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Red, black and white splatter: May Polish Party

The prompt for this month’s Polish Party is “splatter”. I do love doing splatter nails; they’re such fun to do – albeit very messy.

I was already wearing a plain red manicure – Rimmel Double Decker Red – and thought it would be a good base for some black and white splatter.

I used my favourite black and white: W7 Black and Sinful Colors Snow Me White. Both bottles are near the end, and the thickened polish was making it difficult to get much splattering going on. I completely ruined my ring finger with a large blob of black, so took it off and re-did it. This time around, I used new bottles of each polish, and they actually didn’t seem to work as well as the others. You can see in the photo that the ring finger has fewer tiny splatters, and looks “cleaner” than the others. I was surprised at that, because I thought the thicker polish in the older bottles was causing me problems. Obviously not.

Red black white splatter: Rimmel Double Decker Red, W7 Black, Sinful Colors Snow me White
Red black white splatter: Rimmel Double Decker Red, W7 Black, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Rimmel Double Decker Red
  • Splatter: W7 Black and Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Here are the other Polish Party manicures for this month:

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Neon Gradient Skittle

The neon fad kind of passed me by until very recently. I had a few neon polishes, but hadn’t ever worn them. And then I saw a bight, highlighter yellow polish by Jess in Poundland and had to have a range of neon colours immediately!

I bought a green, orange and pink in Claire’s Accessories, and recalled that I already had a blue neon.

So I was set to create a rainbow (ish) gradient look.

After painting a base of white, I sponged on my gradients. The yellow (Jess Sherbet Fizz), orange (Claire’s Stormy Day) and pink (Claire’s Rave) are proper neon colours; bright and fluorescent.

The green (Claire’s Pinball) is described on the bottle as “Neon Fluorescent”, but it absolutely is not neon at all. And the blue is worse. It’s Nails Inc Kensington Park Road, which is labelled on the bottle as a neon, but again just isn’t.

To complete the circular range of colours, my thumbs are blue at the cuticle end and pink at the tips.

My camera couldn’t capture the brightness of the neon, and I tried to photograph them with the help of an ultra violet emulator phone app, but that wasn’t very successful either. So you’ll just have to use your imagination about how bright these are.

Neon rainbow gradient skittle
Neon rainbow gradient skittle nails

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Pink: Claire’s Rave
  • Orange: Claire’s Stormy Day
  • Yellow: Jess Sherbet Fizz
  • Green: Claire’s Pinball
  • Blue: Nails Inc Kensington Park Road
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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OPI Do You Lilac It? with Lilac Stamping using MoYou Nails

I was offered some items by MoYou Nails for review and chose a lilac stamping polish and a couple of plates. They also sent a stamper and scraper.

I chose lilac as I already have white and black stamping polishes, so wanted to try out another colour. It stamped well for such a light colour and proved to me the value of buying proper stamping polishes. I know that a lot of “normal” polishes will stamp well too, but it’s usually the darker colours. I’m now convinced of the need to get some light colours for stamping: yellow, light blue, pink, etc.

I stamped over white, and think it would also work nicely over a purple, and paired it with some plain nails in OPI Do You Lilac It?, which is just a touch darker than the MoYouNails stamping polish.

Lilac stamped nails using MoYou Nails Lilac and MoYouNails 221 over Sinful Colors Snow Me White. Plain nails are OPI Do You Lilac It?
Lilac stamped nails using MoYou Nails Lilac and MoYouNails 221 over Sinful Colors Snow Me White.
The plain nails are OPI Do You Lilac It?

The scraper is similar to Konad ones, except that it’s entirely made of plastic. I have never used my metal Konad scraper, so can’t compare them in terms of use. I always use an old credit card and the MoYou Nails scraper works exactly the same as that.

The stamper is quite small, certainly in comparison to all my others, but it’s perfectly large enough to use. The stamper head is about the same size as my Konad one, and has the same pliability, although looks a little shinier and feels a little stickier than my Konad one.

