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Blue herringbone stamping | Bundle Monster BM-XL212

This blue herringbone stamping manicure disappointed a little on camera.

In the flesh, it was awesome, creating a stunning optical illusion effect of a 3D pattern. But I just couldn’t seem to capture how it looked on camera.

It’s a real shame that I can’t demonstrate how good this looked, but if you have this plate, I urge you to try this particular design out.

Blue herringbone stamping
Blue herringbone stamping, using OPI The I’s Have It and Bundle Monster BM-XL212

The base is the beautiful pale blue OPI The I’s Have It. It’s from the Alice Through The Looking Glass, Brights 2016 collection. I confess that I have finally stopped buying nail polishes in quantity. For many years, I was buying 20-30 a month. Now that my collection numbers over a thousand, I find myself frequently seeing new shades and simply thinking, I’ve got that colour … ten times over. So it’s only rarely that I see a polish and really want it. And The I’s Have It was one of those.

Blue herringbone stamping, using OPI The I's Have It and Bundle Monster BM-XL212
Blue herringbone stamping, using OPI The I’s Have It and Bundle Monster BM-XL212

I stamped over the baby blue base using 2true Athena, a metallic-blue polish. The image comes from one of the plates in the Bundle Monster Blogger Collaboration Set 3. It’s a 3D herringbone design made from dots, created by “gotnail”. It’s on plate BM-xL212. It’s my favourite plate in the set as it has lots of abstract and geometrical designs, which are my favourites to use.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of OPI The I’s Have It
  • Stamping polish: 2true Athena
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL212
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster BM-XL212 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Violet Tweed | Berry Good Looking | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These violet tweed nails are for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. The theme is violet, and my personal prompt is houndstooth or tweed or plaid.

There has been some discussion in our Facebook group about what shade of purple violet actually is. For myself, to be sure I was getting the right colour, I Googled and searched on Wikipedia. From that, I came to the conclusion that violet is a blue-toned purple. But I wanted to use Cupcake Berry Good Looking, which is what I thought violet was before I had searched. Oh no! In further searches, I found that someone described Berry Good Looking as violet. That was good enough for me!

Violet tweed using Cupcake Polish Berry Good Looking
Violet tweed using Cupcake Polish Berry Good Looking

I tried it with some houndstooth stamping. It looked nice, but I had stamped with white and it didn’t let enough of the violet through for my liking. I tested some tartan stamps too, but had a similar result.

So, ultimately, I went with a herringbone pattern, which is the pattern of weave that much of tweed fabric is made up of. I stamped with Barry M Fondant, so that the pattern would be quite light against the polish. But it went even lighter, and more pink/less white when I top coated it. It’s a subtle look, but I’m pleased with it.

Violet tweed using Cupcake Polish Berry Good Looking
Violet tweed using Cupcake Polish Berry Good Looking

I do think my “violet” is too red-toned. My own bottle of Berry Good Looking seems far more pink/red than many others I’ve seen photos of anyway. But seeing  as I was determined to use it, I really can’t complain.

 

 

40 Great Nail Art Ideas 2 #40GNAI

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Cupcake Polish Berry Good Looking
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Fondant
  • Stamping plate: Moyra plate 2 Fabric Texture
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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