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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.

 

 

 

Festival Nails | June 2016 Nailbox

I used the June 2016 Nailbox content to create a festival nails look.

This is the first subscription box of polish that I have received. I’ve not signed up to one before because I now have so much polish (I’m approaching 1,000 bottles) and I think that I probably own practically every colour out there, in every finish. (OK, so maybe I don’t have all the greens – as green is not a favourite of mine!) I’m also running low on space to store them all, so these days I am much more picky about buying polish and only buy ones that really speak to me.

Festival nails using the June 2016 Nailbox
Festival nails using the June 2016 Nailbox

But I can see the appeal of these boxes. Even now I do love some nail mail. And to have a surprise package of nail goodies once a month would be wonderful.

The June 2016 Nailbox is called Festival Fever and contains four nail polishes and one nail art item:

  • Rimmel Cheeky Chap is a matte pale blue from the Spring 2015 Sweetie Heart collection
  • OPI Is Mai Tai Crooked? is a peach colour from the Spring 2015 Hawaii Collection
  • Essie Jazzy Jubilant is a medium pale pink and lilac/pale blue glitter, small teal glitter and slightly smaller bronze/orange glitter in a clear base – from the Christmas 2013 Luxeffects collection
  • Bourjois Turquoise Block is a “more green than blue” turquoise – it’s a deeper version of Barry M Greenberry
  • Elegant Touch Stylist metallic nail art tape – six different metallic colours of sticky striping tape, each colour having four rows
June 2016 Nailbox: Festival Fever
June 2016 Nailbox: Festival Fever

I’ve used all the contents to create these festival nails. I took my inspiration from a similar manicure I saw – but I’m sorry to that original artist, because I cannot now find it. So if you think this looks a bit like a manicure of yours – created with different colours and without the glitter – then it’s possibly yours that I derived mine from.

Festival nails using the June 2016 Nailbox
Festival nails using the June 2016 Nailbox

All these products are excellent and I was especially pleased with the OPI; to get a fairly recent, full-size OPI in a box is great.

Rimmel Cheeky Chap – the pale blue polish – is a matte polish, but I’ve top-coated it so it is shiny on this manicure.

The Essie glitter was a little runny, so I had to use several attempts to dab it on with the brush to get an even coverage. In hindsight, it would have been easier to apply it with a sponge.

You can sign up for a monthly Nailbox for as little as £13.50 a month. The August 2016 box sounds great. According to their website, it’s called Into the Sunset. The contents are worth nearly £40 and it will contain “four nail polishes and one stamping tool”.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Green: Bourjois Turquoise Block
  • Blue: Rimmel Cheeky Chap
  • Peach: OPI Is Mai Tai Crooked?
  • Glitter: Essie Jazzy Jubilant
  • White: Barry M Cotton
  • Striping Tape: Elegant Touch Stylist Metallic Nail Art Tape
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The June 2016 Nailbox was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Coral, White and Negative Space Stripes | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These coral, white and negative space stripes are for the coral and white theme for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. My own prompt was negative space.

I seem to have done so many negative space manicures recently, despite not really liking them. I don’t like how my nails are too stained for this technique, but it has come up in so many recent challenges and I have been compelled to join in.

Coral, white and negative space stripes
Coral, white and negative space stripes

This time around, I have limited the amount of negative space on view to almost the smallest possible. And I kept it to the cuticle end of my nails, which is less stained than the tips.

I used OPI Crawfishin’ For A Compliment as the coral. It perhaps doesn’t have enough pink in it to be the correct pinky-orange of a coral colour. It’s more of a pale orange. But crayfish (crawfish) are pinky-orange, so I am going to blame OPI for getting the colour of the polish wrong! Ha ha!

Coral, white and negative space stripes
Coral, white and negative space stripes

I rather like this look. Not so much the negative space, but the stripes at the top of the nails. Some of my most favourite manicures are like this and it’s a technique I use quite a lot, as you can see:

I’m still playing catch up for this challenge. These nails were supposed to be up last Friday (as in the week before the Friday just gone). So I am still in debt by one manicure. I’m hoping to paint it today and then post tomorrow, so that I can finally say I have caught up.

