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Burgundy With Cream Roses | Theatre Inspired | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

I wore this burgundy with cream roses manicure a few weeks ago. I posted it to my Instagram account, but didn’t get around to putting it on the blog.

The theme for this week’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group is “inspiration”. These nails were inspired by a trip I took to the Rose Playhouse to see a production of Othello. The Rose was built in 1587 and was the first purpose-built theatre to put on one of Shakespeare’s plays. The modern-day theatre is situated in the same place and the stage overlooks the excavated remains of the original theatre.

Burgundy with cream roses
Burgundy with cream roses

I’m a real fan of the place, not least because I’m a bit of a Shakespeare nut, but also because it’s such a weird but truly wonderful setting. The stage and auditorium is tiny – about the size of the average through-lounge in a 1930s semi. It probably seats about 60 at a push. What’s so engaging about the place though is that the stage overlooks the archaeological site, the rear of which is frequently used by production companies as an extension to the tiny stage.

Burgundy with cream roses
Burgundy with cream roses

The stamped roses are inspired by the Rose’s logo, which is a Tudor rose in a deep red and white. I used Ciaté Dangerous affair for the burgundy colour. It’s a lovely colour, but was a bit patchy after two coats, so I added a third. I stamped with Barry M Coconut, an off-white, slightly cream-coloured polish.

The stamping plate is Born Pretty Store BP-65. The roses are remarkably close in design to the Rose’s logo.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Ciaté Dangerous Affair
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Coconut
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-65
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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Patchwork Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

The 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group theme this time around is “nude and colour”. My personal prompt is patchwork, so it was easy enough for me to do some patchwork nails that incorporated some colours and a nude polish.

I used the patchwork stamp on Bundle Monster plate BM-607 to make some stamping decals. I could probably have painted the patchwork lines in freehand, but I prefer the accuracy (and ease)  of stamping.

Patchwork nails
Patchwork nails

Initially stuck for colour ideas, I finally settled on a palette of Ciaté polishes that I thought would go nicely together. I’ve used: Cookies And Cream (nude), Sugar Plum (pale pinky-lilac), Fade To Greige (dark, dusky purple) and Ahoy Sailor (light turquoise).

I used a nude base to place the decals over, as the nude itself was more sheer than the other colours, so the nude part of the patchwork would have more opacity over a matching coloured base.

Patchwork nails
Patchwork nails

I always paint my decals on a stamper, then use that to place them directly on the nail. Consequently, when the decals are placed, they always look matte, because the (now) upper side has previously been face down against the stamper. I quite liked them matte, so mattified everything to match. The top coat smudged the design a little, but I didn’t realise that until I saw the images enlarged when I edited them to add my watermarks.

I’m still a few weeks behind, but hoping to be all caught up by the end of this week.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Ciaté Cookies And Cream, Ciaté Sugar Plum, Ciaté Fade To Greige and Ciaté Ahoy Sailor
  • Plain nails: three coats of Ciaté Cookies And Cream
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! Black
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-607
  • Top coat: Barry M Matte Top Coat


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Delicate Floral Wedding Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

I’m slowly catching up! These floral wedding nails for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group were due almost two weeks ago. I’m only just making it into the Inlinkz linkup!

I didn’t really know what to do for the wedding theme. I have done a number of pale stamped lace manicures before that I think would be suitable for a wedding and I wanted to do something different. I really wanted to try to recreate this manicure by instagram nail artist Anna Malinko. But she uses gel from a pot, which I don’t have – I could tip it out of the bottle, I suppose. But anyway, she’s an extremely talented freehand artist and I am not!

Delicate floral wedding nails
Delicate floral wedding nails

So I did my own take and stamped a delicate floral design over a subtle French manicure. It’s not anywhere nearly as good as Anna’s manicure, but it’s all I can manage.

Inspired by my pastel and negative space curved chevrons nails, I did a subtle French manicure. I once again used Ciaté Bloom Boost and Barry M Nude to create a (non-stained) naked nails effect. I am disappointed that under the lights the camera seems to show the staining a bit still, which is not at all evident in real life.

Then I used Orly Pink Nude for the tips. I think Pink Nude is meant more for the whole of the nail, but I didn’t want a really stand-out white tip, so thought this was far more understated. It’s a creamy colour and it simply brightens up the (stained!) tip.

