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My 24 favourite nail art manicures of 2014

Last year I picked my favourite 20 nail art manicures of the year. In trying to do the same for 2014 I couldn’t keep to 20. I chose 24. I don’t think I’ve got that much better, but perhaps what I have done is paint nails that I like and want to wear. I think I painted quite a lot of nail art the previous year just to fit challenge themes. I’ve undoubtedly done that this past year too, but perhaps less so.

Anyway, if you can stick with me through 24 manicures, these are my favourites from this year. (Apologies if you’re viewing this in a reader – I don’t know if it will show up properly or not – you may need to open the actual post).

Click on the image to open and then cycle through them all. And click on the image caption to open the original post for more information.

 

My ultimate three favourites – in no particular order – are:

  • rainbow gradient mini leopard – it took ages to do and I was really pleased with myself afterwards
  • reverse gradient hearts – I just like these, and they’re quite unique
  • autumnal gradient with leaves – I was pleased with everything about this: the choice of colours, the gradient, the stamping and even the photography – it all turned out brilliantly

 

The top two most viewed manicures on my blog from last year didn’t make it into my own favourites list. They are these two:

Japanese Kawaii cute animals
Japanese Kawaii (cute) animals
Autumnal stripes
Autumnal stripes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about you? Which are your favourites?

 

 

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Pink Water Spotted Nails: Try Something New: FingerFood’s Theme Buffet

I always struggle with a “try something new prompt”, as I always think I’ve done everything. So before today’s prompt for FingerFood’s Theme Buffet, I listed out all the different types of manicure I could think of. It turns out that there are quite a few techniques I’ve not tried: sugar spun, acid wash, water spotted, stained glass, cocktail nails, newspaper nails, drip and spread, pond manicure, distressed nails, galaxy nails, ruffian – I’ve not even ever done an ombré or a jelly sandwich!

So, I had plenty to choose from after all. And today I tried my hand at water spotting. It’s the same as water marbling except you use something with a high alcohol content – I used perfume – to spray onto the surface of the polish to create a spotted look.

I used two Barry M polishes for this: Rose Hip is the light pink base, and Pomegranate is the darker pink that I water spotted with.

I’m really impressed with how this turned out. I’ve even unwittingly achieved a sort of gradient effect with it! My hands do smell of perfume – even several hours and many hand washes later – but at least I used one I like, so that’s not so bad.

Pink water spotted nails using Barry M Rose Hip and Barry M Pomegranate
Pink water spotted nails using Barry M Rose Hip and Barry M Pomegranate

 

Finger Foods Theme Buffet 2

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Rose Hip
  • Water spotting colour: Barry M Pomegranate
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images above are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

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Hawaiian Hibiscus Stamped Gradient: Tropical: GOT Polish Challenge

For today’s tropical prompt in the Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge I immediately thought of the ubiquitous Hawaiian floral print. I checked to see if Hawaii is in the tropics and happily discovered that it is (just). A little more research revealed that the flower that features is a Hawaiian Hibiscus. And after yet more Googling, I discovered that I own some stamping plates with this flower on them. Bingo! A manicure was born.

Once I had the image, I needed a background. I’ve chosen to go with some bright colours in a gradient, and it was a happy accident that I chose two Barry M polishes – Guava and Mango – both of which are named after tropical fruits. They’re not a year old, but eleven months will have to suffice as I don’t have any other suitable colours.

Tropical gradient using Barry M Guava and Mango stamped with a Hawaiian hibiscus flower using BM-318
Tropical gradient using Barry M Guava and Mango stamped with a Hawaiian hibiscus flower using Bundle Monster BM-318

As ever, my camera just cannot cope with orange, regardless of the settings I change, or how I set the white balance. However the lovely vibrant colour you can see in the bottle is how it appears on my nails in the flesh, so you’ll just have to imagine that the bottle colour is on the nails!

 

Golden Oldie Thursday 2

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: gradient of Barry M Mango and Barry M Guava over one coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Stamping polish: Konad Special White
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-318
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Red Roses Over Black: Gothic: FingerFood’s Theme Buffet

It’s Gothic today for the FingerFood’s Theme Buffet challenge and I was devoid of all inspiration. I Googled a bit and thought about doing more of an 80s Gothic look, using black and spiky studs. But it wasn’t something I fancied wearing and I wanted to keep my manicure for the whole day.

So I chose to stamp some red roses over black. It’s sort of Gothic … I think.

The base is two coats of W7 Black and I’ve stamped using A England Perceval and the MoYou London Pro 10 XL plate.

Perceval stamps beautifully, and by the final nail (the index finger), I’d worked out how to stop the annoying missing bits I get with MoYou plates due to them being etched so deeply. I discovered that a second application of polish and another scrape fills in the air bubbles and stamps beautifully. I could probably just scrape more lightly, but I had run out of nails to try it on by this point, so I’ll try that next time.

Red roses stamped over W7 Black using A England Perceval and MoYouLondon Pro 10 XL
Red roses stamped over W7 Black using A England Perceval and MoYouLondon Pro 10 XL

 

Finger Foods Theme Buffet 2

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats ofW7 Black
  • Stamping polish:A England Perceval
  • Stamping plate: MoYou London Pro 10 XL
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Ciaté Cupcake Queen with glequins: Hot Pink: GOT Polish Challenge

I seem to be wearing a lot of pinks and corals at the moment. Seeing as I’ve always considered pink to be my least favourite colour (after the abhorrence that is green, of course), that’s surprising. But I am mainly choosing to do it, so I think my contempt for pink may be waning. So, for the hot pink prompt in the Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge, I was quite happy to pick out and wear a suitable pink shade.

This is Ciaté Cupcake Queen, a mini that came in 2012’s Mini Mani Month advent calendar. It’s a bright pink with a subtle blue shimmer to it.

I was going to do some stamping, as I seem to have neglected it recently, but concluded that it might obscure the pink too much. So, in preference, I chose to add some light pink glequins in a polka dot arrangement.

These are fab nails. The glequins sparkle and flash in the sun, and that, added to the hot pink, make it such a summery, cheery manicure.

Ciate Cupcake Queen pink glequins polka dots
Ciaté Cupcake Queen with pink glequin polka dots
Golden Oldie Thursday 2

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Ciaté Cupcake Queen
  • Light pink glequins
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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