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Roses and Polka Dots: Inspired by Little Tip Off: April Polish Party

The prompt for this month’s Polish Party is “inspired by another Polish Party member”. It’s been suggested for quite a few months now, but hasn’t won in our vote, so it’s good that it’s finally come around.

There are so many talented nail artists to choose from, and I spent ages going through all the blogs that are listed on our Facebook group, plus a few others from people that I know have been in the Polish Party before, but who don’t use the Facebook group. It took me ages to decide, but finally I settled on Little Tip Off for my inspiration.

I saw a couple of roses manicures that Amy had painted, one of which had won a competition prize, and instantly loved them.

On her prize-winning manicure, Amy had painted polka dots over a cream base, and then added pink and purple roses around two opposing corners. I took inspiration from this and deconstructed her manicure a little, using just the pink roses, and putting the polka dots separately onto their own nails.

I used OPI My Vampire Is Buff for the base, then splodged on the rose bases with W7 Baby Pink, using the corner of the brush. Then, with a dotting tool, I added in the detail for the roses using NYC Greenwich Village, and the leaves using NYC Mint Macaroon with highlights of Revlon Emerald.

Pink roses and polka dots
Pink roses and polka dots

I love this look – thanks so much for the inspiration Amy!

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of OPI My Vampire Is Buff
  • Polka dots: Barry M Matt White
  • Roses: W7 Baby Pink, NYC Greenwich Village, NYC Mint Macaroon and Revlon Emerald
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Here are the other Polish Party manicures for this month:

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Chanel Provocation with Gold Stamping: Most Expensive: Never-ending Pile Challenge

I seem to be posting every day at the moment, and so I was thinking of missing out a few of the Never-ending Pile challenge days to give myself a bit of a break. But for this particular prompt, I changed my mind – all for the sake of my ten-year old son!

You see, he (helped by his father) bought me Chanel Provocation for Mother’s Day recently. I was painting my nails for yesterday’s challenge when he asked what the next one was. I said “most expensive” and that it had to be unused. In reply to his inevitable next question, I said that Chanel was my most expensive polish – at £18 each – but that I had worn them all (apart from one I was given second-hand). He queried me, saying I hadn’t worn Provocation, and that I should because he had bought it for me. When I retorted that I had worn it, but hadn’t blogged about it, he told me I had to use it. Therefore, to indulge my son, I am wearing and blogging about Provocation.

All Chanel polishes I have are perfect. I love the skinny brushes – despite loving some of the fatter brushes available from other brands – and the formulas have been unfailingly perfect. Provocation meets the same standards.

I wanted to make this a nail art post rather than a swatch post, so decided to just add some elegant stamping, and this image from the CICI&SISI plate 05 called out to be stamped in gold over the classy plum of Provocation.

Chanel Provocation stamped with Barry M Foil Effects Gold and CIC&SISI 05
Chanel Provocation stamped with Barry M Foil Effects Gold and CIC&SISI 05

 

The Glittah Pirates: The Neverending Pile Challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Provocation
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Gold
  • Stamping plate: CICI&SISI 05
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images above are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Take a look at what everyone else has done for this prompt:

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Pink Water Spotted Nails: Try Something New: FingerFood’s Theme Buffet

I always struggle with a “try something new prompt”, as I always think I’ve done everything. So before today’s prompt for FingerFood’s Theme Buffet, I listed out all the different types of manicure I could think of. It turns out that there are quite a few techniques I’ve not tried: sugar spun, acid wash, water spotted, stained glass, cocktail nails, newspaper nails, drip and spread, pond manicure, distressed nails, galaxy nails, ruffian – I’ve not even ever done an ombré or a jelly sandwich!

So, I had plenty to choose from after all. And today I tried my hand at water spotting. It’s the same as water marbling except you use something with a high alcohol content – I used perfume – to spray onto the surface of the polish to create a spotted look.

I used two Barry M polishes for this: Rose Hip is the light pink base, and Pomegranate is the darker pink that I water spotted with.

I’m really impressed with how this turned out. I’ve even unwittingly achieved a sort of gradient effect with it! My hands do smell of perfume – even several hours and many hand washes later – but at least I used one I like, so that’s not so bad.

Pink water spotted nails using Barry M Rose Hip and Barry M Pomegranate
Pink water spotted nails using Barry M Rose Hip and Barry M Pomegranate

 

Finger Foods Theme Buffet 2

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Rose Hip
  • Water spotting colour: Barry M Pomegranate
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

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Tartan Nails: Twin Post with Em’s Little Corner

A while ago, I got chatting with Emma from Em’s Little Corner and we decided to do a twin post based on the theme of tartan (plaid) nails.

I did some blue tartan nails last year for a challenge and I wasn’t very happy that I didn’t manage to finish them, so this was a great opportunity to try them again.

Having said that, I’m still not entirely satisfied with these. They look fantastic at arm’s length, but perfectionist me isn’t happy that close-up photos show the messy white striper lines. I definitely need more practice with a striper brush.

I used Barry M Plum (mine is incorrectly labelled Blackberry, as many bottles were at first) for the dark purple, and for the lilac I used a recent prize win – ironically won in Emma’s recent competition giveaway – OPI Do You Lilac It? I painted all the detail with a striping brush, except for the purple squares where the lilac lines cross, which I did with a cut down detailing brush.

It was just as difficult as my last attempt, but I’m pleased I finished these. Do go and check out Emma’s tartan nails.

Purple tartan plaid nails using OPI Do You Lilac It and Barry M Plum
Purple tartan nails using OPI Do You Lilac It and Barry M Plum

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Plain nails: two coats of Barry M Plum
  • Tartan nails: two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White, OPI Do You Lilac It? and Barry M Plum
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Black and Silver Sparkly Stars over Ciaté Boudoir: Had to Have It, Still Haven’t Worn It

I don’t feel I’ve done today’s Never-ending Pile challenge justice. The theme is “had to have it, still haven’t worn it” and I have loads of polishes that perfectly fit the brief that I could have used: Max Factor Fantasy Fire, KBShimmer Snow Way, OPI Ski Teal We Drop, A England Order Of The Garter, China Glaze It’s A Trap-eze … and many more.

But, I hadn’t had time to do the manicure this morning, and I was off to a meeting this afternoon. It was with a company I’d not met before and I wasn’t sure how they’d take to some wacky nail art. Hence, I kept my nails very simple and just painted them red. I luckily chose an untried though, and so I was able to jazz it up a little this evening in time to post this.  It also slightly fits the brief in that it came from the recent Ciaté Mini Mani Month advent calendar, which it’s true I *did* have to have, yet most of the polishes are still unworn.

I’m wearing three coats of Ciaté Boudoir, to which I’ve added a couple of accent nails using some black and silver sparkly star stickers that I bought from She Sells Sea Shells. It’s similar to another sparkly stars nails look I did earlier this year, also using these stickers.

Ciaté Boudoir with black and silver sparkly star stickers
Ciaté Boudoir with black and silver sparkly star stickers

The black stickers lost a little of their sparkle after I added top coat, which is a shame, so when I use them again, I’ll just add a little of my own glitter to revive them.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Colour: three coats of Ciaté Boudoir
  • Stars: sparkly stars from She Sells Sea Shells
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images above are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

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