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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.

 

 

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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


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Black and Silver Laser Nails | New Year | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

This week for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group, we’re posting New Year nails. I have some party nails, done with a black and silver laser pattern.

They are inspired by the nails that first got me interested in nail polish, back in 2011. I was going to a 40th birthday party that had a “black and bling” theme. To finish my outfit off, I wanted some nice nails, but I only ever really painted my nails once or twice a year back then, and I only had a few bottles of polish – mainly reds and pinks. After some Googling, I discovered Minx and nail wraps and found some wraps that matched my dress really well. They had this exact design on them.

Black silver laser new year nails
Black silver laser new year nails

Although I didn’t really get on with nail wraps, I did like having my nails “done”, and a few months later, I started buying polish. The rest is history.

I often think of this design when I think of parties or New Year. Recreating them seemed the obvious choice for this theme. This time around though, I’ve used nail vinyls and polish … not nail wraps.

Black silver laser new year nails
Black and silver laser New Year nails

These are the “original” nails that I did in 2011, using nail wraps:

Black and silver (nail wraps)
My “original” black and silver laser nail wraps.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Laser nails – base colour: three coats of Nina Silver Slipper, one coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust
  • Laser nails – black: Nella Milano Raven Wing
  • Accent nail: three coats of Nina Silver Slipper, one coat of Ciaté Locket and one coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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China Glaze Ugly Sweater Party with Triangular Studs | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

China Glaze Ugly Sweater Party is the base for my glitter topper or flakie manicure for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas challenge.

My personal pattern this week is 3D or embellished, so I’ve added some triangular silver studs. I was going to add some Christmas trees, but the glitter itself is so blingy that it detracted from the Christmas tree studs.

China Glaze Ugly Sweater Party with triangular studs
China Glaze Ugly Sweater Party with triangular studs

I painted Ugly Sweater Party as a glitter topper over the top of Barry M Crush. It’s very densely packed with glitter. This is just one coat and you can’t see much of the burgundy base beneath it at all. It gave much fuller coverage than I thought it would. I’ve seen it swatched on its own and it takes at least three coats to look good on its own.

China Glaze Ugly Sweater Party with triangular studs
China Glaze Ugly Sweater Party with triangular studs

It has holographic, pink and purpley-blue glitters in a pink translucent jelly base and is newly released as part of the Christmas 2015 Cheers! collection. I was seduced by the glitters in this collection and bought another two of them.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Crush
  • Glitter: one coat of China Glaze Ugly Sweater Party
  • Studs: triangular silver studs
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Yellow, Black and White Stripes and Flowers (52 Week Challenge)

It’s stripes or pastel for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge so I have some yellow, black and white stripes and flowers nails.

I started off trying to paint some black and white stripes over the yellow base, which is China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin. But it just wasn’t working and looked a mess. So after a rethink, I went with stripes of a different kind and chose a stamping image with some stripes (and flowers).

Yellow, black and white stripes and flowers: reverse stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-65 over China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin
Yellow, black and white stripes and flowers: reverse stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-65 over China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin

I did reverse stamping (advanced stamping) and made some decals, filling in the flowers with some white. I love these nails. They’re so bright and happy.

Yellow, black and white stripes and flowers: reverse stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-65 over China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin
Yellow, black and white stripes and flowers: reverse stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-65 over China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black, filled in with Barry M Cotton
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-65
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Neon Blue Saran Wrap (52 Week Challenge)

The two prompts this week for the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge are Saran wrap (cling film) and glitter. I am fairly short on time at the moment, so opted for a simple neon blue cling film manicure, using two China Glaze neons.

I started with a base of China Glaze At Vase Value. For me, it’s a truer Tiffany colour than the acclaimed For Audrey. It’s more blue, whereas For Audrey is more green. And for me, the Tiffany colour leans more to blue than green.

Neon blue Saran wrap manicure using China Glaze At Vase Value and DJ Blue My Mind
Neon blue Saran wrap manicure using China Glaze At Vase Value and DJ Blue My Mind

I adore At Vase Value. For me, it’s a perfect pale turquoise. At first, I didn’t realise that it’s also a neon polish. It’s part of the Spring 2014 City Flourish collection, a typical spring-like collection of pastels, with a few brighter corals and more summery colours.

I didn’t buy any of the collection at the time, and in fact had not been particularly inspired by any China Glaze collections for quite a while before then. I only bought this very recently, and chose to wear it because it matched one of the colours in a top I have. When it dried, it was matte, which made me think that perhaps it was neon. So I checked it under my LED nail lamp and was pleasantly surprised that it glowed bright white.

Neon blue Saran wrap manicure using China Glaze At Vase Value and DJ Blue My Mind

After wearing it alone for a few days, I added the Saran wrap finish to it. Knowing the colour was neon, I chose another neon to go over it, this time from a more recent China Glaze collection, this summer’s Electric Nights collection. I have a couple of polishes from this collection, and thought DJ Blue My Mind would go well over the top.

I love the manicure, but I am left feeling mildly irked that the pun in the polish name for At Vase Value doesn’t “work” in British English. Anyone else feel the same? No, just me – thought so!

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of China Glaze At Vase Value
  • Saran wrap top colour: China Glaze DJ Blue My Mind
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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