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Red and Black Tartan

I created these red and black tartan nails using Born Pretty Store stamping plate BP-L006.

I am quite obsessed with tartan at the moment. With a Scottish surname like Kerr – which is a clan name with its own tartan – you’d think I would always have been obsessed with tartan. But I am English, and my husband is too. His Kerr line is Scottish originally, I’m pretty sure of that, but I’ve only been able to trace it back to Northern Ireland so far. Plenty of Scots emigrated to Northern Ireland, but as yet, I can’t trace my husband’s ancestors much beyond the mid 1800s.

OK, that’s your history and genealogy lesson over. Onto the nails. I stamped with Konad Black over a base of Barry M Blood Orange.

Red tartan nails
Red tartan nails, stamped with Born Pretty Store BP-L006

My lines are a little wiggly on some nails, but I do love these. I want to do some more adventurous tartan nails next. I bought the recently released MoYou Nails square plates, and one of them has a couple of more complicated tartan patterns. Plus, there is a new hēhē “plaid and florals” collection that I want.

Red tartan manicure
Red tartan nails, stamped with Born Pretty Store BP-L006

You can buy Born Pretty Store BP-L006 for $3.59 / £2.34. My 10% discount code – ZSL91 – won’t work for this item, as it is reduced. But if you’re buying anything else that isn’t already discounted, then it will.

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Barry M Blood Orange
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-L006
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Born Pretty Store BP-L006 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Black and Silver Laser Nails | New Year | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

This week for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group, we’re posting New Year nails. I have some party nails, done with a black and silver laser pattern.

They are inspired by the nails that first got me interested in nail polish, back in 2011. I was going to a 40th birthday party that had a “black and bling” theme. To finish my outfit off, I wanted some nice nails, but I only ever really painted my nails once or twice a year back then, and I only had a few bottles of polish – mainly reds and pinks. After some Googling, I discovered Minx and nail wraps and found some wraps that matched my dress really well. They had this exact design on them.

Black silver laser new year nails
Black silver laser new year nails

Although I didn’t really get on with nail wraps, I did like having my nails “done”, and a few months later, I started buying polish. The rest is history.

I often think of this design when I think of parties or New Year. Recreating them seemed the obvious choice for this theme. This time around though, I’ve used nail vinyls and polish … not nail wraps.

Black silver laser new year nails
Black and silver laser New Year nails

These are the “original” nails that I did in 2011, using nail wraps:

Black and silver (nail wraps)
My “original” black and silver laser nail wraps.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Laser nails – base colour: three coats of Nina Silver Slipper, one coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust
  • Laser nails – black: Nella Milano Raven Wing
  • Accent nail: three coats of Nina Silver Slipper, one coat of Ciaté Locket and one coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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Fairisle Christmas Jumper Nails | Twinsie Tuesday

After a bit of a hiatus during December, the Twinsie Tuesday group returns today with a Christmas manicure. I have created some Fairisle Christmas jumper nails, in cream, pink and blue.

I have just received the CICI & SISI special Christmas plate, Miss Xmas – Happy Reindeer. I won it in a CICI & SISI Facebook competition. I am delighted with this plate. It has so many great images.

Before I received it, I looked it up online, and was really struck by one of the manicure ideas with a Fairisle / Christmas jumper theme.

Fairisle Christmas jumper nails in cream, pink and blue
Fairisle Christmas jumper nails in cream, pink and blue

I’ve recreated some of that design using Mundo de Uñas Blue Navy (3) and Mundo de Uñas Fiusha (20) over Barry M Coconut.

My Mundo de Uñas polishes seem to “bleed” sometimes and they have done here. I don’t quite understand it. They’re fine when placed and when scraped – at least I can’t see anything untoward. But once I pick them up on the stamper, they develop little spidery veins coming off  the image. It may be to do with the fact that I use a fairly firm stamper, but I haven’t tested my theory.

