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Harry Potter: Hogwarts’ Houses | Films | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

We’re doing films for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group, and I chose to use my new hēhē plates for a Harry Potter-inspired Hogwarts’ houses skittle manicure.

Four of the hēhē plates are themed around the Hogwarts’ houses. I don’t know how accurately they represent the house flags and crests as used in the films. Although I’ve seen all the films, I don’t recall much about the crests and flags. But the images I found online seem to be fairly similar to the ones on the plates. Certainly the badges in the centre of each plate, which depict each house’s mascot, are accurate.

Harry Potter Hogwarts' Houses skittle manicure
Harry Potter Hogwarts’ Houses skittle manicure

So, I painted a nail to represent each of the houses, as a bit of a skittle:

  • index finger: Gryffindor – Barry M Blood Orange, stamped with Barry M Foil Effects Gold using hēhē 026
  • middle finger: Ravenclaw – Barry M Blue Grape, stamped with Sally Hansen Shiny Penny using hēhē 028
  • ring finger: Hufflepuff – Barry M Lemon Ice Cream, stamped with Konad Black using hēhē 029
  • little finger: Slytherin – Barry M Spring Green, stamped with Barry M Foil Effects Silver using hēhē 027

This manicure took some planning. I stamped the emblem first and got it centred well by using my Clear Jelly Stamper. Lots of places seem to be selling these now. I bought mine from Clear Jelly Stamper itself – I’m not sure, but I think the vendor was the person who also invented these stampers. I believe she’s patenting it too. I’m not sure it will stop any rip-offs though.

I then top coated and waited until my nails were completely dry. Before stamping over the nail with the rest of the design, I covered each emblem in liquid latex. It worked really well and it was easy to pull off the latex afterwards with some tweezers.

Harry Potter Hogwarts' Houses skittle manicure
Harry Potter Hogwarts’ Houses skittle manicure

I have stuck faithfully to the colours of the houses, although Ravenclaw should be bronze and I’ve used more of a copper colour. And I have used something from each plate that comes as close as possible to the designs I’ve seen online for the individual house shields.

I’m really pleased with these hēhē plates. I probably won’t be doing a lot of Harry Potter manicures, and I can’t really see me having the need for a badger image very soon! But the other patterns on the plates are great. I know a lot of bloggers have been sent hēhē plates by a nail accessories online shop, myself included. But please note that these are fakes and they definitely aren’t as good quality as the real thing. Outside of China, you can currently only get hēhē  plates from aiyoohēhē itself.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of China Glaze Tempest
  • Index finger: two coats of Barry M Blood Orange
  • Middle finger: two coats of Barry M Blue Grape
  • Ring finger: three coats of Barry M Lemon Ice Cream
  • Little finger: two coats of Barry M Spring Green
  • Stamping polishes: Barry M Foil Effects Gold, Sally Hansen Shiny Penny, Konad Black, Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Stamping plates: hēhē 026, 027, 028, 029
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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The hēhē stamping plates were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

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Brush stroke metallics skittle (52 Week Challenge)

This week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge is either brush stroke or favourite brand.

Having not done a brush stroke manicure before, that was my immediate choice. I wasn’t sure how – or if – it differed from a distressed manicure, so I had a quick search to find out more. In searching, I came across a lovely manicure and tutorial by Gorgeois and thought I’d try to recreate that.

By the time I’d pulled out all my metallics, I couldn’t whittle it down to a few colours, so instead I chose to do a skittle using seventeen different colours.

After I’d painted a base each of the lightest metallic, I followed the Georgois tutorial and painted the brush strokes with the darkest polish first, then gradually getting lighter. And I did that twice. I don’t much like the final outcome, so it didn’t last very long on my nails. I’m afraid this one is a case of doing something so that I can be sure to complete a challenge, rather than doing something I wanted to wear on my nails. (It will probably turn out to be really well liked therefore – it’s often the case!)

Brush stroke metallics skittle
Brush stroke metallics skittle

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Reds/oranges: Sally Hansen Wined Up, No 7 Salsa, Sally Hansen Shiny Penny, L’Oreal Versailles Gold
  • Greens/yellows: Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly, Chanel Azuré, Revlon Beach, Sephora Flash Me!
  • Blues: Beauty UK Electric Blue, George Blue Lagoon, Sally Hansen Blue Streak, L’Oreal Saphir Treasure, Essie Blue Rhapsody
  • Purples: A England Avalon, Sally Hansen Pronto Purple, Barry M Lilac Foil, Essie Nothing Else Metals
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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60s Psychedelic Swirls Skittle (52 Week Challenge)

The themes this week in the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge are ’60s and matte/texture. I’ve gone with the ’60s. I have been trying to combine two prompts if possible, but I couldn’t bear to mattify these 60s psychedelic swirls, so left them glossy.

