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Blue geometric glitter nails

These blue geometric glitter nails were inspired by a manicure I saw by Paulina of Paulina’s Passions. I saw it and thought I’d love to create something similar but using blue – but I don’t like my manicure half as much as I like hers.

I think it’s probably because the glitter is more prominent on my manicure. And that makes it a bit distracting. I feel it needs some more solid colour.

The blue polishes I used are Morgan Taylor Flirt In A Skating Skirt (the darker blue) and OPI The I’s Have It. The very pedantic part of my nature – which represents about 99.99% of my being – is particularly annoyed that OPI has put an apostrophe in the name. It’s a plural, so doesn’t need one <stamps feet>.

Blue geometric glitter nails
Blue geometric glitter nails: reverse stamping over glitter gel nails, plus regular blue polish

The glitter is a gel polish; W7 Silver Sparks. I created the patterned nails over the top of the glitter using the reverse stamping method. I used Bundle Monster BM-XL218, from the Bundle Monster Blogger Collaboration Set 4. This particular plate is by nails.by.teens.

Bundle Monster Blogger Collaboration Set 4
Bundle Monster Blogger Collaboration Set 4

I stamped using Essence Stamp Me! in White, then filled in the reverse of the image using the two blue polishes.

Blue geometric glitter manicure
Blue geometric glitter nails: reverse stamping over glitter gel nails, plus regular blue polish

It’s lovely to be back doing my nails so frequently again. I had about a year out, during which time I only really had plain colours on my nails. I had a busy year with some volunteering I’ve been doing, and realise it has taken me away from the hobby I love so much. So, I shall be scaling that back in favour of the nails as soon as I can 🙂

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Dark blue: two coats of Morgan Taylor Flirt In A Skating Skirt
  • Lighter blue: OPI The I’s Have It
  • Glitter: three coats of W7 Silver Sparks (gel polish)
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! White
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL218
  • Top coat:  Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster plate BM-XL218 and Morgan Taylor Flirt In A Skating Skirt were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.
The Bundle Monster image is copyrighted and was provided courtesy of Bundle Monster.
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Yellow and Silver Double Stamping | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

This is some yellow and silver double stamping for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. The colour prompt is yellow and silver, and my personal theme is pattern on pattern.

I only very rarely wear yellow on my nails. I know lots of people really dislike it. I don’t, but it’s not something I often reach for. However, this is the second yellow manicure I’ve worn in a row. I didn’t have any choice with today’s nails, but I definitely selected yellow last time. Maybe it’s something to do with the sunshine!

Yellow and silver double stamping
Yellow and silver double stamping

Stamping seemed to be the obvious way of getting two patterns on my nails. I stamped twice, albeit I used the same pattern both times. It’s still pattern on pattern though, eh?

The base is Sinful Colors Unicorn. Yellows are notoriously streaky and difficult to get nicely opaque. This one was no exception and took four coats. It’s a delicate pale yellow colour. Creamy and soft though; not lemony and sharp. I have no idea why it’s called Unicorn. Surely unicorns are white – or rainbow-coloured?

The stamping pattern is a geometric lined image from ÜberChic Beauty 9-03. I’ve seen it used for double stamping quite a bit, and it’s because it’s a great image for it. It’s such a versatile image in that it can be used over and over, just with different colour combinations.

Yellow and silver double stamping
Yellow and silver double stamping

I liked this when I’d just put the silver stamping on top of the pale yellow. After I had added the darker yellow, I thought it ruined it somewhat. I think a way around that would be to have placed the darker yellow stamping first, and then the silver, as that would have allowed the silver to show up better.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: four coats of Sinful Colors Unicorn
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Mundo de Uñas 46 (Mustard)
  • Stamping plate: ÜberChic Beauty 9-03
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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Red Geometric | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

This week’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas theme is red and my own personal prompt is geometric. So these are my red geometric nails.

The base is the classic and iconic Chanel Rouge Noir. To that, I’ve then added some colour using a Bundle Monster nail stencil.

The stencil is Bundle Monster #24, which has both geometric mosaic patterns and diagonal stripes. This pack comes in a set of 9 packs for $12.99. There are two types of these 9-pack stencil sets, one called Sunny Weather Fun and the other – this one – called Geometric Shapes.