The images are nicely etched into the plates so they picked up and transferred well. They are long enough for my nails, even when they’re at their longest, which is a few millimetres longer than they are currently. However, the images are a little narrow, and while they (just) fitted on the two centre nails, they only covered about two-thirds of the width of my thumb nails, and were a little too narrow on my right hand, where each of the nails is a couple of millimetres wider than those on my left hand.

Here’s a look at what I received from MoYou Nails. The catalogue showcases a lot of the company’s products, along with details of some new stamping polishes for summer (turquoise and orange caught my eye), plus some stamping plates that are coming soon. The pictures of the full nail images look promising, as they look wider than the ones on the plates I was sent.

MoYou Nails catalogue, stamping polish, plates, stamper and scraper
MoYou Nails catalogue, stamping polish, plates, stamper and scraper

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Lilac nails: two coats of OPI Do You LIlac It?
  • White nails base: two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Stamping polish: MoYou Nails Lilac
  • Stamping plate: MoYouNails 221
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The MoYou Nails polish and MoYou Nails stamping plates, stamper and scraper were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Multi-coloured Polka Dots over Black

Renowned nail artist Michelle Humphrey (who paints Lily Allen’s nails) recently posted some nails she called “disco dots”. Now, I remember the disco era (a bit too well), and I recall having a piece of clothing that was just like this manicure: multi-coloured dots over a black base. Unfortunately, I can’t quite fully drag the memory from the recesses of my ageing brain, so I’m not sure if it was a top, or a skirt, or what. I just remember it having slightly raised dots. And it was certainly during the time of disco.

I’ve created my own version. At the time, I wasn’t referring to Michelle’s manicure, but I seem to have chosen some very similar colours!

I started with a base of 2 coats of Graffiti Nails Jet, then dotted on the colours. I chose a range of Barry M colours: Blood Orange, Lemon Ice Cream, Kiwi, Damson, Mango and Pink Punch. The pink, blue and green are all from the new Summer Gellys collection.

I had to go over some of the dots a second time to get them to stand out against the black, particularly the orange and the yellow. But I made a bad choice with the red, as it doesn’t have much contrast with the black at all.

Multi-coloured polka dots on black
Multi-coloured polka dots on black, using Graffiti Nails Jet and various Barry M polishes for the dots

I reckon this would look fabulous with some neon polishes.

This is the original that I copied:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Graffiti Nails Jet
  • Dots: Barry M Blood Orange, Lemon Ice Cream, Mango, Kiwi, Damson and Pink Punch
  • Top coat: Two coats of Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Orange Roses and Polka Dots

I thought I’d have another go at a roses and polka dots combination, and was inspired by a manicure I saw on Pinterest (see below) to change my roses a little and have them grouped together.

I love this combination of colours; it’s so bright and summery.

The polka dot nails have 3 coats of Rimmel Sun Downer, which is an orangey red. Then the dots are done using Sinful Colors Snow Me White.

For the roses, I started with a white base, then added blobs of 17 Orange Soda, which is a light orange colour. I then added the detail using Rimmel Sun Downer and painted the leaves in Barry M Spring Green, and their highlights in the same polish, but lightened with some white.

I was pleased with the level of detail I managed to achieve, but my top coat has spread it out a little. I guess I should use acrylic paint if I want to maintain the integrity of the original artwork. But as ever, from a distance they looked great.

Orange roses and polka dots, using Rimmel Sun Downer, 17 Orange Soda
Orange roses and polka dots, using Rimmel Sun Downer, 17 Orange Soda

This is my inspiration, from Instagram user @nailsbyjosse:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Polka dot nails: three coats of Rimmel Sun Downer, then dots using Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Roses nails: two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White; 17 Orange Soda; Rimmel Sun Downer; Barry M Spring Green; and Barry M Spring Green lightened with Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.