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Rimmel Midnight Blue

I first spotted Rimmel Midnight Blue on the nails of an assistant in my opticians. I loved it and asked her what it was. I pride myself that I pretty much know all the mainstream brands you get in the UK, and I knew I hadn’t seen this one before. So I trotted off to Superdrug in search of it. But I couldn’t find it.

Not knowing if she was mistaken about its name, or if my Superdrug just didn’t have it in stock, I searched for it online when I got home. I quickly discovered that it’s an old (or a US) polish and could only find it for sale on eBay. I found it on sale for just a couple of pounds and ordered it at about 4 pm. It arrived the next day!

Rimmels usually chip very quickly on me, so I don’t buy them any more, but I am a sucker for a navy, and this one has a fine, lighter blue shimmer to it, so it’s different from others in my collection. You can’t really see the shimmer except for close up, or in the sunshine, but it gives the polish a near metallic quality and great shine.

Rimmel Midnight Blue
Rimmel Midnight Blue

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Rimmel Midnight Blue
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Q is for: Queen Vic by Butter London, with round pink glitters

It’s letter Q this week in the A to Z series challenge and because I didn’t have a Q, I went out and bought one (nooorty me!)

The first Q that I could find was Queen Vic from Butter London. I don’t have any other polishes by Butter London. They are so expensive (£10.50) and because you couldn’t get them in shops until fairly recently, I’ve never been inclined to try them out. I liked the look of Queen Vic though. It’s a medium purple with a strong lean to the red side of the purple spectrum. Quite a plummy shade.

It went on quite nicely. The brush is thin, a bit like the Chanel brushes, and the formula evened out beautifully. It is quite runny though, so when I got close to the cuticles on a couple of occasions, it did pool somewhat.

I added a line of round pink neon glitters near the tips. These came from the pot of mixed neon glitters I bought from Born Pretty Store recently, and which I used on my neon glitter placement manicure.

Butter London Queen Vic with pink round glitter placement tips
Butter London Queen Vic with pink round glitter placement tips

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Catrice Princess (Pocket Money Polishes)

Quirk (Deliciate Nails)

Fun Lacquer Queen (AnnaBean)

Quirk Queasy Does It (PishPoshandPolish)

Quarender (Starfish Nails)

Quirk (PennyPinchingPolish)

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Butter London Queen Vic
  • Glitters: Born Pretty Store round pink neon glitters
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Cyan blue and silver skittlette with zigzags and studs

This is a skittlette I created to wear out with a matching cyan blue top. In the event though, I managed to dribble toothpaste down the top just before we left and so had to change what I was wearing. Typical.

The blue is Barry M Cyan Blue, a perfect formula, near single coater. It shows up a little lighter in my photos than it is in real life, but it’s a gorgeous colour. I did two coats just to even it out, but absolutely could have got away with just one thick coat, had I painted it on a bit better!

I painted zigzags using normal sized chevron Nail Vinyls and Barry M Foil Effects Silver and then added some studs: 2mm square silver studs that I’m pretty sure I bought from Born Pretty Store.

Finally, I added some sparkle using 2true Christy, a textured glitter polish, which seems to make an appearance whenever I do a skittlette based around a cool colour.

Cyan blue and silver skittlette with zigzags and studs
Cyan blue and silver skittlette with zigzags and studs
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Blue: two coats of Barry M Cyan Blue
  • Textured nail: three coats of 2true Christy
  • Zigzag nails: two coats of Barry M Cyan, Nail Vinyls chevron guides, one coat of Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl (except textured nail)


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Mint and grey stripes: P is for: Pepperminty and Pillow Fight

It’s letter P this week in the A to Z series challenge. Going through my Ps to choose a polish, I settled on two untried Ciaté polishes. They were listed together in my spreadsheet and when I pulled them out, I thought they complemented each other well.

I wasn’t immediately sure how to use them though. Then, when I was checking my monthly stats, I saw that my stripey grey and peach nails post from May 2013 was the most viewed during July. It’s strange that this post is often quite highly viewed. I’m not sure why; it must have been shared somewhere for it still to be getting so many views.

Anyway, I decided to recreate it using Ciaté Pepperminty and Ciaté Pillow Talk.

