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Festival Nails | June 2016 Nailbox

I used the June 2016 Nailbox content to create a festival nails look.

This is the first subscription box of polish that I have received. I’ve not signed up to one before because I now have so much polish (I’m approaching 1,000 bottles) and I think that I probably own practically every colour out there, in every finish. (OK, so maybe I don’t have all the greens – as green is not a favourite of mine!) I’m also running low on space to store them all, so these days I am much more picky about buying polish and only buy ones that really speak to me.

Festival nails using the June 2016 Nailbox
Festival nails using the June 2016 Nailbox

But I can see the appeal of these boxes. Even now I do love some nail mail. And to have a surprise package of nail goodies once a month would be wonderful.

The June 2016 Nailbox is called Festival Fever and contains four nail polishes and one nail art item:

  • Rimmel Cheeky Chap is a matte pale blue from the Spring 2015 Sweetie Heart collection
  • OPI Is Mai Tai Crooked? is a peach colour from the Spring 2015 Hawaii Collection
  • Essie Jazzy Jubilant is a medium pale pink and lilac/pale blue glitter, small teal glitter and slightly smaller bronze/orange glitter in a clear base – from the Christmas 2013 Luxeffects collection
  • Bourjois Turquoise Block is a “more green than blue” turquoise – it’s a deeper version of Barry M Greenberry
  • Elegant Touch Stylist metallic nail art tape – six different metallic colours of sticky striping tape, each colour having four rows
June 2016 Nailbox: Festival Fever
June 2016 Nailbox: Festival Fever

I’ve used all the contents to create these festival nails. I took my inspiration from a similar manicure I saw – but I’m sorry to that original artist, because I cannot now find it. So if you think this looks a bit like a manicure of yours – created with different colours and without the glitter – then it’s possibly yours that I derived mine from.

Festival nails using the June 2016 Nailbox
Festival nails using the June 2016 Nailbox

All these products are excellent and I was especially pleased with the OPI; to get a fairly recent, full-size OPI in a box is great.

Rimmel Cheeky Chap – the pale blue polish – is a matte polish, but I’ve top-coated it so it is shiny on this manicure.

The Essie glitter was a little runny, so I had to use several attempts to dab it on with the brush to get an even coverage. In hindsight, it would have been easier to apply it with a sponge.

You can sign up for a monthly Nailbox for as little as £13.50 a month. The August 2016 box sounds great. According to their website, it’s called Into the Sunset. The contents are worth nearly £40 and it will contain “four nail polishes and one stamping tool”.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Green: Bourjois Turquoise Block
  • Blue: Rimmel Cheeky Chap
  • Peach: OPI Is Mai Tai Crooked?
  • Glitter: Essie Jazzy Jubilant
  • White: Barry M Cotton
  • Striping Tape: Elegant Touch Stylist Metallic Nail Art Tape
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The June 2016 Nailbox was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Pink and Aqua Flowers | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These pink and aqua flowers are for the pink and aqua theme (a couple of weeks ago now – ooops) of the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. As ever, there’s a personal prompt that goes along with each colour theme, and mine was “on a nude base” – easy enough!

I was going to do some splatter nails, but couldn’t find the time to clear everything away to prepare and protect against all that mess. So I had a bit of a browse through the manicures I’ve pinned that I like, and came across one using a flower image from Bundle Monster BM-06 (see below). I thought it would look great on all my nails over the base of piCture pOlish Nude that I had already painted.

Pink and aqua flowers
Pink and aqua flowers

I pulled out some Sally Hansen Insta-Dris to stamp with. I don’t know if was the heat or what, but I couldn’t get them to stamp very well. So I tried with some Barry M polishes, and was very surprised at how well they stamped. I used Turquoise and Ballerina for a pastel look. My favourite clear stamper, the Bundle Monster Glass Stamper, made it very easy to place the individual flowers. I was tempted to add some darker colours over the top, but ultimately decided I liked it just with the blue and pink flowers and left it as it was.

Pink and aqua flowers
Pink and aqua flowers

This is the manicure I was inspired by, created by Glam Style Nails by Carolina:

I’m still a few manicures behind in this challenge. If you look at the image below, you’ll see I still have insects to do – and even that was last week’s manicure! The year-long challenge ends in September – I had better have caught up by then!

