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Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

It’s been a while since I’ve done much nail art. My nails have only really had plain nail polish on them for a lot of the time over the past year or so, as I’ve been so busy with work and my volunteering commitments.

So, this stamping marble using some neon brights from the Morgan Taylor Selfie collection was quite a welcome change.

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh
Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

I’m a little sad that my camera hasn’t done well with these colours. They’re bright neons and my camera just hasn’t done justice to this manicure. It looked awesome in the flesh; on the screen, not so much.

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh
Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

I used five of the six polishes in the Morgan Tayor Selfie collection. I only have five of them, as I’m missing Pretty As A Pink-ture. I am often amazed how well polish manufacturers put collections togehter. It’s when you use all (or nearly all) of the colours in a collection that you realise how well they complement each other.

So, the colours are:

  • All About The Pout – a pale neon coral creme
  • Me, Myself-ie, And I – a deeper neon coral creme
  • Woke Up This Way – a neon magenta creme
  • Best Face Forward – an inky purple with cyan blue and pinky-purple flakies (not neon)
  • No Filter Needed – cyan blue creme (not neon)

I put drops of polish onto a mat, then picked up the colour with a stamper, dragging it a little to swirl the colours, and stamped the colour onto my nails. The technique is a fun and quick way to crate some nail art. It’s variously called a smoosh or a stamping marble.

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh
Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

As I said, my camera doesn’t pick up neon very well, so I photographed my hand in front of a gel nails LED light, which goes some way to showing off the brightness of these colours.

Neon brights stamping marble under LED light
Neon brights stamping marble under LED light
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: all from Morgan Taylor: All About The Pout, Me, Myself-ie, And I, Woke Up This Way, Best Face Forward, No Filter Needed
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Morgan Taylor polishes shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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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Magenta Waves | Twinsie Tuesday

This week for Twinsie Tuesday we’re doing monochrome. I’ve done a monochrome prompt before, and went with a black and white theme, even though – strictly speaking – monochrome in general just means using one colour, and shades of it. I’ve gone with that meaning this time and have created some tone on tone magenta waves.

The base is OPI Spare Me A French Quarter? A neighbour of mine has a car this exact colour. Frequently when I pass it I declare that I would love a nail polish in that colour. (In fairness, I expect I already have a dupe of this colour somewhere amongst my nearly 1,000 polishes anyway, but haven’t checked to be sure). It was nice to see the car and my nails today and properly realise that my wish has come true.

Magenta waves
Magenta waves

It’s a gorgeous magenta colour, which went on beautifully smoothly.

I stamped over it using Mundo de Uñas Fuchsia (Fiusha 20), which is very slightly lighter in colour. I used an image from hēhē plate Super Hero 011. hēhē makes two sizes of plate: the classic round ones, and this type – hēhē plus –  which are the larger, rectangular plates. I’m really not sure which super hero this plate refers to – does anyone know?

Magenta waves
Magenta waves

I didn’t mean to stamp the image the other way around on the ring finger. It was a complete accident. But it makes for a nice accent nail, eh?!

 

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of OPI Spare Me A French Quarter
  • Stamping polish: Mundo de Uñas Fuchsia (Fiusha 20)
  • Stamping plate: hēhē Super Hero 011
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
hēhē Super Hero 011 stamping palte used for this post was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Apple Mint Yogurt

I was reading Cazzy Durcan’s blog, SpecialGirl Nails, and saw her review some great-looking South Korean polishes, called the Yogurt Nails collection from a brand called The Face Shop.

I loved the look of all five polishes in the range, but eventually decided to buy the two that Cazzy hadn’t bought, the yellow and green ones: Lemon Candy Yogurt and Apple Mint Yogurt. I bought mine from the same eBay seller, 2Plus1. They cost just $4.99 with free delivery (£3.41 at the time), and they arrived swiftly, just 9 days later.

Apple Mint Yogurt is a mint green base, with small hexagon glitters in turquoise, rose gold and magenta, as well as tiny rose gold glitters.

I put two coats over a base of MUA Pistachio Ice Cream, which is very close in colour. I’m really pleased with this polish. It’s a lovely combination of colours and looks really summery on my nails today.

The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Yogurt Nails Apple Mint Yogurt
The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Yogurt Nails in Apple Mint Yogurt

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Undies colour: two coats of MUA Pistachio Ice Cream
  • Main colour: two coats of The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Yogurt Nails in Apple Mint Yogurt
  • Top coat: No. 7 Stay Perfect

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L’Oreal Top Coat Confettis over L’Oreal Insolent Magenta

Well, March is fast becoming a month of new favourites. I decided my new favourite polish was OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook, and now I have a new favourite glitter topper.

This is L’Oreal Confettis, one of four new polishes in their Top Coat range. It’s a clear base glitter top coat that consists of both small and medium matte hex glitter in black and white, plus a smattering of tiny silver glitter.

It needs a bit of dabbing and placing to get the glitters to look even placed, so this is one coat, plus some extra patched up bits.

I have it over L’Oreal Insolent Magenta, and it was great to rejuvenate that previous manicure and also add a bit of interest. I can see me using this polish quite a lot.

L'Oreal Top Coat Confettis
L’Oreal Top Coat Confettis

And just while I’m still practising with my new lights and light tent, here’s a bottle shot:

L'Oreal Top Coat Confettis bottle
L’Oreal Top Coat Confettis – bottle shot

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of L’Oreal Insolent Magenta
  • Matte glitter coat: one and a bit coats of L’Oreal Top Coat Confettis
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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