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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


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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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Holographic Stars on Navy: I is for: Inspired

We’ve had a few weeks’ break for Christmas and New Year, but now the A2Z series challenge is back with the letter I, which is for inspired.

I took my inspiration from a recent manicure by Nail Lacquer UK, where AJ punched out holographic butterflies and added them over black. I’ve done the same thing before, about a year ago, where I used a punch to create some stars, and another where I used a hole punch to create hearts, but AJ’s was a recent manicure that reminded me of the technique, so effectively she has inspired this.

I’ve used navy as my base, and stars again, but this is fully based on AJ’s manicure otherwise, especially with the use of holographic polishes.

I painted a couple of coats of my holographic polishes, plus a top coat, onto a plastic sheet. In this case, I used the wrapper from a greetings card. Once the polish was dry, I punched out the star shapes using two different sized craft punches.

While my second coat of my base colour, Ciaté Power Dressing, was still tacky, I added the stars and pressed them down lightly with a brush.

Navy with holographic stars using Ciaté Power Dressing, GOSH Holographic Hero and Color Club Over The Moon
Navy with holographic stars using Ciaté Power Dressing, GOSH Holographic Hero and Color Club Over The Moon

I’ve managed to revive my bottle of HK Girl using some Seche Restore, and that served well as a nice, non-smearing top coat, particularly over the holographic nails.

Can you see the holo? I can’t, sadly. I tried everything to get this to photograph well, including using flash and also adding in “normal” lamps. But the holo is really only showing in the bottle. You’ll just have to take my word for it that it is there!

Navy with holographic stars using Ciaté Power Dressing, GOSH Holographic Hero and Color Club Over The Moon
Navy with holographic stars using Ciaté Power Dressing, GOSH Holographic Hero and Color Club Over The Moon

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Ciaté Power Dressing
  • Stars: GOSH Holographic Hero, Color Club Over The Moon
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Revlon Midnight Stamped with Color Club Over The Moon: H is for: Holographic

You’d be forgiven for not realising that this week’s A2Z series challenge is all about holographic … because my camera and lightbox set-up means that I cannot capture holo. I could, of course, have photographed these nails in the sun, but it’s somewhere over Turks and Caicos, Haiti and Ottawa right now. I’ll add a camera phone snap if I can get one, and then you’ll be able to see the lovely holo.

The base of these nails is Revlon Midnight, another one pound bargain from Pound(insert correct store name ending here – I think it’s “world”). It’s lovely.

And then I stamped with Color Club Over The Moon, the blue holo from the 2013 Halo Hues collection, and CICI & SISI 06.

Revlon Midnight stamped with Color Club Over The Moon, using CICI & SISI 06
Revlon Midnight stamped with Color Club Over The Moon, using CICI & SISI 06

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Revlon Midnight
  • Stamping polish: Color Club Over The Moon
  • Stamping plate: CICI & SISI 06
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Brush stroke metallics skittle (52 Week Challenge)

This week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge is either brush stroke or favourite brand.

Having not done a brush stroke manicure before, that was my immediate choice. I wasn’t sure how – or if – it differed from a distressed manicure, so I had a quick search to find out more. In searching, I came across a lovely manicure and tutorial by Gorgeois and thought I’d try to recreate that.

By the time I’d pulled out all my metallics, I couldn’t whittle it down to a few colours, so instead I chose to do a skittle using seventeen different colours.

After I’d painted a base each of the lightest metallic, I followed the Georgois tutorial and painted the brush strokes with the darkest polish first, then gradually getting lighter. And I did that twice. I don’t much like the final outcome, so it didn’t last very long on my nails. I’m afraid this one is a case of doing something so that I can be sure to complete a challenge, rather than doing something I wanted to wear on my nails. (It will probably turn out to be really well liked therefore – it’s often the case!)

Brush stroke metallics skittle
Brush stroke metallics skittle

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Reds/oranges: Sally Hansen Wined Up, No 7 Salsa, Sally Hansen Shiny Penny, L’Oreal Versailles Gold
  • Greens/yellows: Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly, Chanel Azuré, Revlon Beach, Sephora Flash Me!
  • Blues: Beauty UK Electric Blue, George Blue Lagoon, Sally Hansen Blue Streak, L’Oreal Saphir Treasure, Essie Blue Rhapsody
  • Purples: A England Avalon, Sally Hansen Pronto Purple, Barry M Lilac Foil, Essie Nothing Else Metals
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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GOT Polish Challenge: Ruffle: Holographic Ruffle

I’m grateful to the Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge today for making me attempt a technique I have never tried before: the ruffle manicure.

I used the four Color Club 2013 Halo Hues that I own: Over The Moon (blue), Beyond (black), Kismet (gold) and Eternal Beauty (purple).

I have mixed feelings about this technique. On the one hand, it’s not as uniform and precise as the perfectionist side of me would like. But on the other, it’s extremely quick and easy to achieve what is a pretty dramatic look.

These polishes in particular are nice and opaque, and also dry really quickly. So by the time I’d done a row of dots on all the fingers of one hand, it was dry enough to go in and do the next row of colour. So my nails were painted in no time at all.

I’m not very happy with the lack of uniformity – I think I got a bit slapdash towards the end – but I like the stripey effect you get from a distance.

Color Club Halo Hues 2013 ruffle
Ruffle manicure using Color Club Halo Hues 2013: Over The Moon, Beyond, Kismet and Eternal Beauty

 

Golden Oldie Thursday

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Color Club Over The Moon, Color Club Beyond, Color Club Kismet, Color Club Eternal Beauty
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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