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Blue geometric glitter nails

These blue geometric glitter nails were inspired by a manicure I saw by Paulina of Paulina’s Passions. I saw it and thought I’d love to create something similar but using blue – but I don’t like my manicure half as much as I like hers.

I think it’s probably because the glitter is more prominent on my manicure. And that makes it a bit distracting. I feel it needs some more solid colour.

The blue polishes I used are Morgan Taylor Flirt In A Skating Skirt (the darker blue) and OPI The I’s Have It. The very pedantic part of my nature – which represents about 99.99% of my being – is particularly annoyed that OPI has put an apostrophe in the name. It’s a plural, so doesn’t need one <stamps feet>.

Blue geometric glitter nails
Blue geometric glitter nails: reverse stamping over glitter gel nails, plus regular blue polish

The glitter is a gel polish; W7 Silver Sparks. I created the patterned nails over the top of the glitter using the reverse stamping method. I used Bundle Monster BM-XL218, from the Bundle Monster Blogger Collaboration Set 4. This particular plate is by nails.by.teens.

Bundle Monster Blogger Collaboration Set 4
Bundle Monster Blogger Collaboration Set 4

I stamped using Essence Stamp Me! in White, then filled in the reverse of the image using the two blue polishes.

Blue geometric glitter manicure
Blue geometric glitter nails: reverse stamping over glitter gel nails, plus regular blue polish

It’s lovely to be back doing my nails so frequently again. I had about a year out, during which time I only really had plain colours on my nails. I had a busy year with some volunteering I’ve been doing, and realise it has taken me away from the hobby I love so much. So, I shall be scaling that back in favour of the nails as soon as I can 🙂

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Dark blue: two coats of Morgan Taylor Flirt In A Skating Skirt
  • Lighter blue: OPI The I’s Have It
  • Glitter: three coats of W7 Silver Sparks (gel polish)
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! White
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL218
  • Top coat:  Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Bundle Monster plate BM-XL218 and Morgan Taylor Flirt In A Skating Skirt were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.
The Bundle Monster image is copyrighted and was provided courtesy of Bundle Monster.
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Blue and Silver Filigree Nails | 26 Great Nail Art Ideas

Nail blog posts from me are a bit like buses: none for a month and then two come along at once! So after a bit of a break, I’m back to posting with some blue and silver filigree nails.

These are for a new challenge: 26 Great Nail Art Ideas. It’s a once a fortnight challenge, with various prompts that you can see in the graphic below. I still haven’t finished the last challenge, but I only have a couple of manicures to do, so can hopefully catch up with those.

Chanel Rebel Blue with All That Jazz silver filigrees
Chanel Blue Rebel with All That Jazz silver filigrees

The base for this manicure is Chanel Blue Rebel, part of the Les Jeans collection from 2011’s Fashion’s Night Out. This collection of three blue polishes came out just before I got into painting my nails. I bought Blue Boy straight away, but the other two – Coco Blue and Blue Rebel – weren’t readily available any more. I managed to snag them much later – and for a much higher price than the usual retail price. But, I love all three of them, so the price paid was worth it.

Chanel Rebel Blue with All That Jazz silver filigrees
Chanel Blue Rebel with All That Jazz silver filigrees

On the middle nails (and my unseen thumb nails) are some silver filigree stickers. These filigrees are from All That Jazz. I was a bit unsure how they would work out before I tried them. I’ve never had the greatest of luck with nail wraps, which seem not to want to follow the curve of my nails. I always end up with lumps and bumps. But perhaps because these have holes in them, and are made of a flexible plasticky sort of material, they curved brilliantly with my nails. They went on so quickly and easily, it was untrue. The curve of the cuticle end and the width perfectly matched my own nails. After I had placed them, all I had to do was to trim off a bit of length using some cuticle nippers.

Thes filigree stickers are extremely impressive. They’re not expensive either. You can get them for £1.79 a pack from All That Jazz. They come in 17 different design and six colours, including gold, silver and four neon colours. This particular design is Bouquet in silver.

All That Jazz filigrees
All That Jazz filigrees

When I looked at the manicure photographs, I wasn’t very pleased with them. So, I added some top coat. But they didn’t photograph well either. And seeing as these filigrees look absolutely fine (except on camera, it seems) without top coat, then those are the pictures I chose to post. They don’t really do these complete justice, and I wish I could have photographed them better.

 

 

26 Great Nail Art Ideas #26GNAI

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Blue Rebel
  • Filigrees: All That Jazz Bouquet in silver
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (on the plain blue nails only)


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

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Geometric Molten Metals | Twinsie Tuesday

I’ve called this multi-coloured design “geometric Molten Metals” and it’s for the geometric prompt for the Twinsie Tuesday group. I’m still very late in posting my nails – these were not for Tuesday as in yesterday, but for Tuesday last week.

I’ve used all four of the recently launched Molten Metals from Barry M. They are metallic polishes with a distinct shimmer and come in four colours, each with very self-explanatory names: Gold Digger, Silver Lining, Copper Mine and Bronze Bae.

Geometric Molten Metals using ÜberChic Beauty 2-01 and the Barry M Molten Metals polishes
Geometric Molten Metals using ÜberChic Beauty 2-01 and the Barry M Molten Metals polishes

I was pleased to see this launch from Barry M, although I had been hoping they were replacements for the Foil Effects polishes that got discontinued. The Foil Effects are brilliant for stamping, and when they were discontinued, I kind of hoped it was because a new metallic range was coming out, and I was hoping for other colours like blue and purple and pink and green.

Well, Barry M did bring out a range of metallics, but these Molten Metals aren’t like the Foil Effects, and they don’t really stamp well. They do stamp, but because of the shimmer, they give the kind of “patchy” effect you get when stamping with holographic polishes. Never mind, I still have my fingers crossed for plain Foil Effects-like metallics from Barry M. [Hint, hint, Mr. Mero et al].

Geometric Molten Metals using ÜberChic Beauty 2-01 and the Barry M Molten Metals polishes
Geometric Molten Metals using ÜberChic Beauty 2-01 and the Barry M Molten Metals polishes

I stamped the image from ÜberChic Beauty 2-01 using Essence Stamp Me! Black. While it was still on the stamper, I filled it in with the four Barry M Molten Metals. Then, when it was dry, I painted a coat of fast-drying top coat on to my middle nails, left it for a minute or so and then stamped the filled-in image onto the nail. I find it easier to do that rather than to stamp on a mat and then lift the image and place it – stamping straight from the stamper works so much better for me.

 

 

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Please take a look at all the other geometric manicures from the Twinsies:

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Barry M Gold Digger, Barry M Silver Lining, Barry M Copper Mine and Barry M Bronze Bae
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! Black
  • Stamping plate: ÜberChic Beauty 2-01
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.