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Purple Skittlette | Mix & Match | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday group is doing mix and match manicures today. I haven’t heard that term applied to a nails look before, so I am not entirely sure if I’ve got this right. To me, it sounds like it should be a bit of a skittlette: the match being the same or similar colours, and the mix being different designs. So, to that end at least, I created a purple skittlette. I hope I got it right!

I created two matching nails, using Barry M Fonadant as the base. To this pink-toned lilac colour I added thin stripes of white and purple.

Purple skittlette
Purple skittlette

The plain nail is SpaRitual Modern Craftsman, a stunning purple nail polish with tiny red glitters.

Then the middle nail has a white base and is stamped with 2true Artemis, a purple metallic polish. The 2true Metallica collection is great for stamping. They don’t seem to be sold in Superdrug any more, which is a shame. But you can still buy the blue one, Athena, from the 2true website.

Purple skittlette nails
Purple skittlette nails

The stamping image is from Born Pretty Store plate BP-L001. It’s a repeating design using marquise shapes. Other than this image, the plate has floral, leaf and foliage patterns. It’s absolutely my kind of plate and has lots of images that I love. It currently is available on the Born Pretty website for $4.19. If you’re buying other, full-priced items, feel free to use my 10% discount code: ZSL91 (there’s nothing off this particular item as it’s already reduced).

 

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Please take a look at all the other manicures from the Twinsies this week (even if it’s only to see if I got the right idea for the theme!):

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Index and little finger: two coats of Barry M Fondant, plus stripes of Barry M Matt White and SpaRitual Modern Craftsman
  • Ring finger: two coats of SpaRitual Modern Craftsman
  • Middle finger: two coats of Barry M Matt White, with stamping, as below
  • Stamping polish: 2true Artemis
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-L001
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Born Pretty Store plate BP-L001 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Orange, Blue and Cream: K is for: Kitchen Sink

This week in the A2Z series challenge it’s K, and that means Kitchen Sink. A kitchen sink manicure is where you use “everything but the kitchen sink”. So it’s a bit like a skittlette, only all the nails are different, and you use a different technique for each one. Usually though, there is some sort of theme and/or the colours are consistent.

I chose cream, orange and blue and have an assortment of things on my nails. I used OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango.

I started with the water marble, in case it didn’t work out well, but I love it. It came out really well and I kind of wish I had it on all my nails. But that would defeat the purpose, eh!

The ring finger nail is a simple cream base with small square studs that I painted in the orange and blue polishes I used.

For the little finger nail, I freehanded the fishtail chevron tips. I was convinced I’d have to re-do it, but the Gods were on my side and it looked OK.

I completed the index finger nail last. I was thinking of stamping blue on cream, or doing a dotticure, but finally I opted to try some water colour bubbles. The effect is great, but I’m not entirely happy with it. I used the polishes watered down with acetone, and for a few of the bubbles I wasn’t quick enough and the acetone ate away the centres. Top coat filled those in nicely, but it isn’t as clean looking as I had pictured. Not bad for a first try though. I think the acrylic paint approach and water might be better for this technique and I might just give that a go soon.

Orange, blue and cream "kitchen sink" manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango
Orange, blue and cream “kitchen sink” manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango

After I’d finished this, I wish I had done the nails in a different order. I think the bubbles and the water marble are too similar, so should be further apart from each other. Perhaps I should have swapped the bubbles with the chevron tips. Balancing skittlette / kitchen sink manicures is not my forte.

Orange, blue and cream "kitchen sink" manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango
Orange, blue and cream “kitchen sink” manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal, Barry M Mango
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Here are the manicures from the other A2Zers:

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Cyan blue and silver skittlette with zigzags and studs

This is a skittlette I created to wear out with a matching cyan blue top. In the event though, I managed to dribble toothpaste down the top just before we left and so had to change what I was wearing. Typical.

The blue is Barry M Cyan Blue, a perfect formula, near single coater. It shows up a little lighter in my photos than it is in real life, but it’s a gorgeous colour. I did two coats just to even it out, but absolutely could have got away with just one thick coat, had I painted it on a bit better!

I painted zigzags using normal sized chevron Nail Vinyls and Barry M Foil Effects Silver and then added some studs: 2mm square silver studs that I’m pretty sure I bought from Born Pretty Store.

Finally, I added some sparkle using 2true Christy, a textured glitter polish, which seems to make an appearance whenever I do a skittlette based around a cool colour.

Cyan blue and silver skittlette with zigzags and studs
Cyan blue and silver skittlette with zigzags and studs
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Blue: two coats of Barry M Cyan Blue
  • Textured nail: three coats of 2true Christy
  • Zigzag nails: two coats of Barry M Cyan, Nail Vinyls chevron guides, one coat of Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl (except textured nail)


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

GOT Polish Challenge: Skittle: Turquoise and Navy Skittlette

For this week’s theme in the Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge I’ve done a turquoise and navy skittle.

I’ve used two old Ciate polishes that came with their 2012 advent calendar: Headliner, which is turquoise, and Power Dressing, which is navy. I love both these colours.

I’ve teamed them with white and used a variety of techniques: a gradient, a dotticure, chevrons and a cling film (saran wrap) manicure.

Turquoise navy skittle
Turquoise and navy skittle using Ciate Headliner and Ciate Power Dressing

 

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Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Index finger: gradient using Ciaté Headliner and Ciaté Power Dressing
  • Middle finger: Ciaté Headliner and Ciaté Power Dressing dotted over two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Ring finger: chevrons using Ciate Headliner and Ciaté Power Dressing over two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Little finger: Saran wrap using Ciaté Headliner over two coats of Ciaté Power Dressing
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Red skittlette nails: A England Perceval, China Glaze I’m Not Lion, zig zags and studs

I was going out for a meal with friends and was planning on wearing a red top, so I wanted some nails to match.

I decided on a similar look to my blue and silver skittlette manicure that I did not long ago, but using red and gold instead.

The red nails are two coats of A England Perceval. With its gold shimmer, it works well with this look. I added some studs instead of stamping this time around.

The gold is China Glaze I’m Not Lion, a sparkly gold and holographic glitter. I’ve tried to capture some of the holo and the sparkle by adding in light from an LED desk lamp, but it hasn’t worked as well as I had hoped. Makes the pictures look nice and warm though!

Once again I’ve used the brilliant zig zag stickers from Nail Vinyls. These really are the best stickers for tape manicures that I’ve ever bought. I’ve just recently placed a new order, but see that they have some great new products now: hearts and stars, for instance.

Red  gold skittlette Perceval I'm Not Lion zig zags
Red and gold skittlette with zig zags and studs using A England Perceval, China Glaze I’m Not Lion

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Red nails: two coats of A England Perceval with gold square studs
  • Gold nails: three coats of China Glaze I’m Not Lion
  • Zig zags: three coats of China Glaze I’m Not Lion, with one coat of A England Perceval using mini Nail Vinyls
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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