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Black, White and Orange Tartan | Books | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These black, white and orange tartan nails are for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas “books” prompt.

I don’t read anywhere near as much as I would like to. It’s all my son’s fault. Before he was born, I used to read about one book a week. Admittedly, I commuted into central London every day, so there was plenty of time on the train. But I also used to read in bed at night before going to sleep, so really used to be quite a voracious reader.

Then, nearly thirteen years ago, my son was born and suddenly I had no time to myself. I also became self-employed so no longer had a commute. And my son was nicknamed POD for a long time, meaning Prince of Darkness, as he was awake all night (and day too a lot of the time!) so you can probably tell that I didn’t get much night-time reading done either.

Black, white and orange tartan nails
Black, white and orange tartan nails

So, in the past thirteen years, I have read precisely eight books. Eight. That’s not even one a year. I’ve read: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho; Saturday, On Chesil Beach and Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan; Suggs’ autobiography That Close; and A Long Way Down, Slam and Funny Girl by Nick Hornby.

I read the last book in that list – Funny Girl – just a few weeks ago while I was on holiday. This nail art takes its inspiration from the paperback cover, which shows a black and white photo of a young woman wearing a tartan dress, with the book title written in orange. So these black, white and orange tartan nails are the result.

Black, white and orange tartan nails
Black, white and orange tartan nails

On a white base, I stamped the tartan image in black, using Jordana Black and an image from MoYou Nails 401.

I added in the orange afterwards using a W7 jelly polish, Orange Crush. I painted it on just using the brush and a striping brush for the thin lines.

I’ve had a bit of a nightmare with these nails. I should have top-coated the stamping before adding the orange, because it has smeared it quite badly. They look great at arm’s length; just not so much close up in a photo. Then I’ve managed to capture a bit of my light tent in the top left corner of one of the shots. It’s out of focus, so just looks like a bit of a blur, but all the same, I’m not happy. And finally, I had to adjust the colour balance on the images quite a bit, as the orange was looking red. So that’s made my fingers look yellow. It seems to have been “one of those days”.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: one coat of Barry M Cotton
  • Orange: W7 Orange Crush
  • Stamping polish: Jordana Black
  • Stamping plate: MoYou Nails 401
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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Peach Roses | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

I’m a little late in posting these peach roses as it has been back to school for my son this week, and that has meant I’ve been running around with lots to do to get him sorted and ready. These nails are for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group, where the colour prompt was peach or lemon. My own theme was roses.

I’ve done quite a few yellow manicures recently, so I chose to go with the peach and did some reverse stamping.

The base is Beauty UK Peach Melba. It took three coats as it was hot and humid when I painted my nails and they got some small air bubbles in the first coat, so I chose to go over them a little more to hide the bubbles.

Peach roses
Peach roses

The stamping polish is one I picked up in France recently while I was on holiday. We were visiting a “night market” in Surgères when I came across a stall full of stamping supplies. The brand is Ongle Amor, and I think it’s some sort of franchise as there seem to be lots of outlets selling their polish and plates online and at fairs and markets around France.

Peach roses
Peach roses

There was a good range of stamping plates, with lots of different designs, but I didn’t buy any as they weren’t backed.  Stamping polish was another matter though. They were demonstrating stamping to some young girls and the polish looked good, so I bought five bottles for €20 (about £17). I have used “Color 74” Rose Baby here and an image from Born Pretty Store BP-73. The roses are filled in with Rimmel Sun Downer, an orangey-red.

Since the colour differences are only slight, I mattified the manicure to allow my camera to pick up as much detail as possible.

 

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Beauty UK Peach Melba
  • Stamping polish: Ongle Amor Rose Baby (74)
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-73
  • Roses colour: immel Sun Downer
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat; then Barry M Matte Top Coat


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Burgundy With Cream Roses | Theatre Inspired | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

I wore this burgundy with cream roses manicure a few weeks ago. I posted it to my Instagram account, but didn’t get around to putting it on the blog.

The theme for this week’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group is “inspiration”. These nails were inspired by a trip I took to the Rose Playhouse to see a production of Othello. The Rose was built in 1587 and was the first purpose-built theatre to put on one of Shakespeare’s plays. The modern-day theatre is situated in the same place and the stage overlooks the excavated remains of the original theatre.