These are done using the dry marble / needle drag technique, as inspired by a fairly recent manicure by @sevta_sanders on Instagram (although I’ve done this differently to hers). I painted a thickish coat of base coat first, then immediately lightly placed a wide stripe of the other colour down the middle of my nail. Then with my smallest dotting tool – the one that’s practically a point – I pulled through the polish, circling from the outside inwards to the centre. I had to work quickly to get this look, and I re-did the blue and orange one about five times before I was happy! Also, because I could only do one base coat, I chose Barry M polishes, which are pretty opaque, especially the Gellys.

I am actually a child of the sixties, but I wasn’t really old enough during the decade to know if this look is right or not. Are they fab, cool, far out, hip and groovy enough do you think?

60s psychedelic swirls skittle
60s psychedelic swirls skittle using Barry M polishes

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Index: Barry M Bright Purple and Barry M Lemon Ice Cream
  • Middle: Barry M Pink Punch and Barry M Cyan Blue
  • Ring: Barry M Blood Orange and Barry M Key Lime
  • Little: Barry M Damson and Barry M Mango
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Neon Gradient Skittle

The neon fad kind of passed me by until very recently. I had a few neon polishes, but hadn’t ever worn them. And then I saw a bight, highlighter yellow polish by Jess in Poundland and had to have a range of neon colours immediately!

I bought a green, orange and pink in Claire’s Accessories, and recalled that I already had a blue neon.

So I was set to create a rainbow (ish) gradient look.

After painting a base of white, I sponged on my gradients. The yellow (Jess Sherbet Fizz), orange (Claire’s Stormy Day) and pink (Claire’s Rave) are proper neon colours; bright and fluorescent.

The green (Claire’s Pinball) is described on the bottle as “Neon Fluorescent”, but it absolutely is not neon at all. And the blue is worse. It’s Nails Inc Kensington Park Road, which is labelled on the bottle as a neon, but again just isn’t.

To complete the circular range of colours, my thumbs are blue at the cuticle end and pink at the tips.

My camera couldn’t capture the brightness of the neon, and I tried to photograph them with the help of an ultra violet emulator phone app, but that wasn’t very successful either. So you’ll just have to use your imagination about how bright these are.

Neon rainbow gradient skittle
Neon rainbow gradient skittle nails

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Pink: Claire’s Rave
  • Orange: Claire’s Stormy Day
  • Yellow: Jess Sherbet Fizz
  • Green: Claire’s Pinball
  • Blue: Nails Inc Kensington Park Road
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Easter pastel skittle mini egg nails

I wanted to do some Easter nails, but I’m not particularly religious, nor did I want cutesy bunny nails. So instead I thought I’d try to recreate some mini eggs on my nails. We love Cadbury mini eggs in our house, so why not?!

I was a bit flummoxed when I looked more closely at a pack of eggs to find out that they don’t seem to come in blue or green or pink any more. Instead, there were white, yellow, peach and purple ones. Well, four colours simply doesn’t work for five digits, so I just ignored the real colours and went with a loose interpretation.

The spots on Cadbury mini eggs are purple. I could have managed that by mixing up some acrylic paint to the right colour, then painstakingly painting the spots on each nail. But I thought instead I’d try using some of my matte glitters in a bit of a glitter sandwich.

So I painted two coats of each colour (three for the peach as it was more sheer) and then very carefully added the glitter. I did this by wiping off the brush on the neck of the bottle, then picking back up just a little of that glitter for each nail. I used W7 Salt n Pepper first, and got the basis of the spots. Then I added a tiny bit of L’Oreal Top Coat Confettis in a couple of places, because it has some larger glitters. I tried not to get any of the white particles, but it was impossible.

Then I layered over another very thin coat of colour. Even that was a little thick, so I had to wipe off the brush, then brush off some of that polish from the nail.

For the first time, I used PVA glue as a base coat for this manicure, as it is supposed to be an easier method of removing the glitter. I usually use the foil method anyway, but wanted to try this out to see if it’s any good.  I’ll let you know how I get on in a later post.

Pastel skittle mini egg Easter
Easter pastel skittle mini egg nails

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Thumb: two coats of NYC Mint Macaroon; glitter; then another coat of colour
  • Index finger: two coats of MUA U&I; glitter; then another coat of colour
  • Middle finger: two coats of NYC Lavender Cupcake; glitter; then another coat of colour
  • Ring finger: three coats of Beauty UK Peach Melba; glitter; then another coat of colour
  • Little finger: two coats of Models Own Blooboo; glitter; then another coat of colour
  • Glitter polishes: W7 Salt n Pepper and L’Oreal Top Coat Confettis
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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