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Gold glitter gradient

I forgot to post these nails last week. They’re what I wore on Christmas Day. But they could be New Year’s Eve nails though, right?

The base looks black but it’s actually W7 Black Cherry, a very dark red. I don’t own Chanel Rouge Noir, but my guess is that this is W7’s take on that polish. Only in sunlight does it look slightly cherry red. The rest of the time it looks black.

The glitter is Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow, which I bought from Lane’s Lacquers in her blog sale a few months ago. It apparently has 24 carat gold dust in it, which you can see in the form of the tiny gold irregular particles.

Gold glitter gradient using W7 Black Cherry and Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow
Gold glitter gradient using W7 Black Cherry and Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of W7 Black Cherry
  • Glitter coat: Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow (2 coats on ring finger)
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Blue Distressed Nails (52 Week Challenge)

I’ve cheated a little here. These nails are for last week’s “distressed and/or grey” prompt in the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge. The challenge finished last Sunday, and although each prompt lasts a week, I aim to post mine on the Sunday each time. But I had flu, so couldn’t do anything much more than rest in bed. The cheat comes because I created the Inlinkz for the last few prompts of 2014, so I went in and extended the closing date to allow me to post – naughty me!

This is an easy set of prompts to be able to combine the two, and I did in fact pull out a few greys with just that aim in mind. But at the last minute I switched to a blue theme.

The base I’ve used is LA Colors Beach Babe, a mint green. My local pharmacy sells these polishes for a pound and I can’t resist buying one whenever I go in. It wasn’t the best brush; it was a little scratchy and so I had to paint quickly, but apart from that, you can’t fault these polishes for a pound.

The other colours are also one pound polishes: two Revlons from Poundworld, namely Coastal Surf, a mid blue, and Indigo Night, a darker, near navy.

Blue distressed nails using LA Colors Beach Babe, Revlon Coastal and Revlon Indigo Night
Blue distressed nails using LA Colors Beach Babe, Revlon Coastal and Revlon Indigo Night

I’ve not done distressed nails before, but found it very easy to do. It gives a nice effect in return for very little skill or patience. I’ll definitely do them again.

After the feedback from my last post about doing a second photo, with a different hand pose, I’ve done it again. Who knows, I may even carry on 😉

Blue distressed nails using LA Colors Beach Babe, Revlon Coastal and Revlon Indigo Night
Blue distressed nails using LA Colors Beach Babe, Revlon Coastal and Revlon Indigo Night

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of LA Colors Beach Babe
  • Other colours: Revlon Coastal Surf, Revlon Indigo Night
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Christmas Jumpers: December Polish Party

I joined Polish Party a year ago, and so this is my twelfth manicure. The theme this month is Christmas jumpers (or sweaters for those of you of an American persuasion). It’s not an easy theme, and so far, with just a day of the month to go, it looks like I am the only one to post!

I started with one coat of Rouge Louboutin, from Christian Louboutin. Lots of people describe this polish as a one-coater, and I tend to agree, although would usually use two coats anyway. However, when you’re putting something over the top of it, one coat is perfectly sufficient.

Stamped red and white Christmas jumpers using Rouge Louboutin, Konad White and Nailz Craze NC 03
Stamped red and white Christmas jumpers using Rouge Louboutin, Konad White and Nailz Craze NC 03

I then stamped using the Nailz Craze plate NC 03 and Konad White. My stamping attempts were crooked, and while I didn’t care too much on my camera-shy right hand, for my left hand I chose to use the decal method. I made my decals one at a time on the stamper. I picked up the stamp and then when it had dried, added a layer of top coat. Then, after leaving it to dry again, I removed the decal and applied it to my nails, cutting off the excess and then cleaning up more closely using a brush and acetone. Even so, they’re still a little crooked!

And I was playing around with my camera’s settings and decided to take a second angle. What do you think?

Stamped red and white Christmas jumpers using Rouge Louboutin, Konad White and Nailz Craze NC 03
Stamped red and white Christmas jumpers using Rouge Louboutin, Konad White and Nailz Craze NC 03
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: one coat of Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin
  • Stamping polish: Konad White
  • Stamping plate: Nailz Craze NC 03
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Here are the other Polish Party manicures for this month:

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Merry Christmas 2014

I wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

2014 has been another great year for me nails-wise. I’ve managed to keep a regular(ish) blogging schedule. June and July were both quite quiet, but for the rest of the year I posted between 12 and 24 manicures a month. I’ve taken part in a number of challenges that have kept my nail painting and nail art mojo fed.

I’m looking forward to next year and some more awesome challenges and lovely nails 🙂

I wish each and every one of you a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas. Enjoy yourselves.

Claire

Merry Christmas 2014 from Claire at Keruticles