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Coral, White and Negative Space Stripes | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These coral, white and negative space stripes are for the coral and white theme for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. My own prompt was negative space.

I seem to have done so many negative space manicures recently, despite not really liking them. I don’t like how my nails are too stained for this technique, but it has come up in so many recent challenges and I have been compelled to join in.

Coral, white and negative space stripes
Coral, white and negative space stripes

This time around, I have limited the amount of negative space on view to almost the smallest possible. And I kept it to the cuticle end of my nails, which is less stained than the tips.

I used OPI Crawfishin’ For A Compliment as the coral. It perhaps doesn’t have enough pink in it to be the correct pinky-orange of a coral colour. It’s more of a pale orange. But crayfish (crawfish) are pinky-orange, so I am going to blame OPI for getting the colour of the polish wrong! Ha ha!

Coral, white and negative space stripes
Coral, white and negative space stripes

I rather like this look. Not so much the negative space, but the stripes at the top of the nails. Some of my most favourite manicures are like this and it’s a technique I use quite a lot, as you can see:

I’m still playing catch up for this challenge. These nails were supposed to be up last Friday (as in the week before the Friday just gone). So I am still in debt by one manicure. I’m hoping to paint it today and then post tomorrow, so that I can finally say I have caught up.

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Orange: one thick coat of OPI Crawfishin’ For a Compliment
  • White: Nella Milano Chantilly Cream
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

 

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Turquoise and Aqua Wavy Stripes | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

We are all doing turquoise or aqua nails for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. My own theme is fluid lines, so I have some turquoise and aqua wavy stripes.

I started with a base of the glitter polish. This is an Accessorize polish, Forever Emerald. There is something amiss in the Accessorize naming department though, because this absolutely is not emerald. It’s firmly turquoise or aquamarine.

Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes
Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes

It took three coats to give enough opacity for my liking, so a base coat of a matching colour will be needed next time I wear it. I do love the bottles of the Accessorize polishes. You can probably see from the picture that they are round, but multi-faceted – like a diamond – with rose gold caps.

After the base had dried, I used wavy French tip guides and painted on a light turquoise, Ciaté Ahoy Sailor, and a more greeny-aqua colour, Essie Melody Maker.

Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes
Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes

I’m not too happy with these nails and will probably remove them after just a day’s wear. The many glitter coats, plus an intermediate top coat, then colour, then another top coat, plus base coat, means this manicure is about seven coats. It makes it look a bit clumsy I think. And I haven’t cleaned up so well around the cuticles either and haven’t capped the tips very well. I’m not sure where perfectionist Claire has got to at the moment – I’m sure she’ll be back!

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: three coats of Accessorize Forever Emerald, one coat of Ciaté Ahoy Sailor, one coat of Essie Melody Maker
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Red, White and Blue Striped Nails | Twinsie Tuesday

This week’s Twinsie Tuesday prompt calls for us to recreate a manicure from another of the Twinsie Tuesday participants. I chose a pretty red, white and blue striped manicure.

Before that, I had spent a fun hour or so scrolling through blogs and Instagram accounts to choose something to recreate. There was lots of very accomplished freehand stuff that I just couldn’t even contemplate doing. I was on the lookout for some nice stamping or a tape manicure or a gradient or something that was within my comfort zone.

Red, white and blue striped nails using Essie Fifth Avenue, Essie Bikini So Teeny and Barry M Cotton
Red, white and blue striped nails using Essie Fifth Avenue, Essie Bikini So Teeny and Barry M Cotton

I found these nails by Chelsea of Nailed: A Polish Blog and knew immediately that they were the ones. These red, white and blue striped nails are simple but very striking. And very me. Chelsea had herself recreated this manicure from an Essie advert or promotional image, using some Essie polishes.

I only had one of the Essie polishes, the blue one, Bikini So Teeny. But the red Chelsea used didn’t look a million miles away from Fifth Avenue that I got in my Coloristiq Manicure Box recently. I don’t have any Essie whites, so I used Barry M Cotton for that.

Red, white and blue striped nails using Essie Fifth Avenue, Essie Bikini So Teeny and Barry M Cotton
Red, white and blue striped nails using Essie Fifth Avenue, Essie Bikini So Teeny and Barry M Cotton

I love these nails. The only sad thing was that I had to take them off as I had a school meeting to go to last night, and I had only had time to do one hand and to photograph it. I didn’t have enough time to do my other hand, so very reluctantly had to remove them. I’m tempted to re-do them for this weekend.

 

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

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Barry M Cotton, Essie Fifth Avenue, Essie Bikini So Teeny
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

 

 

Purple and Lilac Chevrons (52 Week Challenge)

This 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge calls for either a tape mani or a green manicure. I am not at all keen on green, so this was a no-brainer of a choice for me. I’ve created a purple and lilac chevrons manicure.

The lilac is Revlon Provence. Provence in France is famous for its fields of lavender, and this is a lovely pale, cool-toned lavender shade. It’s quite sheer though and I needed three coats as the base for the chevron nails.

Purple and lilac chevrons using L'Oréal Atomic Purple and Revlon Provence
Purple and lilac chevrons using L’Oréal Atomic Purple and Revlon Provence

The purple for the plain nails and the chevrons is L’Oréal Atomic Purple. It’s also quite sheer. It’s a neon though and they often are sheer.  Again this needed three coats on the plain nails. For the chevrons, I thought it might be tricky to get it opaque enough, but it was fine with just one thickish coat.

Purple and lilac chevrons using L'Oréal Atomic Purple and Revlon Provence
Purple and lilac chevrons using L’Oréal Atomic Purple and Revlon Provence

I used chevron guides from Nail Vinyls. I usually do mine pointing towards the tips, but fancied doing them the other way around today!

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Purple nails: three coats of L’Oréal Atomic Purple
  • Chevron nails: three coats of Revlon Provence, with chevron nail vinyls, then a coat of L’Oréal Atomic Purple
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (purple nails) and Glisten & Glow HK Girl (chevron nails)


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Pastel Stripes (52 Week Challenge)

This week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge prompts are 3 pastels and negative space. I’ve been wearing a gel base coat for a while to prevent staining, but it hasn’t quite been long enough for all the staining to grow out. So negative space is a big no no for me. Accordingly, I chose 3 pastels and have created some pastel stripes on my nails.

The base is Barry M Coconut. I had meant to use Cotton, which is white, but the two polishes sit next to each other in my Helmer, and it just didn’t register – until I had already painted them – that I’d used the wrong one. However, I’m glad I did, because I think this has a nice, soft look, thanks to the creaminess of Coconut. I wonder now if white would have been too stark.

Pastel stripes using Barry M polishes in Coconut, Fondant, Full Throttle and Sky Blue
Pastel stripes using Barry M polishes in Coconut, Fondant, Full Throttle and Sky Blue

The pastel stripes colours are all Barry M too: the lilac is Fondant, the peach is Full Throttle and the blue is Sky Blue. I used my thinnest Nail Vinyls to create the stripes. Full Trottle, which is one of the new Speedy Quick Dry polishes, did in fact dry very quickly, meaning I had to work fast to ensure the nail vinyls would pull off cleanly. This is in contrast to my previous experience with Full Throttle, where I didn’t think it dried quickly at all. Hmmmm … confused now.

Pastel stripes using Barry M polishes in Coconut, Fondant, Full Throttle and Sky Blue
Pastel stripes using Barry M polishes in Coconut, Fondant, Full Throttle and Sky Blue

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Barry M Coconut
  • Stripes: Barry M Fondant, Barry M Full Throttle, Barry M Sky Blue
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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