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Blue herringbone stamping | Bundle Monster BM-XL212

This blue herringbone stamping manicure disappointed a little on camera.

In the flesh, it was awesome, creating a stunning optical illusion effect of a 3D pattern. But I just couldn’t seem to capture how it looked on camera.

It’s a real shame that I can’t demonstrate how good this looked, but if you have this plate, I urge you to try this particular design out.

Blue herringbone stamping
Blue herringbone stamping, using OPI The I’s Have It and Bundle Monster BM-XL212

The base is the beautiful pale blue OPI The I’s Have It. It’s from the Alice Through The Looking Glass, Brights 2016 collection. I confess that I have finally stopped buying nail polishes in quantity. For many years, I was buying 20-30 a month. Now that my collection numbers over a thousand, I find myself frequently seeing new shades and simply thinking, I’ve got that colour … ten times over. So it’s only rarely that I see a polish and really want it. And The I’s Have It was one of those.

Blue herringbone stamping, using OPI The I's Have It and Bundle Monster BM-XL212
Blue herringbone stamping, using OPI The I’s Have It and Bundle Monster BM-XL212

I stamped over the baby blue base using 2true Athena, a metallic-blue polish. The image comes from one of the plates in the Bundle Monster Blogger Collaboration Set 3. It’s a 3D herringbone design made from dots, created by “gotnail”. It’s on plate BM-xL212. It’s my favourite plate in the set as it has lots of abstract and geometrical designs, which are my favourites to use.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of OPI The I’s Have It
  • Stamping polish: 2true Athena
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL212
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster BM-XL212 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Metallic Blue With Wavy Lines | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday prompt for this week (I’m late again – sorry to the other ladies) is your favourite colour. My favourite colour is blue, so I’ve created some metallic blue wavy lines stamped nails.

The blue is Ciaté Birthday Blue. It is gorgeous and I adore it. It is perfect. It has such a jewelled feel to it. It’s brighter blue than other metallic blues I have; more cobalt and less navy than they are.

Metallic blue wavy lines
Metallic blue wavy lines

I stamped using Bundle Monster BM-XL209, from the second blogger collaboration set. This is the “Lucy’s Stash” plate. I first received this plate as a prize from Lucie in a competition she ran. Then I also received it from Bundle Monster to review. So now I have two plates. I also recently bought some duplicate plates (by accident), and I have many a duplicate polish. So I think a big giveaway might be on the cards.

Metallic blue wavy lines
Metallic blue wavy lines

I love this Lucy’s Stash plate. It’s a nice collection of lots of different types of image: floral, geometric, abstract, feathers and leaves.

Bundle Monster BM-XL209 Lucy's Stash plate
Bundle Monster BM-XL209 Lucy’s Stash plate – image courtesy of, and copyright to, Bundle Monster

For the stamping polish, I used 2true Athena.  You can’t seem to get the 2true polishes in Superdrug any more, but these Metallica polishes are excellent for stamping. They remind me of the Essie Mirror Metallics. You can still buy Athena though on the 2true website.

I only stamped the centre nails; I wanted to be able to see that beautiful base polish.

 

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Please go and see what the other Twinsies’ favourite colours are:

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Ciaté Birthday Blue
  • Stamping polish: 2true Athena
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL209
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster BM-XL209 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

Purple Skittlette | Mix & Match | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday group is doing mix and match manicures today. I haven’t heard that term applied to a nails look before, so I am not entirely sure if I’ve got this right. To me, it sounds like it should be a bit of a skittlette: the match being the same or similar colours, and the mix being different designs. So, to that end at least, I created a purple skittlette. I hope I got it right!

I created two matching nails, using Barry M Fonadant as the base. To this pink-toned lilac colour I added thin stripes of white and purple.

Purple skittlette
Purple skittlette

The plain nail is SpaRitual Modern Craftsman, a stunning purple nail polish with tiny red glitters.

