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The Nail Arcade Rainbow Chess: September Polish Party

The Polish Party is one year old this month, so the theme is birthday / party / celebrations nails.

I tried to copy the Polish Party logo and had a stab using a few different methods for painting multi-coloured streamers onto my nails. It failed. Abysmally.

So next, I attempted to paint some cupcakes. It also failed. Even more abysmally. The cupcakes looked like a five year-old had painted them and the nails didn’t even get photographed.

Finally, rather than trying to create some party nails, I instead put the party on my nails. I used The Nail Arcade’s Rainbow Chess, a clear base jam-packed with square, multi-coloured, matte glitters. It certainly looks like a party in miniature, with tons of rainbow-coloured confetti.

Rainbow Chess multi-coloured square glitter
The Nail Arcade Rainbow Chess over China Glaze White On White

Rachel of the The Nail Arcade has an Etsy shop and a Facebook page. Rainbow Chess was a limited edition, and as the shop owner Rachel is now at university, she doesn’t sell polish at the moment, just lots of nail art bits and bobs.

Happy birthday Polish Party! If you want to join in next month, please join at the Facebook page.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Base colour: two coats of China Glaze White On White
  • Glitter: The Nail Arcade Rainbow Chess
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl



All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Here are the other Polish Party manicures for this month:

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Purple shimmer and creme with striping tape: W is for: Wild With Passion and Wine And Dine

It’s letter W this week in the A to Z series challenge. I couldn’t decide between two purple Ws, so I used them both to create a half and half manicure with some striping tape inthe middle.

The cream on the top half of the nail is NYC Wild With Passion. It’s a red-toned purple, with a mildly jelly-like formula until a second coat is applied. After I’d painted the whole nail, I roughly added on a coat of H&M Wine And Dine on the bottom half of my nails. Then I covered the join with some purple striping tape, sent to me by Tara from Tara’s Talons.

The two colours are pretty similar, so the difference between the shimmer and the creme isn’t so obvious, except in close up.

Purple half and half striping tape NYC Wild With Passion H&M Wine And Dine
Purple half and half with striping tape, using NYC Wild With Passion and H&M Wine And Dine

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Butter London Wallis (PMP)

Shimmer Polish Wendy (PennyPinchingPolish)

Barry M Watermelon / Waikiki (Starfish Nails)

Nails Inc Wardour Mews (AnnaBean)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of NYC Wild With Passion; H&M Wine And Dine
  • Striping tape: purple
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

V is for: Vixen: pink with flower accent

For V this week in the A to Z series challenge I’ve used Vixen by Collection 2000. It’s a striking pink with a fuchsia shimmer.

I paired it with the pale pink of No Excuses by George and created a dotted flowers accent nail.

You may notice that my nails are really short. This is the shortest they have been in a very long time. Looking back over old photos, I think this is the shortest they have been since I started blogging. They’re more manageable this length, but I prefer them longer, certainly in photos they look nicer longer. It’s my index finger nail that is causing the problems. It often breaks at the corner (on the left as you look at the photo) and it’s particularly flaky and peeling also at the moment, meaning any initial damage at a corner will often spread across the nail. So, I’ve taken them all down in length – the index nail is still comparatively shorter – I will just have to be patient while they grow again.

Collection 2000 Vixen pink shimmer flowers accent
Collection 2000 Vixen, with dotted flowers accent nail using George No Excuses

 

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Nails Inc Victoria (PMP)

Barry M Vanilla (StarfishNails)

No7 Vivid Violet / Nails Inc Villiers Street (AnnaBean)

Femme Fatale Vortex Remnants (PennyPinchingPolish)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Collection 2000 Vixen
  • Accent nail: three coats of George No Excuses, plus dotted flowers using Collection 2000 Vixen
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Red, black and white: stripes and glitter

A while back, someone was asking in a Facebook group what to do on their nails and I suggested red, black and white stripes. Someone else remarked that they could imagine that on my nails. And I agreed – I guess I’d suggested something that was very “me” – so, I chose to paint it myself.

I started with two coats of Revlon Red, then added my stripes using W7 Black and Sinful Colors Snow Me White. They were mostly done with the aid of Nail Vinyls, but a couple were freehanded.

On the index and little finger nails I added a coat of L’Oréal Confettis.

My index fingernail broke at its eternal weak spot, the outside corner, so I filed it down a little. [I wore this manicure about three weeks ago - the nail was just about regaining some of its length, but yesterday it had an altercation with a veg peeler and so I've had to trim all my nails down now - they're the shortest they've been in a very long time :( ] Also, I have a little tip wear on this nail as I wore the red alone for a day. I should have filed it down or repainted the edge before photographing!

Red, black and white stripes with matte glitter
Red, black and white stripes with matte glitter: Revlon Red, W7 Black, Sinful Colors Snow Me White, L’Oréal Confettis
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Revlon Red
  • Stripes: W7 Black and Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Glitter: L’Oréal Color Riche Confettis
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

U is for: Unicorn Love

It’s letter U this week in the A to Z series challenge. I wanted to add some nail art, but didn’t get time in the end, so it’s just a swatch today from me.

