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Silver Swirls | Inspired by Jewellery | Twinsie Tuesday

I’m on time for Twinsie Tuesday this week, for the first time in a while! The prompt is inspired by jewellery. My silver swirls are inspired by some silver and abalone jewellery I saw.

I didn’t want to faithfully recreate it; I just wanted to take a few aspects from it to create my manicure. So I chose a swirled pattern and stamped that in silver. I used a grey base because the jewellery was photographed against a grey background (see below).

Silver swirls using Born Pretty Store BP-L003 over Essie Cashmere Bathrobe
Silver swirls using Born Pretty Store BP-L003 over Essie Cashmere Bathrobe

The base is Essie Cashmere Bathrobe, one of my very favourite polishes. I wear it a lot. Thank you to my friend Debbie and her daughter Katie for the lovely gift!

Silver swirls using Born Pretty Store BP-L003 over Essie Cashmere Bathrobe
Silver swirls using Born Pretty Store BP-L003 over Essie Cashmere Bathrobe

The stamping image is from Born Pretty Store BP-L003 stamping plate. This is a lovely plate. It has 15 full size – and nice and large – geometric and repeating images on it.

Here’s the jewellery that I based my manicure on (sorry if you’re reading this in a feed reader – you’ll probably need to open the full post or click the link to see it):

 

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Essie Cashmere Bathrobe
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-L003
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Born Pretty Store BP-L003 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Turquoise and Aqua Wavy Stripes | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

We are all doing turquoise or aqua nails for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. My own theme is fluid lines, so I have some turquoise and aqua wavy stripes.

I started with a base of the glitter polish. This is an Accessorize polish, Forever Emerald. There is something amiss in the Accessorize naming department though, because this absolutely is not emerald. It’s firmly turquoise or aquamarine.

Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes
Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes

It took three coats to give enough opacity for my liking, so a base coat of a matching colour will be needed next time I wear it. I do love the bottles of the Accessorize polishes. You can probably see from the picture that they are round, but multi-faceted – like a diamond – with rose gold caps.

After the base had dried, I used wavy French tip guides and painted on a light turquoise, Ciaté Ahoy Sailor, and a more greeny-aqua colour, Essie Melody Maker.

Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes
Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes

I’m not too happy with these nails and will probably remove them after just a day’s wear. The many glitter coats, plus an intermediate top coat, then colour, then another top coat, plus base coat, means this manicure is about seven coats. It makes it look a bit clumsy I think. And I haven’t cleaned up so well around the cuticles either and haven’t capped the tips very well. I’m not sure where perfectionist Claire has got to at the moment – I’m sure she’ll be back!

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: three coats of Accessorize Forever Emerald, one coat of Ciaté Ahoy Sailor, one coat of Essie Melody Maker
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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Dark Grey with Gold Lace Half Moon Stamping | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday prompt this time around is grey and gold and I have some dark grey nails with gold lace half moon stamping.

I don’t personally think grey and gold go brilliantly well together. Grey is a cold colour and gold is a warm one. Grey goes much better with silver I think. So to make it work, I chose a darkish grey that could almost be black (Essie Cashmere Bathrobe), and stamped with gold. I think they go OK together.

Grey with gold lace half moon stamping
Grey with gold lace half moon stamping

I used one of the Bundle Monster blogger collaboration plates, from set 2, BM-XL206. This is Nailstamp4fun’s plate – thanks Swanette. Her plate has a large lace design and some smaller, lace patterns, floral designs and a couple of a geometric images too.

Grey with gold lace half moon stamping
Grey with gold lace half moon stamping

I used one of the French tip lace designs and decided to use it as a half moon stamping instead of a tip.

BM-XL206 stamping plate
BM-XL206 stamping plate – reproduced here with permission from Bundle Monster

I love this Bundle Monster set and have more designs using other plates coming up soon. You can buy this plate on its own from the Bundle Monster website for $4.99, or you can purchase the entire set of five plates for a slightly less per plate, at $19.99.

