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Peach Roses | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

I’m a little late in posting these peach roses as it has been back to school for my son this week, and that has meant I’ve been running around with lots to do to get him sorted and ready. These nails are for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group, where the colour prompt was peach or lemon. My own theme was roses.

I’ve done quite a few yellow manicures recently, so I chose to go with the peach and did some reverse stamping.

The base is Beauty UK Peach Melba. It took three coats as it was hot and humid when I painted my nails and they got some small air bubbles in the first coat, so I chose to go over them a little more to hide the bubbles.

Peach roses
Peach roses

The stamping polish is one I picked up in France recently while I was on holiday. We were visiting a “night market” in Surgères when I came across a stall full of stamping supplies. The brand is Ongle Amor, and I think it’s some sort of franchise as there seem to be lots of outlets selling their polish and plates online and at fairs and markets around France.

Peach roses
Peach roses

There was a good range of stamping plates, with lots of different designs, but I didn’t buy any as they weren’t backed.  Stamping polish was another matter though. They were demonstrating stamping to some young girls and the polish looked good, so I bought five bottles for €20 (about £17). I have used “Color 74” Rose Baby here and an image from Born Pretty Store BP-73. The roses are filled in with Rimmel Sun Downer, an orangey-red.

Since the colour differences are only slight, I mattified the manicure to allow my camera to pick up as much detail as possible.

 

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Beauty UK Peach Melba
  • Stamping polish: Ongle Amor Rose Baby (74)
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-73
  • Roses colour: immel Sun Downer
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat; then Barry M Matte Top Coat


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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.

 

 

 

OPI DS Lapis with Blue and Silver Chevrons: Y is for: You

It’s the penultimate challenge week in the A2Z series challenge. So, we’re at Y, which is for You. Well, not you … me. That’s how I interpreted it anyway. And I have done some blue with silver chevrons nails.

I spent ages trying to think of what best represented me. I’ve done plenty of manicures where I have ended up writing something like, “Oh I love these; they’re very ‘me’ “. And yet, when I looked back over them, I didn’t want to just recreate them.

So, I started instead from nothing and built a manicure that fitted me. I chose blue as the overall theme, as that’s my favourite colour. It’s not always my favourite colour to put on my nails. That’s whatever takes my fancy at the time (except green, usually!). But blue is certainly the colour I have the most of.

The base for this is OPI DS Lapis. Named after the semi-precious stone lapis lazuli, it has the same deep blue as the stone, with some added blue and silver micro glitter, which adds intensity. It dries matte, but I prefer it shiny, because the sparkle is more evident with top coat.

OPI DS Lapis with blue and silver chevrons using Rimmel Navy Seal and 2true Christy
OPI DS Lapis with blue and silver chevrons using Rimmel Navy Seal and 2true Christy

Thinking about what to add next, I considered what I like on my nails. I love to stamp, but have done quite a bit of that recently. I also love lines and symmetry, and so that led me to add some chevrons in two contrasting colours: Rimmel Navy Seal, an “air force” blue; and 2true Christy, a textured silver glitter.

OPI DS Lapis with blue and silver chevrons using Rimmel Navy Seal and 2true Christy
OPI DS Lapis with blue and silver chevrons using Rimmel Navy Seal and 2true Christy

I added top coat to ensure shine and sparkle. Lovely. very “me”.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of OPI DS Lapis
  • Chevrons: Rimmel Navy Seal and 2true Christy
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Here are the manicures from the other A2Zers:

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Orange, Blue and Cream: K is for: Kitchen Sink

This week in the A2Z series challenge it’s K, and that means Kitchen Sink. A kitchen sink manicure is where you use “everything but the kitchen sink”. So it’s a bit like a skittlette, only all the nails are different, and you use a different technique for each one. Usually though, there is some sort of theme and/or the colours are consistent.

I chose cream, orange and blue and have an assortment of things on my nails. I used OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango.

I started with the water marble, in case it didn’t work out well, but I love it. It came out really well and I kind of wish I had it on all my nails. But that would defeat the purpose, eh!

The ring finger nail is a simple cream base with small square studs that I painted in the orange and blue polishes I used.

For the little finger nail, I freehanded the fishtail chevron tips. I was convinced I’d have to re-do it, but the Gods were on my side and it looked OK.

I completed the index finger nail last. I was thinking of stamping blue on cream, or doing a dotticure, but finally I opted to try some water colour bubbles. The effect is great, but I’m not entirely happy with it. I used the polishes watered down with acetone, and for a few of the bubbles I wasn’t quick enough and the acetone ate away the centres. Top coat filled those in nicely, but it isn’t as clean looking as I had pictured. Not bad for a first try though. I think the acrylic paint approach and water might be better for this technique and I might just give that a go soon.

Orange, blue and cream "kitchen sink" manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango
Orange, blue and cream “kitchen sink” manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango

After I’d finished this, I wish I had done the nails in a different order. I think the bubbles and the water marble are too similar, so should be further apart from each other. Perhaps I should have swapped the bubbles with the chevron tips. Balancing skittlette / kitchen sink manicures is not my forte.

Orange, blue and cream "kitchen sink" manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango
Orange, blue and cream “kitchen sink” manicure, using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal and Barry M Mango

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Rimmel Navy Seal, Barry M Mango
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Here are the manicures from the other A2Zers:

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Rimmel Midnight Blue

I first spotted Rimmel Midnight Blue on the nails of an assistant in my opticians. I loved it and asked her what it was. I pride myself that I pretty much know all the mainstream brands you get in the UK, and I knew I hadn’t seen this one before. So I trotted off to Superdrug in search of it. But I couldn’t find it.

Not knowing if she was mistaken about its name, or if my Superdrug just didn’t have it in stock, I searched for it online when I got home. I quickly discovered that it’s an old (or a US) polish and could only find it for sale on eBay. I found it on sale for just a couple of pounds and ordered it at about 4 pm. It arrived the next day!

Rimmels usually chip very quickly on me, so I don’t buy them any more, but I am a sucker for a navy, and this one has a fine, lighter blue shimmer to it, so it’s different from others in my collection. You can’t really see the shimmer except for close up, or in the sunshine, but it gives the polish a near metallic quality and great shine.

Rimmel Midnight Blue
Rimmel Midnight Blue

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Rimmel Midnight Blue
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.