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Mint Green Starburst Needle Drag | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

This mint green starburst needle drag is for last week’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas theme – I’m caught up finally! Mint green is the colour scheme for the week and my own prompt is needle drag.

I have done a few needle drag manicures now, and I wanted to try a different pattern. This is inspired by a manicure done by the exceptionally talented Sveta Sanders. I don’t know how she manages to fit two starbursts onto a nail – I had trouble making just one small enough per nail. And it was incredibly frustrating for me as I did about ten versions before I was happy with one. I think my problem is that the base polish I used – SpaRitual Delight – dries that bit too quickly for an effective needle drag.

Mint green starburst needle drag using SpaRitual Delight and Barry M Watermelon
Mint green starburst needle drag using SpaRitual Delight and Barry M Watermelon

So, as mentioned, the base is SpaRitual Delight. It is the loveliest mint green that I own. Regular readers will know that I really don’t like green at all – but I do like a good mint green.

I teamed it up with just one extra colour, Barry M Watermelon. I painted a thick second coat of the mint green, then dotted on: dark green, mint green, dark green – with each dot getting slightly smaller so tht they didn’t obscure each other. Then I used my smallest dotting tool to create the starburst pattern.

Mint green starburst needle drag using SpaRitual Delight and Barry M Watermelon
Mint green starburst needle drag using SpaRitual Delight and Barry M Watermelon

Unfortunately, I have been a bit heavy-handed with my top coat and smudged the design a little. I wanted to wear this long-term, but I could only manage two good starbursts, so it only lasted for a day – with all my other nails in plain mint green.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: SpaRitual Delight and Barry M Watermelon
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Cucumber Nails | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday prompt today is inspired by your favourite food. And with that, I have some cucumber nails! Yes, I know it’s strange, but I shall explain.

I had wanted to do some chillies on my nails to represent the spicy food like Thai curry that I love. But the chilli on my stamping plate looked too large.

So then I was going to stamp some sweets (candies to those of you in the US). However, as I was going through my stamping plates looking for suitable images, I was very taken by an image on Bundle Monster BM-505. I wasn’t sure what it was supposed to be, but it looked like cucumber to me. This plate is from the Sun Kissed collection, which has beach and sea-themed images. So it’s patently *not* an image of cucumbers. But it looks like it. I don’t particularly love cucumber, but I suddenly really wanted to put cucumbers on my nails!

Cucumber nails on yellow
Cucumber nails on yellow

The base is Revlon Buttercup, which is a lovely pale yellow.

I stamped the image using Mundo de Uñas High Green (37) and then filled it in while it was still on the stamper. I used the palest green I could find, SpaRitual Delight. It’s not quite right for the centre part of a cucumber. But hey ho … artistic license and all that!

My husband says they don’t look like cucumbers. But my son – who happens to eat cucumber practically every single day – declared straight away that they were indeed cucumber nails! (Gotta love your only son for nail praise like that!)

Cucumber nails on yellow
Cucumber nails on yellow

It was then that I had a complete catastrophe. I had slaved over these nails for ages last night, but I needed to take them off as I had a meeting to go to today. So I whipped out the acetone and was half way through removing them when I suddenly realised that I hadn’t photographed them. It was late and I needed to paint something plain for today, and anyway I had already removed half of the manicure, so I had no choice but to completely remove them.

It was a huge facepalm moment. I was gutted, but I repainted them this evening when I got home from my meeting.

[EDIT – I had a bit of a Google and it appears this image is of sand dollars – never heard of them, but they are apparently flat sea urchins. Who knew?]

 

 

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Revlon Buttercup
  • Stamping polish: Mundo de Uñas High Green (37)
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-505
  • Additional colour: SpaRitual Delight
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

 

 

33DC Day 32: shapes

It’s the penultimate day of the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge and today the prompt is shapes.

I was looking back over the manicures I’ve done for this challenge and it was very apparent that I’ve hardly used green or yellow in my manicures. I love yellow, so that surprised me; but I don’t really like green at all, so there was no shock there. I set out to rectify the colour imbalance and picked out some yellows and greens and teamed them with some reds and browns that looked like autumn leaf colours. I thought I’d do some triangles or perhaps some squares like this So Nailicious manicure.

