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Poppies for Remembrance Sunday

I’ve been saving these water decals to wear until today, Remembrance Sunday. They were sent to me for review by Born Pretty Store.

I’ve only used a few water decals. These seemed a little more “plasticy” than others I’ve used, but were no less difficult to apply than any I’ve tried out before.

You just soak them for 20 seconds so that the backing paper comes off, and then apply to the nail. You slide them into place and then press hard with a paper towel to soak up the excess water, after which they have adhered to the nail. Lots of people cut theirs to size before applying, and indeed, that’s what the instructions recommend. But I preferred to use acetone to just take the excess off the cuticles end and sides and to wrap the extra length under the ends of the tips. It doesn’t give a particularly sharp outline at the cuticle end, as the decals melt unevenly due to the plasticity, but that’s only evident on close-up photos, not in person.

I placed these over a coat of white. The decals themselves have a white background, but you only get ten, and with a couple of them (the ones I chose for my ring fingers) I had to cut a couple of pieces out of as they were a little narrow for my nail and would have left a half of a poppy and a stalk just hanging in mid air. Hence the requirement for a white background.

Poppies for Remembrance Sunday - water decal from Born Pretty Store
Poppies for Remembrance Sunday – water decal from Born Pretty Store

These full nail decals are very striking and very easy to use to achieve a good-looking manicure in a very short time. I’d say the only drawback is that you only get ten. So there is no room for error. I did manage to make a mistake. I forgot to remove the plastic sheet from the front of one of the decals before soaking, and after being in the water, it wouldn’t separate at all. I used some acetone to clean off one outer edge, and then did manage to pull the decal from the plastic, but it was stretched and didn’t look as good as the others. User error, I know, but if I’d had a couple of spares, it wouldn’t have been an issue.

You can buy these poppies water decals from the Born Pretty Store. If you want to buy these – or any other items – then you can get 10% off with the code ZSL91.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Sinful Colours Snow Me White
  • Poppies: Born Pretty Store water decals, pattern XF1390
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Water decals shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Multi-Coloured Stripes: B is for: Bold

So for this week’s A2Z series challenge theme, Bold, I have created some bright stripes.

I started with a white base as I was initially going to do some coloured squares over white, but changed my mind. I picked out some colours that I thought went well together and started by adding the blue, Barry M Blue Grape, and the orange, Barry M Satsuma, at opposite ends of the nails. When they were dry, I taped off my nails and added the turquoise, Barry M Guava.

I had planned on using a yellow too, but thought it looked great with the white so left it as it was. Before I removed this manicure this morning, I added the yellow to see what it would have looked like. I was right – it looks so much nicer with the white.

Multi-coloured bold stripes using Barry M Blue Grape, Guava and Satsuma and Sinful Colors Snow Me White
Multi-coloured bold stripes using Barry M Blue Grape, Guava and Satsuma and Sinful Colors Snow Me White
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Barry M Blue Grape, Barry M Guava, Sinful Colors Snow Me White, Barry M Satsuma
  • Top coat:Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

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1970s Wallpaper-inspired Flowers (52 Week Challenge)

For the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge the choices are 1970s and grey with a colour.

I painted some grey and blue striped nails, photographed them and was all set to start writing up the post, when my husband declared that he didn’t like the nails. I kind of agreed with him. The photography wasn’t great and one of the stripes was a bit wonky. I am normally quite a perfectionist, but I’d done this manicure in a rush, and had removed it after taking just a couple of photos. It wasn’t my best work, and I decided to junk it and start again.

Instead, I have some floral nails, inspired by the wallpaper that used to hang in our kitchen in the house we moved to in 1976 (when I was just 9 – shhhh, don’t tell anyone how old I am!) The flowers are pretty much spot on – as far as I can recall – but the pattern also had vertical curved orange, brown and yellow lines weaving between the flowers. I stopped short of trying to recreate that; that’s just beyond my skills!

The polishes I’ve used are: Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Barry M Mango for the bases. Then Barry Ms for the dotted flowers: Mustard, then Cappucino (their spelling, not mine!) and finally a dot of Mango in the centres.

1970s floral Barry M wallpaper 70s
1970s floral, wallpaper-inspired nails using: Barry M Mustard, Barry M Mango, Barry M Cappucino and Sinful Colors Snow Me White

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Orange nails: two coats of Barry M Mango
  • Floral nails: two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White, dots of Barry M Mustard, Barry M Cappucino and Barry M Mango
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Red, black and white: stripes and glitter

A while back, someone was asking in a Facebook group what to do on their nails and I suggested red, black and white stripes. Someone else remarked that they could imagine that on my nails. And I agreed – I guess I’d suggested something that was very “me” – so, I chose to paint it myself.

I started with two coats of Revlon Red, then added my stripes using W7 Black and Sinful Colors Snow Me White. They were mostly done with the aid of Nail Vinyls, but a couple were freehanded.

On the index and little finger nails I added a coat of L’Oréal Confettis.

My index fingernail broke at its eternal weak spot, the outside corner, so I filed it down a little. [I wore this manicure about three weeks ago – the nail was just about regaining some of its length, but yesterday it had an altercation with a veg peeler and so I’ve had to trim all my nails down now – they’re the shortest they’ve been in a very long time 🙁 ] Also, I have a little tip wear on this nail as I wore the red alone for a day. I should have filed it down or repainted the edge before photographing!

Red, black and white stripes with matte glitter
Red, black and white stripes with matte glitter: Revlon Red, W7 Black, Sinful Colors Snow Me White, L’Oréal Confettis
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Revlon Red
  • Stripes: W7 Black and Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Glitter: L’Oréal Color Riche Confettis
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.