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Pastel Halloween Pumpkin Faces | Halloween In The Wrong Colours | 26 Great Nail Art Ideas

Don’t these pastel Halloween pumpkin faces look weird? It’s not right to see Halloween done in the wrong colours! But that’s the theme for this week’s 26 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

My Facebook feed has been filled with similar things – pumpkins and graveyards and bats and witches … but done in pinks and pastels and neons! The nails look so wrong, but it’s a great idea for a theme.

Pastel Halloween pumpkin faces for "Halloween in the wrong colours"
Pastel Halloween pumpkin faces for “Halloween in the wrong colours”

I tried to think of the least Halloweeny colours I could. Pastel pinky-peach and pinky-lilac in a gradient was just perfect.

The first colour in the gradient, the peachy colour, is China Glaze Pack Lightly. This comes from the Spring 2015 Road Trip collection. It has a subtle gold shimmer to it that I could only see well under artificial light. It hasn’t come out in my photos at all. What was more surprising is that this technically a neon polish. It glows under UV light. So, that is very apt for Halloween.

Pastel Halloween pumpkin faces for "Halloween in the wrong colours"

The other gradient colour is Barry M Fondant. Also from a Spring 2015 collection, this is a pinky-lilac shade.

After that, I added some Halloween pumpkin faces. Traditionally these would be black, so to turn Halloween on its head, I used white. The pumpkin faces were created using nail vinyls from She Sells Seashells. I bought these last year, but didn’t get around to using them.

What do you think of these then? I can’t see this being a trend that catches on, but it’s fun to see. Have a look at all the “Halloween in the wrong colours” manicure below.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient colours: China Glaze Pack Lightly and Barry M Fondant
  • Nail Vinyls: She Sells Seashells Halloween pumpkin faces
  • Pumpkin faces: Barry M Cotton
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Orange Reciprocal Gradient Zigzags | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

Orange reciprocal gradient: this is my first ever reciprocal gradient. I don’t know why I haven’t done one before now. So, I’m glad therefore that it’s come up as my personal prompt for the orange theme in this week’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

I added zigzags as the element to differentiate the two reversed gradients. After seeing a manicure by Caffeinated Cuticles (Jenn) on Instagram, I chose to “misalign” the zigzags nail vinyls so that they created little boxes, rather than zigzagged lines. I liked the way she’d done it, so copied it.

Orange reciprocal gradient zigzags
Orange reciprocal gradient zigzags

I left two nails bare. I’m a lazy manicurist these days and rarely “accent” more than three nails per hand. It saves so much time. I usually do just the two centre nails and my thumbs. I did gradient the other nails though, as I thought it made it more interesting overall than a plain orange colour would have been.

Orange reciprocal gradient zigzags
Orange reciprocal gradient zigzags

I used three orange nail polishes for the two gradients. Firstly, I used Barry M Full Throttle, a light, pastel orange as my palest colour. Then I chose Nella Milano Chilli Blaze, a medium orange. And finally, Nella Milano Cystal Coral. There’s nothing coral about it at all though; it’s a full-on red-orange.

In hindsight, I think I should have mattified it, as the light reflections in the photos stop you being able to see the pattern so well.

Next week the theme is “inspiration”. Who knows what I’ll be inspired by for that! At the moment I am completely clueless.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Barry M Full Throttle, Nella Milano Chilli Blaze, and Nella Milano Crystal Coral
  • Vinyls: zigzags from Nail Vinyls
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

Here are all the other participant’s orange manicures:

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Summer Gradient | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

This is my summer gradient for the summer prompt of the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

I had all but caught up last week and was going to post this last weekend, but then my son decided to get a fish bone stuck in his throat. That led to 26 hours in three different hospitals, including an emergency operation and then was followed by four days of trauma, complications and consultant appointments. I’m pleased to say that the bone has gone, but my son is left with only half of his uvula, the other half having turned white and dropped off – yikes!

So, I didn’t catch up after all, and I’m left trying to post as much as possible this weekend. I have this plus another three manicures to create, photograph and post before I even catch up.

Summer gradient
Summer gradient

Before the medical trauma, I was already going to post this. It’s a bit of a cheat as it’s the gradient I did for this tribal gradient stamping a couple of months ago. But as I didn’t post the gradient on its own, I feel it’s fair game to use it for this.

Summer gradient
Summer gradient

I was inspired by the colours of the Sky logo to create this. The blue didn’t take quite so well, and also didn’t combine with the pink to make a purple. You could only see it a little, so I added it in on the tips using the brush. You couldn’t really see that under the stamping I did before, but it’s a bit more evident here. Having said that, I don’t dislike it.

 

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient base: one coat of Nella Milano Peach Schnapps
  • Gradient: Beauty UK Bon Bon, Barry M Block Orange, Barry M Pomegranate and Barry M Blue Grape
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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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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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Orange and Red Gradient Leopard Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

Last Friday’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group theme was three shades of red/orange. My own personal prompt was leopard. The two worked OK together, so I was pleased, and the result is these orange and red gradient leopard nails.

The gradient is made from a pale orange (Revlon Sorbet), a mid orange (Barry M Block Orange) and a red (Barry M Blood Orange). The three colours combine for a really striking gradient. They’d be great as the base of a tropical silhouette manicure … you know, palm trees at sunset sort of thing.

Orange and red gradient leopard nails
Orange and red gradient leopard nails

To create the leopard spots, I used the end of the brush to roughly add some red over the light orange and vice versa. Then I used a dotting tool to add the black outlines.

I didn’t like it shiny, so added a matte top coat, which I much preferred.

Orange and red gradient leopard nails
Orange and red gradient leopard nails

This is the latest I’ve been with my 40 Great Nail Art Ideas manicure. I had a really busy Bank Holiday weekend watching my son play cricket each day. He played for his school, then for his club and then for Surrey District, completing wiping out all my weekend free time!

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient: Revlon Sorbet, Barry M Block Orange and Barry M Blood Orange
  • Leopard spots: Revlon Sorbet, Barry M Blood Orange and W7 Black
  • Top coat: Barry M Matte Top Coat


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