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Mardi Gras nails

I bet you wonder why I’m posting some Mardi Gras nails in December! We don’t even celebrate Mardi Gras in the UK. (Well, we have Pancake Day, but that’s about the closest we get).

My son’s school holds a charity fundraising ball every year, and I’m on the committee that helps to organise it. This year, the theme was Mardi Gras.

I had designed some posters and artwork for the event and had created a three-colour harlequin pattern as a border. I didn’t know much about Mardi Gras at first, but after researching things a little, I  found out that the traditional colours for (New Orleans) Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. So I chose to replicate the coloured harlequin pattern on my nails too.

Mardi Gras nails
Mardi Gras nails

For the colours, I chose: Nella Milano A Royal Affair (purple), George Buttercup Shine (yellow/gold), and Barry M Spring Green (green).

I wasn’t sure of the best way to accomplish the design, especially since my freehand isn’t the greatest. So I settled on making some decals on a silicone mat. I painted some lines of adjoining diamonds in purple and in green using back to back zigzag vinyls placed on the mat. Then I top coated that and allowed it to dry. Then I cut away the top coat from one side of each of the purple and green lines of diamonds. I then slotted them together on the mat so that the green and purple diamonds were touching and added another coat of top coat.

Mardi Gras nails
Mardi Gras nails

Finally, I laid my decals onto a base of the yellow polish. I did do a little bit of freehand work, by painting in the side diamonds in green and purple by hand.

For the glitter polish, I used FUN Lacquer Million Dollar Dream. It is a gold glittery polish with holographic glitters that reflect in green and red. There’s no purple, but the colours are similar to the Mardi Gras colour scheme.

The ball was a great success. However, apart from a few of my committee colleagues, no-one noticed my Mardi Gras nails, unfortunately.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Harlequin colours: three coats of George Buttercup Shine (base), Nella Milano A Royal Affair, and Barry M Spring Green
  • Glitter: three coats of FUN Lacquer Million Dollar Dream
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Nella Milano A Royal Affair was previously sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Orange Watermarble Stripes (52 Week Challenge)

The themes for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge are orange and outlines. I chose to create some orange watermarble stripes, using decals.

These have been watermarbled without dragging through the image. I have wanted to use this technique for ages, to make (slightly curved) wide stripes on my nails. I’ve tried it a couple of times and it’s been disastrous. Previously, when I have dipped my nail in the water, it’s ended up a slushy mess.

So this time I tried it by letting the watermarble dry into a decal first.

Orange, black and white watermarble stripes using OPI A Roll In The Hague, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris - Black
Orange, black and white watermarble stripes using OPI A Roll In The Hague, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris – Black

It was still a bit messy. I let it dry in the water for over an hour, nearly two, but it was very pliable when I took it out and you can see a resulting slight stretch in the pattern on my ring finger. I would have preferred to cut it for the cuticles edge, but it was too soft, so I had to use acetone and a clean up brush, meaning it’s not as sharp and clean as I would like.

Orange, black and white watermarble stripes using OPI A Roll In The Hague, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris - Black
Orange, black and white watermarble stripes using OPI A Roll In The Hague, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris – Black

I used OPI A Roll In The Hague, Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris – Black, and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. They all marbled well. However, it’s still not entirely the look I was aiming for. I wanted mainly white, with different widths of black and orange stripes. I didn’t pay attention enough to what I was doing though.

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Plain orange nails: three coats of OPI A Roll In The Hague
  • Watermarbled nails: OPI A Roll In The Hague, Clavin Klein Ebony Hate Chris – Black, and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Essie Bottle Service with Neon Pink and Blue Chevron Decals (52 Week Challenge)

I’ve gone with the neon theme for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge, pairing Essie Bottle Service with neon pink and blue chevron decals.

I started by painting a white base on all my nails. I used Barry M Cotton, which has become my favourite white recently. Then I painted two coats of Essie Bottle Service over the top of my outer nails. White helps bring out the neon of the pink. And this pink is neon. My camera hated it, and I couldn’t even adjust the image after editing to give a truly colour-accurate likeness. So I gave up. Be assured though that it’s a bright highlighter pink. My photos show it a bit too washed out – it’s more intense and brighter then this.

As with all neons, Bottle Service dried matte, so I added top coat for shine.

