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Brush stroke metallics skittle (52 Week Challenge)

This week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge is either brush stroke or favourite brand.

Having not done a brush stroke manicure before, that was my immediate choice. I wasn’t sure how – or if – it differed from a distressed manicure, so I had a quick search to find out more. In searching, I came across a lovely manicure and tutorial by Gorgeois and thought I’d try to recreate that.

By the time I’d pulled out all my metallics, I couldn’t whittle it down to a few colours, so instead I chose to do a skittle using seventeen different colours.

After I’d painted a base each of the lightest metallic, I followed the Georgois tutorial and painted the brush strokes with the darkest polish first, then gradually getting lighter. And I did that twice. I don’t much like the final outcome, so it didn’t last very long on my nails. I’m afraid this one is a case of doing something so that I can be sure to complete a challenge, rather than doing something I wanted to wear on my nails. (It will probably turn out to be really well liked therefore – it’s often the case!)

Brush stroke metallics skittle
Brush stroke metallics skittle

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Reds/oranges: Sally Hansen Wined Up, No 7 Salsa, Sally Hansen Shiny Penny, L’Oreal Versailles Gold
  • Greens/yellows: Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly, Chanel Azuré, Revlon Beach, Sephora Flash Me!
  • Blues: Beauty UK Electric Blue, George Blue Lagoon, Sally Hansen Blue Streak, L’Oreal Saphir Treasure, Essie Blue Rhapsody
  • Purples: A England Avalon, Sally Hansen Pronto Purple, Barry M Lilac Foil, Essie Nothing Else Metals
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Autumnal gradient with gold leaves: November Polish Party

For the Polish Party theme for November, the vote was tied equally between autumn and weather. I’ve gone with autumn as I’ve had the idea for these nails ever since I did my autumnal stripes with the same polishes.

Because of that manicure, I knew that the polishes would gradient well. They are all Barry Ms: Mustard, Paprika, and Cocoa. The stamping polish is also Barry M; it’s Foil Effects Gold.

This is a fairly standard look – a gradient of warm, autumn colours, with some leaves stamped over the top – but I’ve never done anything like it, so for me it’s new 🙂

It is truly gorgeous. I can’t stop looking at its crème caramelly goodness.

If you want to join the party, and want to paint one themed manicure with us every month, please join the Facebook group. All welcome!

Autumnal leaves using Barry M Mustard, Paprika, Cocoa and Foil Effects Gold
Autumnal leaves using Barry M Mustard, Paprika, Cocoa and Foil Effects Gold

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Base colour: one coat of Barry M Mustard
  • Gradient: Barry M Mustard, Barry M Paprika, Barry M Cocoa
  • Stamping plate: CICI & SISI 03
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Gold
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri



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Here are the other Polish Party manicures for this month:

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Revlon Fashionista Stamped with Sally Hansen Shiny Penny: E is for: Elegant

E is for elegant in this week’s A2Z series challenge. The problem with this theme is that it’s very subjective and all in the interpretation. One nail polish addict’s ‘elegant’ is another’s ‘crude’ or ‘plain’.

The most elegant nails I think I’ve ever done are some gold stamping over a burgundy Chanel polish. I thought they looked elegant. Or certainly the colour combination and the actual stamp I used looked elegant.

In seeking to reproduce something similar therefore, I chose a metallic copper polish, Sally Hansen Shiny Penny, and teamed it with its colour wheel complement, teal. For that, I chose a dark teal in Revlon Fashionista. It’s a polish that’s been unworn for two years, so it was nice to rescue it from the untried drawer (well, there’s two drawers and a box really).

The stamp is CICI & SISI 05. It’s the same plate as I used before, and I chose a similar, fine-lined leafy plant. I don’t think I nailed elegant; in fact, far from it. But they”re nice all the same.

Revlon Fashionista stamped Sally Hansen Shiny Penny using CICI & SISI 05
Revlon Fashionista stamped Sally Hansen Shiny Penny using CICI & SISI 05

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: Revlon Fashionista
  • Stamping polish: Sally Hansen Shiny Penny
  • Stamping plate: CICI & SISI 05
  • Top coat:Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Here are the manicures from the other A2Zers:

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Stencilled black stripes on beige and a giveaway

I usually do stripes using nail vinyls, but these nails were done using smART nails stencils. They work in exactly the same way, but perhaps are a little better for those who aren’t so confident with evenly spacing vinyls as these are spaced out for you.

