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Revlon Fashionista stamped with Sally Hansen Shiny Penny: E is for: Elegant

E is for elegant in this week’s A2Z series challenge. The problem with this theme is that it’s very subjective and all in the interpretation. One nail polish addict’s ‘elegant’ is another’s ‘crude’ or ‘plain’.

The most elegant nails I think I’ve ever done are some gold stamping over a burgundy Chanel polish. I thought they looked elegant. Or certainly the colour combination and the actual stamp I used looked elegant.

In seeking to reproduce something similar therefore, chose a metallic copper polish, Sally Hansen Shiny Penny, and teamed it with its colour wheel complement, teal. For that, I chose a dark teal in Revlon Fashionista. It’s a polish that’s been unworn for two years, so it was nice to rescue it from the untried drawer (well, there’s two drawers and a box really).

The stamp is CICI & SISI 05. It’s the same plate as I used before, and I chose a similar, fine-lined leafy plant. I don’t think I nailed elegant; in fact, far from it. But they”re nice all the same.

Revlon Fashionista stamped Sally Hansen Shiny Penny using CICI & SISI 05
Revlon Fashionista stamped Sally Hansen Shiny Penny using CICI & SISI 05

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: Revlon Fashionista
  • Stamping polish: Sally Hansen Shiny Penny
  • Stamping plate: CICI & SISI 05
  • Top coat:Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Stencilled black stripes on beige and a giveaway

I usually do stripes using nail vinyls, but these nails were done using smART nails stencils. They work in exactly the same way, but perhaps are a little better for those who aren’t so confident with evenly spacing vinyls as these are spaced out for you.

The base is 3 coats of Revlon Bare Bones, a bargain I picked up in Poundworld recently. It’s a very nice colour and I do love the bottle. I don’t know if you can buy these polishes in UK shops, but they are listed on the Superdrug website for £7.99 – including this particular colour. So £1 was a bargain and I’m glad I bought a few shades. The formula of this particular one is a little thin, and it had a tendency to pool in the cuticles. I also used 3 coats. It perhaps may have only needed 2, but I did my nails in the evening and wasn’t sure if the polish was still a little sheer or not. I could see a hint of light coming through so gave it another coat for good luck!

The stencil is P018, which is double lines. The lines are also cut near to one end, so you could do 2 lines, then a solid colour for the rest of the nail. I fancied some lines at the top again, a bit like a my Rimmel Navy Seal with cream stripes manicure.

Beige with stencilled black lines, using Revlon Bare Bones, W7 Black and smART Nails stencil P018
Beige with stencilled black lines, using Revlon Bare Bones, W7 Black and smART Nails stencil P018

The stencils come in a pack of ten, all with a matching design. You can buy them online from smART nails for $1.99 a pack and they deliver worldwide. During November, there is also a generous 25% discount for those using the code NOV25 during checkout.

I also have a giveaway, kindly sponsored by smART Nails. There are 3 prizes, each of 5 packs of stencils. On your entry, just name the 5 designs you would like to receive and give your email address. Entries can be made using the Rafflecopter widget below. Additional entries can be earned by following Kerruticles on various social media, but these aren’t mandatory. The giveaway is open to those in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

Please ensure that you read the full terms and conditions, which are also posted below. By submitting your entry using the Rafflecopter widget, you are agreeing to those terms and conditions.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Revlon Bare Bones
  • Stencils: smART nails P018
  • Black: W7 Black
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

The terms and conditions of the giveaway are:

  1. This giveaway begins at midnight on Monday 24th November 2014.
  2. Entries must be placed using the Rafflecopter widget. Naming the 5 chosen stencils and providing a valid email address are both mandatory. Other options give additional entries into the competition but are not mandatory.
  3. Only one entry per person.
  4. All entries must be received by 12 noon (GMT) on Monday 1st December 2014.
  5. The giveaway is open to entrants aged 18 or over from the USA, Canada, UK and Australia only, or those with a postal address in any of these countries.
  6. There are 3 prizes, each comprising 5 packets of stencils of the winners’ choice.
  7. Prizes may not be exchanged, substituted, transferred or redeemed for cash or other prizes.
  8. The prize will be supplied and despatched directly to the winners by www.smart-nails.com.
  9. Claire Kerr of Kerruticles is in no way responsible for the provision or delivery of the prizes.

