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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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Dragonfly Nails | Insects | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

I’m still three weeks behind with this challenge. These dragonfly nails are for the insects prompt from 15th July.

As usual, I had grand plans starting out. I wanted to do a riverbank scene, with reeds, water and dragonflies. But as time slipped away and I needed to just get something – anything – on my nails, it became far more apparent that some quick stamping was the way to go.

The peach base is four coats of L’Oréal Creamy Angora. That took some effort – this wasn’t going to be quite such a speedy manicure as I first thought. The only time I’ve used it before I painted three coats over white, so I should have known really.

Peach dragonfly nails
Peach dragonfly nails

I stamped using the individual dragonfly image on Bundle Monster plate BM-410, and placed three dragonflies per nail. I don’t quite know why I chose gold; I can’t say I’ve ever seen a gold dragonfly, only ever blue or red.

Peach dragonfly nails
Peach dragonfly nails

Right – no time for writing – I’m off to see if I can catch up some more.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: four coats of L’Oréal Creamy Angora
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Gold
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-410
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Green Half and Half Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

For the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group the theme this time around is three shades of green, and linked with my own personal prompt of half and half, I have these green half and half nails.

I’m really not a great lover of green. I own a fair few, but I don’t wear them that often – apart from mint greens sometimes.

But I still managed to find three nicely complementary greens and put them together in some half and half nails.

Green half and half nails
Green half and half nails

The palest green, L’Oreal Pistachio Dragée is almost cream-looking in the photos, but it is green … just. The mid shade is Beauty UK Jade, and the darkest one is another L’Oreal, Blue Reef. This one is a dark teal, which therefore has a tinge of blue, but I would definitely call it green, not blue.

Green half and half nails
Green half and half nails

I only painted four nails and the design only stayed on my nails as long as it took to photograph them. I liked the look, just not the colour, so they had to go. (Ironically, they made way for some more green nails – see my post tomorrow for that!)

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: L’Oréal Pistachio Dragée, L’Oréal Blue Reef, Beauty UK Jade
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Burgundy and Red Needle Drag| Twinsie Tuesday

This week’s Twinsie Tuesday prompt is vampy. To me, vampy is all about dark red, so I did a burgundy and red needle drag manicure.

Working one nail at a time, I first painted on one thickish coat of L’Oréal Hypnotic Red. It’s a deep burgundy, almost black, shade and is the perfect vampy red.

Then I added a thin stripe of L’Oréal Rouge Cancan vertically down the centre of the nail, taking care to float it on so as not to pick up any of the first colour on the brush.

Burgundy and red needle drag using L'Oréal Hypnotic Red and L'Oréal Rouge Cancan
Burgundy and red needle drag using L’Oréal Hypnotic Red and L’Oréal Rouge Cancan

Then with my thinnest dotting tool – the one that is almost needle sharp – I dragged through the polish in a loopy pattern. I thought at first about recreating the pattern I did on this fuchsia and cream needle drag. But instead I thought it might kind of look more like a laced up corset – very vampy – if the turns at each side were looped rather than pointed. So I did continuous wide S-shaped swirls from side to side with the dotting tool.

Burgundy and red needle drag using L'Oréal Hypnotic Red and L'Oréal Rouge Cancan
Burgundy and red needle drag using L’Oréal Hypnotic Red and L’Oréal Rouge Cancan

I probably had too much polish on the nail because it didn’t stay the lovely elegant pattern I had created. Instead it ran a bit and distorted in places. So by the time it had dried enough for top coat, I no longer had a lovely corset. But it does still have a vampy vibe, albeit in abstract form!

 

 

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

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: one coat of L’Oréal Color Riche Hypnotic Red and one thin stripe of L’Oréal Color Riche Rouge Cancan
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Purple and Lilac Chevrons (52 Week Challenge)

This 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge calls for either a tape mani or a green manicure. I am not at all keen on green, so this was a no-brainer of a choice for me. I’ve created a purple and lilac chevrons manicure.

The lilac is Revlon Provence. Provence in France is famous for its fields of lavender, and this is a lovely pale, cool-toned lavender shade. It’s quite sheer though and I needed three coats as the base for the chevron nails.

Purple and lilac chevrons using L'Oréal Atomic Purple and Revlon Provence
Purple and lilac chevrons using L’Oréal Atomic Purple and Revlon Provence

The purple for the plain nails and the chevrons is L’Oréal Atomic Purple. It’s also quite sheer. It’s a neon though and they often are sheer.  Again this needed three coats on the plain nails. For the chevrons, I thought it might be tricky to get it opaque enough, but it was fine with just one thickish coat.

Purple and lilac chevrons using L'Oréal Atomic Purple and Revlon Provence
Purple and lilac chevrons using L’Oréal Atomic Purple and Revlon Provence

I used chevron guides from Nail Vinyls. I usually do mine pointing towards the tips, but fancied doing them the other way around today!

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Purple nails: three coats of L’Oréal Atomic Purple
  • Chevron nails: three coats of Revlon Provence, with chevron nail vinyls, then a coat of L’Oréal Atomic Purple
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (purple nails) and Glisten & Glow HK Girl (chevron nails)


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