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Autumn Jumper Knitted Nails | Inspired By The Weather | Twinsie Tuesday

These knitted nails are for this week’s Twinsie Tuesday prompt, inspired by the weather. I’m a day late with this, but better late than never!

The weather here in south London is currently just grey and a bit cold. So I didn’t feel that gave me much literal inspiration. Instead, I thought around that a little and realised that this time of the year is when we start to turn on the heating while we’re indoors, and add another layer while we’re out.

Autumn jumper knitted nails
Autumn jumper knitted nails

That extra layer for many is a cosy jumper, so I painted some knitted nails. The base is Barry M Almond, a soft taupe colour. Barry M launched it in 2014 as part of their summer collection, but it’s not really a traditionally summery colour. It’s far more appropriate for autumn.

I stamped over that using another Barry M shade, from the same Summer 2014 collection: Coconut. This is a creamy, just off-white shade. It stamps quite well if you want a thinner look to your stamping. And that is what I was going for with this.

Autumn jumper knitted nails
Autumn jumper knitted nails

The stamping plate is hēhē Plus Fairy Tale 005. It has lots of lace and a couple of knitted patterns on it. You can buy it from the hēhē website.

As lovely as they are, the nails aren’t going to keep me warm though. So I’ve turned up the heating!

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Barry M Almond
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Coconut
  • Stamping plate: hēhē Plus Fairy Tale 005
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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hēhē Plus Fairy Tale 005 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

Blue, White and Black Chevrons | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday group were painting chevrons a fortnight ago (gosh, I’m late with this post!). These blue, white and black chevrons started out in my head as blue, silver and navy.

But when I was just about to start on them, having already painted the base blue colour, I remembered these navy, silver and blue fishtail chevrons and thought that what I was about to paint was far too similar to them. So I tweaked the colour scheme a little and they became blue, white and black instead.

Blue, white and black chevrons
Blue, white and black chevrons

The base blue is Morgan Taylor West Coast Cool. It’s such a bright and striking blue; I just love the colour. I don’t organise my swatches by colour – I just add them to nail wheels as I buy them. So I don’t know for sure, but I expect if I double-checked that I would have ten bottles of polish in this colour or very similar. It’s one I always seem to pick up – my Achilles heel of a nail polish colour.

I added the white and black using Nail Vinyls, as I didn’t trust myself to get the lines straight.

Blue, white and black chevrons
Blue, white and black chevrons

I had to remove this almost as soon as I had finished it as I had an event to go to the next day and my outfit wasn’t going to match the blue. But I had worn the blue on its own for a few days, so got to enjoy it that way.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Blue: two coats of Morgan Taylor West Coast Cool
  • White: Barry M Cotton
  • Black: Jordana Black
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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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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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


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Pastel and Negative Space Curved Chevrons | Twinsie Tuesday

I have some (rather belated) pastel and negative space curved chevrons nails for last week’s “negative space” prompt for Twinsie Tuesday.

I’ve never much liked negative space manicures as my nails are so stained. They’re not too bad at the cuticle end, but by about half way down, they start to get very yellow. You can avoid yellow nails by buffing them or scrubbing and soaking in all sorts, like bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice. But seeing as I permanently wear polish on my nails, they are always covered up, so I never saw the point in whitening them.

Pastel and negative space curved chevrons
Pastel and negative space curved chevrons

Even when negative nails came into fashion, I could not be bothered to restore my nails to their natural colour, so I’ve largely avoided creating them. This time around though, I thought I had to make the effort, so I tarted up my natural nails first.

I didn’t buff or scrub though; I camouflaged them. I firstly painted two coats of Ciaté Bloom Boost, a treatment that’s supposed to brighten your nails. It is a clear base with a blue tone to it. It fluoresces under UV light, so my guess is that it’s that quality that helps to somehow illuminate your nails. While it didn’t completely mask the yellowing, it certainly helped an awful lot.

On top of that, I painted two coats of Barry M Nude, and voilà, I had “naked” nails.

Pastel and negative space curved chevrons
Pastel and negative space curved chevrons

I used some curved chevron nail guides to block out a part of my nail and then painted on two very pale pastel polishes from L’Oréal: Lemon Meringue (yellow) and Nouvelle Vague (lilac).

I don’t much like this nail art – I can’t get used to the negative space look on me – so I expect they will now go viral. It always happens with manicures I don’t like!

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Negative space “colour”: two coats of Ciaté Bloom Boost, with two coats of Barry M Nude
  • Chevron colours: L’Oréal Nouvelle Vague, L’Oréal Lemon Meringue
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Multicoloured Zigzags Inspired by Fabric | Twinsie Tuesday

I’m late …. again! I really must try to ignore the real world demands and stay on top of the blogging! This Twinsie Tuesday manicure of multicoloured zigzags is inspired by fabric.

I saw a pin on Pinterest (see below) with these colours on a pocket. I don’t know what the rest of the garment is like as the image doesn’t show that, but I have had this pinned for a while thinking it would be great for some nail art.

Multicoloured zigzags
Multicoloured zigzags

I tried to match the colours as closely as possible. I picked out Barry M Block Orange, Essie Navigate Her (green) and Barry M Guava (turquoise). I didn’t have enough space on my nails to fit in the pink and the purple.

Multicoloured zigzags
Multicoloured zigzags

This is the pin that provided the inspiration:

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • White: two coats of Barry M Cotton
  • Turquoise: two coats of barry M Guava
  • Zigzags: Barry M Block Orange, Essie Navigate Her, Barry M Guava,
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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