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Nella Milano Raven Wing

Today’s swatch is of Nella Milano Raven Wing.

It is a jet black creme that is perfect in two coats. If you have short nails and paint a thick coat, then it’s possibly even a one-coater.

It’s my new favourite black nail polish. Previously, I used to love W7 Black, and thought it was pretty much perfect. But this is even better. As with all Nella Milano nail polishes I’ve tried (and it’s nearly all of them now), it paints on slickly, dries in a flash and the finish is glossy and smooth. Perfection.

Nella Milano Raven Wing
Nella Milano Raven Wing

Nella Milano Raven Wing is part of the Misty Morning collection, which is five white, grey, browny-grey and black polishes.

Nella Milano Raven Wing
Nella Milano Raven Wing

Nella Milano polishes are sold on their website. There’s 32 colours, plus top coat and matte top coat. You can get 20% off your purchase with the code Kerrspecial.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Nella Milano Raven Wing
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Halloween Scene | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

It’s Halloween for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group today. I’ve not really done “proper” Halloween nails before. I did a Halloween needle drag, but that’s as close as I’ve got before now.

The idea for these nails was that they would be a complete scene. But the perspective is wrong on them; the owl is about the size of the house and the skeleton is twice that! Still, it’s my first attempt, so I’ll let myself off.

Blue Halloween scene nails
Blue Halloween scene nails

The gradient background is also a bit too dark. I should have taken the lighter blue further up, so that the silhouettes stand out better against it. The gradient goes from top to bottom, dark to light, as follows: OPI OPI … Eurso Euro, Barry M Blue Grape, Barry M Damson, Barry M Elderberry.

Then I used a number of stamping plates to add the detail (see below for the information). The only thing I freehanded was some ground here and there and a gravestone.

Blue Halloween scene nails
Blue Halloween scene nails

It’s a complicated manicure, that I’m not entirely happy with, but it killed a few hours while I was having new windows fitted.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient: OPI OPI … Eurso Euro, Barry M Blue Grape, Barry M Damson, Barry M Elderberry
  • First top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plates: Born Pretty Store BP-L015 (tree), Born Pretty Store BP-24 (owl), Bundle Monster BM-213 (bats), BM-305 (haunted house), BM-413 (skeleton)
  • Other black – gravestone, ground: Nella Milano Raven Wing
  • Final top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

 

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Autumn Leaves on Black | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday prompt for today is “inspired by the season”. So I have some autumn leaves on black.

I work from home, and these are the colours I can currently see out of my office window, as the leaves on the trees change colour.

I was already wearing Nella Milano Raven Wing – which you’ll see tomorrow – so I set about seeing if I could stamp over it. If it didn’t work out, I was going to start again, with a lighter base colour. But I am very happy with this look.

Autumn leaves on black
Autumn leaves on black

I tried a number of stamps and colour combinations on my Über Mat and ultimately settled on some maple leaves from Born Pretty Store plate BP-19, which I stamped with Mundo de Uñas Mustard (46) and Orange (13).

Autumn leaves on black
Autumn leaves on black

 

 

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Please take a look at all the other autumnal (fall) manicures from the Twinsies this week:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Nella Milano Raven Wing
  • Stamping polishes: Mundo de Uñas Mustard (46) and Orange (13)
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-19
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Nella Milano Raven Wing was sent to me for review. The other polishes and nail art supplies used in this post were purchased by me. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

 

Butterfly Stamping Decals | Orange, Purple, Green | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

I have some butterfly stamping decals for 40 Great Nail Art Ideas. The colour theme this time is orange, purple and green, and my own pattern type is decals.

So I’ve made some butterfly stamping decals, and have painted my butterflies in orange, purple and green. I don’t think there are any green butterflies are there? I have used some artistic license there!

The butterflies are stamped using ÜberChic Beauty 3-01. I am a newcomer to ÜberChic Beauty plates. I have admired them from afar, but I am always very wary about buying from abroad, so I hadn’t taken the plunge. Until She Sells Seashells started selling them, that is!

Butterfly stamping decals
Butterfly stamping decals

Having stamped onto a mat, I then coloured the images in using a variety of polishes. I used two different shades for each butterfly, and some have different colours at the top section and bottom section, and with others I have tried to gradient the colours. It wasn’t completely successful. Plus, my purple looks a bit blue. I can assure you I used a lilac and a purple, but my camera seems to have interpreted the colours differently.

Butterfly stamping decals
Butterfly stamping decals

I am really not very good at applying stamping decals. I always get bubbles and smudges. These aren’t too bad, but still not perfect. I thought I’d make them matte too, and much prefer that to the shiny version. It also lessened the bubbly effect, so improved the overall look!

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of OPI My Vampire Is Buff
  • Butterflies: Barry M Satsuma, Barry M Mango, Revlon Emerald, Barry M Key Lime, Barry M Plum, Barry M Prickly Pear
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: ÜberChic Beauty 3-01
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl, then Barry M Matte Top Coat


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Nella Milano Vintage Violet

Nella Milano Vintage Violet is my Nella Milano nail polish swatch this time around.

It’s a bright purple, in the middle of the purple range. It’s a very cheery colour, probably not very seasonally appropriate – unless you’re in the southern hemisphere – but I’m rarely one to stick to the “right” colours for the season.

These photos were taken a few weeks ago when my nails were a little bit longer. They look quite alien to me, as if they’re not mine. But it was only a short while ago.

Nella Milano Vintage Violet
Nella Milano Vintage Violet

As with other Nella Milano polishes, it dried well and took two coats.

You can get 20% off Vintage Violet, and all the other polishes on the Nella Milano website, with the code Kerrspecial.

Nella Milano Vintage Violet
Nella Milano Vintage Violet

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Nella Milano Vintage Violet
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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