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of piCture pOlish Nude
  • Stamping polishes: Barry M Turquoise and Barry M Ballerina
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-06
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

The linkup has expired, so I can’t add myself to it, but you should be able to see all the other pink and aqua manicures if you follow the link below.

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All That Jazz All Eyes On Me

I have a new-to-me brand on my nails today: this is All That Jazz All Eyes On Me.

All That Jazz is a brand that I have heard of, but didn’t own any before now. I have come across them at several of the Professional Beauty Shows, but just hadn’t tried them. If you’ve been to the shows, then you will have seen their stand with its black and red curtains and nets, I’m sure.

The brand is fronted by Jazz Smedley. She is the daughter of Georgie Smedley, who is part of the successful Nail Harmony UK team that brought Gelish to the UK. All That Jazz features over 100 shades, with four new collections a year. They also sell a range of nail art items, including those “filigree” stickers that you may have seen around (on the nails of Ella Henderson and others).

All That Jazz All Eyes On Me
All That Jazz All Eyes On Me

All Eyes On Me is from the Spotlight Affair collection, which was released for Autumn 2014. This berry purple is a real autumnal winner, but I’d pick it any time of the year to add a bright reddish-purple hint to an outfit.

All That Jazz All Eyes On Me
All That Jazz All Eyes On Me

The bottles hold a generous 15ml. While I appreciate that 15ml is the norm in places like the US, over here in the UK, it’s far more typical to get a 10ML (or sometimes less) bottle of polish.

I like the brush, which is long and straight-cut at the end. The polish has a smooth, runny consistency, which allowed it to flow onto the nail pretty effortlessly and without pooling at the cuticles, and it dried nice and quickly.

You can buy All That Jazz polishes for £9.98 each – or for only double that, £19.98, for a collection of four. (A couple of the recent collections cost a little more than that).

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of All That Jazz All Eyes On Me
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
All That Jazz All Eyes On Me was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

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

 

 

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


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

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Nautical Nails | Bundle Monster Hangloose Collection

These nautical nails are for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. The theme this week is holidays or seaside or the beach and I’ve done a nautical take on the prompt. My husband hankers after a sailing holiday, and would love to sail around the Caribbean, but I prefer to keep that to the nails only.

I made some reverse stamping decals using some images from the new Bundle Monster Hangloose plates collection. This collection is 10 square plates with a lovely range of ocean and beach images. It has seas, the ocean floor and its creatures, shells and scallops, sailor and nautical themed images, as well as tropical beach, holiday (vacation) and surfing images.

Nautical nails using Bundle Monster Hangloose stamping plates
Nautical nails using Bundle Monster Hangloose stamping plates

I used plates BM-401 and BM-402 and coloured them in with a range of blue, red and white polishes (see below for the details). I mattified the final look as it showed up better on camera.

Nautical nails using Bundle Monster Hangloose stamping plates
Nautical nails using Bundle Monster Hangloose stamping plates

You can buy the Hangloose plates singly for $2.99 each, or as a set of 10, currently on sale for $12.74.

Bundle Monster Hangloose collection of stamping plates
Bundle Monster Hangloose collection of stamping plates

There are also a couple of sets that they come in that seem a great buy. For $33.15 you can buy one of two sets. Each has three stamping polishes, the set of 10 Hangloose plates, 4 sheets of similarly-themed water decals and a wheel of gold studs that includes shells, seahorses, starfish and pineapples. You can choose either the set that has 3 metallic stamping polishes in Sky Blue, Gold and Silver or the set with 3 Moonbeams stamping polishes in Pinky Red, Purplish Blue and a Greenish Gold. These are metallic stamping polishes that look great over darker colours.

Bundle Monster Hangloose Gift Set water decals
Bundle Monster Hangloose Gift Set water decals

I don’t have either of the stamping polish sets, but I do have the decals and the studs, and think the sets would make a great gift – either for someone else, or for yourself.

Bundle Monster Hangloose Gift Set studs
Bundle Monster Hangloose Gift Set studs

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Barry M Sky Blue, Barry M Blood Orange, Essie Make Some Noise and Nella Milano Chantilly Cream
  • Stamping polishes: Essence Stamp Me! Black, Moyra SP.02 Red and Moyra SP.05 Blue
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-S401 and BM-S402
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl, then Barry M Matte Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Bundle Monster product images are copyright to, and courtesy of, Bundle Monster.
The Bundle Monster Hangloose stamping plates and Moyra Red stamping polish were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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