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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


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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.

 

 

 

Barry M Rose Hip with rhinestones: August Polish Party

For the Polish Party this month, the theme is glitter and / or gems. I’ve gone for some gems as I don’t think I’ve ever used rhinestones in a manicure before.

I decided on a soft pink as a base, and although it typically takes three coats, Barry M Rose Hip is the best baby pink I own. I have three or fours others, but they are all too sheer to be opaque in even three coats.

I added the rhinestones just with some top coat and they stayed for a good few hours. After one pinged off though, I top-coated the entire nail so that I could wear these nails for a bit longer.

Barry M Rose Hip with rhinestones
Barry M Rose Hip with rhinestones

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Colour: three coats of Barry M Rose Hip
  • Gems: clear rhinestones
  • 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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Autumnal stripes with Barry M Mustard, Paprika and Cocoa

As soon as they launched on Wednesday, I went straight out and bought all 6 polishes from the new Barry M Autumn 2014 Gelly collection. I lined them all up in number order for swatching on my nail wheels and couldn’t help but notice that the yellow, red and brown shades worked really well in a gradient.

And that’s how this manicure was born. In the end though, I left out Chilli, as I preferred a three-way lined gradient and I plumped for Paprika over Chilli as it’s a better complement to the other two.

I started by painting Barry M Coconut on my two middle nails. I was initially going to use OPI My Vampire Is Buff, but thought I’d keep it all in the Barry M family! I top-coated and waited for them to dry and then I blocked off the stripes using the regular width straight Nail Vinyls. Finally, I painted Mustard, Paprika and Cocoa before quickly removing the nail vinyls. I’ve used Paprika on the plain nails.

Autumnal stripes with Barry M Autumn 2014 Gellys
Autumnal stripes with Barry M Autumn 2014 Gellys: Mustard, Paprika and Cocoa
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Striped nails: base of three coats of Barry M Coconut; then Barry M Mustard, Barry M Paprika, Barry M Cocoa
  • Plain nails: two coats of Barry M Paprika
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Purple and green duochrome with star studs: S is for Starlet

It’s letter S this week in the A to Z series challenge and I’ve gone for Startlet from Ciaté, to which I added some star studs as a nod to the polish’s name.

I bought this polish along with about ten others in a buying frenzy at my local The Original Factory Shop. If you have one near you, you’ll know that they always stock reduced polish from non-current collections, typically brands such as: Revlon, Sally Hansen, Rimmel, Calvin Klein and W7. Last time I went, they also had a number of Ciaté polishes. Now I own lots of Ciaté, but only because I’ve bought the advent calendar for the past two years and have also picked up some of the recent magazine freebies.

I’ve been pleased with every Ciaté I’ve used, but am not prepared to spend £9 on them. So it was with great excitement that I found some full-sized bottles in The Original Factory Shop for just £3 each. I bought just the one in the end, this one, Starlet, a purple and green duochrome. (The Ciaté website differs from my description, listing Starlet as a pearlised blue-purple two-tone polish – and it’s a current polish, retailing for £9).

Now regular readers of this blog will know that I don’t particularly care for green, but I rather like this. The purple is the more prominent colour, and I only really see the green around the edges or in quick flashes if I purposely examine my nails from a strange angle.

Ciaté Starlet duochrome with star studs
Ciaté Starlet with silver star studs

 

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Polish Me Silly Sizzling Sunset (Deliciate Nails)

OPI Suzi And The 7 Dusseldorfs/Steady As She Rose/Show It And Glow It (Pocket Money Polishes)

Dark Metal Lacquer Sound Asleep/Zoya Storm (Penny Pinching Polishes)

W7 Salt and Pepper (Pish Posh and Polish)

La Femme Silverado/BYS Silver (AnnaBean)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Ciaté Starlet
  • Studs: silver star studs from She Sells Seashells
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.