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Mardi Gras nails

I bet you wonder why I’m posting some Mardi Gras nails in December! We don’t even celebrate Mardi Gras in the UK. (Well, we have Pancake Day, but that’s about the closest we get).

My son’s school holds a charity fundraising ball every year, and I’m on the committee that helps to organise it. This year, the theme was Mardi Gras.

I had designed some posters and artwork for the event and had created a three-colour harlequin pattern as a border. I didn’t know much about Mardi Gras at first, but after researching things a little, I  found out that the traditional colours for (New Orleans) Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. So I chose to replicate the coloured harlequin pattern on my nails too.

Mardi Gras nails
Mardi Gras nails

For the colours, I chose: Nella Milano A Royal Affair (purple), George Buttercup Shine (yellow/gold), and Barry M Spring Green (green).

I wasn’t sure of the best way to accomplish the design, especially since my freehand isn’t the greatest. So I settled on making some decals on a silicone mat. I painted some lines of adjoining diamonds in purple and in green using back to back zigzag vinyls placed on the mat. Then I top coated that and allowed it to dry. Then I cut away the top coat from one side of each of the purple and green lines of diamonds. I then slotted them together on the mat so that the green and purple diamonds were touching and added another coat of top coat.

Mardi Gras nails
Mardi Gras nails

Finally, I laid my decals onto a base of the yellow polish. I did do a little bit of freehand work, by painting in the side diamonds in green and purple by hand.

For the glitter polish, I used FUN Lacquer Million Dollar Dream. It is a gold glittery polish with holographic glitters that reflect in green and red. There’s no purple, but the colours are similar to the Mardi Gras colour scheme.

The ball was a great success. However, apart from a few of my committee colleagues, no-one noticed my Mardi Gras nails, unfortunately.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Harlequin colours: three coats of George Buttercup Shine (base), Nella Milano A Royal Affair, and Barry M Spring Green
  • Glitter: three coats of FUN Lacquer Million Dollar Dream
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

Pastel Halloween Pumpkin Faces | Halloween In The Wrong Colours | 26 Great Nail Art Ideas

Don’t these pastel Halloween pumpkin faces look weird? It’s not right to see Halloween done in the wrong colours! But that’s the theme for this week’s 26 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

My Facebook feed has been filled with similar things – pumpkins and graveyards and bats and witches … but done in pinks and pastels and neons! The nails look so wrong, but it’s a great idea for a theme.

Pastel Halloween pumpkin faces for "Halloween in the wrong colours"
Pastel Halloween pumpkin faces for “Halloween in the wrong colours”

I tried to think of the least Halloweeny colours I could. Pastel pinky-peach and pinky-lilac in a gradient was just perfect.

The first colour in the gradient, the peachy colour, is China Glaze Pack Lightly. This comes from the Spring 2015 Road Trip collection. It has a subtle gold shimmer to it that I could only see well under artificial light. It hasn’t come out in my photos at all. What was more surprising is that this technically a neon polish. It glows under UV light. So, that is very apt for Halloween.

Pastel Halloween pumpkin faces for "Halloween in the wrong colours"

The other gradient colour is Barry M Fondant. Also from a Spring 2015 collection, this is a pinky-lilac shade.

After that, I added some Halloween pumpkin faces. Traditionally these would be black, so to turn Halloween on its head, I used white. The pumpkin faces were created using nail vinyls from She Sells Seashells. I bought these last year, but didn’t get around to using them.

What do you think of these then? I can’t see this being a trend that catches on, but it’s fun to see. Have a look at all the “Halloween in the wrong colours” manicure below.

 

 

26 Great Nail Art Ideas #26GNAI

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient colours: China Glaze Pack Lightly and Barry M Fondant
  • Nail Vinyls: She Sells Seashells Halloween pumpkin faces
  • Pumpkin faces: Barry M Cotton
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

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Autumn Jumper Knitted Nails | Inspired By The Weather | Twinsie Tuesday

These knitted nails are for this week’s Twinsie Tuesday prompt, inspired by the weather. I’m a day late with this, but better late than never!

The weather here in south London is currently just grey and a bit cold. So I didn’t feel that gave me much literal inspiration. Instead, I thought around that a little and realised that this time of the year is when we start to turn on the heating while we’re indoors, and add another layer while we’re out.

Autumn jumper knitted nails
Autumn jumper knitted nails

That extra layer for many is a cosy jumper, so I painted some knitted nails. The base is Barry M Almond, a soft taupe colour. Barry M launched it in 2014 as part of their summer collection, but it’s not really a traditionally summery colour. It’s far more appropriate for autumn.

