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Week Of Love Valentine’s Nail Art Challenge: Freestyle: Pink Cling Film (Saran Wrap) with Red Heart Studs

Happy Valentine’s Day! Well, I made it. I’ve posted every day for the Week of Love Valentine’s Nail Art Challenge. Today’s final prompt calls for us to recreate someone else’s manicure or to do something freestyle.

I tried a few different things out that I’d not done before, but they all failed, so in the end I decided to go with something fairly simple.

I did a cling film (Saran wrap) base using one coat each of Models Own Pink Blush and Collection 2000 Candy Floss.

Then I added some studs. They’re silver studs that I’ve painted with Barry M Blood Orange before applying. Because Blood Orange is quite sheer and jelly-like, the studs have retained their metallic qualities, which I rather liked.

Pink Cling film saran wrap with red heart studs
Pink Cling film (saran wrap) manicure using Collection 2000 Candy Floss and Model’s Own Pink Blush, with red heart studs

 

Week of Love Valentine's Nail Art Challenge

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: Cling film (Saran wrap) using Model’s Own Pink Blush and Collection 2000 Candy Floss
  • Studs: silver heart studs painted with one coat of Barry M Blood Orange
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

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

 

 

Week Of Love Valentine’s Nail Art Challenge: Hearts: Reverse Gradient Hearts

It’s hearts in today’s Week of Love Valentine’s Nail Art Challenge and I’m so pleased with what I’ve done.

I’ve created some reverse gradient hearts.

Firstly, I created a gradient on my nails, from white at the cuticles to dark pink at the tips using – from darkest to lightest – Barry M Pomegranate, NYC Greenwich Village, Collection 2000 Candy Floss and Sinful Colors Snow Me White.

Then I used a card punch to cut out a large heart in some painter’s tape. I stuck that over my nail, then created a gradient within the heart cut-out using the same polishes but going in the opposite direction.

I really love the effect and was so pleased with these. Sadly they only lasted a day because I had to do tomorrow’s manicure, but I got to enjoy them for a little while at least.

Pink and white reverse gradient hearts
Pink and white reverse gradient hearts, using Barry M Pomegranate, NYC Greenwich Village, Collection 2000 Candy Floss and Sinful Colors Snow Me White

 

Week of Love Valentine's Nail Art Challenge

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: gradient using Barry M Pomegranate, NYC Greenwich Village, Collection 2000 Candy Floss and Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

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All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Week Of Love Valentine’s Nail Art Challenge: Roses

The theme for today in the Week of Love Valentine’s Nail Art Challenge is roses.

I have mastered what I call “easy” roses, the ones that are done with a dotting tool. So I wanted to try out something a little different. I thought about doing some one-stroke art, but swiftly put that idea back in the “too difficult” pile until I’m feeling braver.

Instead, I was inspired by a video where renowned nail artist Gemma Lambert freehands some roses. You can view the video a little further down.

I didn’t create exactly the same look; Gemma Lambert’s is done on an acrylic nail, with a red/black gradient French tip, whereas my design has a full nail gradient.

First off I created a red to black gradient using Barry M Blood Orange and W7 Black. Then I freehanded the roses using white acrylic paint. Pretty easy once you have something to copy!

Black red gradient white roses
Black and red gradient using Barry M Blood orange and W7 Black, with freehand roses in white acrylic paint

Here’s my inspiration – skip forward to about 5:30 to see her do the roses:

 

Week of Love Valentine's Nail Art Challenge

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient: Barry M Blood Orange and W7 Black
  • Roses: freehanded using white acrylic paint
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

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All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Week Of Love Valentine’s Nail Art Challenge: Kisses

It’s day 2 of the Week of Love Valentine’s Nail Art Challenge and the theme today is kisses.

When I first started being interested in nails, I remember being struck by a lovely manicure with metallic pink and silver kisses on it.  Of course, now that I want to refer to it, I can’t find it.  It may be this one – but I’m not entirely sure. But if it’s not, it’s very similar.

I actually thought I’d already attempted it (and failed), but my BM02 plate still had its blue covering on, so maybe I just dreamed that!

I started with two coats of Chanel Cosmic, a black with a subtle sparkle running through it. As ever with Chanel, the formula and application were perfect, and it’s a gorgeous polish.

I stamped the lips image from Bundle Monster BM02 using Barry M Foil Effects Silver and A England Perceval.

Chanel Cosmic with red and silver stamped kisses
Chanel Cosmic stamped with kisses from Bundle Monster BM02 using A England Perceval and Barry M Foil Effects Silver
Week of Love Valentine's Nail Art Challenge

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Cosmic
  • Stamping polishes: Barry M Foil Effects Silver and A England Perceveal
  • Stamping plates: Bundle Monster BM-02
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

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All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Week Of Love Valentine’s Nail Art Challenge: Candy Heart Sayings

I’m taking on the Week of Love Valentine’s Nail Art Challenge. It’s all this week, so five days, culminating on Friday, which is Valentine’s Day.

In the US, candy hearts seem to be actually heart shaped. In the UK we have Love Hearts, which are round and then have a raised heart shape and raised wording, which are both printed in pinky red. I couldn’t recreate these exactly, so I did a bit of a take on them.

I painted a base of Sally Hansen Presto Pink, then stamped that with Konad White using the hearts from Cheeky plate CH15.

That seemed too bright and white to then stamp over, so I made it into a stampwich by adding two coats of L’Oréal Opera Ballerina, a pale and sheer pink.

Then I stamped some Love Heart sayings over the top. I used the pinky red colour, UR FAB, from the MUA Love Hearts polish collection. The collection came out about two years ago and was made in collaboration with Love Hearts themselves. U R FAB is a mulberry shade and just perfect for the Love Hearts sweets.

I used the wording from Bundle Monster plate BM-425. It didn’t stamp too well at all – but then the Love Hearts wording looks exactly the same … so I’ll pretend I did it on purpose 😉

Candy Heart Love Hearts sayings
Love Hearts sayings, using Bundle Monster BM425 and MUA U R FAB, over a stampwich base of Sally Hansen Presto Pink, Cheeky CH15 and L’Oréal Opera Ballerina

 

 

Week of Love Valentine's Nail Art Challenge

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Sally Hansen Presto Pink
  • Stamping polish: Konad White
  • Stamping plates: Cheeky plate CH15
  • Top colour: two coats of L’Oréal Color Riche Opera Ballerina
  • Stamping polish: MUA UR FAB
  • Stamping plates: Bundle Monster BM-425
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta Dri

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All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.