver double stamping
Yellow and silver double stamping

Stamping seemed to be the obvious way of getting two patterns on my nails. I stamped twice, albeit I used the same pattern both times. It’s still pattern on pattern though, eh?

The base is Sinful Colors Unicorn. Yellows are notoriously streaky and difficult to get nicely opaque. This one was no exception and took four coats. It’s a delicate pale yellow colour. Creamy and soft though; not lemony and sharp. I have no idea why it’s called Unicorn. Surely unicorns are white – or rainbow-coloured?

The stamping pattern is a geometric lined image from ÜberChic Beauty 9-03. I’ve seen it used for double stamping quite a bit, and it’s because it’s a great image for it. It’s such a versatile image in that it can be used over and over, just with different colour combinations.

Yellow and silver double stamping
Yellow and silver double stamping

I liked this when I’d just put the silver stamping on top of the pale yellow. After I had added the darker yellow, I thought it ruined it somewhat. I think a way around that would be to have placed the darker yellow stamping first, and then the silver, as that would have allowed the silver to show up better.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: four coats of Sinful Colors Unicorn
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Mundo de Uñas 46 (Mustard)
  • Stamping plate: ÜberChic Beauty 9-03
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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Multicoloured Floral Nails | Hippie Flower Power Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These multicoloured floral nails, reminiscent of “flower power”are for the festivals / hippie travels prompt for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

I wasn’t sure at first what direction to take with this prompt. Admittedly, I was born in the year the term “hippie” became widespread, the year of the Human Be-In and the Summer of Love, but I’m not a festival-goer, and so have no first-hand experience to draw inspiration from.

Multicoloured floral nails : hippie flower power manicure
Multicoloured floral nails : hippie flower power manicure

I’ve done tie-dye nails before, so didn’t want to go that route. Then I thought about stamping some hippie-type images, but I couldn’t find any in my plate collection. (There’s a brilliant Bundle Monster Festival set – plates BM-S301 to BM-320. It has tons of festival and hippie themed images … but I don’t own it!)

So, ultimately, I chose to represent the idea of “flower power” and did some stamping decals.

I chose the brightest, most outlandish nail polish I think I own for the base. It’s L’Oréal Exotic Canaries. I’ve never used this before, even though I bought it about three years ago, but it would be fantastic for a summer holiday. It’s bright and bold, and quite a warm yellow colour. I had to paint four coats to feel happy enough with the opacity, but anyone with shorter nails wouldn’t have to paint so many. I just don’t like to see the free edge through the polish.

Multicoloured floral nails : hippie flower power manicure
Multicoloured floral nails : hippie flower power manicure

I coloured in the flowers with a number of L’Oréal polishes: Sky Fits Heaven (blue), Innocent Green (teal green), Atomic Purple, Exquisite Scarlet (red), Ingenuous Rose (light pink), Shocking Pink (bright pink), Lush Tangerine (orange) and Flashing Lilac (pinky-magenta).

The finished look really reminds me of a much-loved pinafore I wore in the early 70s. The yellow is spot on, and it was adorned with multi-coloured appliquéd flowers very much like these.

We’re in the home stretch now of this year-long challenge – just a few weeks to go. Oh, and I finally caught up!

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: four coats of L’Oréal Exotic Canaries
  • Flower colours: L’Oréal Sky Fits Heaven, L’Oréal Innocent Green, L’Oréal Atomic Purple, L’Oréal Exquisite Scarlet, L’Oréal Ingenuous Rose, L’Oréal Shocking Pink, L’Oréal Lush Tangerine, L’Oréal Exotic Canaries and L’Oréal Flashing Lilac
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! Black
  • Stamping plate: ÜberChic Beauty 5-03
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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