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Mardi Gras nails

I bet you wonder why I’m posting some Mardi Gras nails in December! We don’t even celebrate Mardi Gras in the UK. (Well, we have Pancake Day, but that’s about the closest we get).

My son’s school holds a charity fundraising ball every year, and I’m on the committee that helps to organise it. This year, the theme was Mardi Gras.

I had designed some posters and artwork for the event and had created a three-colour harlequin pattern as a border. I didn’t know much about Mardi Gras at first, but after researching things a little, I  found out that the traditional colours for (New Orleans) Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. So I chose to replicate the coloured harlequin pattern on my nails too.

Mardi Gras nails
Mardi Gras nails

For the colours, I chose: Nella Milano A Royal Affair (purple), George Buttercup Shine (yellow/gold), and Barry M Spring Green (green).

I wasn’t sure of the best way to accomplish the design, especially since my freehand isn’t the greatest. So I settled on making some decals on a silicone mat. I painted some lines of adjoining diamonds in purple and in green using back to back zigzag vinyls placed on the mat. Then I top coated that and allowed it to dry. Then I cut away the top coat from one side of each of the purple and green lines of diamonds. I then slotted them together on the mat so that the green and purple diamonds were touching and added another coat of top coat.

Mardi Gras nails
Mardi Gras nails

Finally, I laid my decals onto a base of the yellow polish. I did do a little bit of freehand work, by painting in the side diamonds in green and purple by hand.

For the glitter polish, I used FUN Lacquer Million Dollar Dream. It is a gold glittery polish with holographic glitters that reflect in green and red. There’s no purple, but the colours are similar to the Mardi Gras colour scheme.

The ball was a great success. However, apart from a few of my committee colleagues, no-one noticed my Mardi Gras nails, unfortunately.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Harlequin colours: three coats of George Buttercup Shine (base), Nella Milano A Royal Affair, and Barry M Spring Green
  • Glitter: three coats of FUN Lacquer Million Dollar Dream
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

Green, Blue and White Tartan | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

For the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group, the theme is children’s TV. I’m honouring Great Uncle Bulgaria from The Wombles with these green, blue and white tartan nails.

Orinoco was my favourite Womble really, but he just wears a big, floppy hat and a red scarf. Great Uncle Bulgaria, on the other hand, has a tartan hat and shawl – far easier to recreate on my nails!

Now my memory isn’t so great, so I couldn’t recall what colour his tartan was and had to search. Doing so resulted in green, blue and white. But it was only after painting them that I actually looked at any video. It seems that the blue, green and white is the colour used in the later 1990s series. Originally, it seems, from the video I can find at least, that it was green and black (or dark green).

Green, blue white tartan
Green, blue and white tartan

I would have preferred to honour the Great Uncle Bulgaria that I remember, but in fairness, I prefer the colours of this manicure, so I’ll just ignore my mistake.

The base is two coats of Barry M Spring Green, over which I stamped using two different designs from the Moyra Fabric Texture plate (plate 2). I used Moyra stamping polish SP.05 (blue) and then Essence Stamp Me! White. I also used the Moyra clear stamper to place the images as straight as I could.

It’s not the most accomplished stamping I’ve ever done. But I love the look and definitely want to do more of this in other colours.

Green, blue white tartan
Green, blue and white tartan

I’m most pleased with the index finger as it also has a vertical white stripe, which I didn’t manage to get onto any of the other nails.

For those of you nostalgic for the 1970s, here’s “Great Uncle Bulgaria’s Keep Fit Lesson”:

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Barry M Spring Green
  • Stamping polishes: Moyra Stamping Polish SP.05 (blue) and Essence Stamp Me! White
  • Stamping plate: Moyra Fabric Texture (plate 2)
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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

 

 

 

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Harry Potter: Hogwarts’ Houses | Films | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

We’re doing films for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group, and I chose to use my new hēhē plates for a Harry Potter-inspired Hogwarts’ houses skittle manicure.

Four of the hēhē plates are themed around the Hogwarts’ houses. I don’t know how accurately they represent the house flags and crests as used in the films. Although I’ve seen all the films, I don’t recall much about the crests and flags. But the images I found online seem to be fairly similar to the ones on the plates. Certainly the badges in the centre of each plate, which depict each house’s mascot, are accurate.

Harry Potter Hogwarts' Houses skittle manicure
Harry Potter Hogwarts’ Houses skittle manicure

So, I painted a nail to represent each of the houses, as a bit of a skittle:

  • index finger: Gryffindor – Barry M Blood Orange, stamped with Barry M Foil Effects Gold using hēhē 026
  • middle finger: Ravenclaw – Barry M Blue Grape, stamped with Sally Hansen Shiny Penny using hēhē 028
  • ring finger: Hufflepuff – Barry M Lemon Ice Cream, stamped with Konad Black using hēhē 029
  • little finger: Slytherin – Barry M Spring Green, stamped with Barry M Foil Effects Silver using hēhē 027

This manicure took some planning. I stamped the emblem first and got it centred well by using my Clear Jelly Stamper. Lots of places seem to be selling these now. I bought mine from Clear Jelly Stamper itself – I’m not sure, but I think the vendor was the person who also invented these stampers. I believe she’s patenting it too. I’m not sure it will stop any rip-offs though.

I then top coated and waited until my nails were completely dry. Before stamping over the nail with the rest of the design, I covered each emblem in liquid latex. It worked really well and it was easy to pull off the latex afterwards with some tweezers.

