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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.

 

 

 

Metallic Blue With Wavy Lines | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday prompt for this week (I’m late again – sorry to the other ladies) is your favourite colour. My favourite colour is blue, so I’ve created some metallic blue wavy lines stamped nails.

The blue is Ciaté Birthday Blue. It is gorgeous and I adore it. It is perfect. It has such a jewelled feel to it. It’s brighter blue than other metallic blues I have; more cobalt and less navy than they are.

Metallic blue wavy lines
Metallic blue wavy lines

I stamped using Bundle Monster BM-XL209, from the second blogger collaboration set. This is the “Lucy’s Stash” plate. I first received this plate as a prize from Lucie in a competition she ran. Then I also received it from Bundle Monster to review. So now I have two plates. I also recently bought some duplicate plates (by accident), and I have many a duplicate polish. So I think a big giveaway might be on the cards.

Metallic blue wavy lines
Metallic blue wavy lines

I love this Lucy’s Stash plate. It’s a nice collection of lots of different types of image: floral, geometric, abstract, feathers and leaves.

Bundle Monster BM-XL209 Lucy's Stash plate
Bundle Monster BM-XL209 Lucy’s Stash plate – image courtesy of, and copyright to, Bundle Monster

For the stamping polish, I used 2true Athena.  You can’t seem to get the 2true polishes in Superdrug any more, but these Metallica polishes are excellent for stamping. They remind me of the Essie Mirror Metallics. You can still buy Athena though on the 2true website.

I only stamped the centre nails; I wanted to be able to see that beautiful base polish.

 

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Please go and see what the other Twinsies’ favourite colours are:

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Ciaté Birthday Blue
  • Stamping polish: 2true Athena
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL209
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster BM-XL209 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

Blue and green metallic stamping (52 Week Challenge)

I’m sticking to the single prompt again for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge. The two choices are Ikat and metallic. I’ve not ever done an Ikat pattern, so probably should have done, but I was short of time so went with metallic.

Although the photos don’t really show it, both these polishes are metallic. The base is Barry M Magnetic Blue. I haven’t used a magnet on it, as I think it looks great on its own.

The stamping is using Aglaia, from the 2True Metallica collection, all of which are brilliant for stamping.

I picked this snazzy pattern on the MoYou Nails Pro VII board. The photos don’t seem to show the metallic as vibrantly as it looks in real life.

Metallic stamping using Barry M Magnetic Blue, 2true Aglaia and MoYou Pro VII
Metallic stamping using Barry M Magnetic Blue, 2true Aglaia and MoYou Pro VII

My husband loved this manicure, but it didn’t last very long. Probably less than half a day in the end as I didn’t think it went with what I was wearing this evening and so ended up changing it.

Metallic stamping using Barry M Magnetic Blue, 2true Aglaia and MoYou Pro VII
Metallic stamping using Barry M Magnetic Blue, 2true Aglaia and MoYou Pro VII

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Magnetic Blue
  • Stamping polish: 2True Aglaia
  • Stamping plate: MoYou Pro VII
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Brush stroke metallics skittle (52 Week Challenge)

This week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge is either brush stroke or favourite brand.

Having not done a brush stroke manicure before, that was my immediate choice. I wasn’t sure how – or if – it differed from a distressed manicure, so I had a quick search to find out more. In searching, I came across a lovely manicure and tutorial by Gorgeois and thought I’d try to recreate that.

By the time I’d pulled out all my metallics, I couldn’t whittle it down to a few colours, so instead I chose to do a skittle using seventeen different colours.

After I’d painted a base each of the lightest metallic, I followed the Georgois tutorial and painted the brush strokes with the darkest polish first, then gradually getting lighter. And I did that twice. I don’t much like the final outcome, so it didn’t last very long on my nails. I’m afraid this one is a case of doing something so that I can be sure to complete a challenge, rather than doing something I wanted to wear on my nails. (It will probably turn out to be really well liked therefore – it’s often the case!)

Brush stroke metallics skittle
Brush stroke metallics skittle

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Reds/oranges: Sally Hansen Wined Up, No 7 Salsa, Sally Hansen Shiny Penny, L’Oreal Versailles Gold
  • Greens/yellows: Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly, Chanel Azuré, Revlon Beach, Sephora Flash Me!
  • Blues: Beauty UK Electric Blue, George Blue Lagoon, Sally Hansen Blue Streak, L’Oreal Saphir Treasure, Essie Blue Rhapsody
  • Purples: A England Avalon, Sally Hansen Pronto Purple, Barry M Lilac Foil, Essie Nothing Else Metals
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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M is for: Magic Croisette from L’Oréal (with Saphir Treasure stamped butterflies)

I’m jumping in on a new challenge. Only in my last post was I complaining about my lack of inspiration and lack of posting – so it’s come at exactly the right time.

Charlie from Pocket Money Polishes is running the challenge, which is a series of A to Z posts. I’m joining in right in the middle, at M, but will see it through to the end. Who knows, I may just then start at A and do the front half of the alphabet too!

So, for M, I have Magic Croisette from L’Oréal. The Boulevard de la Croisette is a famous seaside promenade in Cannes, and the name so I guess the polish is named after the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean as seen from a leisurely stroll along the esplanade of the same name.

I bought this in March 2013 and haven’t worn it until now. It’s a duochrome in mid blue and teal, with a light blue, almost turquoise shimmer. The duochrome doesn’t show up much on the naills, but the polish is lovely all the same. It took two easy coats, and then I added some simple stamping.

I thought I’d keep the stamping in the L’Oréal family and tried out Saphir Treasure, a metallic light blue. It’s very similar – in the bottle anyway – to Essie Blue Rhapsody from the Mirror Metallics collection.

I stamped using the butterfly image on Bundle Monster plate BM 307.

L'Oreal Magic Croisette stamped with butterflies using Saphir Treasure and Bundle Monster BM-307
L’Oreal Magic Croisette stamped with butterflies using Saphir Treasure and Bundle Monster BM-307

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Zoya Mimi (PMP)

Barry M Mediterranean (Starfish Nails)

OPI My Vampire is Buff (Penny Pinching Polishes)

Emily de Molly Maddy’s Magenta (AnnaBean’s Nails)

Delush Polish Master of Disguise (PishPosh And Polish)

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of L’Oréal Color Riche Magic Croisette
  • Stamping polish: L’Oréal Color Riche Saphir Treasure
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-307
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.