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Pink and Silver Zigzags With Triangular Studs

These pink and silver zigzags were painted quite some time ago now, back when my nails were a bit shorter.

I used a base of piCture pOlish Allure, which is a bright magenta pink with a scattered holo. My photos don’t show the beautiful holographic effect sadly.

I teamed it with OPI This Gown Needs A Crown, probably my favourite and certainly my most used silver nail polish. It’s lovely used just as a single accent nail, or like here, as part of an overall look.

Pink and silver zigzags with triangular studs
Pink and silver zigzags with triangular studs

I checked back and discover that I wore this manicure back in September 2015. My nails have grown quite considerably since then, even though I am forever filing them. I like the look of them long, but prefer to wear them a bit shorter as I am always worried that I will catch and break a nail. I haven’t had a break on my “camera hand” now for ages. Certainly not this year. (I’ve probably just jinxed that now, haven’t I?!)

Pink and silver zigzags with triangular studs
Pink and silver zigzags with triangular studs

The silver triangular studs are from IZ Beauty, a new nail art supply store. They sell a range of items, like nail art tools, studs, rhinestones, nail art pens, nail wraps and decals. On their Instagram account, I found a code for 20% off. Just use SHOP20.

IZ Beauty silver studs
IZ Beauty silver studs

I have three of the silver studs: triangular, small circles and and small square. They come beautifully presented in cute little square boxes, branded with the IZ Beauty identity.

IZ Beauty Gem dotter
IZ Beauty Gem dotter

I also have one of the nail art tools, the gem dotter, which is a plastic tool with a rubberized end. I found it great for selecting and picking up the studs, and then placing them on the nail.

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Pink: two coats of piCture pOlish Allure
  • Silver: OPI This Gown Needs A Crown
  • Studs: silver triangular studs from IZ Beauty
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

Chanel Sunrise Trip with Studs | Twinsie Tuesday

This is Chanel Sunrise Trip with studs for Twinsie Tuesday, the prompt for which is studs or embellishments this week.

Sunrise Trip is a gorgeous colour. It is a jelly polish in a deep purple, almost indigo colour. It is the first “Nail Gloss” that Chanel has launched, and is distinct from their “Nail Colour” range. The nail gloss colour is a gel-like formula, presumably akin to OPI Infinite Shine or Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. I can’t vouch for the wear though as I have only just put it on.

Chanel Sunrise Trip with studs
Chanel Sunrise Trip with studs

While the colour is stunning, I didn’t much like the formula as it pooled in my cuticles. It did level out nicely though, and two coats were just enough to still be able to see a jelly effect but not too much visible nail line.

The worst thing about this polish though is that the brush is just dreadful. It is more useless than one you’d find on a cheap market stall polish. I don’t know what they have done, but I am pretty sure that Chanel has changed its brush supplier. The last few Chanel polishes that I have bought – Vibrato, Fortissimo, Rouge Noir (new), Top Coat Lamé Rouge Noir and now Sunrise Trip – all have ropey brushes.

I used to love the slim Chanel brushes, but these new ones are thicker, with more bristles, and the individual bristles don’t lay very straight, making the brush flare out at the bottom. Not only is this completely inconsistent with a top notch brand such as Chanel, it makes it very difficult to paint your nails nicely!

Chanel Sunrise Trip with studs
Chanel Sunrise Trip with studs

I added a domed round stud and a long triangle stud – both from Bundle Monster – to each nail to complete what I think is a classy look.

I am very disappointed that Chanel still hasn’t sorted its brushes out, but I have (begrudgingly) been willing to overlook it recently because the colours are so nice. However, I will stop buying Chanel polishes if they can’t provide a good quality brush.

 

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Please take a look at all the other studs and embellishments manicures from the Twinsies this week:

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Sunrise Trip
  • Studs: Bundle Monster studs
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

Grey Tweed Nails (52 Week Challenge)

The themes for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge are tweed and pale pink. I have done enough pink manicures recently, so I chose to do some grey tweed nails.

To me, tweed is brown and smells of urine. (Yes, really! Google it!) But of course there are other types of tweed besides the stereotypical apparel of posh fox-hunting types and I was inspired by a manicure created by The Haute Spot. I copied the tweed look created for a client, using grey black and white.

Grey black and white tweed nails using Orly Mirror, Mirror and black and white Barry M nail art pens
Grey black and white tweed nails using Orly Mirror, Mirror and black and white Barry M nail art pens

The base is two coats of Orly Mirror, Mirror, a light grey creme polish. This was given to me by the Orly PR representatives when I visited their stand at Professional Beauty London back in February.

Mirror, Mirror goes on very nicely; a little thin on the first coat, but the second evens things out and gives an opaque finish.