This is Unicorn Love, from Polish Addict Nail Colour. It’s a mint green – verging on a pale blue – with microglitters in yellow, blue, purple, pink, red and salmon.

I painted two coats over a base of two coats of SpaRitual Delight. This made it a bit more green than it is in the bottle, but I’m perfectly happy with that.

Polish Addict Nail Color Unicorn Love
Polish Addict Nail Color Unicorn Love

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

OPI Uh Roll Down the Window (Pocket Money Polishes)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of SpaRitual Delight
  • Colour: two coats of Polish Addict Nail Color Unicorn Love
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Lightning nails for Migraine Awareness Week

It’s Migraine Awareness Week this week in the UK, and there’s a series of events being held by The Migraine Trust to encourage more people to find out more about migraine.

I didn’t realise that migraine was quite so widespread. According to The Migraine Trust:

Migraine is a neurological disorder that affects eight million Britons and causes an estimated 190,000 attacks per day in the UK. It is more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined. Each year migraine costs 25 million working and school days and £2.25 billion to the British economy.

I suffer from migraine. I get aura headaches. I really don’t like the visual disturbances at all. They’re quite scary even though I know what to expect of them. The headache itself is pretty bad but it only lasts about 4 or 5 hours and is just about manageable with painkillers. I’m lucky that my headache doesn’t last too long and doesn’t impair daily life too much. I feel sorry for people whose headaches last for days, or those who vomit or need to withdraw to a darkened room and sleep. Strangely, I often find the following day to be worse, when the postdrome hits. That’s the after-effects stage of migraine. It leaves me feeling tired, lethargic and washed out; I have trouble concentrating and thinking clearly, and I experience stomach pains and scalp tenderness.

My son has also recently been diagnosed with migraine; abdominal migraine though. For the last few years, he’s been having 5-day episodes of severe stomach pains after eating that just couldn’t be attributed to anything in particular. I swung between being hugely sympathetic when he was in abject pain, to disbelieving him when he bounced back to life for a few hours in between eating. My husband and I agonised over what could be causing it. Was it school stress? A food allergy? Was he not drinking enough? We were helpless to do anything for him apart from give comfort and pain killers and every time it happened we said we’d take him to the doctor. But by the time a particular episode had resolved, we seemed to forget about it … until the next time. Eventually though, we did go, and he’s been diagnosed with abdominal migraine. There’s a chance it will go away as he gets older. But there’s also a chance that he will go on to develop full-blown head migraines like me.

So, as a sufferer, with a son who suffers too, I wanted to do my little bit to raise awareness of migraine by creating a manicure during Migraine Awareness Week.

Navy and silver lightning nails for Migraine Awareness Week
Nails for Migraine Awareness Week: Christian Louboutin Wherever and Ciaté Locket

I used my base of Christian Louboutin Wherever and added a silver lightning bolt using asymmetrically placed French tip guides and Ciaté Locket. My migraines come on as fast as lightning, and they feel like lightning has struck my head, so it seemed an appropriate image. The Christian Louboutin blue matches the colour of The Migraine Trust’s website.

I would have preferred these if the zig (or is it the zag?) of the lightning bolt was more centrally placed. I think it’s a bit too far down the nail. But I’m just being picky and perfectionist!

Migraine Awareness Week 2014
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Christian Louboutin Wherever
  • Lightning: one coat of Ciaté Locket
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Lotil Original cream for dry skin

I suffer quite badly with eczema and psoriasis. It’s covered most of my body at one time or another since I was twenty-three and had Scarlet Fever. The area it affects moves around every two or three years. Currently, my scalp and hands are mostly affected. My palms are particularly bad, and sometimes they are bad enough to crack and bleed.

It doesn’t bother me too much, except for when I’m photographing my nails. I deliberately take my photos so that not much of my palms is shown, but still, when my hands are at their worst, you can see the deep furrows on my photos.

I received a sample of Lotil cream to try. It’s supposed to be good for all number of ailments such as dry skin, eczema and psoriasis. It’s also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal – so great for nails bloggers – and it helps with healing.  I tested it for a week using it twice a day, morning and night.

It has a mild, pleasant scent. It’s a very soft smell that’s reminiscent (in strength) of baby products. And it was lovely and rich, immediately hydrating and moisturising my dry hands.

Lotil Original cream for dry skin
Lotil Original

 

I have to confess to not having heard of Lotil before, but it’s been around for more than 100 years, having first been sold in 1910. I forgot to take photos when I started to use it, but it has improved my hands markedly. Nothing seems to completely cure my hands (I need to significantly improve my diet for that to happen, I think), but this cream was soothing and really improved the dryness.

Lotil is available in various sizes:

  • 30ml tube (travel/handbag sized)
  • 50ml tube
  • 114ml tub
  • 500ml pump dispenser

There’s also a Lotil-branded lip balm and a foot cream. You can buy Lotil in Boots; the 50ml cream is usually £3.59 but seems to be on offer for £2.87 at the moment.

