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Pink and Aqua Flowers | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These pink and aqua flowers are for the pink and aqua theme (a couple of weeks ago now – ooops) of the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. As ever, there’s a personal prompt that goes along with each colour theme, and mine was “on a nude base” – easy enough!

I was going to do some splatter nails, but couldn’t find the time to clear everything away to prepare and protect against all that mess. So I had a bit of a browse through the manicures I’ve pinned that I like, and came across one using a flower image from Bundle Monster BM-06 (see below). I thought it would look great on all my nails over the base of piCture pOlish Nude that I had already painted.

Pink and aqua flowers
Pink and aqua flowers

I pulled out some Sally Hansen Insta-Dris to stamp with. I don’t know if was the heat or what, but I couldn’t get them to stamp very well. So I tried with some Barry M polishes, and was very surprised at how well they stamped. I used Turquoise and Ballerina for a pastel look. My favourite clear stamper, the Bundle Monster Glass Stamper, made it very easy to place the individual flowers. I was tempted to add some darker colours over the top, but ultimately decided I liked it just with the blue and pink flowers and left it as it was.

Pink and aqua flowers
Pink and aqua flowers

This is the manicure I was inspired by, created by Glam Style Nails by Carolina:

I’m still a few manicures behind in this challenge. If you look at the image below, you’ll see I still have insects to do – and even that was last week’s manicure! The year-long challenge ends in September – I had better have caught up by then!

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of piCture pOlish Nude
  • Stamping polishes: Barry M Turquoise and Barry M Ballerina
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-06
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

The linkup has expired, so I can’t add myself to it, but you should be able to see all the other pink and aqua manicures if you follow the link below.

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Delicate Floral Wedding Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

I’m slowly catching up! These floral wedding nails for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group were due almost two weeks ago. I’m only just making it into the Inlinkz linkup!

I didn’t really know what to do for the wedding theme. I have done a number of pale stamped lace manicures before that I think would be suitable for a wedding and I wanted to do something different. I really wanted to try to recreate this manicure by instagram nail artist Anna Malinko. But she uses gel from a pot, which I don’t have – I could tip it out of the bottle, I suppose. But anyway, she’s an extremely talented freehand artist and I am not!

Delicate floral wedding nails
Delicate floral wedding nails

So I did my own take and stamped a delicate floral design over a subtle French manicure. It’s not anywhere nearly as good as Anna’s manicure, but it’s all I can manage.

Inspired by my pastel and negative space curved chevrons nails, I did a subtle French manicure. I once again used Ciaté Bloom Boost and Barry M Nude to create a (non-stained) naked nails effect. I am disappointed that under the lights the camera seems to show the staining a bit still, which is not at all evident in real life.

Then I used Orly Pink Nude for the tips. I think Pink Nude is meant more for the whole of the nail, but I didn’t want a really stand-out white tip, so thought this was far more understated. It’s a creamy colour and it simply brightens up the (stained!) tip.

Delicate floral wedding nails
Delicate floral wedding nails

I stamped using Essence Stamp Me! White and half of an image from Bundle Monster BM-XL206 (Nailstamp4fun’s blogger collaboration plate).

Right, I’m now one manicure away (last week’s mint green prompt) from catching up. Watch this space!

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Negative space “colour”: two coats of Ciaté Bloom Boost, with two coats of Barry M Nude
  • French tips: Orly Pink Nude
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! White
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL206
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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OPI She’s A Bad Muffuletta with Spring Flowers | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

I have some spring flowers for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group today.

I used some polishes from the OPI New Orleans Spring 2016 collection. The base is OPI She’s A Bad Muffuletta. I don’t understand the pun behind this polish name at all. I looked up muffuletta, because I had no idea what that was, and it seems it’s a sandwich of some sort. Now I just need to understand why it goes with “she’s a bad …”. It makes zero sense to me. Can an American please explain?

Spring flowers on a base of OPI She's A Bad Muffuletta
Spring flowers on a base of OPI She’s A Bad Muffuletta

The colour is lovely. It’s one of those “nearly red” pinks. It’s bright and it freaks out my camera a little, and while I have adjusted the image a little, it still isn’t quite colour-accurate. So if you’re looking to buy this polish, please don’t rely on my photos.

Spring flowers on a base of OPI She's A Bad Muffuletta
Spring flowers on a base of OPI She’s A Bad Muffuletta

I added in some some flowers and dots using OPI Crawfishin’ For A Compliment, which is a pale peach colour. The centre of the flowers is SpaRitual Gentle, which I reviewed yesterday. I wanted a nice cream for the centre of the flowers, and this was still on my desk, so it was perfect all round.

I’m not sure that the base is very spring-like. I think I perhaps should have done it with the light colour as the base and the darker one for the flowers. This is probably more summers flowers than spring flowers!

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of OPI She’s A Bad Muffuletta
  • Flowers: OPI Crawfishin’ For A Compliment and SpaRitual Gentle
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

 

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Yellow, Black and White Stripes and Flowers (52 Week Challenge)

It’s stripes or pastel for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge so I have some yellow, black and white stripes and flowers nails.

I started off trying to paint some black and white stripes over the yellow base, which is China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin. But it just wasn’t working and looked a mess. So after a rethink, I went with stripes of a different kind and chose a stamping image with some stripes (and flowers).

Yellow, black and white stripes and flowers: reverse stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-65 over China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin
Yellow, black and white stripes and flowers: reverse stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-65 over China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin

I did reverse stamping (advanced stamping) and made some decals, filling in the flowers with some white. I love these nails. They’re so bright and happy.

Yellow, black and white stripes and flowers: reverse stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-65 over China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin
Yellow, black and white stripes and flowers: reverse stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-65 over China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black, filled in with Barry M Cotton
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-65
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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Pink, Red and White Mini Dotted Flowers (52 Week Challenge)

The two challenge prompts for last week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge were: red and pink, or skittles. I chose to create some pink, red and white mini dotted flowers.

My design is entirely inspired (copied!) from one done by Nail That Design.

I used all Nella Milano polishes for this design. The pink base is Pinkifield; the white flowers are made with Chantilly Cream; the red leaves are done with The Rubinator; and finally, the tiny dotted centres are Raven Wing.

Pink, red and white mini dotted flowers using Nella Milano Pinkifield, Chantilly Cream, Raven Wing and The Rubinator
Pink, red and white mini dotted flowers using Nella Milano Pinkifield, Chantilly Cream, Raven Wing and The Rubinator

My leaves and dots are a little sloppy. It was really hot yesterday when I painted these, and my polish was drying really quickly. Rather than take my time, replenishing the dabs of polish on my dotting mat more frequently, I tried to finish the job more hastily. The result is that my dots aren’t very even and some of the leaves aren’t really even leaf shaped!

Pink, red and white mini dotted flowers using Nella Milano Pinkifield, Chantilly Cream, Raven Wing and The Rubinator
Pink, red and white mini dotted flowers using Nella Milano Pinkifield, Chantilly Cream, Raven Wing and The Rubinator

I couldn’t fit in as many dots in the centre of my flowers as Nail That Design did. I don’t know how she did it in fairness. Despite that, and the poor leaves, the overall effect is what I was looking for and the manicure looks great.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Nella Milano Pinkifield
  • Dotted flowers: Nella Milano Chantilly Cream, Nella Milano Raven Wing and Nella Milano The Rubinator
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
All the Nella Milano nail polishes used for this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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