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Pastel Halloween Pumpkin Faces | Halloween In The Wrong Colours | 26 Great Nail Art Ideas

Don’t these pastel Halloween pumpkin faces look weird? It’s not right to see Halloween done in the wrong colours! But that’s the theme for this week’s 26 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

My Facebook feed has been filled with similar things – pumpkins and graveyards and bats and witches … but done in pinks and pastels and neons! The nails look so wrong, but it’s a great idea for a theme.

Pastel Halloween pumpkin faces for "Halloween in the wrong colours"
Pastel Halloween pumpkin faces for “Halloween in the wrong colours”

I tried to think of the least Halloweeny colours I could. Pastel pinky-peach and pinky-lilac in a gradient was just perfect.

The first colour in the gradient, the peachy colour, is China Glaze Pack Lightly. This comes from the Spring 2015 Road Trip collection. It has a subtle gold shimmer to it that I could only see well under artificial light. It hasn’t come out in my photos at all. What was more surprising is that this technically a neon polish. It glows under UV light. So, that is very apt for Halloween.

Pastel Halloween pumpkin faces for "Halloween in the wrong colours"

The other gradient colour is Barry M Fondant. Also from a Spring 2015 collection, this is a pinky-lilac shade.

After that, I added some Halloween pumpkin faces. Traditionally these would be black, so to turn Halloween on its head, I used white. The pumpkin faces were created using nail vinyls from She Sells Seashells. I bought these last year, but didn’t get around to using them.

What do you think of these then? I can’t see this being a trend that catches on, but it’s fun to see. Have a look at all the “Halloween in the wrong colours” manicure below.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient colours: China Glaze Pack Lightly and Barry M Fondant
  • Nail Vinyls: She Sells Seashells Halloween pumpkin faces
  • Pumpkin faces: Barry M Cotton
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

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Morgan Taylor Put A Wing On It | Sweetheart Squadron Collection

Morgan Taylor Put A Wing On It is the second of six polishes in the Sweetheart Squadron collection that I am reviewing.

Once again I feel that Morgan Taylor has mis-described a polish. They call it a fiery red, but I think it’s more of a burnt orange in colour. The base does lean quite strongly towards red, but the tiny, gold-coloured flakies give it a glow that makes the overall colour far more orange for me.

Morgan Taylor Put A Wing On It
Morgan Taylor Put A Wing On It

I used three coats in these photos, but it really only needs two. I added the third coat after I had worn the polish for a couple of days and the gap between the polish and my cuticles was getting too large for my liking (vain me!)

It’s a very autumnal polish. And is particularly good for Halloween manicures. It dries matte, which is often a sign that a polish is a neon. So I checked it under UV light and it is indeed a neon. It glows pretty bright actually, and that probably makes it even more apt for a Halloween polish.

Morgan Taylor Put A Wing On It
Morgan Taylor Put A Wing On It

To recap, the six polishes in the Sweetheart Squadron collection are:

 

Morgan Taylor Sweetheart Squadron Collection for Autumn 2016
Morgan Taylor Sweetheart Squadron Collection for Autumn 2016

Morgan Taylor polishes are sold in the UK at Sally’s stores – or online at www.sallyexpress.com for £10.99 each. They are great value for that because they paint on beautifully and wear really well too.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Morgan Taylor Put A Wing On It
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Morgan Taylor Put A Wing On It was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

Autumn Jumper Knitted Nails | Inspired By The Weather | Twinsie Tuesday

These knitted nails are for this week’s Twinsie Tuesday prompt, inspired by the weather. I’m a day late with this, but better late than never!

The weather here in south London is currently just grey and a bit cold. So I didn’t feel that gave me much literal inspiration. Instead, I thought around that a little and realised that this time of the year is when we start to turn on the heating while we’re indoors, and add another layer while we’re out.

Autumn jumper knitted nails
Autumn jumper knitted nails

That extra layer for many is a cosy jumper, so I painted some knitted nails. The base is Barry M Almond, a soft taupe colour. Barry M launched it in 2014 as part of their summer collection, but it’s not really a traditionally summery colour. It’s far more appropriate for autumn.

I stamped over that using another Barry M shade, from the same Summer 2014 collection: Coconut. This is a creamy, just off-white shade. It stamps quite well if you want a thinner look to your stamping. And that is what I was going for with this.

Autumn jumper knitted nails
Autumn jumper knitted nails

The stamping plate is hēhē Plus Fairy Tale 005. It has lots of lace and a couple of knitted patterns on it. You can buy it from the hēhē website.

As lovely as they are, the nails aren’t going to keep me warm though. So I’ve turned up the heating!

