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Blue and Silver Filigree Nails | 26 Great Nail Art Ideas

Nail blog posts from me are a bit like buses: none for a month and then two come along at once! So after a bit of a break, I’m back to posting with some blue and silver filigree nails.

These are for a new challenge: 26 Great Nail Art Ideas. It’s a once a fortnight challenge, with various prompts that you can see in the graphic below. I still haven’t finished the last challenge, but I only have a couple of manicures to do, so can hopefully catch up with those.

Chanel Rebel Blue with All That Jazz silver filigrees
Chanel Blue Rebel with All That Jazz silver filigrees

The base for this manicure is Chanel Blue Rebel, part of the Les Jeans collection from 2011’s Fashion’s Night Out. This collection of three blue polishes came out just before I got into painting my nails. I bought Blue Boy straight away, but the other two – Coco Blue and Blue Rebel – weren’t readily available any more. I managed to snag them much later – and for a much higher price than the usual retail price. But, I love all three of them, so the price paid was worth it.

Chanel Rebel Blue with All That Jazz silver filigrees
Chanel Blue Rebel with All That Jazz silver filigrees

On the middle nails (and my unseen thumb nails) are some silver filigree stickers. These filigrees are from All That Jazz. I was a bit unsure how they would work out before I tried them. I’ve never had the greatest of luck with nail wraps, which seem not to want to follow the curve of my nails. I always end up with lumps and bumps. But perhaps because these have holes in them, and are made of a flexible plasticky sort of material, they curved brilliantly with my nails. They went on so quickly and easily, it was untrue. The curve of the cuticle end and the width perfectly matched my own nails. After I had placed them, all I had to do was to trim off a bit of length using some cuticle nippers.

Thes filigree stickers are extremely impressive. They’re not expensive either. You can get them for £1.79 a pack from All That Jazz. They come in 17 different design and six colours, including gold, silver and four neon colours. This particular design is Bouquet in silver.

All That Jazz filigrees
All That Jazz filigrees

When I looked at the manicure photographs, I wasn’t very pleased with them. So, I added some top coat. But they didn’t photograph well either. And seeing as these filigrees look absolutely fine (except on camera, it seems) without top coat, then those are the pictures I chose to post. They don’t really do these complete justice, and I wish I could have photographed them better.

 

 

26 Great Nail Art Ideas #26GNAI

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Blue Rebel
  • Filigrees: All That Jazz Bouquet in silver
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (on the plain blue nails only)


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The All That Jazz filigrees were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Chanel Sunrise Trip with Studs | Twinsie Tuesday

This is Chanel Sunrise Trip with studs for Twinsie Tuesday, the prompt for which is studs or embellishments this week.

Sunrise Trip is a gorgeous colour. It is a jelly polish in a deep purple, almost indigo colour. It is the first “Nail Gloss” that Chanel has launched, and is distinct from their “Nail Colour” range. The nail gloss colour is a gel-like formula, presumably akin to OPI Infinite Shine or Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. I can’t vouch for the wear though as I have only just put it on.

Chanel Sunrise Trip with studs
Chanel Sunrise Trip with studs

While the colour is stunning, I didn’t much like the formula as it pooled in my cuticles. It did level out nicely though, and two coats were just enough to still be able to see a jelly effect but not too much visible nail line.

The worst thing about this polish though is that the brush is just dreadful. It is more useless than one you’d find on a cheap market stall polish. I don’t know what they have done, but I am pretty sure that Chanel has changed its brush supplier. The last few Chanel polishes that I have bought – Vibrato, Fortissimo, Rouge Noir (new), Top Coat Lamé Rouge Noir and now Sunrise Trip – all have ropey brushes.

I used to love the slim Chanel brushes, but these new ones are thicker, with more bristles, and the individual bristles don’t lay very straight, making the brush flare out at the bottom. Not only is this completely inconsistent with a top notch brand such as Chanel, it makes it very difficult to paint your nails nicely!

Chanel Sunrise Trip with studs
Chanel Sunrise Trip with studs

I added a domed round stud and a long triangle stud – both from Bundle Monster – to each nail to complete what I think is a classy look.

I am very disappointed that Chanel still hasn’t sorted its brushes out, but I have (begrudgingly) been willing to overlook it recently because the colours are so nice. However, I will stop buying Chanel polishes if they can’t provide a good quality brush.