I created the tweed look using Barry M Nail Art Pens in white and black. I simply drew vertical and horizontal lines on the nail. I started with white, then added black, then went in with some final white lines to even the colouring up. It was simple to do, but my lines are a little heavy-handed. I haven’t quite got the strokes light enough. I wish I owned the Bundle Monster Secret Garden stamping plates now. A few people have used BM-706 for this challenge prompt, and it looks much better.

Grey black and white tweed nails using Orly Mirror, Mirror and black and white Barry M nail art pens
Grey black and white tweed nails using Orly Mirror, Mirror and black and white Barry M nail art pens

The studs are black triangular rhinestones that came in a mixed pack I bought a year or more ago from one of the pound shops. Here they’re just secured with a dab of top coat, but I would ordinarily use nail glue. I couldn’t wear this manicure for very long, so there was no need to make them rock solid.

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Orly Mirror, Mirror
  • Tweed effect: Barry M Nail Art Pens in black and white
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Orly Mirror, Mirror was given to me. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Neon Pink with 3D Crystal Gems

In this post, I’m wearing Bundle Monster Sunset Walk, a neon pink gel polish – to which I’ve added some 3D crystal gems.

My camera hates bright pink, but this gel polish is most certainly bright and neon – it’s a true “highlighter pen” pink, and is just perfect for summer. It glows really brightly under UV light. My son has a neon party to go to soon, so this is one of the possible polishes I will wear for it. I’m not actually going to the party, but it’s not often (ever!) that I go out partying and I want to enjoy the neon effect to the full when I go to collect him!

Neon pink with 3D crystal rhinestones, using Bundle Monster Sunset Walk
Neon pink with 3D crystal rhinestones, using Bundle Monster Sunset Walk

I painted two coats, then added the rhinestone studs on two accent nails.  I used three rhinestones per nail. To add them, I dabbed a small amount of gel top coat onto the nail, then placed the studs. I have a gem picker/holder, but I didn’t have much luck in dropping the rhinestones onto the nail in the right place with it! It was a comedy of errors for a few minutes, placing and adjusting, replacing, readjusting. They slid around a lot and it took me a lot of patience to get them where I wanted them! I should just have used my wax pencil really; I’m sure it would have been so much easier!

When I was finally happy with my placement, I then dropped on some more gel top coat and cured.

Neon pink with 3D crystal rhinestones, using Bundle Monster Sunset Walk
Neon pink with 3D crystal rhinestones, using Bundle Monster Sunset Walk

It was wonderful to know that the gems were solidly placed. When I use regular nail polish top coat, I always worry that gems will fall off, which makes me touch them more often to check that they are still in place, which in turn – of course – makes them loosen and frequently fall off!

Bundle Monster Sunset Walk costs $4.99 – or $28.99 for the set of all 6 polishes in the Sands of Aruba collection. The rhinestones come in a wheel of different sized stones, which is sold as a pack of three wheels: different shapes of silver studs, different shapes of gold studs and different sizes of clear rhinestones. The nail art studs pack costs $5.25, but is currently reduced to $4.73.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Bundle Monster Sunset Walk (gel polish)
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)
  • Studs: Bundle Monster 3D clear rhinestones


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster Sunset Walk and the Bundle Monster 3D studs shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Bundle Monster Fringing Waters With Triangular Studs

This gorgeous, bright (and neon) blue is Fringing Waters from Bundle Monster. I wore this gel polish on its own for a few days before adding some some Bundle Monster gold, triangular studs.

I love the colour of this polish. When I first received the collection that this comes from – the Sands of Aruba collection – I thought that Voodoo Lounge was my favourite, but wearing this has changed my mind. This is a lovely bright, turquoise blue. It’s also neon, and glows brilliantly, but I don’t have a black light, so can’t show that off.

Bundle Monster Fringing Waters with triangular studs
Bundle Monster Fringing Waters with triangular studs

The gold triangular studs are also by Bundle Monster. They came in a wheel of differently shaped gold studs. They are sold as a pack of three wheels: different shapes of silver studs, different shapes of gold studs and different sizes of clear rhinestones. I perhaps wouldn’t normally pair gold with blue; I think silver goes better with blue than gold does. But I’ve already shown some of the silver studs, so wanted to showcase the gold ones too. The nail art studs pack costs $5.25.

Bundle Monster Fringing Waters with triangular studs
Bundle Monster Fringing Waters with triangular studs

Bundle Monster Fringing Waters is great value for a gel polish at $4.99 – or it’s $28.99 for the set of 6 polishes. I’ve swatched three of the Sands of Aruba polishes now, so you can check them out if you’re interested in buying the set.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Bundle Monster Fringing Waters (gel)
  • Studs: Bundle Monster triangular gold studs
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster Fringing Waters and the gold, triangular studs were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.