 

 

 

Brown and cream Barry M water marble (52 Week Challenge)

It’s week 8 in the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge and the choices are brown and books.

I chose brown, and my attempts were fraught with initial annoyance. I painted a gradient a few days ago. But I didn’t like it. It looked OK on my nails from a distance, but the photos showed up that it wasn’t a particularly good gradient. I ditched that idea and decided on a water marble today – at about 7 pm.

It was awful. There were lots of air bubbles and I wasn’t keen on the pattern I’d created.

With little time left (I wanted to watch the X Factor results!), for my third attempt, I tried a water marble once more, and finally I was pleased with it. All the polishes are Barry Ms, and they worked really well. They are: Coconut, Almond, Cappucino and Cocoa.

I was so frustrated with redoing these nails by this stage that I just dipped these four nails together. It was quite a “phew” moment when I realised it had worked OK! I did manage to drag a nail through the middle finger nail though before I had top coated it, but I’m ignoring that!

Brown and cream Barry M water marble
Brown and cream Barry M water marble using Coconut, Almond, Cappucino and Cocoa

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: one coat of Barry M Coconut
  • Water marble colours: Barry MCoconut, Almond, Cappucino and Cocoa
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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George Deceit with hexagonal studs: D is for: Dark

For D this week in the A2Z series challenge the prompt is dark. I was pushed for time, so I created a fairly plain manicure using George Deceit and some hexagonal silver studs.

I bought Deceit along with three other polishes at the weekend. I was in an unfamiliar town, killing time while my son sat a grammar school entrance test. After I had trawled all the polish shops and found nothing I wanted to buy, I came across an Asda and thought I’d have a peek at the George polishes. I don’t have an Asda that near to me, so I rarely go. I’m glad I did though, because I found some lovely polishes – this one included – and although they were priced up as £1.79, at the till they were 50p. Super bargainous!

Deceit reminded me of Essie Cashmere Bathrobe, but on checking, they are different. The shimmer particles in Deceit are smaller and give a more blue overall tone than you get with Cashmere Bathrobe. It’s a find though for 50p as it goes on well in two coats and is a lovely colour for this time of year.

The silver hexagonal studs were bought from She Sells Seashells.

George Deceit with hexagonal silver studs
George Deceit with hexagonal silver studs

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of George Deceit
  • Studs: hexagonal studs from She Sells Seashells
  • Top coat:Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Jagged stencilled zigzags using OPI Miss Universe 2013 collection

I have another smART nails stencils manicure today.

This one is P017, and I don’t really know how to describe it. It’s a sort of zigzag, but looks like some scary pointed fang teeth as well! Actually, I’ve just checked on the smART nails website, and they’re called “big teeth”, so I was right!

I started with a base of OPI I’m Feeling Sashy, which is a colour I adore. It’s a dusky mauve shade and it suits my skin tone well. I’ve had it a while, but at the time I didn’t buy the other two that came as part of the Miss Universe 2013 collection. Well, I was lucky to get the two I was missing recently for £3.99 each from Fragrance Direct, so this mini collection is now complete. And the colours really complement each other well, so I used them all in this look.

The silver is OPI This Gown Needs A Crown, and I added that using the stencil once the base colour was completely dry. The stencils were simple to use and left really good, clean lines. Once that was dry – and it dried quickly – I reapplied the stencils and used Miss You-Niverse, a dark purple.

smART nails P017 big teeth using OPI Miss Universe collection
smART nails stencil P017 “big teeth” using OPI Miss Universe collection

These stencils come in a pack of ten, all with the same design. You can buy them from smART nails for $1.99 a pack. They ship worldwide. During November, you can get also get a generous 25% discount if you use the code NOV25 during checkout.

This particular design is one that is easy to re-use. You just need to replace the stencil on the sheet and leave it to dry. Then, with acetone free remover, you can carefully clean them and leave to dry once again. They’re absolutely fine to use once again and I have had three uses out of some of my stencils.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of OPI I’m Feeling Sashy
  • Stencils: smART nails P017
  • Silver: OPI This Gown Needs A Crown
  • Purple: OPI Miss You-Niverse
  • Top coat:Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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