 

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Sunrise Trip
  • Studs: Bundle Monster studs
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The studs shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Red Geometric | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

This week’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas theme is red and my own personal prompt is geometric. So these are my red geometric nails.

The base is the classic and iconic Chanel Rouge Noir. To that, I’ve then added some colour using a Bundle Monster nail stencil.

The stencil is Bundle Monster #24, which has both geometric mosaic patterns and diagonal stripes. This pack comes in a set of 9 packs for $12.99. There are two types of these 9-pack stencil sets, one called Sunny Weather Fun and the other – this one – called Geometric Shapes.

Red geometric nails, using Chanel Rouge Noir, and Barry M Sparkling Ruby sponged over Bundle Monster stencils
Red geometric nails, using Chanel Rouge Noir, and Barry M Sparkling Ruby sponged over Bundle Monster stencils

The nail stencils are really easy to use. They stick to the nail well, and I find they work best when the additional colour is sponged on. The thin coat you achieve with sponging ensures that the colour doesn’t bleed under the stencil.

For the sponging, I used Barry M Sparkling Ruby. The overall effect is really lovely and the Barry M polish lives up to its name by sparkling when the light catches it.

Red geometric nails, using Chanel Rouge Noir, and Barry M Sparkling Ruby sponged over Bundle Monster stencils
Red geometric nails, using Chanel Rouge Noir, and Barry M Sparkling Ruby sponged over Bundle Monster stencils

The post is a few days late as I was away for my birthday at the end of last week, when this was due to be posted, and I hadn’t prepared the manicure ahead of time as I had been ill in bed with flu earlier on in the week. Anyway, I’m all good now, albeit not very well prepared for the next lot of challenges coming up. I have lots of manicures that I have never posted too, so I must get around to publishing those.

Today’s post also marks the start of the next round of prompts – so if you look at the image below, you’ll see what we have coming up between now and the middle of July.

 

40 Great Nail Art Ideas 2 #40GNAI

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Chanel Rouge Noir
  • Stencil: Bundle Monster Mixed Nail Polish Vinyl Stencil Bundle – Geometric Shapes
  • Sponged colour: Barry M Sparkling Ruby
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Bundle Monster Mixed Nail stencils were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Grey and Gold Stamping, Inspired by Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday prompt this week is to create nails inspired by your favourite fictional character.

I went from the ridiculous to the sublime, first trying (and failing) to create Danger Mouse nails, and then finally being inspired by Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet to create these grey and gold stamping nails.

Grey and gold stamping, using Essie Cashmere Bathrobe, stamped with Chanel Kaleidoscope, using Born Pretty Store BP-35
Grey and gold stamping, using Essie Cashmere Bathrobe, stamped with Chanel Kaleidoscope, using Born Pretty Store BP-35

I do love Danger Mouse. I had the “DM” logo OK, but his face was just going wrong, so in a fit of pique, I acetoned him off my nails.

If you take fiction in the sense of literature, my love is Shakespeare. I am fond of many of the characters in my favourite plays. I love Henry IV Part I and Part II, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Measure For Measure and Much Ado About Nothing. After Danger Mouse had gone so wrong, I searched for some inspiration from these plays.

Benedict Cumberbatch is currently playing Hamlet at The Barbican in London. I would love to have gone, but I didn’t manage to get tickets in time. They all sold out within minutes – a year before the play opened!

In some of the press images, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet wears a dark grey jacket, edged with gold embellishments along the cuffs and collars. So that’s what I have used as my inspiration.

Grey and gold stamping, using Essie Cashmere Bathrobe, stamped with Chanel Kaleidoscope, using Born Pretty Store BP-35
Grey and gold stamping, using Essie Cashmere Bathrobe, stamped with Chanel Kaleidoscope, using Born Pretty Store BP-35

My grey is Essie Cashmere Bathrobe. It has a more sparkly effect than the shimmery, metallic quality I wanted, but the colour is good. I stamped with Chanel Kaleidoscope, using two images from Born Pretty Store BP-35.

It’s not an exact match, but is certainly “inspired by”.

 

Twinsie Tuesday logo

Please take a look at all the other manicures inspired by fictional characters from the Twinsies this week:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Essie Cashmere Bathrobe
  • Stamping polish: Chanel Kaleidoscope
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-35
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

 

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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