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Kitchen Sink Saturday: hearts

I’ve joined in the Everything But The Kitchen Sink Saturday challenge once again, this time with a hearts manicure. Three of my nails have a base of OPI I Have A Herring Problem, which I was wearing yesterday; the other two have Nina Silver Slipper.

I started by adding the silver hearts to my ring finger. I just stuck them on over wet top coat. It was easy enough, but the top one moved and when I moved it back it had left a bit of a mark. The hearts are completely flat, so don’t lay flush to the nail at the sides, so I added two further top coats to seal them into the polish. This has covered well, and I can’t feel the hearts through the top coat, but it did bubble a little, so it’s not that neat. I like the idea of these heart sequins, but not so much in practice. They might be better if I glued them, so that they laid flatter on the nail.

I Have a Herring Problem didn’t show up brilliantly against the silver base, so I freehanded the two hearts on my middle finger using Chanel Blue Boy and a dotting tool.

Then I stamped some hearts using Barry M Foil Effects Silver on my index finger, and using China Glaze Up All Night on my thumb.

Finally, for my little finger, I painted some Silver Slipper onto a thin plastic bag (the kind that a greetings card comes in) and when it was dry, cut it into a heart shape and stuck it to my nail using top coat. It’s a bit thick, but I couldn’t easily separate the polish from the bag, which was my original plan.

Details of all the polishes and stamping plates are below.

Kitchen sink manicure hearts
Everything But The Kitchen sink manicure: hearts


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: three coats of OPI I Have A Herring Problem; or one coat of Nina Silver Slipper on top of that
  • Thumb: stamped using China Glaze Up All Night and Cheeky plate CH5
  • Index: stamped using Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Bundle Monster plate BM-317
  • Middle: freehanded hearts using a dotting tool and Chanel Blue Boy
  • Ring: silver heart sequins
  • Little: homemade decal
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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Inky Whiskers

Me likey! <3

Claire Kerr

Thank you. Did you not do one this week?


I love your kitchen sink manicures, this is a really lovely one:)

Claire Kerr

Ah thanks. This challenge only ran once a week during January, so it’s over now. But I rather like the mix and match approach and will definitely use it in the future.

Inky Whiskers

I did, but I was late posting due to work sucking up all my time the week before. lol It’s up now. <3


You may be a marketing consultant, but it seems you missed your true calling as a nail artist. You have a lot of talent and you create great designs.

Claire Kerr

Ah, thanks. Shame it doesn’t make quite the same money though!