Harry Potter Hogwarts' Houses skittle manicure
Harry Potter Hogwarts’ Houses skittle manicure

I have stuck faithfully to the colours of the houses, although Ravenclaw should be bronze and I’ve used more of a copper colour. And I have used something from each plate that comes as close as possible to the designs I’ve seen online for the individual house shields.

I’m really pleased with these hēhē plates. I probably won’t be doing a lot of Harry Potter manicures, and I can’t really see me having the need for a badger image very soon! But the other patterns on the plates are great. I know a lot of bloggers have been sent hēhē plates by a nail accessories online shop, myself included. But please note that these are fakes and they definitely aren’t as good quality as the real thing. Outside of China, you can currently only get hēhē  plates from aiyoohēhē itself.

 

 

40 Great Nail Art Ideas #40GNAI

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of China Glaze Tempest
  • Index finger: two coats of Barry M Blood Orange
  • Middle finger: two coats of Barry M Blue Grape
  • Ring finger: three coats of Barry M Lemon Ice Cream
  • Little finger: two coats of Barry M Spring Green
  • Stamping polishes: Barry M Foil Effects Gold, Sally Hansen Shiny Penny, Konad Black, Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Stamping plates: hēhē 026, 027, 028, 029
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

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Red, Orange and Green Flowers (52 Week Challenge)

The two themes for this week’s (well, last week’s) 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge are plaid and/or orange, red and green. I went for the colours and created a red, orange and green floral manicure.

This is done with all Barry M polishes: Blood Orange (red), Satsuma (orange), Spring Green (green, obviously) and Cotton, for the white base.

You can’t see the orange very well though. A brighter or paler orange would have shown up better.

Red, orange and green flowers using Barry M Cotton, Blood Orange, Spring Green and Satsuma
Red, orange and green flowers using Barry M Cotton, Blood Orange, Spring Green and Satsuma

I would have painted these yesterday, so that I could post them (just) in time, but I ended up having heat exhaustion after sitting in the sun for four hours watching my son play cricket.

Because I wasn’t feeling well, we went straight home. After downing several glasses of water in an attempt to rapidly rehydrate myself, I then spent the next four hours asleep on the sofa. It wouldn’t have been too much of a problem, except it was our wedding anniversary and my husband and I had planned on going out for lunch. It would have been lovely yesterday, as the cricket was in Barnes, on the Thames, and there are some lovely restaurants and pubs around there on the river.

But, it wasn’t to be. The sun and I don’t get along, and it got the better of me. I should really know better. Some sort of hat is in order before the next match.

Red, orange and green flowers using Barry M Cotton, Blood Orange, Spring Green and Satsuma

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Red nails: two coats of Barry M Blood Orange
  • Floral nails: two coats of Barry M Cotton, Barry M Blood Orange, Barry M Satsuma and Barry M Spring Green
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Stamped Green Flowers with Bundle Monster Boca Catalina and BM-XL05

I stamped over yesterday’s green manicure with some green flowers, using Bundle Monster BM-XL05 plate.

To recap, the base is two coats of Boca Catalina, from the Sands of Aruba collection, a bright green gel polish, with one coat of gel top coat.

I then stamped a floral image from plate BM-XL05, using Mundo de Uñas Spring Green (56).

My stamping is pretty woeful – go on, I dare you to open the image up and enlarge it; it’s sloppy. I can’t blame the plate or the polish. I’ve used both very successfully before. No, I fairly and squarely blame the stamper.

Bundle Monster Boca Catalina, stamped with Mundo de Uñas Spring Green using BM-XL05
Bundle Monster Boca Catalina, stamped with Mundo de Uñas Spring Green using BM-XL05

I used my Creative Shop stamper, which so many people have had great success with. I didn’t get on with mine. Nor did I get on with the second one I bought. No matter how hard or soft I scraped, nor in which direction … no matter how hard or gently I pressed, nor if I rolled the stamper over the plate or pressed straight down … I always got holes in my images.

I read somewhere though that the stamper improves if you leave it out for a month or so. So I tried it again after having left it out. But as you can see, it didn’t work for me.

I’m reverting to my two trusty Fab Ur Nails stampers. My original red, fairly firm one, is awesome. And it has been joined very recently by a more squishy, translucent one – a bit like the Creative Shop one – in a gold holder, also from Fab Ur Nails. Both are great.

Bundle Monster Boca Catalina, stamped with Mundo de Uñas Spring Green using BM-XL05
Bundle Monster Boca Catalina, stamped with Mundo de Uñas Spring Green using BM-XL05

However, I have also been seduced by images on the Adventures in Stamping Facebook group. They are of impeccable, flawless stamping manicures using a new, marshmallow-like, very squishy and sticky stamper being sold by a member of the group. I should receive mine soon I hope, so I’ll be testing that one out as soon as it arrives. Fingers crossed I’m not disappointed.

I’m really pleased with this image plate. This is the second image I’ve used and I can see me using each and every one of them. I do love a floral image.

You can buy the XL plates for $3.99 each from Bundle Monster, or you can buy them in sets of ten plates (there are 3 sets) for $29.99 per set.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Bundle Monster Boca Catalina (gel polish)
  • Top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)
  • Stamping polish: Mundo de Uñas Spring Green (56)
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL05
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster Boca Catalina and Bundle Monster plate BM-XL05 were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.