40 Great Nail Art Ideas 2 #40GNAI

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Orange: one thick coat of OPI Crawfishin’ For a Compliment
  • White: Nella Milano Chantilly Cream
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Nella Milano Chantilly Cream was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Pink and Silver Zigzags With Triangular Studs

These pink and silver zigzags were painted quite some time ago now, back when my nails were a bit shorter.

I used a base of piCture pOlish Allure, which is a bright magenta pink with a scattered holo. My photos don’t show the beautiful holographic effect sadly.

I teamed it with OPI This Gown Needs A Crown, probably my favourite and certainly my most used silver nail polish. It’s lovely used just as a single accent nail, or like here, as part of an overall look.

Pink and silver zigzags with triangular studs
Pink and silver zigzags with triangular studs

I checked back and discover that I wore this manicure back in September 2015. My nails have grown quite considerably since then, even though I am forever filing them. I like the look of them long, but prefer to wear them a bit shorter as I am always worried that I will catch and break a nail. I haven’t had a break on my “camera hand” now for ages. Certainly not this year. (I’ve probably just jinxed that now, haven’t I?!)

Pink and silver zigzags with triangular studs
Pink and silver zigzags with triangular studs

The silver triangular studs are from IZ Beauty, a new nail art supply store. They sell a range of items, like nail art tools, studs, rhinestones, nail art pens, nail wraps and decals. On their Instagram account, I found a code for 20% off. Just use SHOP20.

IZ Beauty silver studs
IZ Beauty silver studs

I have three of the silver studs: triangular, small circles and and small square. They come beautifully presented in cute little square boxes, branded with the IZ Beauty identity.

IZ Beauty Gem dotter
IZ Beauty Gem dotter

I also have one of the nail art tools, the gem dotter, which is a plastic tool with a rubberized end. I found it great for selecting and picking up the studs, and then placing them on the nail.

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Pink: two coats of piCture pOlish Allure
  • Silver: OPI This Gown Needs A Crown
  • Studs: silver triangular studs from IZ Beauty
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

Pink Mosaic Stripes | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

The 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group is doing hot pink and my personal prompt was mosaic or stained glass, so I have some pink mosaic stripes. Not all the polishes I used are hot pink, but then when you’re doing mosaic, you need lots of different colours.

My first attempt at mosaic nails began with me painting colours on my silicon mat and cutting them out. But I messed up by applying the pieces when the base was still too wet. So after lots of preparation and time invested, I scrapped that idea and tried something else.

Pink mosaic stripes
Pink mosaic stripes

I found a great mosaic stamping image on Bundle Monster plate BM-208. My nails are quite long at the moment and the image was a millimetre or two too short. So I came up with the idea of making just a few stamped decals and cutting each one into stripes, then using a piece on each nail.

Pink mosaic stripes
Pink mosaic stripes

The base is a very pale pink, Barry M Rose Hip. Then I stamped the Bundle Monster image using Mundo de Uñas Fiusha (20). I filled it in while it was still on the stamper with lots of different pink polishes:

  • Sinful Colors Forget Now, a jelly with a shimmer
  • Color Club Miss Bliss (holographic)
  • Barry M Birthday, the glittery Superdrug 50th birthday limited edition
  • Revlon Passionate Pink
  • OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips
  • and several other Barry Ms … Passion Fruit, Grapefruit, Pomegranate and Rose Hip

I top-coated the decal and left it to dry, then cut it into four. I needed three decals to do all my nails and simply placed a piece on each nail. I didn’t quite get the “up, down” staggered look I was going for on my photographed hand as I placed the decals too close to the middle for the index and middle nails.

 

 

40 Great Nail Art Ideas 2 #40GNAI

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Barry M Rose Hip
  • Stamping polish: Mundo de Uñas Fiusha (20)
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-208
  • Decal colours: Sinful Colors Forget Now, Color Club Miss Bliss, Barry M Birthday, Revlon Passionate Pink, OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips, Barry M Passion Fruit, Barry M Grapefruit, Barry M Pomegranate and Barry M Rose Hip
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips was previously sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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