Mint and grey stripes using Ciaté Pepperminty and Ciaté Pillow Talk
Mint and grey stripes using Ciaté Pepperminty and Ciaté Pillow Talk

The grey, Pillow Talk, has a touch of purple about it, but I think that’s toned down when it’s used alongside the mint. It also took three coats to be opaque. That wasn’t a problem on the solid coloured nail, but I’d done the base for the stripey nails in Pepperminty first. So I was worried that the grey wouldn’t cover so well. I tried a different tactic, therefore, and was pleased that it worked out. After applying the tape for the stripes, I painted one thin coat, and let it dry for about 20 seconds before applying another, thicker coat and then immediately removing the tape. This worked a treat and the grey was thick enough to not show any mint through it, and it had been completed quickly enough so that the tape could be removed without any smudging issues. Happy happy :)

 

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

P2 Pretty (Pocket Money Polishes)

Barry M Papaya (Starfish Nails)

Glam Polish Purple Planet (Deliciate Nails)

Sinful Colours Pastiche and Invogue Parakeet (AnnaBean)

Hare Polish Pegasus (PishPoshandPolish)

Moyra Party Pink (Penny Pinching Polish)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Mint green nail: two coats of Ciaté Pepperminty
  • Grey nail: three coats of Ciaté Pillow Talk
  • Stripey nails: Ciaté Pepperminty and Ciaté Pillow Talk
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Red and silver water marble: July Polish Party

This month for the Polish Party we’re recreating the first nail art we ever did.

Mine was a water marble manicure – an awful water marble manicure – in red and silver. Goodness only knows why I tried to water marble for my first foray into nail art.

So, I’ve recreated it. Although I’m not all that happy with this attempt either. A couple of the nails are good. But, the best nails are my two thumbs and my little fingernail on my right hand! But you don’t get to see those!

Red and silver water marble using L'Oréal Femme Fatale and Sublime Platine
Red and silver water marble using L’Oréal Femme Fatale and Sublime Platine

I used two L’Oréal polishes: Femme Fatale (red) and Sublime Platine (silver). The red didn’t spread in the water quite so well as the silver, and it merged into it somewhat, to give a more pinky colour in places.

Here’s my original manicure side by side with the new one. This was done nearly two years ago. I used Rimmel Rapid Ruby for the red, and while I didn’t ever make a note of what the silver polish was, I’m pretty sure it must be Barry M Foil Effects Silver, as that was the only silver polish I owned back then in my collection of about 30.

Recreated red and silver water marble nails
Recreated red and silver water marble nails: September 2012 (left) and August 2014

I’m struck by how much my nail art (and clean up, camera skills, etc., etc.) has improved over two years. This is the first post of this kind that I’ve done, so it’s been interesting to look back and see some of the early attempts, including the few that I did before I even started this blog. It reminded me that I have a gallery and a post on here that’s hidden from public view. Now I’ve had a good look through it, I wonder if I’m brave enough to put it on display…

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Base colour: one coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Watermarble colours: L’Oréal Color Riche Femme Fatale and L’Oréal Color Riche Sublime Platine
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Here are the other Polish Party manicures for this month:

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O is for: Olive from Barry M, with oil slick studs

It’s letter O this week in the A to Z series challenge and I have Olive from Barry M. I had quite a few Os to choose from, but hadn’t yet used this one from the most recent Barry M collection.

I used two coats. It dried really quickly, but it was very hot, so that may have been the cause of it. Olive is a light khaki colour and part of the Summer 2014 collection. I do think it has a more autumnal feel though.

I bought the oil slick studs – or cabochons – from She Sells Seashells. I’ve known Sarah, the owner, since very early on in my nails blogging days and I’m really pleased to see her business doing so well. She has a great range of nail art items, from studs and stickers to nail vinyls, charms and cabuchons.

Barry M Olive with oil slick cabuchons
Barry M Olive with oil slick cabuchons

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

A England Ophelia (and two others) (PMP)

Too Fancy Lacquer Orchid of 2014 (Deliciate Nails)

Cadillacquer Once More With Feeling (Pish Posh and Polish)

Nails Inc Oxford Circus (AnnaBean)

Polish Me Silly Off 2 Paradise (PennyPinchingPolish)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Barry M Olive
  • Cabuchons: She Sells Sea Shells 4mm oil slick cabuchons
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Orange and cream zigzags with OPI

I wore this manicure back in April, but forgot to post it until now. I painted it for my Mum’s 70th birthday celebrations, and I was going to do all my nails with the zigzags, but simply ran out of time and so I left it at just one accent nail.

The orange is OPI A Roll In the Hague, which is from the 2012 Holland collection. It’s a perfect Dutch orange and has become quite a favourite of mine. I always thought my favourite polish colour was blue or red, but that’s changed recently and I love a bright, cheerful orange now.

