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Harry Potter: Hogwarts’ Houses | Films | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

We’re doing films for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group, and I chose to use my new hēhē plates for a Harry Potter-inspired Hogwarts’ houses skittle manicure.

Four of the hēhē plates are themed around the Hogwarts’ houses. I don’t know how accurately they represent the house flags and crests as used in the films. Although I’ve seen all the films, I don’t recall much about the crests and flags. But the images I found online seem to be fairly similar to the ones on the plates. Certainly the badges in the centre of each plate, which depict each house’s mascot, are accurate.

Harry Potter Hogwarts' Houses skittle manicure
Harry Potter Hogwarts’ Houses skittle manicure

So, I painted a nail to represent each of the houses, as a bit of a skittle:

  • index finger: Gryffindor – Barry M Blood Orange, stamped with Barry M Foil Effects Gold using hēhē 026
  • middle finger: Ravenclaw – Barry M Blue Grape, stamped with Sally Hansen Shiny Penny using hēhē 028
  • ring finger: Hufflepuff – Barry M Lemon Ice Cream, stamped with Konad Black using hēhē 029
  • little finger: Slytherin – Barry M Spring Green, stamped with Barry M Foil Effects Silver using hēhē 027

This manicure took some planning. I stamped the emblem first and got it centred well by using my Clear Jelly Stamper. Lots of places seem to be selling these now. I bought mine from Clear Jelly Stamper itself – I’m not sure, but I think the vendor was the person who also invented these stampers. I believe she’s patenting it too. I’m not sure it will stop any rip-offs though.

I then top coated and waited until my nails were completely dry. Before stamping over the nail with the rest of the design, I covered each emblem in liquid latex. It worked really well and it was easy to pull off the latex afterwards with some tweezers.

Harry Potter Hogwarts' Houses skittle manicure
Harry Potter Hogwarts’ Houses skittle manicure

I have stuck faithfully to the colours of the houses, although Ravenclaw should be bronze and I’ve used more of a copper colour. And I have used something from each plate that comes as close as possible to the designs I’ve seen online for the individual house shields.

I’m really pleased with these hēhē plates. I probably won’t be doing a lot of Harry Potter manicures, and I can’t really see me having the need for a badger image very soon! But the other patterns on the plates are great. I know a lot of bloggers have been sent hēhē plates by a nail accessories online shop, myself included. But please note that these are fakes and they definitely aren’t as good quality as the real thing. Outside of China, you can currently only get hēhē  plates from aiyoohēhē itself.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of China Glaze Tempest
  • Index finger: two coats of Barry M Blood Orange
  • Middle finger: two coats of Barry M Blue Grape
  • Ring finger: three coats of Barry M Lemon Ice Cream
  • Little finger: two coats of Barry M Spring Green
  • Stamping polishes: Barry M Foil Effects Gold, Sally Hansen Shiny Penny, Konad Black, Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Stamping plates: hēhē 026, 027, 028, 029
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

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Pink and Cream Roses | Reverse Stamping | Moyra Florality 1 Plate

I did some reverse stamping using a new stamping plate from Moyra, and created these pink and cream roses.

Moyra is a relatively unknown brand in the UK at the moment. Their polishes were being sold in the UK via someone on a Facebook group about a year or more ago, but I don’t think it lasted very long and I hadn’t seen any talk about Moyra for ages, until fairly recently.

That was when I saw a review of Moyra stamping plates by an Italian blogger I follow. I was really interested in getting hold of the plates, but no-one here sold them. After asking Moyra’s head office in Hungary where I could buy some, they very generously sent me some items.

Pink and cream roses. Stamping decals made with Moyra Florality 1 (plate 6).
Pink and cream roses. Stamping decals made with Moyra Florality 1 (plate 6).

I am absolutely in love with the plates and now want all of them! I understand that two places in the UK will be stocking them soon: Nail Artisan and Rainbow Connection. (If you’re in Ireland, there is already a Moyra stockist).

There are 16 stamping plates, all of which are the same size as the ÜberChic Beauty plates. Those of you with long nails will love these plates as the images are longer and wider than Bundle Monster XL, MoYou XL and Born Pretty BPL plate images. The images on the Florality 1 plate measure 2.0 cm wide by 2.5 cm tall. They also come in a coloured cardboard cover, with a different design for each plate, making them nice and easy to find in your stash of plates!

Moyra also produces stamping polish. I haven’t tried it with this manicure, but will try it out and review it soon.

Pink and cream roses. Stamping decals made with Moyra Florality 1 (plate 6).
Pink and cream roses. Stamping decals made with Moyra Florality 1 (plate 6).