I stamped over that using another Barry M shade, from the same Summer 2014 collection: Coconut. This is a creamy, just off-white shade. It stamps quite well if you want a thinner look to your stamping. And that is what I was going for with this.

Autumn jumper knitted nails
Autumn jumper knitted nails

The stamping plate is hēhē Plus Fairy Tale 005. It has lots of lace and a couple of knitted patterns on it. You can buy it from the hēhē website.

As lovely as they are, the nails aren’t going to keep me warm though. So I’ve turned up the heating!

 

 

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

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Barry M Almond
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Coconut
  • Stamping plate: hēhē Plus Fairy Tale 005
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
hēhē Plus Fairy Tale 005 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

Red, Yellow and Green Saran Wrap | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

This manicure is a red, yellow and green Saran wrap manicure for one of the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas themes.

After far too many weeks out of the nail art loop, I have finally managed to jump back in. And this manicure is about four weeks late. In fact, the challenge is now over, and the next one has begun. But I still have two more manicures to complete after this one. I will make sure I finish them though, as then I will have done two years of a once-weekly challenge.

Red, yellow and green Saran wrap (cling film) nails
Red, yellow and green Saran wrap (cling film) nails

In fact, I did paint these nails at the time, but I just haven’t had the time to post them. I’m a freelance marketing consultant, and work has been busy, but more than that, I am on my son’s school’s parents’ association committee, and the time I have had to devote to that recently has meant I just haven’t been able to keep up with the blog … nor paint my nails. Hopefully things will change soon and the commitment needed there will lessen.

Red, yellow and green Saran wrap (cling film) nails
Red, yellow and green Saran wrap (cling film) nails

I was already wearing red on my nails: Nella Milano Scarlet Heat. To that, I have added Revlon Barry M Olive, a very pale, quite “dirty” green, using scrunched up cling film (Saran wrap). Finally, I added some yellow, using Revlon Buttercup. There seemed to be too much yellow on my nails, and I didn’t want to see too much green [regular readers will know I’m not a great fan of green] so I added some more red on top.

Red, yellow and green is not a great colour combination in my opinion. But I quite liked the effect of these nails.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Nella Milano Scarlet Heat, Revlon Buttercup and Barry M Olive
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

I can’t add my nails to the link-up as it has expired. But you can still see all the manicures here:

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Black, White and Orange Tartan | Books | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These black, white and orange tartan nails are for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas “books” prompt.

I don’t read anywhere near as much as I would like to. It’s all my son’s fault. Before he was born, I used to read about one book a week. Admittedly, I commuted into central London every day, so there was plenty of time on the train. But I also used to read in bed at night before going to sleep, so really used to be quite a voracious reader.

Then, nearly thirteen years ago, my son was born and suddenly I had no time to myself. I also became self-employed so no longer had a commute. And my son was nicknamed POD for a long time, meaning Prince of Darkness, as he was awake all night (and day too a lot of the time!) so you can probably tell that I didn’t get much night-time reading done either.

Black, white and orange tartan nails
Black, white and orange tartan nails

So, in the past thirteen years, I have read precisely eight books. Eight. That’s not even one a year. I’ve read: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho; Saturday, On Chesil Beach and Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan; Suggs’ autobiography That Close; and A Long Way Down, Slam and Funny Girl by Nick Hornby.

I read the last book in that list – Funny Girl – just a few weeks ago while I was on holiday. This nail art takes its inspiration from the paperback cover, which shows a black and white photo of a young woman wearing a tartan dress, with the book title written in orange. So these black, white and orange tartan nails are the result.

Black, white and orange tartan nails
Black, white and orange tartan nails

On a white base, I stamped the tartan image in black, using Jordana Black and an image from MoYou Nails 401.

I added in the orange afterwards using a W7 jelly polish, Orange Crush. I painted it on just using the brush and a striping brush for the thin lines.

I’ve had a bit of a nightmare with these nails. I should have top-coated the stamping before adding the orange, because it has smeared it quite badly. They look great at arm’s length; just not so much close up in a photo. Then I’ve managed to capture a bit of my light tent in the top left corner of one of the shots. It’s out of focus, so just looks like a bit of a blur, but all the same, I’m not happy. And finally, I had to adjust the colour balance on the images quite a bit, as the orange was looking red. So that’s made my fingers look yellow. It seems to have been “one of those days”.

 

40 Great Nail Art Ideas 3 #40GNAI

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: one coat of Barry M Cotton
  • Orange: W7 Orange Crush
  • Stamping polish: Jordana Black
  • Stamping plate: MoYou Nails 401
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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