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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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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.

 

 

Birds in a Tree | Twinsie Tuesday

Birds is the theme for the Twinsie Tuesday prompt today. I’ve put some birds in a tree, after I saw this manicure by Wacky Lacki where she used the same Fake Tattoos of birds that I was planning to use.

For the background, there was nothing better to start off with than Barry M Sky Blue for the sky. Then I stamped on some clouds using an image from my MoYou Nails Pro Board VII plate.

Birds in a tree
Birds in a tree

I used the tree from Born Pretty Store BP-L015 on my middle fingernail and then used parts of the same image on the nails next to it to give the impression of branches spreading outwards.

For the tree stamping, I used Barry M Cocoa and as it’s not a proper stamping polish, you could see the clouds through it. So I went over it a bit with a cut down detailing brush and some more Barry M Cocoa. I just painted roughly, so that it looked a bit like bark.

Birds in a tree
Birds in a tree

Finally, I added in my birds, using Fake Tattoos, which are effectively water decals. And I added one coming in to land on my little finger nail.

My scene looks very wintry and bare, and I toyed with adding in some green leaves, but wasn’t sure my freehand was up to it. I didn’t want to ruin what I already had, so I called it quits and stuck with it as it was.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Sky Blue
  • Clouds: stamped using Essence Stamp Me! White and MoYou Nails Pro Board VII
  • Tree: stamped using Barry M Cocoa and Born Pretty Store BP-L015
  • Birds: Fake Tattoos (water decals)
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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The Fake Tattoos used for this manicure were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Coffee-Inspired Swirls | Twinsie Tuesday

I’m late with the Twinsie Tuesday prompt this week. I’ve been ill in bed with flu, and then I went away for a few days at the end of the week for my birthday. So these coffee inspired swirls are rather late.

I wasn’t sure what to do when I saw the coffee prompt. Normally some stamping is my easy option, but I don’t even have any stamping plates with coffee cups or coffee beans on them.

Ultimately, I have gone for some stamping, but it’s a bit tenuous. I’ve stamped the kind of swirl pattern you sometimes get on your coffee in a Starbucks or Costa Coffee kind of place.

Coffee inspired swirls
Coffee inspired swirls using Barry M Cocoa, Barry M Almond and Bundle Monster BM-XL210

The base is Barry M Cocoa – a pretty apt name, but a very apt colour. It’s certainly a deep, chocolatey coffee colour.

Then I stamped over it. I was going to use Mundo de Uñas Cream, but my Cream is more pale yellow and it looked awful. So instead I used another Barry M polish, Almond and it worked quite well.

Coffee inspired swirls
Coffee inspired swirls using Barry M Cocoa, Barry M Almond and Bundle Monster BM-XL210

The image is from one of the Bundle Monster Blogger collaboration plates, BM-XL210, Sloteazzy’s plate that has lots of watermarble-type images on it. It costs $4.99 if you buy it on its own, or you can get the whole set of five plates for $19.99.

It’s sort of like the swirls they put in your coffee. It’s not very well executed, but blame the flu as I did it when I was still ill last week.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: one coat of Barry M Cocoa
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Almond
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL210
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Bundle Monster BM-XL210 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Autumn to Winter Gradient | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday prompt this week is all about the transition from fall (autumn) to winter. I kept it simple and represented the transition with an autumn to winter gradient.

I was already wearing OPI Muir Muir On The Wall, which is a lovely autumnal colour. I decided to gradient to a white colour, to represent snow.

I have a lovely, shimmery white, called Sno Baby, by Rococo that I thought would do the trick. I expected it to show whiter on the nails though, but maybe it didn’t show up so brightly because it was sponged over the top of such a dark colour. It seems a bit more silvery than white.

Autumn to winter gradient, using OPI Muir Muir On The Wall and Rococo Sno Baby
Autumn to winter gradient, using OPI Muir Muir On The Wall and Rococo Sno Baby

It does sparkle nicely in the light though, just like snow does.

Autumn to winter gradient, using OPI Muir Muir On The Wall and Rococo Sno Baby
Autumn to winter gradient, using OPI Muir Muir On The Wall and Rococo Sno Baby

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient: OPI Muir Muir On The Wall and Rococo Sno Baby
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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OPI Muir Muir On The Wall, as used for this post, was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

OPI Muir Muir On The Wall | Swatch and Review

This is a swatch of OPI Muir Muir On The Wall, from the San Francisco collection of Autumn 2013.

The final effect of this polish is of an auburn brown with bronze shimmer. In make-up though, it’s a copper/bronze shimmer in a sheer black base. It is supposed to be, according to OPI, a plum colour. I see that in the bottle, but not on the nail at all. Perhaps it comes out more in the sunshine.

OPI Muir Muir On The Wall
OPI Muir Muir On The Wall

I wasn’t sure what the “Muir” in the name referred to, but after Googling, I think it may refer to the Muir Woods National Monument, a forest of redwood trees just outside San Francisco.

It painted on smoothly and evenly and dried pretty fast too. It needs at least two coats. This manicure shows two coats, but when I held my fingers up to the light, I could still see through the nails slightly. On a sunnier day this might have bothered me, but it’s completely overcast today, so it didn’t matter to me.

OPI Muir Muir On The Wall
OPI Muir Muir On The Wall

My bottle of Muir Muir On The Wall came from Nailpolish.co.uk. They have all sorts of polishes, including OPI, Barry M, China Glaze, Orly, Rimmel and Essie. The OPI nail polishes cost from £4.95 for colours from older collections, then there are lots at £5.95 or £6.95, and then those from current collections cost £12.50. They also sell the Designer Series (DS polishes) for £15.95 and Nail Envy and other nail treatments.

Delivery is free and in my experience it was extremely quick, arriving the following day.

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of OPI Muir Muir On The Wall
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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