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Summer Gradient | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

This is my summer gradient for the summer prompt of the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

I had all but caught up last week and was going to post this last weekend, but then my son decided to get a fish bone stuck in his throat. That led to 26 hours in three different hospitals, including an emergency operation and then was followed by four days of trauma, complications and consultant appointments. I’m pleased to say that the bone has gone, but my son is left with only half of his uvula, the other half having turned white and dropped off – yikes!

So, I didn’t catch up after all, and I’m left trying to post as much as possible this weekend. I have this plus another three manicures to create, photograph and post before I even catch up.

Summer gradient
Summer gradient

Before the medical trauma, I was already going to post this. It’s a bit of a cheat as it’s the gradient I did for this tribal gradient stamping a couple of months ago. But as I didn’t post the gradient on its own, I feel it’s fair game to use it for this.

Summer gradient
Summer gradient

I was inspired by the colours of the Sky logo to create this. The blue didn’t take quite so well, and also didn’t combine with the pink to make a purple. You could only see it a little, so I added it in on the tips using the brush. You couldn’t really see that under the stamping I did before, but it’s a bit more evident here. Having said that, I don’t dislike it.

 

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient base: one coat of Nella Milano Peach Schnapps
  • Gradient: Beauty UK Bon Bon, Barry M Block Orange, Barry M Pomegranate and Barry M Blue Grape
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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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Advanced Stamping Decal Flowers (52 Week Challenge)

I’ve combined the two prompts for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge, which are pale blue and flowers.

I’ve used the advanced stamping method to make some stamping decals. In what is a first for me, I’ve made my decals on the stamper, not on a sheet of plastic. I think I prefer doing them this way; they curve to conform to the shape of the stamper, and when you turn them back on themselves they fit better to the curve of your nails than a decal made on a flat sheet does.

My pale blue base is Barry M Huckleberry. Then I used Konad Black to stamp a floral image from MoYou London Pro XL 14 and filled in the flowers using six pink Barry M Gellys: Rose Hip, Dragon Fruit, Grapefruit, Pink Punch, Passion Fruit and Pomegranate.

Floral nails advanced stamping decals, using Barry M polishes
Floral nails advanced stamping decals, using Barry M Huckleberry, Rose Hip, Dragon Fruit, Grapefruit, Pink Punch, Passion Fruit and Pomegranate

I’m gutted with the close ups. These look absolutely perfect to my old-age eyes. But these photos just show what a poor job I did. How could colouring in be so difficult? I console myself with the fact that they do in fact look awesome in the flesh. I completely adore them.

Floral nails advanced stamping decals, using Barry M polishes
Floral nails advanced stamping decals, using Barry M polishes

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Huckleberry
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: MoYou London Pro XL 14
  • Stamping decal top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
  • Flowers: Barry M Rose Hip, Barry M Dragon Fruit, Barry M Grapefruit, Barry M Pink Punch, Barry M Passion Fruit and Barry M Pomegranate
  • Final top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Barry M Passion Fruit was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Barry M pink gradient with stamping (52 Week Challenge)

The two prompts for the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge this week are 3-colour gradient and pink. I’ve combined the two prompts once again and done a pink gradient.

However, I couldn’t leave it just like that, so I also stamped over it.

All the polishes I’ve used are Barry M polishes: Rose Hip, Dragon Fruit and Pink Punch for the gradient, and Pomegranate for the stamping.

The stamping wasn’t perfect as there were a few air bubbles, but I filled them in with a tiny nail art brush. (Perfectionist, moi?)

Pink gradient stamped nails using Barry M: Rose Hip, Dragon Fruit, Pink Punch and Pomegranate
Pink gradient stamped nails using Barry M: Rose Hip, Dragon Fruit, Pink Punch and Pomegranate

Next week’s prompts are interesting. I have no ideas yet about what I’m going to do :/

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient: Barry M Rose Hip, Barry M Dragon Fruit, Barry M Pink Punch
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Pomegranate
  • Stamping plate: CICI & SISI 06
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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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

 

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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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