I used zigzag guides from Nail Vinyls before adding OPI My Vampire Is Buff.

Orange and cream zigzags using OPI A Roll In The Hague and My Vampire Is Buff
Orange and cream zigzags using OPI A Roll In The Hague and My Vampire Is Buff

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of OPI A Roll In The Hague
  • Zigzags: Nail Vinyls and OPI My Vampire Is Buff
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

N is for: Nude from Barry M: classic French manicure

It’s letter N this week in the A to Z series challenge. I have lots of polish beginning with N, but I’ve gone with Barry M Nude and a simple French manicure.

The tips were created using one coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White, applied with the help of some Nailene French manicure guides.

Then I added two coats of Barry M Nude. It’s just enough to cover up the yellow staining on my nails, but not too much to make the manicure too fake looking.

I haven’t done a French manicure in a very long time, and I like how this looked on me and so wore it for several days.

French manicure using Barry M Nude and Sinful Colors Snow Me White
French manicure using Barry M Nude and Sinful Colors Snow Me White

 

 

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Nails Inc New York Noir (PMP)

KBShimmer Newsprint (PishPoshandPolish)

Nails Inc Notting Hill Carnival (AnnaBean)

Wet ‘n Wild Night Prowl (Penny Pinching Polish)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • White: one coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Pink: two coats of Barry M Nude
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Perfect polka dots (the cheat’s way!) over Chanel Mirabella

Look at those perfect polka dots! Now, before you think I’ve become all conceited and boastful, I’ll explain that they’re only perfect because they are round glitters. Fab eh? I can now have perfectly formed dots whenever I want, thanks to these white round glitters that I bought from Born Pretty Store.

Of course, if I’m showcasing the perfect dots, I need the perfect polish to go with them. For me, perfection in polish (oooh, unintended aliteration!) comes in the form of Chanel. It always applies beautifully and evenly, leaving a wonderfully smooth finish. And Mirabella, from the Reflets d’Été summer 2014 collection is an adorable light orange colour. It’s not light enough to be peach, nor does it have any pinkness about it to be coral, but neither is it a classic orange, in an Essie-Orange-It’s-Obvious kind of way either. It’s just a toned down, lightened orange. Very summery and very classy. For me, orange is a great cheer me up colour, and these nails certainly had me smiling.

Chanel Mirabella with white polka dots using round glitters
Chanel Mirabella with white polka dots using round glitters

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Mirabella
  • Dots: Born Pretty Store round, white glitters
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

M is for: Magic Croisette from L’Oréal (with Saphir Treasure stamped butterflies)

I’m jumping in on a new challenge. Only in my last post was I complaining about my lack of inspiration and lack of posting – so it’s come at exactly the right time.

Charlie from Pocket Money Polishes is running the challenge, which is a series of A to Z posts. I’m joining in right in the middle, at M, but will see it through to the end. Who knows, I may just then start at A and do the front half of the alphabet too!

So, for M, I have Magic Croisette from L’Oréal. The Boulevard de la Croisette is a famous seaside promenade in Cannes, and the name so I guess the polish is named after the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean as seen from a leisurely stroll along the esplanade of the same name.

I bought this in March 2013 and haven’t worn it until now. It’s a duochrome in mid blue and teal, with a light blue, almost turquoise shimmer. The duochrome doesn’t show up much on the naills, but the polish is lovely all the same. It took two easy coats, and then I added some simple stamping.

I thought I’d keep the stamping in the L’Oréal family and tried out Saphir Treasure, a metallic light blue. It’s very similar – in the bottle anyway – to Essie Blue Rhapsody from the Mirror Metallics collection.

I stamped using the butterfly image on Bundle Monster plate BM 307.

L'Oreal Magic Croisette stamped with butterflies using Saphir Treasure and Bundle Monster BM-307
L’Oreal Magic Croisette stamped with butterflies using Saphir Treasure and Bundle Monster BM-307

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Zoya Mimi (PMP)

Barry M Mediterranean (Starfish Nails)

OPI My Vampire is Buff (Penny Pinching Polishes)

Emily de Molly Maddy’s Magenta (AnnaBean’s Nails)

Delush Polish Master of Disguise (PishPosh And Polish)

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of L’Oréal Color Riche Magic Croisette
  • Stamping polish: L’Oréal Color Riche Saphir Treasure
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-307
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.