Red geometric nails, using Chanel Rouge Noir, and Barry M Sparkling Ruby sponged over Bundle Monster stencils
Red geometric nails, using Chanel Rouge Noir, and Barry M Sparkling Ruby sponged over Bundle Monster stencils

The nail stencils are really easy to use. They stick to the nail well, and I find they work best when the additional colour is sponged on. The thin coat you achieve with sponging ensures that the colour doesn’t bleed under the stencil.

For the sponging, I used Barry M Sparkling Ruby. The overall effect is really lovely and the Barry M polish lives up to its name by sparkling when the light catches it.

Red geometric nails, using Chanel Rouge Noir, and Barry M Sparkling Ruby sponged over Bundle Monster stencils
Red geometric nails, using Chanel Rouge Noir, and Barry M Sparkling Ruby sponged over Bundle Monster stencils

The post is a few days late as I was away for my birthday at the end of last week, when this was due to be posted, and I hadn’t prepared the manicure ahead of time as I had been ill in bed with flu earlier on in the week. Anyway, I’m all good now, albeit not very well prepared for the next lot of challenges coming up. I have lots of manicures that I have never posted too, so I must get around to publishing those.

Today’s post also marks the start of the next round of prompts – so if you look at the image below, you’ll see what we have coming up between now and the middle of July.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Chanel Rouge Noir
  • Stencil: Bundle Monster Mixed Nail Polish Vinyl Stencil Bundle – Geometric Shapes
  • Sponged colour: Barry M Sparkling Ruby
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Bundle Monster Mixed Nail stencils were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Red and Black Geometric Stamping

This red and black geometric stamping manicure is one of my favourites. I do love some geometric stamping; and plain and simple, without being too fussy, is always a winner with me.

I painted a red base for this and then stamped over it in black. The red base is Barry M Sparkling Ruby, the limited edition polish that was sold in Superdrug recently. It’s a red base, with tiny gold flecks of glitter. It has a lovely depth, with added sparkle, and it is lovely to wear on its own. Teamed with a “reverse” plate where a large part of the image is stamped, it looks like I have stamped in red.

Red and black geometric stamping
Red and black geometric stamping

Sparkling Ruby has one of the new, wider brushes that a lot of the newer Barry Ms have. I don’t like them. I know a lot of people do. I sometimes think I like wider brushes, and I’m sure I’ve said so on this blog before, but I have trouble painting my smaller nails with them. I think on balance that I get a better result with long, thin brushes, like Chanel brushes.

I stamped over the red base with Konad Black. It was a bit messy – Konad Black always is – so I had to do a good bit of clean-up. I managed to remove a little bit too much around the cuticles, so the red is peeking through a bit there.

Red and black geometric stamping
Red and black geometric stamping

I used hēhē 003 for the stamping. This is a plate with four geometric images on it. My plate came from Lady Queen, but I cannot recommend that you buy hēhē plates from them. Aiyoohēhē has confirmed to me that the plates I received from there are not original hēhē plates; they are fakes. I would recommend that you buy hēhē plates directly from Aiyoohēhē.

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Sparkling Ruby
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: hēhē 003
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
hēhē 003 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Chanel Kaleidoscope With Geometric Stamping (52 Week Challenge)

This week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge calls for a water marble and/or your most precious polish. I have only just done a water marble, so I used my most precious polish, Chanel Kaleidoscope, with geometric stamping added.

Chanel Kaleidoscope is my most precious polish because it’s the one that is probably worth the most. It’s an old Chanel, that was a limited edition. Chanel polishes tend to grow in value over time and I’ve seen this one on eBay for more than £70.

Chanel Kaleidoscope with geometric stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-13
Chanel Kaleidoscope with geometric stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-13

It’s from the Fall 2008 Golden Child collection. I’m still unsure what colour it is though. Is it gold? Silver? Pewter? Antique gold? Platinum? Tarnished gold? I believe Chanel described it as a green-gold, but I don’t see any green in it. Despite being unable to pin down its precise colour, I think it has a complexity that gives it an allure for me that no other gold shade has. Gold doesn’t really suit me plain, but I like this with stamping or something else added.

Chanel Kaleidoscope with geometric stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-13
Chanel Kaleidoscope with geometric stamping using Born Pretty Store BP-13

I stamped a geometric pattern using Konad Black and Born Pretty Store BP-13. The stamping is really patchy. I think it’s due to my Konad Black being on its last legs, and also because I didn’t use my favourite stamper. I used a more squishy one because my base hadn’t been left to dry for as long as it could have, and I was worried about denting it with my firmer – albeit more reliable – stamper.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Kaleidoscope
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-13
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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