For this manicure, I painted a base of Revlon Vintage Rose and then used Konad Black to stamp a roses image from Moyra Florality 1 (Moyra Plate 6). I used the reverse stamping technique and filled the image in with OPI My Vampire Is Buff. I left the filled-in image on the stamper to dry, then I added top coat onto my nail and left it to dry until it was just slightly tacky. Then I stamped straight onto the nail. This method gives me the most success. If I stamp, fill in, top coat and then remove from the stamper when dry, when I transfer the image to my nail, I get bubbling and smearing problems. This way gives the best results by far.

I did manage to lose the bottom corner of the image for my middle finger though, so I just painted a little more cream polish over that to disguise my mess up!

 

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Revlon Vintage Rose
  • Roses colour: OPI My Vampire Is Buff
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: Moyra Florality 1 (Moyra Plate 06)
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Moyra Florality 1 stamping plate was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Dark Grey with Gold Lace Half Moon Stamping | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday prompt this time around is grey and gold and I have some dark grey nails with gold lace half moon stamping.

I don’t personally think grey and gold go brilliantly well together. Grey is a cold colour and gold is a warm one. Grey goes much better with silver I think. So to make it work, I chose a darkish grey that could almost be black (Essie Cashmere Bathrobe), and stamped with gold. I think they go OK together.

Grey with gold lace half moon stamping
Grey with gold lace half moon stamping

I used one of the Bundle Monster blogger collaboration plates, from set 2, BM-XL206. This is Nailstamp4fun’s plate – thanks Swanette. Her plate has a large lace design and some smaller, lace patterns, floral designs and a couple of a geometric images too.

Grey with gold lace half moon stamping
Grey with gold lace half moon stamping

I used one of the French tip lace designs and decided to use it as a half moon stamping instead of a tip.

BM-XL206 stamping plate
BM-XL206 stamping plate – reproduced here with permission from Bundle Monster

I love this Bundle Monster set and have more designs using other plates coming up soon. You can buy this plate on its own from the Bundle Monster website for $4.99, or you can purchase the entire set of five plates for a slightly less per plate, at $19.99.

 

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Essie Cashmere Bathrobe
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Gold
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL206
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned. The stamping plate image is copyright to Bundle Monster and is reproduced here with permission.
The Bundle Monster stamping plate BM-XL206 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Purple Fishbraid | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

I got lucky with the prompt for 40 Great Nail Art Ideas this week. The theme is three colours of purple, and my personal prompt is fishbraid – which needs three colours. So purple fishbraid nails was an easy one to do.

I used three Barry M polishes: Bright Purple, Plum and Lilac Foil. I’ve not done a purple fishbraid before – I’ve done blue and red/silver and navy. I think it looks really nice in purple.

Purple fishbraid
Purple fishbraid

I didn’t do them very carefully and they’re not perfect. I saw some braided nails just yesterday that someone had done on a silicon mat. They were beautifully straight and clean-looking. That’s definitely the way to go I think. I do love the look of fishbraided nails, but they take so long to do. I don’t find them difficult to do at all; it’s just the waiting for each stripe of colour to dry that takes the time.

Purple fishbraid
Purple fishbraid

I’ve been really busy recently and am only coming to these prompts at the last minute. I have to get my act together. Next week it’s films, and I have an idea to do something that is a little complicated and time-consuming, so I can’t just do it quickly late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Braided nails: Barry M Bright Purple, Barry M Lilac Foil and Barry M Plum
  • Plain nails: two coats of Barry M Bright Purple
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Shattered Glass Stamping | Twinsie Tuesday

For Twinsie Tuesday, we’re doing shattered glass nails.

Now, I don’t have any cellophane, nor much desire to spend hours cutting it up and sticking it my nails – much as I like the effect of the finished look. So I cheated and stamped my shattered glass nails instead.

The base is a polish I haven’t used before. It’s Nails Inc. Soho Silver, which came free with the December 2013 issue of Glamour magazine. So it’s more than two-years’ old and hasn’t been tried yet.

Shattered glass stamping
Shattered glass stamping

I used two coats. At first, it looked streaky and full of brush strokes, but surprisingly, it smoothed out beautifully as it dried and left an even, and fairly shiny, finish.

I wanted to create a broken mirror effect, and the black on silver seems to have done just that.

Shattered glass stamping
Shattered glass stamping

I stamped using Konad Black and Bundle Monster BM-608. The stamping plate is from the 2014 Create Your Own set, so thank you to whomever created the broken glass image! I get shattered glass nails … without the effort!

 

 

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Nails Inc Soho Silver
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-608
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.