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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


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
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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Black, White and Orange Tartan | Books | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These black, white and orange tartan nails are for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas “books” prompt.

I don’t read anywhere near as much as I would like to. It’s all my son’s fault. Before he was born, I used to read about one book a week. Admittedly, I commuted into central London every day, so there was plenty of time on the train. But I also used to read in bed at night before going to sleep, so really used to be quite a voracious reader.

Then, nearly thirteen years ago, my son was born and suddenly I had no time to myself. I also became self-employed so no longer had a commute. And my son was nicknamed POD for a long time, meaning Prince of Darkness, as he was awake all night (and day too a lot of the time!) so you can probably tell that I didn’t get much night-time reading done either.

Black, white and orange tartan nails
Black, white and orange tartan nails

So, in the past thirteen years, I have read precisely eight books. Eight. That’s not even one a year. I’ve read: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho; Saturday, On Chesil Beach and Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan; Suggs’ autobiography That Close; and A Long Way Down, Slam and Funny Girl by Nick Hornby.

I read the last book in that list – Funny Girl – just a few weeks ago while I was on holiday. This nail art takes its inspiration from the paperback cover, which shows a black and white photo of a young woman wearing a tartan dress, with the book title written in orange. So these black, white and orange tartan nails are the result.

Black, white and orange tartan nails
Black, white and orange tartan nails

On a white base, I stamped the tartan image in black, using Jordana Black and an image from MoYou Nails 401.

I added in the orange afterwards using a W7 jelly polish, Orange Crush. I painted it on just using the brush and a striping brush for the thin lines.

I’ve had a bit of a nightmare with these nails. I should have top-coated the stamping before adding the orange, because it has smeared it quite badly. They look great at arm’s length; just not so much close up in a photo. Then I’ve managed to capture a bit of my light tent in the top left corner of one of the shots. It’s out of focus, so just looks like a bit of a blur, but all the same, I’m not happy. And finally, I had to adjust the colour balance on the images quite a bit, as the orange was looking red. So that’s made my fingers look yellow. It seems to have been “one of those days”.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: one coat of Barry M Cotton
  • Orange: W7 Orange Crush
  • Stamping polish: Jordana Black
  • Stamping plate: MoYou Nails 401
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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Orange and Red Gradient Leopard Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

Last Friday’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group theme was three shades of red/orange. My own personal prompt was leopard. The two worked OK together, so I was pleased, and the result is these orange and red gradient leopard nails.

The gradient is made from a pale orange (Revlon Sorbet), a mid orange (Barry M Block Orange) and a red (Barry M Blood Orange). The three colours combine for a really striking gradient. They’d be great as the base of a tropical silhouette manicure … you know, palm trees at sunset sort of thing.

Orange and red gradient leopard nails
Orange and red gradient leopard nails

To create the leopard spots, I used the end of the brush to roughly add some red over the light orange and vice versa. Then I used a dotting tool to add the black outlines.

I didn’t like it shiny, so added a matte top coat, which I much preferred.

Orange and red gradient leopard nails
Orange and red gradient leopard nails

This is the latest I’ve been with my 40 Great Nail Art Ideas manicure. I had a really busy Bank Holiday weekend watching my son play cricket each day. He played for his school, then for his club and then for Surrey District, completing wiping out all my weekend free time!

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient: Revlon Sorbet, Barry M Block Orange and Barry M Blood Orange
  • Leopard spots: Revlon Sorbet, Barry M Blood Orange and W7 Black
  • Top coat: Barry M Matte Top Coat


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Rainbow Water Marble | Twinsie Tuesday

We’re marbling this week for Twinsie Tuesday – whether that’s a water marble, dry marble or needle drag – and I have created some rainbow water marble nails.

Now, water marbling doesn’t always work out for me. It’s almost certainly a case of getting the right polishes for it. And for this manicure, it seems I did … and I am delighted with the result.

A couple of weeks ago, I was away near Bristol and visited Clarks Village, an outlet shop. Now the credit card got a bit of a hammering – I needed a new handbag, and my sunglasses are nine years old (but it was my birthday)! While there, I came across a shop I’ve never heard of before, called The Beauty Outlet. It had a lot of polish brands: Rimmel, Revlon, W7, OPI, etc. I was drawn to some jelly polishes from W7. They were only £2 each and as I don’t have any really sheer jellies, I thought I would give them a try. I hoped they might rival the OPI Color Paints, which I have never purchased.

Rainbow water marble using W7 Jelly Bean polishes
Rainbow water marble using W7 Jelly Bean polishes

Well, I am delighted with them. For £2 a bottle, they are awesome. Knowing that the OPI polishes are designed to be painted over a silver base, I thought I would try water marbling over a silver base. Coincidentally, I chose an OPI for that silver – I used OPI This Gown Needs A Crown. It’s possibly my favourite silver polish – I’ve decided that I’m going to need a backup of it.

Rainbow water marble using W7 Jelly Bean polishes
Rainbow water marble using W7 Jelly Bean polishes

I am delighted to say that these W7 “Jelly Bean” polishes water marbled brilliantly. Unfortunately, my camera-shy right hand looks better than this one, as the marbling has more depth of colour and is more uniform in pattern. However, both my son and my husband say they prefer this hand as the difference in the patterns is more interesting. Each to their own, I suppose.

 

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of OPI This Gown Needs A Crown
  • Water marbling colours: W7 Orange Crush, W7 Crushed Pineapple, W7 Watermelon Jelly, W7 Wild Blackberry
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Black and White Checked Nails | Hobbies | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

So, as hinted at earlier in the week, today is the start of a new challenge for the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts. This one is 40 Great Nail Art Ideas. The very first prompt is all about hobbies, and I have some black and white checked nails, to represent chess.

So, I’ll explain the challenge. It runs for a year and on alternate weeks we will have different types of prompt. One week is a theme and the following week is a pattern plus one or more colours. But, here’s the twist, although everyone will be doing the same colour, we’ll all be using different patterns. Hence why there will be 40 different nail art ideas.

So, this week we start with a theme and it’s hobbies. My main hobby is painting my nails. I tried – and failed – twice to create a nail polish themed manicure.  And only last week I posted my tree nails – to represent my other big interest of genealogy. So, I was all out of inspiration. Finally, I chose chess. It’s not a hobby of mine, but my son loves chess. I’ve used the chessboard idea and created some black and white checked nails.

Black and white checked nails, stamped with Bundle Monster BM-XL154
Black and white checked nails, stamped with Bundle Monster BM-XL154

I stamped using the India plate from the Bundle Monster Around  The World collection. It’s not as good as the stamping I did for my Madness nails, but I manually touched those up. I didn’t have time with these tonight.

Black and white checked nails, stamped with Bundle Monster BM-XL154
Black and white checked nails, stamped with Bundle Monster BM-XL154

So it’s been a bit of a rushed start to the challenge. I literally finished and photographed this some twenty minutes ago. Lots of the other bloggers have already prepared several of the manicures! I need to be a bit more organised.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of W7 Black
  • Stamping polish: Konad White
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster Around The World BM-XL154
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Bundle Monster Around The World plate BM-XL154 used for this post was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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