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Red Geometric | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

This week’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas theme is red and my own personal prompt is geometric. So these are my red geometric nails.

The base is the classic and iconic Chanel Rouge Noir. To that, I’ve then added some colour using a Bundle Monster nail stencil.

The stencil is Bundle Monster #24, which has both geometric mosaic patterns and diagonal stripes. This pack comes in a set of 9 packs for $12.99. There are two types of these 9-pack stencil sets, one called Sunny Weather Fun and the other – this one – called Geometric Shapes.

Red geometric nails, using Chanel Rouge Noir, and Barry M Sparkling Ruby sponged over Bundle Monster stencils
Red geometric nails, using Chanel Rouge Noir, and Barry M Sparkling Ruby sponged over Bundle Monster stencils

The nail stencils are really easy to use. They stick to the nail well, and I find they work best when the additional colour is sponged on. The thin coat you achieve with sponging ensures that the colour doesn’t bleed under the stencil.

For the sponging, I used Barry M Sparkling Ruby. The overall effect is really lovely and the Barry M polish lives up to its name by sparkling when the light catches it.

Red geometric nails, using Chanel Rouge Noir, and Barry M Sparkling Ruby sponged over Bundle Monster stencils
Red geometric nails, using Chanel Rouge Noir, and Barry M Sparkling Ruby sponged over Bundle Monster stencils

The post is a few days late as I was away for my birthday at the end of last week, when this was due to be posted, and I hadn’t prepared the manicure ahead of time as I had been ill in bed with flu earlier on in the week. Anyway, I’m all good now, albeit not very well prepared for the next lot of challenges coming up. I have lots of manicures that I have never posted too, so I must get around to publishing those.

Today’s post also marks the start of the next round of prompts – so if you look at the image below, you’ll see what we have coming up between now and the middle of July.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Chanel Rouge Noir
  • Stencil: Bundle Monster Mixed Nail Polish Vinyl Stencil Bundle – Geometric Shapes
  • Sponged colour: Barry M Sparkling Ruby
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Bundle Monster Mixed Nail stencils were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Black and White Dots | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

Today, the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas theme is black and white, and my personal pattern is dots. My black and white dots weren’t created with a dotting tool though, but with stencils.

I painted a base of Nella Milano Raven Wing, then added the dots using Nella Milano Chantilly Cream.

I used some stencils from Bundle Monster to add the dots. They came in a pack of nine different patterns and two different styles. You can buy either the geometric shapes set – which these dots come from – or the Sunny Weather Fun set, which has an assortment of shapes like butterflies, dolphins, anchors, hearts/clubs/spades/diamonds, mermaid scales. Nothing to do with the weather at all as far as I can tell!

Black and white dots using Bundle Monster stencils
Black and white dots using Bundle Monster stencils and Nella Milano Raven Wing and Chantilly Cream

I found the stencils quite difficult to get used to. In fact, I didn’t master them until the final nail. I pressed the stencils down well and painted over them and removed them immediately. The instructions – which aren’t in great English – say to leave them to dry before removing. Now, I’ve never had any luck with this approach for any other stencils or tape, so I ignored that. However, I think the stencils stretch slightly as you remove them, and that’s what seems to mess up the image a little.

Bundle Monster nail stencils
Bundle Monster nail stencils

I badly messed up the index finger twice. I removed the whole nail, including the black, both times and it wasn’t until the third attempt that I got it right. This is the best nail of all, and what I did differently was to actually take a bit more time over it. I painted a lighter, thinner coat, and then went over it straight away with another light coat. I still removed the stencil straight away, but it came off far cleaner. I think the first coat was probably almost dry even before the second one went on, and I think there was therefore less wet polish to pool and get dragged around.

Black and white dots using Bundle Monster stencils
Black and white dots using Bundle Monster stencils and Nella Milano Raven Wing and Chantilly Cream

Before doing that nail, I wasn’t too pleased with these stencils. But I now feel confident that I have them sussed and am keen to use some of the other designs. There are triangles, checks, diamonds, zigzags, stars, stripes, a mosaic pattern and more. I think perhaps dabbing the polish on with a sponge would improve things even more.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Black: two coats of Nella Milano Raven Wing
  • White: Nella Milano Chantilly Cream
  • Stencil: Bundle Mosnter Vinyl Stencil Bundle – Geometric Shapes
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

 

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Holo chevrons (52 Week Challenge)

The 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge choices this time around are film and holo.

I didn’t have much time this week for nails, as I’ve had flu again. I’m never ill and yet I’ve had flu twice since Christmas. So, because of wasting three days of my life in bed this week, I kept things simple and chose the holo theme and added some holo to my existing manicure of Butter London Queen Vic.

I’ve used Orly Miss Conduct and painted chevrons using smART Nails stencils P064 and added some plain holo nails too.

It’s quite a subtle look and my camera just doesn’t play when it comes to holo, even with added flash.