Then I did a complete swerve and decided to use a dark green and mint green combination. It came out of nowhere, but I love it and think it goes really well with the white background.

I used striping tape to mark off the squares, which took me ages. Then I filled in the squares using Barry M Watermelon, a deep teal green, and SpaRitual Delight, a gorgeous mint green. I had to re-do two nails because I hadn’t got the striping tape completely flat and they had ended up looking like trapezoids rather than squares!

Barry M Watermelon SpaRitual Delight green squares
Day 31: shapes – green squares, using Barry M Watermelon and SpaRitual Delight

That’s it – just one manicure left to go. See you Friday when the plan is – at the moment – to recreate someone else’s manicure from the very first challenge.

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Matt White
  • Squares: Barry M Watermelon and SpaRitual Delight
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

 

Have a look at what everyone else doing the challenge has come up with:

 

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SpaRitual Delight was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

Vintage roses using SpaRitual polishes plus a giveaway

For the past two days, I’ve been showing some SpaRitual polishes, and today I’ve combined the two into some nail art and also have a great giveaway for you to enter.

I’ve used a base of Delight, then I’ve added some vintage roses. I used SpaRitual Last Tango for the base of the roses. Then to give the impression of petals, I added some white to Last Tango to produce a light pink colour, which I added using a dotting  tool. I also added some leaves using Barry M Spring Green.

Vintage roses nail art with SpaRitual Last Tango and Delight
Vintage roses with SpaRitual Last Tango and SpaRitual Delight, plus an unnamed white and Barry M Spring Green

You can buy SpaRitual polishes in the UK from their website: www.sparitual.co.uk

Giveaway

SpaRitual is kindly sponsoring a giveaway for my blog, and that of the three other blogers that I’m running this with. The prize is a bottle of Delight, a bottle of Last Tango and a bottle of SpaRitual Multi-Tasker Base & Topcoat.

SpaRitual giveaway

The giveaway is open for UK entrants only. By entering you are agreeing that in the event you win, your name, address and contact details can be passed to SpaRitual.co.uk who will send the prizes directly out. The giveaway is open until 12am on 22nd August 2013. Winners will be verified and anyone not completing the tasks will be disqualified and a new winner chosen. Once chosen, winners will be given 72 hours to respond before a new winner is drawn.

To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post.

I’ve been running this mini series of SpaRitual reviews, nail art and giveaway with three UK bloggers. Do go and see what nail art they have come up with today.

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of SpaRitual Delight
  • Intermediate top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip
  • Roses: dotted on with SpaRitual Last Tango, Last Tango mixed with a little white polish, and Barry M Spring Green
  • Final top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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All images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

Products shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

SpaRitual Delight

I am really excited to show you a new (to me) brand, SpaRitual.

I have two polishes to show today and tomorrow, and then on Thursday I have some nail art using both polishes, plus a UK giveaway where you can win the two polishes plus a SpaRitual Multi-Tasker Base & Topcoat.

I’m tying up with three other great UK bloggers too, Emma from Ems Little Corner, Claire from Nuthin’ But A Nail Thing and Lucie from Lucy’s Stash.

This is the first polish, Delight. It’s a perfect mint green and is part of the Close Your Eyes collection.

SpaRitual Delight
SpaRitual Delight

Delight is an absolute delight to apply (sorry, I had to do that!). It was perfectly opaque in two coats and dried really quickly.

I love the uniquely shaped bottles, which were apparently designed by Ferrari. The cap is rubberised and ridged, which helps to open the bottle really easily. I found it also aided application because you can grip it well and it feels secure and steady while you’re polishing.

SpaRitual Delight bottle
SpaRitual Delight bottle

SpaRitual polish is “5 Free”, so doesn’t contain Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor. The bottles are made from recycled glass and the polish is also vegan (no fish scales in the shimmery ones!) You can buy SpaRitual polishes in the UK from their website: www.sparitual.co.uk

Have a look at the swatches from the other three bloggers:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of SpaRitualDelight
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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All images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

Products shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.