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Navy and Gold Zig Zags (52 Week Challenge)

I made it to the end. This is post number fifty-two, the last one for the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge. The prompts were dark and grungey and/or zig zags. I chose zig zags, which are also quite dark. But not grungey!

The base and plain nails are Chanel Fortissimo. This is a gorgeous navy that has a cobalt shimmer. I’ve been wearing it all week. It’s beautiful and has made its way up there into my top five Chanel nail polishes.

Navy and gold zig zags using Chanel Fortissimo and Essie On A Silver Platter
Navy and gold zig zags using Chanel Fortissimo and Essie On A Silver Platter

I used Essie On A Silver Platter for the contrast. It has pretty holographic blue glitters in a gold base (no idea why it’s called “silver platter” therefore!) There’s something almost Tutankhamun-like about this, with the navy and gold.

Navy and gold zig zags using Chanel Fortissimo and Essie On A Silver Platter
Navy and gold zig zags using Chanel Fortissimo and Essie On A Silver Platter

So that’s it. The challenge is finished. I will try to put together a collage of all the manicures. But I’m not sure how fifty-two of them is going to look.

Next week we start a brand new year-long challenge, the like of which you’ll never have seen before. It’s going to be awesome!

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Chanel Fortissimo
  • Zig zags: Essie On A Silver Platter
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (two coats)


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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Lilac, Violet and Purple Chevrons (52 Week Challenge)

I have some lilac, violet and purple chevrons for this week in the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge.

Violet is one of the prompts, and the other is waterfall. I tried twice to create waterfall nails, and they were terrible both times. So this is the third manicure for this challenge. I don’t know quite why I can’t master the art of adding a few lines on my nails. Waterfall seems – on the face of it – to be so easy. But I simply can’t do it. Chevrons are the far better option for me. There’s no room for error – the tape does it all for you!

Lilac, violet and purple chevrons using Barry M Fondant, Nella Milano Vintage Violet and Barry M Plum
Lilac, violet and purple chevrons using Barry M Fondant, Nella Milano Vintage Violet and Barry M Plum

I used Barry M Fondant for the base, then added my violet, Vintage Violet from Nella Milano (which I will review separately at some point in the future). The darker purple is Barry M Plum.

Lilac, violet and purple chevrons using Barry M Fondant, Nella Milano Vintage Violet and Barry M Plum
Lilac, violet and purple chevrons using Barry M Fondant, Nella Milano Vintage Violet and Barry M Plum

We’re almost there with the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge. There’s just one more manicure to go. If I do that one, I will have completed the entire year.

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Fondant
  • Chevrons: Nella Milano Vintage Violet and Barry M Plum
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

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Chanel Kaleidoscope With Geometric Stamping (52 Week Challenge)

This week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge calls for a water marble and/or your most precious polish. I have only just done a water marble, so I used my most precious polish, Chanel Kaleidoscope, with geometric stamping added.

Chanel Kaleidoscope is my most precious polish because it’s the one that is probably worth the most. It’s an old Chanel, that was a limited edition. Chanel polishes tend to grow in value over time and I’ve seen this one on eBay for more than £70.

Chanel Kaleidoscope with geometric stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-13
Chanel Kaleidoscope with geometric stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-13

It’s from the Fall 2008 Golden Child collection. I’m still unsure what colour it is though. Is it gold? Silver? Pewter? Antique gold? Platinum? Tarnished gold? I believe Chanel described it as a green-gold, but I don’t see any green in it. Despite being unable to pin down its precise colour, I think it has a complexity that gives it an allure for me that no other gold shade has. Gold doesn’t really suit me plain, but I like this with stamping or something else added.

Chanel Kaleidoscope with geometric stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-13
Chanel Kaleidoscope with geometric stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-13

I stamped a geometric pattern using Konad Black and Born Pretty Store BP-13. The stamping is really patchy. I think it’s due to my Konad Black being on its last legs, and also because I didn’t use my favourite stamper. I used a more squishy one because my base hadn’t been left to dry for as long as it could have, and I was worried about denting it with my firmer – albeit more reliable – stamper.

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Kaleidoscope
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-13
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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Red, Blue and Purple Water Marble (52 Week Challenge)

I’ve combined the two 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge prompts this week, for a red, blue and purple water marble manicure.

I used Nella Milano polishes, which water marbled really well. They spread easily in the water and didn’t split or disperse when I dragged through them. I used The Rubinator (red), True Blue (blue) and A Royal Affair (purple) for a stripey water marble effect. You can see my white undies poking through. I still get this whenever I clean up – let me know if you have any tips to avoid it.

Red, blue and purple water marble using Nella Milano polishes: The Rubinator, True Blue and A Royal Affair
Red, blue and purple water marble using Nella Milano polishes: The Rubinator, True Blue and A Royal Affair

I wanted to do all my fingers, but I hadn’t left the white base long enough to dry, so most of them didn’t work out well because I knocked them or was too clumsy getting any water bubbles off. I was left with two good ones on my left hand, so stuck with those and painted plain blue and red on the other nails (with purple on my non-photographed thumb nail).

Red, blue and purple water marble using Nella Milano polishes: The Rubinator, True Blue and A Royal Affair
Red, blue and purple water marble using Nella Milano polishes: The Rubinator, True Blue and A Royal Affair

 

 

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Red: three coats of Nella Milano The Rubinator
  • Blue: three coats of Nella Milano True Blue
  • Water marble base: one coat of Nella Milano Chantilly Cream
  • Water marble colours: Nella Milano The Rubinator, Nella Milano True Blue and Nella Milano A Royal Affair
  • Top coats: Glisten & Glow HK Girl on the water marble nails; Sally Hansen Insta-Dri on the plain nails


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Nella Milano polishes 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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Chanel Fortissimo with Silver Geometric Stamping (52 Week Challenge)

This navy blue with silver geometric stamping manicure for the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge is a bit of a cop out. The two prompts are TV and free choice. TV sounded too hard for me. I could only think that I would be needing to freehand something intricate. So free choice was easier.

It’s been a busy Bank Holiday weekend, so I’ve not had time to spend on my nails at all. My son plays cricket, and all of Sunday – the day I typically do the 52 week challenge manicure – was spent at a cup final. His team won, so that meant that the day led into the evening, celebrating with friends. The I forgot all about posting, so this manicure is now rather late.

Chanel Fortissimo with silver geometric stamping, using Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Born Pretty Store BP-25
Chanel Fortissimo with silver geometric stamping, using Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Born Pretty Store BP-25

The base is Chanel Fortissimo. It’s a absolutely stunning polish. It’s navy blue with a sapphire blue shimmer that gives it a radiant quality.

I stamped a striking geometric pattern from Born Pretty Store plate BP-25 using Barry M Foil Effects Silver for the stamping.

Chanel Fortissimo with silver geometric stamping, using Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Born Pretty Store BP-25
Chanel Fortissimo with silver geometric stamping, using Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Born Pretty Store BP-25

The observant amongst you will notice that my nails are much shorter than usual. I broke the tip of my middle fingernail and it just looked too comical to keep the others at the same length, so they all came down by about 2-3mm. It doesn’t sound a lot, but it certainly looks a lot.

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Fortissimo
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-25
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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