Pink holographic chevrons using Butter London Queen Vic and Orly Miss Conduct
Pink holographic chevrons using Butter London Queen Vic and Orly Miss Conduct

I think these two colours play nicely together. Queen Vic is a lovely, classy pink-toned purple which really complements the pink holo of Miss Conduct.

I’m still very much in love with using smART Nails stencils. They’re so quick and easy to  use. If you want to order some, there’s free shipping in January on their website: www.smart-nails.com

Pink holographic chevrons using Butter London Queen Vic and Orly Miss Conduct
Pink holographic chevrons using Butter London Queen Vic and Orly Miss Conduct

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Butter London Queen Vic or two coats of Orly Miss Cnoduct
  • Chevrons: Orly Miss Conduct using smART Nails stencils P064
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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smART nails stencils giveaway: the winners

My giveaway, very kindly sponsored by smART Nails, is now over.

The 3 prize winners are:

  • Ginger E
  • Starla B
  • Laura O

Congratulations to you all. Your 5 packs of stencils will be sent directly to you. Sorry to those who didn’t win, but thank you for entering.

 

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Giveaway terms and conditions:

  1. This giveaway begins at midnight on Monday 24th November 2014.
  2. Entries must be placed using the Rafflecopter widget. Naming the 5 chosen stencils and providing a valid email address are both mandatory. Other options give additional entries into the competition but are not mandatory.
  3. Only one entry per person.
  4. All entries must be received by 12 noon (GMT) on Monday 1st December 2014.
  5. The giveaway is open to entrants aged 18 or over from the USA, Canada, UK and Australia only, or those with a postal address in any of these countries.
  6. There are 3 prizes, each comprising 5 packets of stencils of the winners’ choice.
  7. Prizes may not be exchanged, substituted, transferred or redeemed for cash or other prizes.
  8. The prize will be supplied and despatched directly to the winners by www.smart-nails.com.
  9. Claire Kerr of Kerruticles is in no way responsible for the provision or delivery of the prizes.

 

 

 

 

Stencilled black stripes on beige and a giveaway

I usually do stripes using nail vinyls, but these nails were done using smART nails stencils. They work in exactly the same way, but perhaps are a little better for those who aren’t so confident with evenly spacing vinyls as these are spaced out for you.

The base is 3 coats of Revlon Bare Bones, a bargain I picked up in Poundworld recently. It’s a very nice colour and I do love the bottle. I don’t know if you can buy these polishes in UK shops, but they are listed on the Superdrug website for £7.99 – including this particular colour. So £1 was a bargain and I’m glad I bought a few shades. The formula of this particular one is a little thin, and it had a tendency to pool in the cuticles. I also used 3 coats. It perhaps may have only needed 2, but I did my nails in the evening and wasn’t sure if the polish was still a little sheer or not. I could see a hint of light coming through so gave it another coat for good luck!

The stencil is P018, which is double lines. The lines are also cut near to one end, so you could do 2 lines, then a solid colour for the rest of the nail. I fancied some lines at the top again, a bit like a my Rimmel Navy Seal with cream stripes manicure.

Beige with stencilled black lines, using Revlon Bare Bones, W7 Black and smART Nails stencil P018
Beige with stencilled black lines, using Revlon Bare Bones, W7 Black and smART Nails stencil P018

The stencils come in a pack of ten, all with a matching design. You can buy them online from smART nails for $1.99 a pack and they deliver worldwide. During November, there is also a generous 25% discount for those using the code NOV25 during checkout.

I also have a giveaway, kindly sponsored by smART Nails. There are 3 prizes, each of 5 packs of stencils. On your entry, just name the 5 designs you would like to receive and give your email address. Entries can be made using the Rafflecopter widget below. Additional entries can be earned by following Kerruticles on various social media, but these aren’t mandatory. The giveaway is open to those in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

Please ensure that you read the full terms and conditions, which are also posted below. By submitting your entry using the Rafflecopter widget, you are agreeing to those terms and conditions.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Revlon Bare Bones
  • Stencils: smART nails P018
  • Black: W7 Black
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

The terms and conditions of the giveaway are:

  1. This giveaway begins at midnight on Monday 24th November 2014.
  2. Entries must be placed using the Rafflecopter widget. Naming the 5 chosen stencils and providing a valid email address are both mandatory. Other options give additional entries into the competition but are not mandatory.
  3. Only one entry per person.
  4. All entries must be received by 12 noon (GMT) on Monday 1st December 2014.
  5. The giveaway is open to entrants aged 18 or over from the USA, Canada, UK and Australia only, or those with a postal address in any of these countries.
  6. There are 3 prizes, each comprising 5 packets of stencils of the winners’ choice.
  7. Prizes may not be exchanged, substituted, transferred or redeemed for cash or other prizes.
  8. The prize will be supplied and despatched directly to the winners by www.smart-nails.com.
  9. Claire Kerr of Kerruticles is in no way responsible for the provision or delivery of the prizes.