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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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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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Birds in a Tree | Twinsie Tuesday

Birds is the theme for the Twinsie Tuesday prompt today. I’ve put some birds in a tree, after I saw this manicure by Wacky Lacki where she used the same Fake Tattoos of birds that I was planning to use.

For the background, there was nothing better to start off with than Barry M Sky Blue for the sky. Then I stamped on some clouds using an image from my MoYou Nails Pro Board VII plate.

Birds in a tree
Birds in a tree

I used the tree from Born Pretty Store BP-L015 on my middle fingernail and then used parts of the same image on the nails next to it to give the impression of branches spreading outwards.

For the tree stamping, I used Barry M Cocoa and as it’s not a proper stamping polish, you could see the clouds through it. So I went over it a bit with a cut down detailing brush and some more Barry M Cocoa. I just painted roughly, so that it looked a bit like bark.

Birds in a tree
Birds in a tree

Finally, I added in my birds, using Fake Tattoos, which are effectively water decals. And I added one coming in to land on my little finger nail.

My scene looks very wintry and bare, and I toyed with adding in some green leaves, but wasn’t sure my freehand was up to it. I didn’t want to ruin what I already had, so I called it quits and stuck with it as it was.

 

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Sky Blue
  • Clouds: stamped using Essence Stamp Me! White and MoYou Nails Pro Board VII
  • Tree: stamped using Barry M Cocoa and Born Pretty Store BP-L015
  • Birds: Fake Tattoos (water decals)
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

 

Dry Brush Pink Hearts | Love | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These dry brush pink hearts nails are two days late for the love prompt of 40 Great Nail Art Ideas. Everyone in our house has, or has had, flu. It’s an unhealthy place this week. I didn’t really fancy painting my nails today, but thought there wasn’t much point in getting this post up any later, seeing as the theme is love and it’s Valentine’s Day today.

I was already wearing a base of NYC Rosy Nose over which I dry-brushed three Barry M Gellys: Pink Punch, Dragon Fruit and Rose Hip.

Dry brush pink hearts for Valentine's Day
Dry brush pink hearts for Valentine’s Day

Then I stamped the hearts in white using ÜberChic Beauty 6-01.

Dry brush pink hearts for Valentine's Day
Dry brush pink hearts for Valentine’s Day

I’ve been waiting patiently for ÜberChic Beauty’s set 7 plates to come into stock in the UK, but they are taking their time. It’s my birthday this coming week and someone wanted to buy them for me. It’s not going to happen at this rate 🙁

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of NYC Rosy Nose
  • Dry brush colours: Barry M Pink Punch, Barry M Dragon Fruit, Barry M Rose Hip
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! White
  • Stamping plate: ÜberChic Beauty 6-01
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Pale Peach with Lace Stamping | Twinsie Tuesday

These pale peach with lace stamping nails are to represent the romantic prompt for Twinsie Tuesday.

I think they would be perfect wedding nails, and what’s more romantic than a wedding?

The base is gel polish. I used Bundle Monster Love At First Sight, which comes from the I Do collection, which is a collection perfect for wedding manicures. I’ve done it a bit of a disservice in this manicure because I have painted it over a clear gel base I was already wearing, so it’s a bit too thick and doesn’t look quite as delicate as it could do.

Pale peach with lace stamping
Pale peach with lace stamping

It’s a lovely colour polish – very soft and feminine. Bundle Monster describe it as a sheer beige, but I think it’s more peach than beige.

I was married nineteen years ago and wasn’t into painting my nails back then, so I had a simple French manicure on my wedding day. But were I to be getting married now, I would love something like this.

Pale peach with lace stamping
Pale peach with lace stamping

For the stamping, I used hēhē 050, a plate that is almost entirely covered with a lace pattern, but which also has “Valentine’s Day” in script writing.

I love the overall delicate and feminine look that this combination of polish and stamping achieves..

 

 

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Please take a look at all the other romantic manicures from the Twinsies this week:

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Bundle Monster Love At First Sight
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! White
  • Stamping plate: hēhē 050
  • Final top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster Love At First Sight and hēhē 050 were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.