 

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Essie Cashmere Bathrobe
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Gold
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL206
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned. The stamping plate image is copyright to Bundle Monster and is reproduced here with permission.
The Bundle Monster stamping plate BM-XL206 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Grey and Gold Stamping, Inspired by Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday prompt this week is to create nails inspired by your favourite fictional character.

I went from the ridiculous to the sublime, first trying (and failing) to create Danger Mouse nails, and then finally being inspired by Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet to create these grey and gold stamping nails.

Grey and gold stamping, using Essie Cashmere Bathrobe, stamped with Chanel Kaleidoscope, using Born Pretty Store BP-35
Grey and gold stamping, using Essie Cashmere Bathrobe, stamped with Chanel Kaleidoscope, using Born Pretty Store BP-35

I do love Danger Mouse. I had the “DM” logo OK, but his face was just going wrong, so in a fit of pique, I acetoned him off my nails.

If you take fiction in the sense of literature, my love is Shakespeare. I am fond of many of the characters in my favourite plays. I love Henry IV Part I and Part II, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Measure For Measure and Much Ado About Nothing. After Danger Mouse had gone so wrong, I searched for some inspiration from these plays.

Benedict Cumberbatch is currently playing Hamlet at The Barbican in London. I would love to have gone, but I didn’t manage to get tickets in time. They all sold out within minutes – a year before the play opened!

In some of the press images, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet wears a dark grey jacket, edged with gold embellishments along the cuffs and collars. So that’s what I have used as my inspiration.

Grey and gold stamping, using Essie Cashmere Bathrobe, stamped with Chanel Kaleidoscope, using Born Pretty Store BP-35
Grey and gold stamping, using Essie Cashmere Bathrobe, stamped with Chanel Kaleidoscope, using Born Pretty Store BP-35

My grey is Essie Cashmere Bathrobe. It has a more sparkly effect than the shimmery, metallic quality I wanted, but the colour is good. I stamped with Chanel Kaleidoscope, using two images from Born Pretty Store BP-35.

It’s not an exact match, but is certainly “inspired by”.

 

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Please take a look at all the other manicures inspired by fictional characters from the Twinsies this week:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Essie Cashmere Bathrobe
  • Stamping polish: Chanel Kaleidoscope
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-35
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

 

Red, White and Blue Striped Nails | Twinsie Tuesday

This week’s Twinsie Tuesday prompt calls for us to recreate a manicure from another of the Twinsie Tuesday participants. I chose a pretty red, white and blue striped manicure.

Before that, I had spent a fun hour or so scrolling through blogs and Instagram accounts to choose something to recreate. There was lots of very accomplished freehand stuff that I just couldn’t even contemplate doing. I was on the lookout for some nice stamping or a tape manicure or a gradient or something that was within my comfort zone.

Red, white and blue striped nails using Essie Fifth Avenue, Essie Bikini So Teeny and Barry M Cotton
Red, white and blue striped nails using Essie Fifth Avenue, Essie Bikini So Teeny and Barry M Cotton

I found these nails by Chelsea of Nailed: A Polish Blog and knew immediately that they were the ones. These red, white and blue striped nails are simple but very striking. And very me. Chelsea had herself recreated this manicure from an Essie advert or promotional image, using some Essie polishes.

I only had one of the Essie polishes, the blue one, Bikini So Teeny. But the red Chelsea used didn’t look a million miles away from Fifth Avenue that I got in my Coloristiq Manicure Box recently. I don’t have any Essie whites, so I used Barry M Cotton for that.

Red, white and blue striped nails using Essie Fifth Avenue, Essie Bikini So Teeny and Barry M Cotton
Red, white and blue striped nails using Essie Fifth Avenue, Essie Bikini So Teeny and Barry M Cotton

I love these nails. The only sad thing was that I had to take them off as I had a school meeting to go to last night, and I had only had time to do one hand and to photograph it. I didn’t have enough time to do my other hand, so very reluctantly had to remove them. I’m tempted to re-do them for this weekend.

 

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

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Barry M Cotton, Essie Fifth Avenue, Essie Bikini So Teeny
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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