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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


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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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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Gold and Black: Houndstooth French Tips

These gold and black houndstooth French tips feature SpaRitual Tend as the base and are stamped with an image from Born Pretty Store BP-L013. I hadn’t intended for them to have French tips at first, but you’ll read why I added them in just a bit.

Tend is a mustard coloured polish, with small gold flakies. It comes from SpaRitual’s recently launched 2015 summer collection, called Gathering.

Gold and black houndstooth French tips using SpaRitual Tend and Born Pretty Store BP-L013
Gold and black houndstooth French tips using SpaRitual Tend and Born Pretty Store BP-L013

I stamped over it using Konad Black and an image from Born Pretty Store BP-L013. This plate has 21 full nail images on it. Unfortunately, they are not as large as the images on the other Born Pretty Store rectangular plates I own and they weren’t quite large enough for my middle and ring finger nails.

Consequently, I had to be a bit creative, and I added some black tips, which masked the missing image.

Gold and black houndstooth French tips using SpaRitual Tend and Born Pretty Store BP-L013
Gold and black houndstooth French tips using SpaRitual Tend and Born Pretty Store BP-L013
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Born Pretty Store plate BP-L013 has a number of useful images on it: hearts, stars, houndstooth, tartan, chevrons, diamonds and more.

Note though that they are smaller than some other Born Pretty Store rectangular plate images. They are 16.5mm tall by 14.5mm wide. Funnily enough, they fit my nails now they are a bit shorter, but when I did this manicure a few weeks ago, they didn’t.

The plate costs $5.99 and there’s free worldwide shipping. You can also get an extra 10% off with my code: ZSL91.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of SpaRitual Tend, over a base of Barry M Mustard
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-L013
  • French tips: W7 Black
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
SpaRitual Tend and Born Pretty Store BP-L013 were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.