For the accent nails, I added some neon pink and blue chevron decals from Born Pretty Store. I say accent nails, but I’ve taken to painting the two centre nails differently, as stand-out nails, but I nearly always do the same thing on my thumbs, so actually, 6 out of 10 of my nails – the majority – have the “accent”. It would be more accurate to call the plain nails the accents!

Essie Bottle Service with Born Pretty Store neon pink and blue chevron decals
Essie Bottle Service with Born Pretty Store neon pink and blue chevron decals

The water decals are from a large sheet of neon patterns. I bought these last summer, but never got around to using them, so this is the first time. But they will last ages because you get the equivalent of 11 small sheets of patterns. There aren’t enough of most patterns to be able to do all 10 nails, but you can mix and match the colours, staying within the same pattern family, or can use them for accent nails like I’ve done.

Essie Bottle Service with Born Pretty Store neon pink and blue chevron decals
Essie Bottle Service with Born Pretty Store neon pink and blue chevron decals

The two pinks don’t match each other, but under the light of my LED lamp, they both shine with equal intensity. Makes me want to go clubbing! (Maybe not! Too old for all that!)

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Cotton
  • Neon pink: two coats of Essie Bottle Service
  • Decals: neon pink and blue decals from Born Pretty Store (sheet YG-030)
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Born Pretty Store Multi-Coloured Swirl Pattern Water Decals

I am wearing some awesome nails today. These are multi-coloured swirl pattern water decals, from Born Pretty Store.

Aren’t they fab? Very funky indeed.

I’ve placed the water decals over a cream base. They took longer than the recommended 10-20 seconds in soak to come off the backing card. It was more like 30-35 seconds for me. They also slid around a bit more more than I have experienced with other water decals. All my decals bar one set have come from Born Pretty Store, so maybe these are made slightly differently. But, I got there in the end, and it was just a case of getting used to these for a few nails.

Born Pretty Store multi-coloured swirl pattern water decals
Born Pretty Store multi-coloured swirl pattern water decals

I can just get ten nails out of these sized sheets. With the sheet in landscape orientation, I cut four portrait shaped nails from each long side, leaving enough one landscape shaped piece from each short side. You have to do it carefully, to make sure you get ten of the correct size, but it can be done (for nails my length, anyway).

Born Pretty Store multi-coloured swirl pattern water decals
Born Pretty Store multi-coloured swirl pattern water decals

I do love this multi-coloured swirl pattern. I’m a child of the 70s, and it reminds me of the Doctor Who credits, only more colourful. (I could be mis-remembering that though; I’m off to search YouTube after posting this!)

BPS multi-coloured swirl pattern water decals, sheet 198
BPS multi-coloured swirl pattern water decals, sheet 198

If you want to buy these, or any other nail art items from www.bornprettystore.com, then you can get 10% off non-sale items using the code ZSL91.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:


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

 

 

Black and White Houndstooth Tips (52 Week Challenge)

I’ve just used one of the prompts for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge. I’ve gone with the houndstooth prompt and have stuck with a classic colour combination of black and white.

My inspiration comes from an image in the MoYou Nails brochure – in fact, it’s not so much inspiration as wholesale recreation. But these are done with water decals, not stamping.

After creating white tips on my nails, and painting an accent nail completely white, I applied some houndstooth water decals from Born Pretty Store.

The decals come in strips that are 1, 2 and 3 houndsteeth deep. That was fine for the tips; they were sized exactly right for a double houndstooth. But for the accent nail, I had to use 3 separate pieces. I used two 3 deep patterns, and then still had the smallest amount of white nail showing at the bottom, so added a piece of decal with the single pattern.

Black and white houndstooth tips using Born Pretty Store water decals, Barry M Cotton and W7 Black
Black and white houndstooth tips using Born Pretty Store water decals, Barry M Cotton and W7 Black

The decals were very easy to apply. While they were still wet they slid easily on the nail, so could be aligned with minimal fuss. You can buy them from Born Pretty Store for £1.99, with free delivery. You can get a further 10% off any full price purchases from Born Pretty Store using code: ZLS91.

Black and white houndstooth tips using Born Pretty Store water decals, Barry M Cotton and W7 Black
Black and white houndstooth tips using Born Pretty Store water decals, Barry M Cotton and W7 Black

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • White: two coats of Barry M Cotton
  • Black: two coats of W7 Black
  • Houndstooth decals: Born Pretty Store #10986
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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