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Chanel Vibrato Stamped with Bundle Monster Around The World BM-XL155 (Japan)

I have a brilliant combination on my nails today: the glorious Chanel Vibrato; which I’ve stamped with an abstract image from the Bundle Monster BM-XL155 plate, the Japan plate.

Chanel Vibrato comes from this summer’s Blue Notes de Chanel collection (called Blue Rhythm in some other countries). There are two nail polishes in the collection: Vibrato, a royal blue creme, and Fortissimo, a darker metallic blue. I believe one or both of these is limited edition.

Chanel Vibrato stamped with BM Around The World BM-XL155
Chanel Vibrato stamped with BM Around The World BM-XL155

My husband bought me Vibrato recently as a gift after our remortgage was approved. I do like how he chooses to celebrate such things! Vibrato is a perfect royal blue and paints on as perfectly as you’d expect from a Chanel.

Chanel Vibrato stamped with BM Around The World BM-XL155
Chanel Vibrato stamped with BM Around The World BM-XL155

The image was stamped using Bundle Monster BM-XL155. Bundle Monster has very recently released five new rectangular stamping plates, named the Around The World collection. Each depicts imagery from a country, so we have:

  • XL151 – Shanghai Summer (China)
  • XL152 – Pharoah-est Of All (Egypt)
  • XL153 – Parisian Perfection (France)
  • XL154 – Paisley Delhite (India)
  • XL155 – Kyoto In Spring (Japan)

The Kyoto In Spring plate that this image comes from has three full nail images and some cute Japanese maneki-neko cats, the lucky cats. Most of the plate however is taken up with an image of a Japanese lady, made up from roses, waves, flowers, dots, dragonflies, koi carp, birds, swirls and even some origami cranes. There’s so much packed into it. Sorry, my photo is not the clearest, but you can see the plate perfectly on the Bundle Monster website.

Bundle Monster Around The World plate BM-XL155
Bundle Monster Around The World plate BM-XL155

The plates in the Around The World collection can be purchased separately – for $4.99, but they’re currently on offer for $4.39. Or you can buy the entire set of five plates for $19.99 – but on offer for $17.59 at the moment.

I also used a Bundle Monster scraper for the first time. They have various designs in 0.5mm and 1mm thicknesses. I prefer the thicker ones usually; the 1mm credit card thickness ones. But in fairness, I got a cleaner image using the thinner scraper!

Bundle Monster scrapers
Bundle Monster scrapers

It’s taken me three years, but I’ve finally come to learn that the particular combination of stamping polish, scraper, plate and stamper can affect how your stamping comes out. With a bit of trial and error before you stamp on the actual nail, you can find out which combination of stamper and scraper is best for the polish and plate you’re using, so that you can get the cleanest image placement possible.

I have seven stampers and nine scrapers that I regularly use. So that’s 63 different combinations that I could use for a particular choice of polish and plate. Goodness!

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Vibrato
  • Stamping polish: Mundo de Uñas Pastel Blue (6)
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL155 (Around The World – Kyoto In Spring)
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster stamping plate BM-XL155 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Nella Milano Moon Whisper

Today I have a swatch of Nella Milano Moon Whisper. It is a very delicate, refined pale pink shade; perfect for French manicures and wedding nails.

It’s very sheer. This took four coats and still isn’t opaque. Normally I’m not keen on visible nail line, but there’s something about this colour and its delicacy that suits a little VNL. It has something of a French manicure about it, without it quite being one.

Its sheerness makes it perfect for a French manicure. Just one or two coats over a white tip would work brilliantly.

Nella Milano Moon Whisper
Nella Milano Moon Whisper

It applied really well for such a sheer polish. There was no streakiness or dragging; it went on just beautifully.

Nella Milano Moon Whisper
Nella Milano Moon Whisper

Moon Whisper is this week’s special offer polish, which you can buy for for just £4.47 on the Nella Milano website. You can also get an additional 20% off with the code Kerrspecial.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: four coats of Nella Milano Moon Whisper
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

 

Leadlight Pebble Skittle with Bundle Monster Mosaic Glass Sheer Tints

I previously posted some nails using some of the Bundle Monster Mosaic Glass Sheer Tint gel polishes. And I’ve used them a different way today to create a pebble skittle manicure, using the leadlight technique.

Starting with two coats of Gelish Black Shadow and a gel top coat, I then removed the sticky layer and stamped an image from Bundle Monster BM-211 using Barry M Foil Effects Silver. The image looks like pebbles to me.

Leadlight pebble skittle using Bundle Monster Mosaic Glass Sheer Tints in Sea You Clearly, Apricot Beauty, Locked In Secrets and Peony Blush
Leadlight pebble skittle using Bundle Monster Mosaic Glass Sheer Tints in Sea You Clearly, Apricot Beauty, Locked In Secrets and Peony Blush

After that, I added two coats of each Mosaic Glass Sheer Tint gel polish. From left to right in the pictures I’ve used: Sea You Clearly (blue), Apricot Beauty (orange), Locked In Secrets (purple) and Peony Blush (pink).

