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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.

 

 

 

 

Yellow Gradient with Stamping (52 Week Challenge)

It’s either wild animals or yellow (or both) for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge. I stuck with just the yellow theme and started with a pale yellow to mustard gradient.

I used my palest yellow, Max Factor Mellow Yellow; then Collection 2000 Lemon Soda for the central yellow; and finally Barry M Mustard towards the tips.

The stamping is done using CICI & SISI 02 and Mundo De Uñas Cream (#12). It kind of looks more pale yellow than cream so was perfect for this. This is my first time using Mundo De Uñas stamping polishes. I’d read that they are possibly made with enamel paint, and they certainly smell very strongly of that. Apart from the smell though, it was exactly like a normal stamping polish, and I didn’t really have to do anything differently from normal. I did have a play around to find out which of my many stampers worked best. I thought it would have been the squishy one, but it wasn’t; it was my Konad stamper.

If all the Mundo De Uñas polishes are like this, then I can say that they are fantastic for stamping. This one picked up and stamped so cleanly. I’d been warned that clean up is best done with non-acetone remover, and doing it that way was a breeze too.

Yellow gradient using Max Factor Mellow Yellow, Collection 2000 Lemon Soda and Barry M Mustard; stamped with Mundo Des Uñas Cream and CICI & SISI 02
Yellow gradient using Max Factor Mellow Yellow, Collection 2000 Lemon Soda and Barry M Mustard; stamped with Mundo Des Uñas Cream and CICI & SISI 02
52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient: Max Factor Mellow Yellow, Collection 2000 Lemon Soda and Barry M Mustard
  • Stamping polish: Mundo De Uñas Cream (#12)
  • Stamping plate: CICI & SISI 02
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Blue and Pink Curved Sections: C is for: Copy Cat

In the A2Z series challenge we’re on to C and the theme is Copy Cat.

I’ve copied a manicure from one of my very favourite nail arstists, NAILBamboo. She’s Russian and so I rarely read what she writes (Google Translate is not much help), but her photography is exquisite and her manicures are flawless. I’ve copied her grey and turquoise curved lines manicure. My nails aren’t as long as hers, and my colour choices weren’t right, so I’m not completely satisfied with the outcome of my efforts.

The colours I used are Barry M Elderberry and Zoya Zanna. I thought they would go well together as they are both dusky colours. But the contrast isn’t great enough. They are both the same tone, and I think it would have been a better result if one of the colours chosen had been darker.

Like NAILBamboo, I used French manicure guides to achieve the curves. I have some fairly wide ones that weren’t any good for this, but my Nailene ones were perfect.

Pink and blue curved sections using Barry M Elderberry and Zoya Zanna
Pink and blue curved sections using Barry M Elderberry and Zoya Zanna

My latest four manicures have all been lines: stencilled lines, curved lines, straight lines, diagonal lines. I must do something different next time!

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colours: two coats of Barry M Elderberry or two coats of Zoya Zanna
  • Guides: Nailene Perfect Tips French tip guides
  • Top colours: one coat of Barry M Elderberry or two coats of Zoya Zanna
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Cream with Stencilled Pink Swirls

I’ve bought and used smART nails stencils for my manicures quite a few times before, and the company that makes them noticed and asked if I would review some for them.

I decided to try out one of the more complicated stencils. This is P053, which has some swirly lines on it that go off the edge of the nail. That’s what makes using this kind of design more difficult, as you have to ensure that the edges are really well stuck down.

I used OPI Cream In My Coffee as the base. I thought it would be like My Vampire Is Buff, but no, it is very sheer and I needed 4 coats. This is one of the “mystery OPIs”, which are labelled differently to the main range, and are thought to have come from discontinued celebrity or character branded collections. It’s thought that this one is possibly Nicole by OPI Others Pale By Kim-parison. I found it for sale in my local Original Factory Shop with a number of other OPIs, all at 3 for £10.

The dusky pink is OPI Krème De La Kremlin, which I bought at the same time as Cream In My Coffee. It’s a little too sheer to go over cream; I should have done a couple of coats really or chosen a more opaque colour.

The stencil is smART nails P053, a swirly design. I always use use a dotting tool to press them down. As with any stencil, you have to make sure they are well adhered, otherwise the polish bleeds underneath. What’s particularly good about these stencils is that they are fairly transparent, so you can not only see where to place them, but can also see if you’ve pressed them down properly or not.

Pink  swirls on cream, using smART nails stencil p053
Pink swirls on cream, using smART nails stencil p053

The stencils come in a pack of ten, and these ones have five different designs, each of which is reversed for the other hand. They can be bought online from smART nails and cost $1.99 a pack. They ship worldwide (from Romania) and take a week or two to arrive in the UK. At the moment, during November, there’s a 25% discount – just use code NOV25 during checkout.

smART nails stencils P053
smART nails stencils P053

I’ve managed to successfully re-use my stencils several times. You do have to be sure to replace them on the sheet, then allow them to dry, then clean them carefully with non-acetone remover, and then leave to dry again. For the simpler patterns, I’ve been able to reuse mine several times. They’re not designed to be reused, so it’s a bonus if you can manage it.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: four coats of OPI Cream In My Coffee
  • Stencils: smART nails P053
  • Pink: OPI Krème De La Kremlin
  • 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.