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Black and White Houndstooth Tips (52 Week Challenge)

I’ve just used one of the prompts for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge. I’ve gone with the houndstooth prompt and have stuck with a classic colour combination of black and white.

My inspiration comes from an image in the MoYou Nails brochure – in fact, it’s not so much inspiration as wholesale recreation. But these are done with water decals, not stamping.

After creating white tips on my nails, and painting an accent nail completely white, I applied some houndstooth water decals from Born Pretty Store.

The decals come in strips that are 1, 2 and 3 houndsteeth deep. That was fine for the tips; they were sized exactly right for a double houndstooth. But for the accent nail, I had to use 3 separate pieces. I used two 3 deep patterns, and then still had the smallest amount of white nail showing at the bottom, so added a piece of decal with the single pattern.

Black and white houndstooth tips using Born Pretty Store water decals, Barry M Cotton and W7 Black
Black and white houndstooth tips using Born Pretty Store water decals, Barry M Cotton and W7 Black

The decals were very easy to apply. While they were still wet they slid easily on the nail, so could be aligned with minimal fuss. You can buy them from Born Pretty Store for £1.99, with free delivery. You can get a further 10% off any full price purchases from Born Pretty Store using code: ZLS91.

Black and white houndstooth tips using Born Pretty Store water decals, Barry M Cotton and W7 Black
Black and white houndstooth tips using Born Pretty Store water decals, Barry M Cotton and W7 Black

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • White: two coats of Barry M Cotton
  • Black: two coats of W7 Black
  • Houndstooth decals: Born Pretty Store #10986
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Lilac Stamping On Cream : P is for: Pale

I’m extremely busy at the moment with work commitments, so nails are the last thing on my mind. It didn’t help today therefore when my first two efforts for “pale” in this week’s A2Z series challenge went completely wrong and I had to try again.

I tried zigzags, but the polish was drying too quickly and getting stringy as I pulled the nail vinyls off. Then I tried chevrons – with a better consistency of polish – but didn’t like the colours I chose.

So finally, with not much time in the day left, I have just finished this manicure, and I’ve gone with stamping. Of the last 6 manicures on the blog, 5 of them are stamping! Must try harder to vary things a bit!

The base is Barry M Coconut, a whitish cream, and the stamping is done with MoYou Nails Lilac and an image from the MoYou Nails Pro Board VII.

Barry M Coconut stamped with MoYou Nails Lilac using Pro Board VII
Barry M Coconut stamped with MoYou Nails Lilac using Pro Board VII

Even this manicure caused me issues. I’d just finished it and was clearing up, when I managed to catch my middle fingernail on the stamping plate. It wasn’t quite dry, so was completely ruined, and I had to re-do it.

Barry M Coconut stamped with MoYou Nails Lilac using Pro Board VII
Barry M Coconut stamped with MoYou Nails Lilac using Pro Board VII

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Barry M Coconut
  • Stamping plate: MoYou Nails Pro Board VII
  • Stamping polish: MoYou Nails Lilac
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Here are the manicures from the other A2Zers:

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Geometric Stamped Yellow, Green and Blue Gradient (52 Week Challenge)

I’ve combined the two 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge prompts this week. They are “blue, yellow and green” and “geometric”.

So, I’ve created a gradient using all Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes: Butter-fly Stroke, Lickety-Split Lime and Brisk Blue.

Then I stamped over it with a geometric pattern from a new stamping plate I won. It’s MoYou Nails Pro Board VII, which is a huge, larger than A4 sized plate with more than 180 images on it. It has some great geometric patterns, but this one looked best over the gradient. I won it in MoYou Nails’ recent Valentine’s competition on their Facebook page – thank you MoYou for this fabulous prize.

Yellow, green and blue gradient using Sally Hansen Butter-fly Stroke, Lickety-Split Lime and Brisk Blue, stamped with a geometric pattern from MoYou Nails Pro Board VII
Yellow, green and blue gradient using Sally Hansen Butter-fly Stroke, Lickety-Split Lime and Brisk Blue, stamped with a geometric pattern from MoYou Nails Pro Board VII

Despite the inclusion of green in this manicure, I rather like it. I’m off to the Professional Beauty London show at Excel tomorrow, and I can’t decide whether or not to keep this on. It’s very “me” in style, but the green is putting me off!

Yellow, green and blue gradient using Sally Hansen Butter-fly Stroke, Lickety-Split Lime and Brisk Blue, stamped with a geometric pattern from MoYou Nails Pro Board VII
Yellow, green and blue gradient using Sally Hansen Butter-fly Stroke, Lickety-Split Lime and Brisk Blue, stamped with a geometric pattern from MoYou Nails Pro Board VII

 

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient: Sally Hansen Butter-fly Stroke, Sally Hansen Lickety-Split Lime and Sally Hansen Brisk Blue
  • Stamping polish: Konad White
  • Stamping plate: MoYou Nails Pro Board VII
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Blue and Green Watermarble: O is for: Old

I wasn’t sure what to do for old for the A2Z series challenge this week. I quite fancied creating a water marble though, so I picked three of my older untried polishes.

I used L’Oréal French Riviera, a light blue with a barely noticeable hint of shimmer, L’Oréal Blue Reef, a green-leaning dark teal, and Barry M Blueberry Icecream, a mid-blue that I can’t believe I have never used.

They water marbled really well. The Barry M took a few seconds to disperse in the water, and initially I thought it wasn’t going to work, but it came good in the end.

Blue and green water marble using L'Oréal French Riviera, L'Oréal Blue Reef and Barry M Blueberry Icecream
Blue and green water marble using L’Oréal French Riviera, L’Oréal Blue Reef and Barry M Blueberry Icecream

I managed to wipe off a little of the water marble at the cuticles when I cleaned up, so I just painted some more blue over it! It’s a bit slapdash all round, but I created it only half an hour ago and didn’t have much time before I needed to post!

I used Cotton, the new Barry M Gelly, as a base for the water marbled nails and was really pleased as it only need one coat. That makes Cotton a real winner – and my new go-to white base.

Blue and green water marble using L'Oréal French Riviera, L'Oréal Blue Reef and Barry M Blueberry Icecream
Blue and green water marble using L’Oréal French Riviera, L’Oréal Blue Reef and Barry M Blueberry Icecream

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Water marble base: Barry M Cotton
  • Water marble colours: Barry M Blueberry Icecream, L’Oreal French Riviera, L’Oreal Blue Reef
  • Plain blue: Barry M Blueberry Icecream
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Purple with Stamped Silver Hearts (52 Week Challenge)

Up until now, I have been posting my 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge manicures on a Sunday, but seeing as this has a Valentine’s theme, I thought it best to post it today.

The base is two coats of Barry M Orchid, the shimmery purple from the Silks collection. You can’t see the silky, matte finish as I’ve top-coated this. But I prefer the silks top-coated anyway; they have more depth because the shimmer shows up better.

Then I’ve stamped using Barry M Foil Effects Silver and a plate from Born Pretty Store, QA86.

Purple with silver stamped hearts using Barry M Orchid, Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Born Pretty Store QA86
Purple with silver stamped hearts using Barry M Orchid, Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Born Pretty Store QA86

I hope you’re having a lovely Valentine’s Day. My husband and I don’t really make much of a fuss about it, apart from buying each other a card.

Purple with silver stamped hearts using Barry M Orchid, Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Born Pretty Store QA86
Purple with silver stamped hearts using Barry M Orchid, Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Born Pretty Store QA86

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Barry M Orchid
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store QA86
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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