Leadlight pebble skittle using Bundle Monster Mosaic Glass Sheer Tints in Sea You Clearly, Apricot Beauty, Locked In Secrets and Peony Blush
Leadlight pebble skittle using Bundle Monster Mosaic Glass Sheer Tints in Sea You Clearly, Apricot Beauty, Locked In Secrets and Peony Blush

These are very versatile polishes. With this technique – painting over the silver, and using two coats – I got a greater depth to the colours than with my previous manicure.

I do love these, especially the blue.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Gelish Black Shadow (gel polish)
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-211
  • Leadlight colours: Bundle Monster Sea You Clearly, Bundle Monster Apricot Beauty, Bundle Monster Locked In Secrets, and Bundle Monster Peony Blush
  • Final top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Bundle Monster Mosaic Glass Sheer Tint gel polishes shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Morgan Taylor Under The Stars with Mermaid Scales Stamping (52 Week Challenge)

Oops, I’m late again for the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge … but only by a day. The prompts were navy and scales. I’ve combined them this week and have used Morgan Taylor Under The Stars, stamped with a mermaid scales design in silver.

Morgan Taylor Under The Stars is a long time lemming of mine. But even after waiting a couple of years to buy it, I still waited another four months to wear it. That’s not surprising though seeing as my untrieds pile currently numbers more than 300 polishes. I really need a concerted effort to try to use them all.

Navy blue mermaid scales manicure using Morgan Taylor Under The Stars, Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Bundle Monster BM-502
Navy blue mermaid scales manicure using Morgan Taylor Under The Stars, Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Bundle Monster BM-502

Under The Stars has a navy blue jelly base with small and tiny holographic silver glitters. It’s gorgeous to look at. I stamped a mermaid scales pattern using  Bundle Monster BM-502 and Barry M Foil Effects Silver.

Navy blue mermaid scales manicure using Morgan Taylor Under The Stars, Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Bundle Monster BM-502
Navy blue mermaid scales manicure using Morgan Taylor Under The Stars, Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Bundle Monster BM-502

The polish was still a bit lumpy, despite a coat of Gelous and a coat of top coat. But with a final coat of top coat after the stamping, it was nice and smooth.

The final look is not particularly mermaid-like. Under The Stars would be perfect for a galaxy manicure; not so much for a marine look. But it’s beautiful all the same. I’m glad I slayed that lemming.

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Morgan Taylor Under The Stars
  • Initial top coat: Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat plus Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-502
  • Final top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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Neon Pink with 3D Crystal Gems

In this post, I’m wearing Bundle Monster Sunset Walk, a neon pink gel polish – to which I’ve added some 3D crystal gems.

My camera hates bright pink, but this gel polish is most certainly bright and neon – it’s a true “highlighter pen” pink, and is just perfect for summer. It glows really brightly under UV light. My son has a neon party to go to soon, so this is one of the possible polishes I will wear for it. I’m not actually going to the party, but it’s not often (ever!) that I go out partying and I want to enjoy the neon effect to the full when I go to collect him!

Neon pink with 3D crystal rhinestones, using Bundle Monster Sunset Walk
Neon pink with 3D crystal rhinestones, using Bundle Monster Sunset Walk

I painted two coats, then added the rhinestone studs on two accent nails.  I used three rhinestones per nail. To add them, I dabbed a small amount of gel top coat onto the nail, then placed the studs. I have a gem picker/holder, but I didn’t have much luck in dropping the rhinestones onto the nail in the right place with it! It was a comedy of errors for a few minutes, placing and adjusting, replacing, readjusting. They slid around a lot and it took me a lot of patience to get them where I wanted them! I should just have used my wax pencil really; I’m sure it would have been so much easier!

When I was finally happy with my placement, I then dropped on some more gel top coat and cured.

Neon pink with 3D crystal rhinestones, using Bundle Monster Sunset Walk
Neon pink with 3D crystal rhinestones, using Bundle Monster Sunset Walk

It was wonderful to know that the gems were solidly placed. When I use regular nail polish top coat, I always worry that gems will fall off, which makes me touch them more often to check that they are still in place, which in turn – of course – makes them loosen and frequently fall off!

Bundle Monster Sunset Walk costs $4.99 – or $28.99 for the set of all 6 polishes in the Sands of Aruba collection. The rhinestones come in a wheel of different sized stones, which is sold as a pack of three wheels: different shapes of silver studs, different shapes of gold studs and different sizes of clear rhinestones. The nail art studs pack costs $5.25, but is currently reduced to $4.73.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Bundle Monster Sunset Walk (gel polish)
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)
  • Studs: Bundle Monster 3D clear rhinestones


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster Sunset Walk and the Bundle Monster 3D studs shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.