Delicate floral wedding nails
Delicate floral wedding nails

I stamped using Essence Stamp Me! White and half of an image from Bundle Monster BM-XL206 (Nailstamp4fun’s blogger collaboration plate).

Right, I’m now one manicure away (last week’s mint green prompt) from catching up. Watch this space!

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Negative space “colour”: two coats of Ciaté Bloom Boost, with two coats of Barry M Nude
  • French tips: Orly Pink Nude
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! White
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL206
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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Pastel and Negative Space Curved Chevrons | Twinsie Tuesday

I have some (rather belated) pastel and negative space curved chevrons nails for last week’s “negative space” prompt for Twinsie Tuesday.

I’ve never much liked negative space manicures as my nails are so stained. They’re not too bad at the cuticle end, but by about half way down, they start to get very yellow. You can avoid yellow nails by buffing them or scrubbing and soaking in all sorts, like bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice. But seeing as I permanently wear polish on my nails, they are always covered up, so I never saw the point in whitening them.

Pastel and negative space curved chevrons
Pastel and negative space curved chevrons

Even when negative nails came into fashion, I could not be bothered to restore my nails to their natural colour, so I’ve largely avoided creating them. This time around though, I thought I had to make the effort, so I tarted up my natural nails first.

I didn’t buff or scrub though; I camouflaged them. I firstly painted two coats of Ciaté Bloom Boost, a treatment that’s supposed to brighten your nails. It is a clear base with a blue tone to it. It fluoresces under UV light, so my guess is that it’s that quality that helps to somehow illuminate your nails. While it didn’t completely mask the yellowing, it certainly helped an awful lot.

On top of that, I painted two coats of Barry M Nude, and voilà, I had “naked” nails.

Pastel and negative space curved chevrons
Pastel and negative space curved chevrons

I used some curved chevron nail guides to block out a part of my nail and then painted on two very pale pastel polishes from L’Oréal: Lemon Meringue (yellow) and Nouvelle Vague (lilac).

I don’t much like this nail art – I can’t get used to the negative space look on me – so I expect they will now go viral. It always happens with manicures I don’t like!

 

 

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Negative space “colour”: two coats of Ciaté Bloom Boost, with two coats of Barry M Nude
  • Chevron colours: L’Oréal Nouvelle Vague, L’Oréal Lemon Meringue
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Benecos Ice Ice, Baby! with Diamond Glitter Half Moons | Twinsie Tuesday

For the glitter placement prompt for Twinsie Tuesday, I have some diamond glitter half moons, and a review of a new (to me) polish brand.

I’ll start with the polish first. This pastel blue is Ice Ice, Baby! from benecos. There are eighteen colours to choose from, and 6 of those are new, as part of the Spring/Summer 2016 collection. They come in round bottles of 9ml for £6.95 each. I’m never so keen on the larger round lids for handles, but I have to say that I love the benecos brush itself. It’s lovely and slim – think old-school Chanel. [Complete aside – why did you change your brushes, Chanel?]

benecos Ice Ice, Baby! with diamond glitter half moons
benecos Ice Ice, Baby! with diamond glitter half moons

The benecos polishes are vegan and 5-free. You can buy them from Whole Foods, selected outlets and online from benecos.co.uk. Ice Ice, Baby! is from the Spring/Summer 2016 collection of 6, complimentary colours. I’ll review 3 more in the coming days and weeks.

Benecos Spring Summer 16 nail polish collection
Benecos Spring Summer 2016 nail polish collection. (Courtesy of, and copyright to benecos).

For the glitter placement, I have created some some diamond glitter half moons using glitter I got in a previous Ciaté advent calendar. It’s called Tinsel Trail and is a mini Ciaté polish bottle, full of blue and silver diamond glitters. Initially I tried to place the glitter horizontally in a line across the nail, but I was woeful and it was so crooked! So I removed that and tried something easier.

benecos Ice Ice, Baby! with diamond glitter half moons
benecos Ice Ice, Baby! with diamond glitter half moons

I ended up with a half moon design, which was not only easier, but also looked better (in my humble opinion).

 

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Benecos Ice Ice, Baby!
  • Glitter: Ciaté Tinsel Trail
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Benecos Ice Ice, Baby! was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.