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Coral Reef Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These coral reef nails are for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group, whose prompt this week is “Things In The Water”.

I decided to use some images from the Bundle Monster Sun Kissed stamping plate collection to create an underwater scene.

Firstly, I painted the gradient background using Barry M Cotton, Barry M Sugar Apple and Barry M Turquoise.

Coral reef nails
Coral reef nails

Then I added various coral reef images. On each nail I stamped a spindly coral using Barry M Almond. Because this isn’t a stamping polish, it’s great for use in the background like this.

Then I added some more coral, using Mundo de Uñas 13 Orange, 42 Holland Blue and Barry M Blood Orange (the red on the index finger) and Barry M Cocoa (medium brown).

I made a couple of decal fish: a clown fish and an angel fish (well, it’s a Moorish Idol to be precise) and also stamped some other shoals of fish on.

Coral reef nails
Coral reef nails

I also added an orange crab but really didn’t like it. It seemed a little comical. Plus, little crabby felt like he’d be more at home at the seaside than crawling around a tropical coral reef. So I was delighted to discover that it came off in one go with my lint roller without disturbing any of the other stamping. Complete result.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Background gradient: Barry M Turquoise, Barry M Sugar Apple and Barry M Cotton
  • Stamping and decal polishes: Barry M Almond (background coral on every nail), Barry M Blood Orange (coral on index), Mundo de Uñas 42 Holland Blue (coral on middle and shoal of fish on ring), Barry M Cocoa (coral on ring) Mundo de Uñas 13 Orange (coral on little, clown fish), Mundo de Uñas 46 Mustard (shoal of fish on little, angel fish), Barry M Cotton (clown fish), Nella Milano Raven Wing (clown fish and angel fish)
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-501, Bundle Monster BM-502, Bundle Monster BM-504 and Bundle Monster BM-510
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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

 

 

 

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Dragonfly Nails | Insects | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

I’m still three weeks behind with this challenge. These dragonfly nails are for the insects prompt from 15th July.

As usual, I had grand plans starting out. I wanted to do a riverbank scene, with reeds, water and dragonflies. But as time slipped away and I needed to just get something – anything – on my nails, it became far more apparent that some quick stamping was the way to go.

The peach base is four coats of L’Oréal Creamy Angora. That took some effort – this wasn’t going to be quite such a speedy manicure as I first thought. The only time I’ve used it before I painted three coats over white, so I should have known really.

Peach dragonfly nails
Peach dragonfly nails

I stamped using the individual dragonfly image on Bundle Monster plate BM-410, and placed three dragonflies per nail. I don’t quite know why I chose gold; I can’t say I’ve ever seen a gold dragonfly, only ever blue or red.

Peach dragonfly nails
Peach dragonfly nails

Right – no time for writing – I’m off to see if I can catch up some more.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: four coats of L’Oréal Creamy Angora
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Gold
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-410
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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Pink and Aqua Flowers | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These pink and aqua flowers are for the pink and aqua theme (a couple of weeks ago now – ooops) of the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. As ever, there’s a personal prompt that goes along with each colour theme, and mine was “on a nude base” – easy enough!

I was going to do some splatter nails, but couldn’t find the time to clear everything away to prepare and protect against all that mess. So I had a bit of a browse through the manicures I’ve pinned that I like, and came across one using a flower image from Bundle Monster BM-06 (see below). I thought it would look great on all my nails over the base of piCture pOlish Nude that I had already painted.

Pink and aqua flowers
Pink and aqua flowers

I pulled out some Sally Hansen Insta-Dris to stamp with. I don’t know if was the heat or what, but I couldn’t get them to stamp very well. So I tried with some Barry M polishes, and was very surprised at how well they stamped. I used Turquoise and Ballerina for a pastel look. My favourite clear stamper, the Bundle Monster Glass Stamper, made it very easy to place the individual flowers. I was tempted to add some darker colours over the top, but ultimately decided I liked it just with the blue and pink flowers and left it as it was.

Pink and aqua flowers
Pink and aqua flowers

This is the manicure I was inspired by, created by Glam Style Nails by Carolina:

I’m still a few manicures behind in this challenge. If you look at the image below, you’ll see I still have insects to do – and even that was last week’s manicure! The year-long challenge ends in September – I had better have caught up by then!

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of piCture pOlish Nude
  • Stamping polishes: Barry M Turquoise and Barry M Ballerina
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-06
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

The linkup has expired, so I can’t add myself to it, but you should be able to see all the other pink and aqua manicures if you follow the link below.