Burgundy with cream roses
Burgundy with cream roses

I’m a real fan of the place, not least because I’m a bit of a Shakespeare nut, but also because it’s such a weird but truly wonderful setting. The stage and auditorium is tiny – about the size of the average through-lounge in a 1930s semi. It probably seats about 60 at a push. What’s so engaging about the place though is that the stage overlooks the archaeological site, the rear of which is frequently used by production companies as an extension to the tiny stage.

Burgundy with cream roses
Burgundy with cream roses

The stamped roses are inspired by the Rose’s logo, which is a Tudor rose in a deep red and white. I used Ciaté Dangerous affair for the burgundy colour. It’s a lovely colour, but was a bit patchy after two coats, so I added a third. I stamped with Barry M Coconut, an off-white, slightly cream-coloured polish.

The stamping plate is Born Pretty Store BP-65. The roses are remarkably close in design to the Rose’s logo.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Ciaté Dangerous Affair
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Coconut
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-65
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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Coral Reef Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These coral reef nails are for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group, whose prompt this week is “Things In The Water”.

I decided to use some images from the Bundle Monster Sun Kissed stamping plate collection to create an underwater scene.

Firstly, I painted the gradient background using Barry M Cotton, Barry M Sugar Apple and Barry M Turquoise.

Coral reef nails
Coral reef nails

Then I added various coral reef images. On each nail I stamped a spindly coral using Barry M Almond. Because this isn’t a stamping polish, it’s great for use in the background like this.

Then I added some more coral, using Mundo de Uñas 13 Orange, 42 Holland Blue and Barry M Blood Orange (the red on the index finger) and Barry M Cocoa (medium brown).

I made a couple of decal fish: a clown fish and an angel fish (well, it’s a Moorish Idol to be precise) and also stamped some other shoals of fish on.

Coral reef nails
Coral reef nails

I also added an orange crab but really didn’t like it. It seemed a little comical. Plus, little crabby felt like he’d be more at home at the seaside than crawling around a tropical coral reef. So I was delighted to discover that it came off in one go with my lint roller without disturbing any of the other stamping. Complete result.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Background gradient: Barry M Turquoise, Barry M Sugar Apple and Barry M Cotton
  • Stamping and decal polishes: Barry M Almond (background coral on every nail), Barry M Blood Orange (coral on index), Mundo de Uñas 42 Holland Blue (coral on middle and shoal of fish on ring), Barry M Cocoa (coral on ring) Mundo de Uñas 13 Orange (coral on little, clown fish), Mundo de Uñas 46 Mustard (shoal of fish on little, angel fish), Barry M Cotton (clown fish), Nella Milano Raven Wing (clown fish and angel fish)
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-501, Bundle Monster BM-502, Bundle Monster BM-504 and Bundle Monster BM-510
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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Nella Milano Raven Wing was previously sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Yellow and Silver Double Stamping | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

This is some yellow and silver double stamping for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. The colour prompt is yellow and silver, and my personal theme is pattern on pattern.

I only very rarely wear yellow on my nails. I know lots of people really dislike it. I don’t, but it’s not something I often reach for. However, this is the second yellow manicure I’ve worn in a row. I didn’t have any choice with today’s nails, but I definitely selected yellow last time. Maybe it’s something to do with the sunshine!

Yellow and silver double stamping
Yellow and silver double stamping

Stamping seemed to be the obvious way of getting two patterns on my nails. I stamped twice, albeit I used the same pattern both times. It’s still pattern on pattern though, eh?

The base is Sinful Colors Unicorn. Yellows are notoriously streaky and difficult to get nicely opaque. This one was no exception and took four coats. It’s a delicate pale yellow colour. Creamy and soft though; not lemony and sharp. I have no idea why it’s called Unicorn. Surely unicorns are white – or rainbow-coloured?

The stamping pattern is a geometric lined image from ÜberChic Beauty 9-03. I’ve seen it used for double stamping quite a bit, and it’s because it’s a great image for it. It’s such a versatile image in that it can be used over and over, just with different colour combinations.

Yellow and silver double stamping
Yellow and silver double stamping

I liked this when I’d just put the silver stamping on top of the pale yellow. After I had added the darker yellow, I thought it ruined it somewhat. I think a way around that would be to have placed the darker yellow stamping first, and then the silver, as that would have allowed the silver to show up better.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: four coats of Sinful Colors Unicorn
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Mundo de Uñas 46 (Mustard)
  • Stamping plate: ÜberChic Beauty 9-03
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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