The base is 3 coats of Revlon Bare Bones, a bargain I picked up in Poundworld recently. It’s a very nice colour and I do love the bottle. I don’t know if you can buy these polishes in UK shops, but they are listed on the Superdrug website for £7.99 – including this particular colour. So £1 was a bargain and I’m glad I bought a few shades. The formula of this particular one is a little thin, and it had a tendency to pool in the cuticles. I also used 3 coats. It perhaps may have only needed 2, but I did my nails in the evening and wasn’t sure if the polish was still a little sheer or not. I could see a hint of light coming through so gave it another coat for good luck!

The stencil is P018, which is double lines. The lines are also cut near to one end, so you could do 2 lines, then a solid colour for the rest of the nail. I fancied some lines at the top again, a bit like a my Rimmel Navy Seal with cream stripes manicure.

Beige with stencilled black lines, using Revlon Bare Bones, W7 Black and smART Nails stencil P018
Beige with stencilled black lines, using Revlon Bare Bones, W7 Black and smART Nails stencil P018

The stencils come in a pack of ten, all with a matching design. You can buy them online from smART nails for $1.99 a pack and they deliver worldwide. During November, there is also a generous 25% discount for those using the code NOV25 during checkout.

I also have a giveaway, kindly sponsored by smART Nails. There are 3 prizes, each of 5 packs of stencils. On your entry, just name the 5 designs you would like to receive and give your email address. Entries can be made using the Rafflecopter widget below. Additional entries can be earned by following Kerruticles on various social media, but these aren’t mandatory. The giveaway is open to those in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

Please ensure that you read the full terms and conditions, which are also posted below. By submitting your entry using the Rafflecopter widget, you are agreeing to those terms and conditions.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Revlon Bare Bones
  • Stencils: smART nails P018
  • Black: W7 Black
  • 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.

The terms and conditions of the giveaway are:

  1. This giveaway begins at midnight on Monday 24th November 2014.
  2. Entries must be placed using the Rafflecopter widget. Naming the 5 chosen stencils and providing a valid email address are both mandatory. Other options give additional entries into the competition but are not mandatory.
  3. Only one entry per person.
  4. All entries must be received by 12 noon (GMT) on Monday 1st December 2014.
  5. The giveaway is open to entrants aged 18 or over from the USA, Canada, UK and Australia only, or those with a postal address in any of these countries.
  6. There are 3 prizes, each comprising 5 packets of stencils of the winners’ choice.
  7. Prizes may not be exchanged, substituted, transferred or redeemed for cash or other prizes.
  8. The prize will be supplied and despatched directly to the winners by www.smart-nails.com.
  9. Claire Kerr of Kerruticles is in no way responsible for the provision or delivery of the prizes.

 

 

 

Brown and cream Barry M water marble (52 Week Challenge)

It’s week 8 in the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge and the choices are brown and books.

I chose brown, and my attempts were fraught with initial annoyance. I painted a gradient a few days ago. But I didn’t like it. It looked OK on my nails from a distance, but the photos showed up that it wasn’t a particularly good gradient. I ditched that idea and decided on a water marble today – at about 7 pm.

It was awful. There were lots of air bubbles and I wasn’t keen on the pattern I’d created.

With little time left (I wanted to watch the X Factor results!), for my third attempt, I tried a water marble once more, and finally I was pleased with it. All the polishes are Barry Ms, and they worked really well. They are: Coconut, Almond, Cappucino and Cocoa.

I was so frustrated with redoing these nails by this stage that I just dipped these four nails together. It was quite a “phew” moment when I realised it had worked OK! I did manage to drag a nail through the middle finger nail though before I had top coated it, but I’m ignoring that!

Brown and cream Barry M water marble
Brown and cream Barry M water marble using Coconut, Almond, Cappucino and Cocoa

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: one coat of Barry M Coconut
  • Water marble colours: Barry MCoconut, Almond, Cappucino and Cocoa
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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