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Nautical Nails | Bundle Monster Hangloose Collection

These nautical nails are for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. The theme this week is holidays or seaside or the beach and I’ve done a nautical take on the prompt. My husband hankers after a sailing holiday, and would love to sail around the Caribbean, but I prefer to keep that to the nails only.

I made some reverse stamping decals using some images from the new Bundle Monster Hangloose plates collection. This collection is 10 square plates with a lovely range of ocean and beach images. It has seas, the ocean floor and its creatures, shells and scallops, sailor and nautical themed images, as well as tropical beach, holiday (vacation) and surfing images.

Nautical nails using Bundle Monster Hangloose stamping plates
Nautical nails using Bundle Monster Hangloose stamping plates

I used plates BM-401 and BM-402 and coloured them in with a range of blue, red and white polishes (see below for the details). I mattified the final look as it showed up better on camera.

Nautical nails using Bundle Monster Hangloose stamping plates
Nautical nails using Bundle Monster Hangloose stamping plates

You can buy the Hangloose plates singly for $2.99 each, or as a set of 10, currently on sale for $12.74.

Bundle Monster Hangloose collection of stamping plates
Bundle Monster Hangloose collection of stamping plates

There are also a couple of sets that they come in that seem a great buy. For $33.15 you can buy one of two sets. Each has three stamping polishes, the set of 10 Hangloose plates, 4 sheets of similarly-themed water decals and a wheel of gold studs that includes shells, seahorses, starfish and pineapples. You can choose either the set that has 3 metallic stamping polishes in Sky Blue, Gold and Silver or the set with 3 Moonbeams stamping polishes in Pinky Red, Purplish Blue and a Greenish Gold. These are metallic stamping polishes that look great over darker colours.

Bundle Monster Hangloose Gift Set water decals
Bundle Monster Hangloose Gift Set water decals

I don’t have either of the stamping polish sets, but I do have the decals and the studs, and think the sets would make a great gift – either for someone else, or for yourself.

Bundle Monster Hangloose Gift Set studs
Bundle Monster Hangloose Gift Set studs

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Barry M Sky Blue, Barry M Blood Orange, Essie Make Some Noise and Nella Milano Chantilly Cream
  • Stamping polishes: Essence Stamp Me! Black, Moyra SP.02 Red and Moyra SP.05 Blue
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-S401 and BM-S402
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl, then Barry M Matte Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Bundle Monster product images are copyright to, and courtesy of, Bundle Monster.
The Bundle Monster Hangloose stamping plates and Moyra Red stamping polish were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Pink Mosaic Stripes | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

The 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group is doing hot pink and my personal prompt was mosaic or stained glass, so I have some pink mosaic stripes. Not all the polishes I used are hot pink, but then when you’re doing mosaic, you need lots of different colours.

My first attempt at mosaic nails began with me painting colours on my silicon mat and cutting them out. But I messed up by applying the pieces when the base was still too wet. So after lots of preparation and time invested, I scrapped that idea and tried something else.

Pink mosaic stripes
Pink mosaic stripes

I found a great mosaic stamping image on Bundle Monster plate BM-208. My nails are quite long at the moment and the image was a millimetre or two too short. So I came up with the idea of making just a few stamped decals and cutting each one into stripes, then using a piece on each nail.

Pink mosaic stripes
Pink mosaic stripes

The base is a very pale pink, Barry M Rose Hip. Then I stamped the Bundle Monster image using Mundo de Uñas Fiusha (20). I filled it in while it was still on the stamper with lots of different pink polishes:

  • Sinful Colors Forget Now, a jelly with a shimmer
  • Color Club Miss Bliss (holographic)
  • Barry M Birthday, the glittery Superdrug 50th birthday limited edition
  • Revlon Passionate Pink
  • OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips
  • and several other Barry Ms … Passion Fruit, Grapefruit, Pomegranate and Rose Hip

I top-coated the decal and left it to dry, then cut it into four. I needed three decals to do all my nails and simply placed a piece on each nail. I didn’t quite get the “up, down” staggered look I was going for on my photographed hand as I placed the decals too close to the middle for the index and middle nails.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Barry M Rose Hip
  • Stamping polish: Mundo de Uñas Fiusha (20)
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-208
  • Decal colours: Sinful Colors Forget Now, Color Club Miss Bliss, Barry M Birthday, Revlon Passionate Pink, OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips, Barry M Passion Fruit, Barry M Grapefruit, Barry M Pomegranate and Barry M Rose Hip
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips was previously sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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