 


Products shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Christian Louboutin Wherever

Oh I’m so lucky that my husband put himself in the doghouse the other day. To get himself out, he’ll often buy me polish, and he checks my wishlist page to be sure he buys the correct thing (and doesn’t put himself at risk of living the canine lifestyle for any longer!)

Now I don’t recall ever adding the Louboutin polishes to my wishlist, but I had mentioned them, and had heavily hinted how much I loved the look of them. But, we’re big time skint at the moment, so I agreed I wouldn’t buy one.

However, to get himself back in my good books, my husband bought me not one, but two Christian Louboutin polishes: Louboutin Rouge and Wherever. It was a lovely gesture (despite the fact that 1. we can’t really afford them, and 2. all our money is shared, so I kind of paid for them myself anyway!)

Wherever is a navy blue. Like Rouge Louboutin, it goes on really well without any streaking and only a tiny bit of patchiness where I didn’t paint it on so thick. I think you could probably get away with just one thick coat of this polish, but I did two. I love the distinctive handle and I’ve read many reviews where bloggers say it doesn’t hinder the polishing, but I felt it did. The brush itself is very similar to the Chanel brushes, which I love, but I found it a bit difficult to work with and can only put that down to the handle.

Christian Louboutin Wherever
Christian Louboutin Wherever

The shade itself is not particularly unique in my collection – in fact it’s not far off what I was already wearing: Sally Hansen Thinking Of Blue. But then I didn’t want a Louboutin polish for the colour; I wanted it for the uniqueness of the bottle, the cachet of owning something Louboutin (because how could I ever afford a pair of £400 shoes – let alone the ones they sell for £4k!), and for the smug feeling that my husband said sorry so extravagantly :)

Christian Louboutin Wherever bottle
Christian Louboutin Wherever

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Christian Louboutin Wherever
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Blue wavy stencilled tips: T is for: Thinking of Blue and The Sky’s The Limit

For this week’s letter in the A to Z series challenge I’ve used two letter Ts, both by Sally Hansen: Thinking Of Blue, an inky, near navy blue, and The Sky’s The Limit, a bright mid blue.

Rummaging around in my Helmer to find some studs or glequins to go on the dark blue I had already painted, I rediscovered these stencils that I had forgotten about. They are smART nails stencils spiral (design 19) that I bought from The Nail Art Company a while ago. I find them really easy to use and they create designs that I just couldn’t recreate by hand.

Wavy stencilled tips Sally Hansen Thinking Of Blue The Sky's The Limit
Wavy stencilled tips using smART Nails stencil #19 and Sally Hansen Thinking Of Blue and The Sky’s The Limit

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

OPI Tomorrow Never Dies / This Gown Needs A Crown (PMP)

Models Own Thunder and Lightning (Starfish Nails)

Indy’s Indies Tetris (Annabean)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Sally Hansen Thinking Of Blue
  • Stencil: smART Nails #19
  • Blue stencilled tips: Sally Hansen The Sky’s The Limit
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Born Pretty Store zig zag decals

Today I have some fab decals from Born Pretty Store. I used one of the simple designs, a blue and brown zig zag from design C072, over cream. I painted three coats of OPI My Vampire Is Buff, top coated and let it dry, and then added the decals.

This is only the second time I’ve used decals, and they were really simple to use. To achieve this look on both hands, I needed two packs of the decals. One pack is only enough to do one hand – if you’re doing them all the same as I was. But if you’re more creative, you can use a mix and match approach and then there are more than enough for both hands.

After cutting them to approximate size, I worked one finger at a time. You just soak the decal for 20 seconds before slipping it off its card backing and applying to the nail. I found the best way to do it was to pick up the decal back to front on my finger, then quickly place it on a wet nail. It needs to be wet so that you can slide it around a bit to position it accurately. Quite often there was a little extra decal on my skin, but once I’d soaked up any excess water with a piece of kitchen roll, I found I could easily remove the excess with acetone and a clean up brush.

Born Pretty Store brown and blue zig zag decals
Born Pretty Store brown and blue zig zag decals – C072

They dry nice and flat to the nail, but top coat completely eliminates any visible edges of the decal so that they look perfect. I’m really pleased with these; I’ve worn them for about three days now, which is a long time for me. If I stick with the simple look and just use one strip of design per manicure, I have another six I can do. Or there are endless possibilities for accent nails.

Here’s the other designs and colours that I could have chosen from:

Born Pretty Store zig zag decals C072
Born Pretty Store zig zag decals C072

You can buy these decals from Born Pretty Store for $2.86, with free worldwide shipping – they are design C072. If you want to do both hands the same, you’ll need two packs.

For 10% off your order, use code ZSL91.

Born Pretty Store 10% discount voucher code ZSL91

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of OPI My Vampire Is Buff
  • Zig zags: Born pretty Store decals C072
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
One pack of Born Pretty Store decals was sent to me for review; I purchased the other pack. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.