 

 

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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 Almond
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Coconut
  • Stamping plate: hēhē Plus Fairy Tale 005
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
hēhē Plus Fairy Tale 005 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

Morgan Taylor Up In The Air-Heart | Sweetheart Squadron Collection

Morgan Taylor Up In The Air-Heart is an absolutely beautiful shade and one of my new go-to favourites when I’m not sure what to put on my nails.

It’s from the Sweetheart Squadron Collection for autumn. The six-polish collection is inspired by female aviators and includes some lovely shades. I even love the green one!

Morgan Taylor describes Up In The Air-Heart as a dusty coral creme, but it’s not so much coral as a pinky nude. I adore it for this as it looks so classy and is great for a work-appropriate manicure. I’ve worn it a couple of times recently for business meetings, where I’m meeting new people who don’t yet know about my crazy love for polish. I need to maintain an air of professionalism and not appear too quirky. Those situations call for a polish just like Up In The Air-Heart.

Morgan Taylor Up In The Air-Heart
Morgan Taylor Up In The Air-Heart

This swatch is two coats. It painted on fantastically smoothly and lasted for ages. I tend to change my polish every couple of days anyway, but recently I have been incredibly busy with work and haven’t had the time to devote to my nails. I wore this polish for four days without even a hint of a chip. And the same can be said for the other polishes in this collection. They really do have great longevity.

Morgan Taylor Up In The Air-Heart
Morgan Taylor Up In The Air-Heart

The polishes in this collection are:

 

Morgan Taylor Sweetheart Squadron Collection for Autumn 2016
Morgan Taylor Sweetheart Squadron Collection for Autumn 2016

I’ll be reviewing each of them over the coming days.

You can buy Morgan Taylor polishes in the UK at Sally’s stores – or online at www.sallyexpress.com. They cost £10.99 each. While that’s on the more expensive end of the price range for polish, I do think it’s absolutely worth it for these polishes. When I was starting out and wanting to “buy all the polishes”, I probably wouldn’t have looked at a collection like this because of the price. But these days, and now I have nearly 1,000 polishes, I am definitely more discerning about what I buy. I prefer to spend a bit more and get a quality polish, because I buy fewer of them now.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Morgan Taylor Up In The Air-Heart
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Morgan Taylor Up In The Air-Heart was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

Blue and Silver Filigree Nails | 26 Great Nail Art Ideas

Nail blog posts from me are a bit like buses: none for a month and then two come along at once! So after a bit of a break, I’m back to posting with some blue and silver filigree nails.

These are for a new challenge: 26 Great Nail Art Ideas. It’s a once a fortnight challenge, with various prompts that you can see in the graphic below. I still haven’t finished the last challenge, but I only have a couple of manicures to do, so can hopefully catch up with those.

Chanel Rebel Blue with All That Jazz silver filigrees
Chanel Blue Rebel with All That Jazz silver filigrees

The base for this manicure is Chanel Blue Rebel, part of the Les Jeans collection from 2011’s Fashion’s Night Out. This collection of three blue polishes came out just before I got into painting my nails. I bought Blue Boy straight away, but the other two – Coco Blue and Blue Rebel – weren’t readily available any more. I managed to snag them much later – and for a much higher price than the usual retail price. But, I love all three of them, so the price paid was worth it.

Chanel Rebel Blue with All That Jazz silver filigrees
Chanel Blue Rebel with All That Jazz silver filigrees

On the middle nails (and my unseen thumb nails) are some silver filigree stickers. These filigrees are from All That Jazz. I was a bit unsure how they would work out before I tried them. I’ve never had the greatest of luck with nail wraps, which seem not to want to follow the curve of my nails. I always end up with lumps and bumps. But perhaps because these have holes in them, and are made of a flexible plasticky sort of material, they curved brilliantly with my nails. They went on so quickly and easily, it was untrue. The curve of the cuticle end and the width perfectly matched my own nails. After I had placed them, all I had to do was to trim off a bit of length using some cuticle nippers.

Thes filigree stickers are extremely impressive. They’re not expensive either. You can get them for £1.79 a pack from All That Jazz. They come in 17 different design and six colours, including gold, silver and four neon colours. This particular design is Bouquet in silver.

All That Jazz filigrees
All That Jazz filigrees

When I looked at the manicure photographs, I wasn’t very pleased with them. So, I added some top coat. But they didn’t photograph well either. And seeing as these filigrees look absolutely fine (except on camera, it seems) without top coat, then those are the pictures I chose to post. They don’t really do these complete justice, and I wish I could have photographed them better.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Blue Rebel
  • Filigrees: All That Jazz Bouquet in silver
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (on the plain blue nails only)


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

 

 

 

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