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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


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
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.

 

 

 

Cricket Ball Nails | Inspired By Your Child | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday prompt today is to create nails inspired by our child. My 11-year old son is mad about cricket. He’s been playing since he was about five, and plays or trains several times a week, even through the winter. He’s just been accepted into the Surrey District squad too, so I’m very proud of him. In honour of that and inspired by his great passion, I have created some cricket ball nails.

Let me say right now, upfront, I don’t like these nails at all and I’m not proud of them. They were a desperate solution to a difficult prompt. My son likes lots of things that I could be inspired by … Harry Potter, Minecraft, Surrey County Cricket Club, Chelsea Football Club, NFL/New York Giants, and more. But they would all have needed some form of intricate freehand. And I’m no good at freehand, so prompts like this are hard for me. Hence why I’ve taken the easiest option I could think of.

Cricket ball nails
Cricket ball nails

The lines represent the stitching on a cricket ball. Even then, they’re not very accurate. There should be two further sets of diagonal double lines, one set each side of this. But when I first did them they just took up the entire nail and looked ridiculous. So I’ve stuck to a double dashed line, which will have to do. I drew them on with a white Barry M Nail Art Pen.

Cricket ball nails
Cricket ball nails

It’s not even as if the lines are any good, either. The pen didn’t want to sit nicely on the top coat, and the colour kept shrinking and withdrawing into itself. However much I left it to dry then went over it again, it still hasn’t left nice, even lines.

Can you tell I’m not happy today? I hate it when I think I haven’t done as good a job as I could. What a misery guts I am!

To cheer me up – and to help out those of my international readers where cricket isn’t played in their country – here’s a short guide to cricket … There are two sides. One is out in the field and one is in. Each player in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in. Then the next player goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get players still in and not out. When a player goes out to go in, the players who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next player in goes out and goes in. When both sides have been in and all the players are out, and both sides have been out twice after all the players have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game. (Adapted from the television comedy, Mind Your Language).

Confused? Then add to that the fact that cricket is the only game you can play for FIVE days that still sometimes ends in a draw! (I do love it though).

 

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Please take a look at all the other child-inspired manicures from the Twinsies this week:

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Barry M Blood Orange
  • Lines: Barry M Nail Art Pen in white
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Grey Tweed Nails (52 Week Challenge)

The themes for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge are tweed and pale pink. I have done enough pink manicures recently, so I chose to do some grey tweed nails.

To me, tweed is brown and smells of urine. (Yes, really! Google it!) But of course there are other types of tweed besides the stereotypical apparel of posh fox-hunting types and I was inspired by a manicure created by The Haute Spot. I copied the tweed look created for a client, using grey black and white.

Grey black and white tweed nails using Orly Mirror, Mirror and black and white Barry M nail art pens
Grey black and white tweed nails using Orly Mirror, Mirror and black and white Barry M nail art pens

The base is two coats of Orly Mirror, Mirror, a light grey creme polish. This was given to me by the Orly PR representatives when I visited their stand at Professional Beauty London back in February.

Mirror, Mirror goes on very nicely; a little thin on the first coat, but the second evens things out and gives an opaque finish.

I created the tweed look using Barry M Nail Art Pens in white and black. I simply drew vertical and horizontal lines on the nail. I started with white, then added black, then went in with some final white lines to even the colouring up. It was simple to do, but my lines are a little heavy-handed. I haven’t quite got the strokes light enough. I wish I owned the Bundle Monster Secret Garden stamping plates now. A few people have used BM-706 for this challenge prompt, and it looks much better.

Grey black and white tweed nails using Orly Mirror, Mirror and black and white Barry M nail art pens
Grey black and white tweed nails using Orly Mirror, Mirror and black and white Barry M nail art pens

The studs are black triangular rhinestones that came in a mixed pack I bought a year or more ago from one of the pound shops. Here they’re just secured with a dab of top coat, but I would ordinarily use nail glue. I couldn’t wear this manicure for very long, so there was no need to make them rock solid.

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Orly Mirror, Mirror
  • Tweed effect: Barry M Nail Art Pens in black and white
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Orly Mirror, Mirror was given to me. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Bananas In Pyjamas (52 Week Challenge)

I’m a day late with this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge, but it was Mother’s Day in the UK yesterday, and I was busy being spoiled, so didn’t get time to post.

Initially, I spent an age painting Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street as decals. But when I came to put them on, they just didn’t stick down well and you could see all the edges of the decals, with top coat bubbling around them. And I hated them, so they came off immediately.

Bananas In Pyjamas is a programme that came way after my time, but it used to be on sometimes when my son was small. He didn’t particularly like it, so I’m not very familiar with it, but I thought I could do some stripes and faces without too much of a problem. So Bananas In Pyjamas it was!

Bananas in Pyjamas nails
Bananas in Pyjamas nails, using Sally Hansen Butter-fly Stroke, Barry M Cotton, Ciaté Power Dressing and black acrylic paint

Silly nails really, but it was nice to have a bit of fun. They came off pretty quickly though so that I could try out my Mother’s Day present, a bottle of Christian Louboutin Lova.

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Polishes: Sally Hansen Butter-fly stroke (yellow), Barry M Cotton (white) and Ciaté Power Dressing (blue)
  • Face detail: black acrylic paint
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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