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Raspberry with Floral Stamping | Bluesky Diva Dash & MoYou Nails 487

I have lots of posts to publish, but I am rather behind due to having had flu and then, after that, a poorly husband who’s had six weeks with pneumonia. That is all, thankfully, now behind us and I can hopefully catch up and post everything I’ve been sitting on for the past few weeks.

This is a manicure I actually wore between Christmas and New Year. It’s a gel base, with some floral stamping.

The base is Bluesky Diva Dash, a raspberry colour that seems to perfectly suit my colouring. It’s a shade I return to again and again for that reason.

Bluesky Diva Dash with floral stamping using MoYou Nails 487
Bluesky Diva Dash with floral stamping using MoYou Nails 487

The stamping uses a MoYou Nails plate, number 487. The plate has some lovely, detailed floral images on it. A lot of my stamping plates are no good any more, as the images just aren’t large enough for my long nails – but the images on MoYou Nails plates are just the right size.

I also used the MoYou Cuticle Peel Off Latex. I have always just cleaned up my nails and haven’t bothered with latex barriers like this. But it was great to use – so easy – and nice and clean! I did experience a bit of tingling though, so I may be allergic to latex.

Bluesky Diva Dash with floral stamping using MoYou Nails 487
Bluesky Diva Dash with floral stamping using MoYou Nails 487

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Bluesky Diva Dash (gel)
  • Gel top coat: Bluesky Top Coat
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: MoYou Nails 487
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat

 

Multicoloured Floral Nails | Hippie Flower Power Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These multicoloured floral nails, reminiscent of “flower power”are for the festivals / hippie travels prompt for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

I wasn’t sure at first what direction to take with this prompt. Admittedly, I was born in the year the term “hippie” became widespread, the year of the Human Be-In and the Summer of Love, but I’m not a festival-goer, and so have no first-hand experience to draw inspiration from.

Multicoloured floral nails : hippie flower power manicure
Multicoloured floral nails : hippie flower power manicure

I’ve done tie-dye nails before, so didn’t want to go that route. Then I thought about stamping some hippie-type images, but I couldn’t find any in my plate collection. (There’s a brilliant Bundle Monster Festival set – plates BM-S301 to BM-320. It has tons of festival and hippie themed images … but I don’t own it!)

So, ultimately, I chose to represent the idea of “flower power” and did some stamping decals.

I chose the brightest, most outlandish nail polish I think I own for the base. It’s L’Oréal Exotic Canaries. I’ve never used this before, even though I bought it about three years ago, but it would be fantastic for a summer holiday. It’s bright and bold, and quite a warm yellow colour. I had to paint four coats to feel happy enough with the opacity, but anyone with shorter nails wouldn’t have to paint so many. I just don’t like to see the free edge through the polish.

Multicoloured floral nails : hippie flower power manicure
Multicoloured floral nails : hippie flower power manicure

I coloured in the flowers with a number of L’Oréal polishes: Sky Fits Heaven (blue), Innocent Green (teal green), Atomic Purple, Exquisite Scarlet (red), Ingenuous Rose (light pink), Shocking Pink (bright pink), Lush Tangerine (orange) and Flashing Lilac (pinky-magenta).

The finished look really reminds me of a much-loved pinafore I wore in the early 70s. The yellow is spot on, and it was adorned with multi-coloured appliquéd flowers very much like these.

We’re in the home stretch now of this year-long challenge – just a few weeks to go. Oh, and I finally caught up!

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: four coats of L’Oréal Exotic Canaries
  • Flower colours: L’Oréal Sky Fits Heaven, L’Oréal Innocent Green, L’Oréal Atomic Purple, L’Oréal Exquisite Scarlet, L’Oréal Ingenuous Rose, L’Oréal Shocking Pink, L’Oréal Lush Tangerine, L’Oréal Exotic Canaries and L’Oréal Flashing Lilac
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! Black
  • Stamping plate: ÜberChic Beauty 5-03
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish 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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Pink Floral using Essie Coacha’Bella | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These pink floral nails are a simple entry for this week’s floral prompt for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

I am suffering with the postdrome of a migraine today and don’t have the brain power or focus to do anything special, so these nails from a few days ago will have to do. They at least match the theme, which was fortuitous.

Pink floral nails using Essie Coacha'Bella and CICI&SISI 31
Pink floral nails using Essie Coacha’Bella and CICI&SISI 31

The base is two coats of Essie Coacha’Bella, a lovely vibrant pink. I bought it (and three others from the same collection) because I read somewhere that they stamp well. I haven’t got around to that yet though, so I’m still not sure if they stamp or not.

Pink floral nails using Essie Coacha'Bella and CICI&SISI 31
Pink floral nails using Essie Coacha’Bella and CICI&SISI 31

I used Essence Stamp Me! White for the stamping and an outline floral image from CICI&SISI 31 (Delicate Motif plate).

It’s a simple manicure, but it’s pretty. This image would be great for some reverse stamping though. I can imagine those flowers in all sorts of colour schemes.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Essie Coacha’Bella
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! White
  • Stamping plate: CICI&SISI 31 (Delicate Motif)
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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White with Black Swirly Floral Stamping | Inspired by a Movie | Twinsie Tuesday

I have some white with black floral stamping nails today, for the Twinsie Tuesday prompt, which is to create something inspired by your favourite movie.

I can’t quite decide what my favourite movie is. I have a top five, in no particular order: La Vita é Bella/Life Is Beautiful, The Shawshank Redemption, The Italian Job (original version), The Life of Brian and Cinema Paradiso. But I just couldn’t find anything from them to be inspired by. So I went a bit further down my list. One of my top 10 movies would be Rear Window, the Hitchcock film starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly.

Black and white swirly floral stamping, inspired by Grace Kelly's dress in Rear Window
Black and white swirly floral stamping, inspired by Grace Kelly’s dress in Rear Window

In one scene, Grace Kelly’s character comes round to visit while her boyfriend is laid up with a broken leg. She wears an exquisite dress. It’s quite over the top bearing in mind all she seems to be doing is visiting her boyfriend for the evening. It has a fitted black bodice, then a full, mid-calf, white chiffon and tulle skirt. The skirt has small black floral accents coming down from the waistband.

Black and white swirly floral stamping, inspired by Grace Kelly's dress in Rear Window
Black and white swirly floral stamping, inspired by Grace Kelly’s dress in Rear Window

I haven’t captured the exact look of the dress’s trim. I couldn’t find a good enough stamping plate to match the dress. But this look is very much inspired by the dress, and beautiful Grace Kelly.

 

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

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Nella Milano Chantilly Cream
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: ÜberChic Beauty 3-01
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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