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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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Baby Boomer Music Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

The prompt a little while ago (yes, I’m late again!) for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group was music. I stamped some musical notes onto a gradient to create these baby boomer music nails.

The base is a French tips gradient of nude and white, to create “baby boomer” nails. Baby boomer nails were a bit of a thing a while ago, and while I’ve worn them before, I haven’t ever blogged about them. I still can’t quite figure out exactly where the term “baby boomer” comes from. The closest I can get is that during the baby boom era – the 1960s – the fashion was to wear white nails, and this look is inspired by that.

Baby boomer music nails
Baby boomer music nails

For the base, I used Nella Milano Peach Schnapps and Barry M Cotton. It looked a bit too pink when I’d finished though, so I went over it again with the white and Orly Pink Nude this time, to tone down the colour a bit. You can see that the final colour at the cuticle end of my nails is far less pink than the polish in the bottle.

I stamped some musical notes on top, which obscures the blend of the gradient somewhat.

Baby boomer music nails
Baby boomer music nails

I am trying to desperately catch up. Last Friday’s prompt was “hot pink” – and I still haven’t done that yet – and there’s this Friday’s “wedding” theme still to do as well.

Wish me luck!

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Baby boomer gradient base: Nella Milano Peach Schnapps, Barry M Cotton, Orly Pink Nude
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! Black
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-13
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish top Coat


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

 

 

 

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Pink and White Stamped Floral Tips

These pink and white stamped floral tips mean just one thing … yet more pink on the blog! I need to start getting into some autumnal and winter colours to neutralise the pinkness of my recent posts!

I was already wearing Nella Milano Cheery Bon Bon and it was wearing well, so I decided to add some stamping to extend the manicure for a few more days.

I used a new (to me) plate manufacturer: hēhē.  From what I can gather, hēhē is a Chinese stamping plate company, run by Haiyan. There seem to be 72 plates currently. They’re the round stainless steel ones, the same size as the Bundle Monster, Cheeky, Konad and Born Pretty Store ones. The one I have – and I presume all the others – are not backed though, so you need to handle them carefully to avoid getting cut. [See important note at he end of the post]. In fairness, mine doesn’t seem as sharp as some that I own.

Pink and white stamped floral tips using hēhē 019
Pink and white stamped floral tips using hēhē 019

I used Konad White and hēhē 019 for this look. I stamped the middle nails in full and added French tips to the others.

I used my Messy Mansion guide to do the French tips and was incredibly impressed with it. I’ve never used any of my French tip stamping images as I just didn’t think I would ever get them to align nicely. This little tool though is fantastic as it gives you a straight edge and a curved edge. So I just lined the end of my nail up along the straight edge, as centred as possible, and pressed down into the stamp. So easy.

Pink and white stamped floral tips using hēhē 019
Pink and white stamped floral tips using hēhē 019
15% off at Lady Queen - use code KBLC15

You can buy hēhē stamping plates from Lady Queen. They take around 3-5 weeks to arrive and delivery is free – a bit like Born Pretty Store.

They supply a range of nail art items and I also have a 15% discount to share if you’d like to use it: KBLC15.

[EDIT – IMPORTANT – From information on the hēhē website, I am saddened to discover that it appears that these stamping plates sold by Lady Queen are fakes. As such, I would not recommend you purchase these plates from Lady Queen. If you would like to buy hēhē plates, please buy them directly from hēhē or find an official supplier. Claire Kerr, 7th December 2015].

 

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Nella Milano Cheery Bon Bon
  • Stamping polish: Konad White
  • Stamping plate: hēhē 019
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Nella Milano Cheery Bon Bon and hēhē 019 were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Gold and Black: Houndstooth French Tips

These gold and black houndstooth French tips feature SpaRitual Tend as the base and are stamped with an image from Born Pretty Store BP-L013. I hadn’t intended for them to have French tips at first, but you’ll read why I added them in just a bit.

Tend is a mustard coloured polish, with small gold flakies. It comes from SpaRitual’s recently launched 2015 summer collection, called Gathering.

Gold and black houndstooth French tips using SpaRitual Tend and Born Pretty Store BP-L013
Gold and black houndstooth French tips using SpaRitual Tend and Born Pretty Store BP-L013

I stamped over it using Konad Black and an image from Born Pretty Store BP-L013. This plate has 21 full nail images on it. Unfortunately, they are not as large as the images on the other Born Pretty Store rectangular plates I own and they weren’t quite large enough for my middle and ring finger nails.

Consequently, I had to be a bit creative, and I added some black tips, which masked the missing image.

Gold and black houndstooth French tips using SpaRitual Tend and Born Pretty Store BP-L013
Gold and black houndstooth French tips using SpaRitual Tend and Born Pretty Store BP-L013
Born Pretty Store 10% discount voucher code ZSL91

Born Pretty Store plate BP-L013 has a number of useful images on it: hearts, stars, houndstooth, tartan, chevrons, diamonds and more.

Note though that they are smaller than some other Born Pretty Store rectangular plate images. They are 16.5mm tall by 14.5mm wide. Funnily enough, they fit my nails now they are a bit shorter, but when I did this manicure a few weeks ago, they didn’t.

The plate costs $5.99 and there’s free worldwide shipping. You can also get an extra 10% off with my code: ZSL91.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of SpaRitual Tend, over a base of Barry M Mustard
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-L013
  • French tips: W7 Black
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
SpaRitual Tend and Born Pretty Store BP-L013 were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Sally Hansen Sparkling Water with Waves Stamping: Oceanic (52 Week Challenge)

The two choices for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge are 3 neons or oceanic. It’s been miserable and rainy this morning, making neons out of the question. And so I have instead some oceanic nails using Sally Hansen Sparkling Water for the sparkly green-blue base with some waves stamping.

Sally Hansen Sparkling Water is a very apt name for the polish and one which ties in well with the theme of this manicure. It’s a teal jelly, packed with tiny glass flecks in blue and magenta. They may even be duochromatic flecks that switch between blue and magenta – I can’t quite tell. It was a gift from my neighbour (thanks Marie 🙂 )

I painted two coats – because I was going to stamp over the base – but if I was to wear this polish alone, I would use three coats, for a completely opaque look. Otherwise the nail tips have a tendency to look a little yellowed. It’s a bit of a stinker, this polish. But it looks nice, and the end justifies the means, as Machiavelli (nearly) wrote, so the smell until it dries is bearable.

Sally Hansen Sparkling Water with waves stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-18
Sally Hansen Sparkling Water with waves stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-18

The stamping is done with Barry M Foil Effects Silver, using Born Pretty Store plate BP-18. It has a swirly pattern, that looks like waves. I’m not entirely sure if they are or not, especially because the design looks like it should be used sideways across the nail. But I used it to give a French tips look and just placed the image at the ends of my nails.

Sally Hansen Sparkling Water with waves stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-18
Sally Hansen Sparkling Water with waves stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-18

And look! A third image from me. That’s twice now that I’ve used three images. Last time, you even got to see my thumb, which appeared only very rarely at the beginning of this blog.

Sally Hansen Sparkling Water with waves stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-18
Sally Hansen Sparkling Water with waves stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-18

 

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Sally Hansen Sparkling Water
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-18
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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