Fairisle Christmas jumper nails in cream, pink and blue
Fairisle Christmas jumper nails in cream, pink and blue

I am in love with this design. At arm’s length, it’s fabulous.  In close up, you can see that my images on a couple of nails are slightly sloping, and that the colours bleed into the wrong areas, and don’t forget those spidery veins. But most people will only see it at arm’s length, so humour me here and just don’t go clicking on the images to enlarge them!

This is the manicure (bottom set of nails) that I was inspired by and from which I recreated a couple of the nails:

CICI & SISI Miss Xmas Happy Reindeer manicure ideas
CICI & SISI Miss Xmas Happy Reindeer manicure ideas

 

Please take a look at all the other manicures from the Twinsies this week:

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Barry M Coconut
  • Stamping polish: Mundo de Uñas Blue Navy (3) and Mundo de Uñas Fiusha (20)
  • Stamping plate: CICI & SISI Miss Xmas – Happy Reindeer
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned. The CICI & SISI image is used with the company’s permission; it is copyright to CICI & SISI.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Trees And Stars | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

We’re doing Christmas a week early for 40 Great Nail Art Ideas and I have some gold Christmas trees and stars.

I first thought about this design almost a year ago when I first bought the Born Pretty Store BP-01 stamping plate. The design reminded me of a business Christmas card that I had sent some years ago. It had a black background, with gold trees and a white border, and the sky was full of large gold stars.

Christmas trees and stars
Gold and black Christmas trees and stars

I wanted to try to get that same feel for my nails. I hadn’t bought the plate until after Christmas last year, so this is my first opportunity to use it.

The base is Nella Milano Raven and I stamped using Barry M Foil Effects Gold and Konad White. For the stars, I used ÜberChic Beauty 1-03. The reversed-out stars came out beautifully.

Christmas trees and stars
Gold and black Christmas trees and stars

Oooh, I managed to find a picture of the Christmas card. It’s not quite as I remember it – I thought the trees were more like those on the stamping plate – but it has the same feel:

Christmas card with gold Christmas trees and stars
Christmas card I sent in 2009 to my Kerrmunications clients

 

 

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Nella Milano Raven
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Gold and Konad White
  • Stamping plates: Born Pretty Store BP-01 and ÜberChic Beauty 1-03
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Nella Milano Raven Wing was previously sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Red and Black Geometric Stamping

This red and black geometric stamping manicure is one of my favourites. I do love some geometric stamping; and plain and simple, without being too fussy, is always a winner with me.

I painted a red base for this and then stamped over it in black. The red base is Barry M Sparkling Ruby, the limited edition polish that was sold in Superdrug recently. It’s a red base, with tiny gold flecks of glitter. It has a lovely depth, with added sparkle, and it is lovely to wear on its own. Teamed with a “reverse” plate where a large part of the image is stamped, it looks like I have stamped in red.

Red and black geometric stamping
Red and black geometric stamping

Sparkling Ruby has one of the new, wider brushes that a lot of the newer Barry Ms have. I don’t like them. I know a lot of people do. I sometimes think I like wider brushes, and I’m sure I’ve said so on this blog before, but I have trouble painting my smaller nails with them. I think on balance that I get a better result with long, thin brushes, like Chanel brushes.

I stamped over the red base with Konad Black. It was a bit messy – Konad Black always is – so I had to do a good bit of clean-up. I managed to remove a little bit too much around the cuticles, so the red is peeking through a bit there.

Red and black geometric stamping
Red and black geometric stamping

I used hēhē 003 for the stamping. This is a plate with four geometric images on it. My plate came from Lady Queen, but I cannot recommend that you buy hēhē plates from them. Aiyoohēhē has confirmed to me that the plates I received from there are not original hēhē plates; they are fakes. I would recommend that you buy hēhē plates directly from Aiyoohēhē.

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Sparkling Ruby
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: hēhē 003
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
hēhē 003 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.