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Peach, Cream and Navy Dotted Half Moons | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday group is back with dotticures this week and I have created a peach, cream and navy dotted half moons manicure.

The peach base is Nella Milano Peach Schnapps. Onto that I have added different sized dots using Orly In The Navy and Barry M Coconut.

I was inspired by a pin on Pinterest, which was dots on a matte black base.

Peach, cream and navy dotted half moons
Peach, cream and navy dotted half moons

Despite a lot of searching, I unfortunately cannot find the original artist behind the design.

Peach, cream and navy dotted half moons
Peach, cream and navy dotted half moons

 

Here’s the original inspiration for my manicure:

 

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Nella Milano Peach Schnapps
  • Dots: Orly In The Navy and Barry M Coconut
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

 

Black and White Dots | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

Today, the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas theme is black and white, and my personal pattern is dots. My black and white dots weren’t created with a dotting tool though, but with stencils.

I painted a base of Nella Milano Raven Wing, then added the dots using Nella Milano Chantilly Cream.

I used some stencils from Bundle Monster to add the dots. They came in a pack of nine different patterns and two different styles. You can buy either the geometric shapes set – which these dots come from – or the Sunny Weather Fun set, which has an assortment of shapes like butterflies, dolphins, anchors, hearts/clubs/spades/diamonds, mermaid scales. Nothing to do with the weather at all as far as I can tell!

Black and white dots using Bundle Monster stencils
Black and white dots using Bundle Monster stencils and Nella Milano Raven Wing and Chantilly Cream

I found the stencils quite difficult to get used to. In fact, I didn’t master them until the final nail. I pressed the stencils down well and painted over them and removed them immediately. The instructions – which aren’t in great English – say to leave them to dry before removing. Now, I’ve never had any luck with this approach for any other stencils or tape, so I ignored that. However, I think the stencils stretch slightly as you remove them, and that’s what seems to mess up the image a little.

Bundle Monster nail stencils
Bundle Monster nail stencils

I badly messed up the index finger twice. I removed the whole nail, including the black, both times and it wasn’t until the third attempt that I got it right. This is the best nail of all, and what I did differently was to actually take a bit more time over it. I painted a lighter, thinner coat, and then went over it straight away with another light coat. I still removed the stencil straight away, but it came off far cleaner. I think the first coat was probably almost dry even before the second one went on, and I think there was therefore less wet polish to pool and get dragged around.

Black and white dots using Bundle Monster stencils
Black and white dots using Bundle Monster stencils and Nella Milano Raven Wing and Chantilly Cream

Before doing that nail, I wasn’t too pleased with these stencils. But I now feel confident that I have them sussed and am keen to use some of the other designs. There are triangles, checks, diamonds, zigzags, stars, stripes, a mosaic pattern and more. I think perhaps dabbing the polish on with a sponge would improve things even more.

 

40 Great Nail Art Ideas #40GNAI

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Black: two coats of Nella Milano Raven Wing
  • White: Nella Milano Chantilly Cream
  • Stencil: Bundle Mosnter Vinyl Stencil Bundle – Geometric Shapes
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

 

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Green dots (52 Week Challenge)

In the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge this week the themes are dots and 3 shades of purple. I told my son I was going to do a dotticure, and he picked me out some blues. But I – rather uncharacteristically – chose to go with green. I’m not a lover of green, but I’m beginning to like it when it’s used in nail art (rather than as a plain manicure).

This is done mainly with Barry M polishes: a base of Coconut, then dots in Olive, Key Lime, Spring Green and Watermelon. There are also a couple of dots of Barry M Lime Green in there too, but it was a bit too sheer, so I abandoned it fairly rapidly. The only non-Barry M polish is Essie Navigate Her.

Dotted green nails
Dotted green nails using Barry M Coconut, Watermelon, Key Lime, Olive, Spring Green, Lime Green and Essie Navigate Her

I’m using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri as my go-to top coat at the moment. I’ve realised that a top coat will fall out of favour with me once it starts to get towards the end of the bottle and it begins to get a little thick. Regardless of the brand, this seems to happen. So currently I’ve been using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri after a long period of religiously using HK Girl. However, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri isn’t as good at not smearing artwork, so I used my (rather thick) bottle of HK Girl this time around.

Dotted green nails
Dotted green nails using Barry M Coconut, Watermelon, Key Lime, Olive, Spring Green, Lime Green and Essie Navigate Her

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Coconut
  • Dots: Barry M Olive, Barry M Key Lime, Barry M Spring Green, Barry M Watermelon, Barry M Lime Green, Essie Navigate Her
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Perfect polka dots (the cheat’s way!) over Chanel Mirabella

Look at those perfect polka dots! Now, before you think I’ve become all conceited and boastful, I’ll explain that they’re only perfect because they are round glitters. Fab eh? I can now have perfectly formed dots whenever I want, thanks to these white round glitters that I bought from Born Pretty Store.

Of course, if I’m showcasing the perfect dots, I need the perfect polish to go with them. For me, perfection in polish (oooh, unintended aliteration!) comes in the form of Chanel. It always applies beautifully and evenly, leaving a wonderfully smooth finish. And Mirabella, from the Reflets d’Été summer 2014 collection is an adorable light orange colour. It’s not light enough to be peach, nor does it have any pinkness about it to be coral, but neither is it a classic orange, in an Essie-Orange-It’s-Obvious kind of way either. It’s just a toned down, lightened orange. Very summery and very classy. For me, orange is a great cheer me up colour, and these nails certainly had me smiling.

Chanel Mirabella with white polka dots using round glitters
Chanel Mirabella with white polka dots using round glitters

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Mirabella
  • Dots: Born Pretty Store round, white glitters
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Glitter placement: muti-coloured neon dots

I haven’t had time in the past couple of weeks to do my nails with anything more than plain colours. I’ve been busy with work, and my husband also had gastric flu for five days, which meant I was nurse-maiding quite a bit. I also got it, but only for 24 hours, about which I’m very thankful.

So, today is the first opportunity I’ve had in quite a while to do some nail art. I bought some round multi-coloured neon glitters from Born Pretty Store and was keen to try them out. I thought a dotticure would be best, and I’ve placed them randomly across two accent nails. I thought about going with a neon yellow to compliment this, but instead chose Barry M Grapefruit, a bold pink.

As ever, my camera can’t give you a true representation of the vibrancy of the neon, so you’ll just have to trust that they look fab!

I’m pleased with my bright, sunny nails. I think the weather forecast for tomorrow is cloudy, so these will definitely cheer the mood.

Multi-coloured neon dots glitter placement with Barry M Grapefruit
Multi-coloured neon dots glitter placement with Barry M Grapefruit
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Pink nails: two coats of Barry M Grapefruit
  • Dotted nails: multi-coloured neon round glitters, placed over two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.