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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

 

Pink and Aqua Flowers | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These pink and aqua flowers are for the pink and aqua theme (a couple of weeks ago now – ooops) of the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. As ever, there’s a personal prompt that goes along with each colour theme, and mine was “on a nude base” – easy enough!

I was going to do some splatter nails, but couldn’t find the time to clear everything away to prepare and protect against all that mess. So I had a bit of a browse through the manicures I’ve pinned that I like, and came across one using a flower image from Bundle Monster BM-06 (see below). I thought it would look great on all my nails over the base of piCture pOlish Nude that I had already painted.

Pink and aqua flowers
Pink and aqua flowers

I pulled out some Sally Hansen Insta-Dris to stamp with. I don’t know if was the heat or what, but I couldn’t get them to stamp very well. So I tried with some Barry M polishes, and was very surprised at how well they stamped. I used Turquoise and Ballerina for a pastel look. My favourite clear stamper, the Bundle Monster Glass Stamper, made it very easy to place the individual flowers. I was tempted to add some darker colours over the top, but ultimately decided I liked it just with the blue and pink flowers and left it as it was.

Pink and aqua flowers
Pink and aqua flowers

This is the manicure I was inspired by, created by Glam Style Nails by Carolina:

I’m still a few manicures behind in this challenge. If you look at the image below, you’ll see I still have insects to do – and even that was last week’s manicure! The year-long challenge ends in September – I had better have caught up by then!

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of piCture pOlish Nude
  • Stamping polishes: Barry M Turquoise and Barry M Ballerina
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-06
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

The linkup has expired, so I can’t add myself to it, but you should be able to see all the other pink and aqua manicures if you follow the link below.

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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


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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OPI She’s A Bad Muffuletta with Spring Flowers | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

I have some spring flowers for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group today.

I used some polishes from the OPI New Orleans Spring 2016 collection. The base is OPI She’s A Bad Muffuletta. I don’t understand the pun behind this polish name at all. I looked up muffuletta, because I had no idea what that was, and it seems it’s a sandwich of some sort. Now I just need to understand why it goes with “she’s a bad …”. It makes zero sense to me. Can an American please explain?

Spring flowers on a base of OPI She's A Bad Muffuletta
Spring flowers on a base of OPI She’s A Bad Muffuletta

The colour is lovely. It’s one of those “nearly red” pinks. It’s bright and it freaks out my camera a little, and while I have adjusted the image a little, it still isn’t quite colour-accurate. So if you’re looking to buy this polish, please don’t rely on my photos.

Spring flowers on a base of OPI She's A Bad Muffuletta
Spring flowers on a base of OPI She’s A Bad Muffuletta

I added in some some flowers and dots using OPI Crawfishin’ For A Compliment, which is a pale peach colour. The centre of the flowers is SpaRitual Gentle, which I reviewed yesterday. I wanted a nice cream for the centre of the flowers, and this was still on my desk, so it was perfect all round.

I’m not sure that the base is very spring-like. I think I perhaps should have done it with the light colour as the base and the darker one for the flowers. This is probably more summers flowers than spring flowers!

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of OPI She’s A Bad Muffuletta
  • Flowers: OPI Crawfishin’ For A Compliment and SpaRitual Gentle
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

 

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Red and Gold Chinese Pattern

The idea for this red and gold Chinese pattern manicure came to me quite randomly.

I was wearing red – Nella Milano Scarlet Heat – and wanted to extend the manicure with some stamping. Thinking it would look good with gold stamping, I was reminded of the Bundle Monster Around The World “China” plate, Shanghai Summer, BM-XL151. Red and gold in combination is typically Chinese, particularly at New Year; red symbolises good luck and joy, and gold is an imperial colour, denoting wealth and happiness.

Red and gold Chinese pattern using Nella Milano Scarlet Heat and Bundle Monster BM-XL151
Red and gold Chinese pattern using Nella Milano Scarlet Heat and Bundle Monster BM-XL151

So with my theme and colours chosen, I just needed to select the right image from the plate.  The Shanghai Summer plate has many different images to choose from: a large dragon, a pagoda scene, Chinese lanterns, origami, fireworks, the ying and yang symbol, The Great Wall, abstract images, floral pattern, and more.

Bundle Monster Around The-World Shanghai Summer BM-XL151. Image courtesy of and copyright to Bundle Monster.
Bundle Monster Around The-World Shanghai Summer BM-XL151. Image courtesy of and copyright to Bundle Monster.

I used the floral pattern and stamped it using Barry M Foil Effects Gold.

Red and gold Chinese pattern using Nella Milano Scarlet Heat and Bundle Monster BM-XL151
Red and gold Chinese pattern using Nella Milano Scarlet Heat and Bundle Monster BM-XL151

I was really pleased with these nails and they stayed on for quite some time for me.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Nella Milano Scarlet Heat
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Gold
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL151
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Nella Milano Scarlet Heat and Bundle Monster XL-151 were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.