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Pink stripes on cream: Z is for: Zoya Zanna

It’s the end! This week is letter Z in the A to Z series challenge.

I bought Zoya Zanna some weeks ago, specifically for this series of challenges. It was the only polish I could find beginning with a Z. I’m sure there are probably others, but once I’d found this one, I was happy. It’s a soft, dusky, muted pink. I do love colours like this. I bought it before Barry M brought out Ballerina, which is very similar, just a shade lighter.

This is 2 coats of Zanna on the pink nails and 3 coats of Barry M Coconut for the cream-based nails. I then added a stripe of Zanna to the cream nails. I was going to add another stripe in a complementary colour, but I liked it like this, and decided that since less is sometimes more, I should leave it alone and be satisfied.

Zoya Zanna pink cream stripe
Cream with a pink stripe using Zoya Zanna and Barry M Coconut

 

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Zoya Elke (PMP)

Zoya Charla (Starfish Nails)

Zebra Print (Annabean)

Zoya Storm (PennyPinchingPolish)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Zoya Zanna or three coats of Barry M Coconut
  • Stripes: Zoya Zanna
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

60s Psychedelic Swirls Skittle (52 Week Challenge)

The themes this week in the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge are ’60s and matte/texture. I’ve gone with the ’60s. I have been trying to combine two prompts if possible, but I couldn’t bear to mattify these 60s psychedelic swirls, so left them glossy.

These are done using the dry marble / needle drag technique, as inspired by a fairly recent manicure by @sevta_sanders on Instagram (although I’ve done this differently to hers). I painted a thickish coat of base coat first, then immediately lightly placed a wide stripe of the other colour down the middle of my nail. Then with my smallest dotting tool – the one that’s practically a point – I pulled through the polish, circling from the outside inwards to the centre. I had to work quickly to get this look, and I re-did the blue and orange one about five times before I was happy! Also, because I could only do one base coat, I chose Barry M polishes, which are pretty opaque, especially the Gellys.

I am actually a child of the sixties, but I wasn’t really old enough during the decade to know if this look is right or not. Are they fab, cool, far out, hip and groovy enough do you think?

60s psychedelic swirls skittle
60s psychedelic swirls skittle using Barry M polishes

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Index: Barry M Bright Purple and Barry M Lemon Ice Cream
  • Middle: Barry M Pink Punch and Barry M Cyan Blue
  • Ring: Barry M Blood Orange and Barry M Key Lime
  • Little: Barry M Damson and Barry M Mango
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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Red with glittery gold stripes

I’ve been going through a bit of a nail art rut recently, so I have been trawling Instagram and Pinterest to get some inspiration. I was struck by this manicure by nailsofjessek on Instagram and decided to recreate it, only with a different coloured base.

So this is two coats of China Glaze High Roller, with added stripes of glittery gold, using China Glaze I’m Not Lion.

High Roller is quite jelly-like, and would have looked less sheer had I used three coats rather than two.

I think the trawling has helped reignite some nail art creativity, and I have a few more ideas now. The addition of another challenge has also helped.

Red with gold glitter stripes, using China Glaze High Roller and China Glaze I'm Not Lion
Red with gold glitter stripes, using China Glaze High Roller and China Glaze I’m Not Lion

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of China Glaze High Roller
  • Glitter: China Glaze I’m Not Lion
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Dark Metal Lacquer Cuticle Oil

Kam from Dark Metal Lacquer very kindly sent me some of her grapefruit scented cuticle oil to try out.

I make my own cuticle oil and I have a bottle in the living room and a bottle on my desk in my office, but despite this, I’m always forgetting to use it. But this oil from Dark Metal Lacquer comes in a pen dispenser and has been an absolute godsend. I’ve left it in the car and have been applying it at traffic lights and in jams (there are lots of those in London). I can’t use the other cuticle oils that I own in the car; I’m sure I’d spill the open bottle all down me. But this little click pen is much more convenient. You simply remove the cap and click the base clockwise, which dispenses a small amount of oil onto the brush. It’s easy then to swipe the brush around the edge of the cuticle.

I really adore the grapefruit scent. I don’t like to eat the fruit itself, but I do love the smell (and have been known to demolish grapefruit flavour sweets). There are other scents available too: coconut, lemon, vanilla, rose and almond.

Dark Metal Lacquer grapefruit cuticle oil
Dark Metal Lacquer grapefruit cuticle oil

I’ve been using it for about ten days now. I’ve used it every single day, and I put that down to the handy format that it comes in. Ultimately, this means that my cuticles are in much better shape. Before, I would frequently forget to use cuticle oil, even though I have bottles stashed where I *can* easily use them. I think having this in a format I can use in the car is the real benefit. There’s not much else to distract you in the car when you’re stopped in traffic, so it’s become second nature for me to apply some oil.

I also love that the pen is refillable, meaning I can replenish the oil when it runs out. Kam’s oil contains jojoba oil, which my own does, and which I rate very highly for nails and cuticles. She’s also put in rice bran oil, grapeseed oil and tea tree essential oil. The oil costs just £4 and can bought from the Dark Metal Lacquer shop.


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

 

 

 

Barry M pink gradient with stamping (52 Week Challenge)

The two prompts for the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge this week are 3-colour gradient and pink. I’ve combined the two prompts once again and done a pink gradient.

However, I couldn’t leave it just like that, so I also stamped over it.

All the polishes I’ve used are Barry M polishes: Rose Hip, Dragon Fruit and Pink Punch for the gradient, and Pomegranate for the stamping.

The stamping wasn’t perfect as there were a few air bubbles, but I filled them in with a tiny nail art brush. (Perfectionist, moi?)

Pink gradient stamped nails using Barry M: Rose Hip, Dragon Fruit, Pink Punch and Pomegranate
Pink gradient stamped nails using Barry M: Rose Hip, Dragon Fruit, Pink Punch and Pomegranate

Next week’s prompts are interesting. I have no ideas yet about what I’m going to do :/

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient: Barry M Rose Hip, Barry M Dragon Fruit, Barry M Pink Punch
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Pomegranate
  • Stamping plate: CICI & SISI 06
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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