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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

All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.




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33DC Day 17: Artwork With Your Favourite Brand

It’s day 17 and we’re now over the half way point in the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge. Day 17 calls for artwork with your favourite brand. How can I decide which is my favourite brand?

I love my Chanel polishes. I only have 8 of them – because they’re so expensive, so just an occasional luxury.

I love L’Oréal Color Riche polishes too. I have thirty-one of them. They are also expensive in terms of price per millimetre, as they only come in 5ml bottles. But you can often get them for £1.30 or so at Fragrance Direct. They last really well on me. Plus, I consider the brand one of my favourites because over the year that I’ve been painting my nails, when I have really loved a polish, I have bought a backup bottle. I have 6 backup bottles and 4 of those are L’Oréals.

But I think I should judge my favourite brand to be Barry M. I have forty-seven bottles of Barry M – that’s more than any other polish. It’s inexpensive, easy to get hold of, comes in a great range of colours, and the brand is great at quickly bringing new trends to market (thermal colour-changing polish next please, Barry M!)

So I’ve chosen three Barry M colours for a braided manicure.

Braided nails using Barry M polishes
Braided nails using Barry M polishes: Turquoise, Blackberry and Christmas Blue (SLE 2012 A)

I’m rather proud of these nails. I’ve only previously done one braided finger as an accent, so I’m pleased that I did a whole manicure.


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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Turquoise
  • Briad colours: Barry M Turquoise, Barry M Christmas Blue (SLE 2012 A), Barry M Blackberry
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


Have a look at what everyone else doing the challenge has come up with:


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Braided nail

I can’t seem to leave a plain manicure alone. I loved how my nails looked from yesterday, but they needed a second coat and a top coat, and while I was there doing that I had a bit of a play.

I’ve never tried a braided nail before (sometimes called a fishtail braid). Lucy’s Stash has a great braided nail tutorial, which I have had bookmarked for a while. And today became the day I was going to try it out!

I didn’t do too badly, and I was pleased with how relatively simple it is to do a braided nail. I had thought it would be much harder. The only difficult thing seemed to be having enough patience to wait for each stripe to dry before adding the next one.

I decided on a red, silver and blue look and used another of my new A England polishes, Lady of Shalott, along with Barry M Foil Effects Silver.

Braided nail
Braided nail

And here’s a bit of a close up on the braided nail:

Close up of the braided nail on its own
A close up shot



For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of A England Perceval
  • Braided nail: A England Perceval, A England Lady of Shallot, Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Top coat: Seche Vite