Then the middle nail has a white base and is stamped with 2true Artemis, a purple metallic polish. The 2true Metallica collection is great for stamping. They don’t seem to be sold in Superdrug any more, which is a shame. But you can still buy the blue one, Athena, from the 2true website.

Purple skittlette nails
Purple skittlette nails

The stamping image is from Born Pretty Store plate BP-L001. It’s a repeating design using marquise shapes. Other than this image, the plate has floral, leaf and foliage patterns. It’s absolutely my kind of plate and has lots of images that I love. It currently is available on the Born Pretty website for $4.19. If you’re buying other, full-priced items, feel free to use my 10% discount code: ZSL91 (there’s nothing off this particular item as it’s already reduced).

 

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Please take a look at all the other manicures from the Twinsies this week (even if it’s only to see if I got the right idea for the theme!):

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Index and little finger: two coats of Barry M Fondant, plus stripes of Barry M Matt White and SpaRitual Modern Craftsman
  • Ring finger: two coats of SpaRitual Modern Craftsman
  • Middle finger: two coats of Barry M Matt White, with stamping, as below
  • Stamping polish: 2true Artemis
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-L001
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Born Pretty Store plate BP-L001 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

OPI DS Lapis with Blue and Silver Chevrons: Y is for: You

It’s the penultimate challenge week in the A2Z series challenge. So, we’re at Y, which is for You. Well, not you … me. That’s how I interpreted it anyway. And I have done some blue with silver chevrons nails.

I spent ages trying to think of what best represented me. I’ve done plenty of manicures where I have ended up writing something like, “Oh I love these; they’re very ‘me’ “. And yet, when I looked back over them, I didn’t want to just recreate them.

So, I started instead from nothing and built a manicure that fitted me. I chose blue as the overall theme, as that’s my favourite colour. It’s not always my favourite colour to put on my nails. That’s whatever takes my fancy at the time (except green, usually!). But blue is certainly the colour I have the most of.

The base for this is OPI DS Lapis. Named after the semi-precious stone lapis lazuli, it has the same deep blue as the stone, with some added blue and silver micro glitter, which adds intensity. It dries matte, but I prefer it shiny, because the sparkle is more evident with top coat.

OPI DS Lapis with blue and silver chevrons using Rimmel Navy Seal and 2true Christy
OPI DS Lapis with blue and silver chevrons using Rimmel Navy Seal and 2true Christy

Thinking about what to add next, I considered what I like on my nails. I love to stamp, but have done quite a bit of that recently. I also love lines and symmetry, and so that led me to add some chevrons in two contrasting colours: Rimmel Navy Seal, an “air force” blue; and 2true Christy, a textured silver glitter.

OPI DS Lapis with blue and silver chevrons using Rimmel Navy Seal and 2true Christy
OPI DS Lapis with blue and silver chevrons using Rimmel Navy Seal and 2true Christy

I added top coat to ensure shine and sparkle. Lovely. very “me”.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of OPI DS Lapis
  • Chevrons: Rimmel Navy Seal and 2true Christy
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Here are the manicures from the other A2Zers:

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Blue and Purple Textured Glitter Zigzags: T is for: Textured

I’ve used some textured glitter for T is for textured in the A2Z series challenge this week.

Both polishes are from the 2true Sequins collection and are Eva, which is the blue one, and Naomi, the purple one. I have one other nail polish from this 5-part collection; it’s the silver one, called Christy. I’ve used that one quite a lot, and often use it as an accent nail, but this is the first outing for either of these two.

They are quick drying, and have a course, grainy feel to them after they’ve dried.

I created some textured glitter zigzags over white to add some interest to the manicure. I quite like the look, but can’t help but think that either blue or purple would have worked well on their own; not both together.

Blue and purple textured glitter zigzags using 2true Eva, 2true Naomi and Barry M Cotton
Blue and purple textured glitter zigzags using 2true Eva, 2true Naomi and Barry M Cotton

There’s only six more weeks of this challenge left. It’s gone by really quickly.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: 2true Eva, 2true Naomi, Barry M Cotton


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Here are the manicures from the other A2Zers:

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