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Pink, Purple and Grey Stripes | Diabolical Nail Varnish from Firebox

I have some pink, purple and grey stripes nail art, courtesy of Diabolical Nail Varnish.

Diabolical Nail Varnish has been specially created by Firebox.com. These three polishes come as a set, presented in a pink box, and are inspired by Wes Anderson’s stylised film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

I absolutely adored the film. I hadn’t seen any other Wes Anderson films before, so I didn’t know how distinctive his style was. In the first few minutes of watching it I thought it all rather strange and was going to give up on it, but gradually I realised I was gripped by the story and was loving the quirky and distinctive narrative style.

Pink, purple and grey stripes using Diabolical Nail Varnishes from Firebox.com
Pink, purple and grey stripes using Diabolical Nail Varnishes from Firebox.com

These three polishes have been designed to reflect the colours and grandeur of the mountain hotel, presided over by devoted concierge, Monsieur Gustave H.

Dynamite in the Sack is a dark violet shade. It is a lovely vampy purple that reflects the colour of Zero the lobby boy’s uniform. It has a nice consistency that flows well onto the nail. I really like the brush, which is long and straight with a flattened wand part – like the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri brush, but perhaps half the width and with a straight-cut top. It dried averagely quickly – not too long, but I wouldn’t call it fast drying either. “Dynamite in the sack” is how M. Gustave describes wealthy hotel visitor, 84-year old Mme D!

Diabolical Nail Varnish set from Firebox
Diabolical Nail Varnish set from Firebox

Enchanting Old Ruin – a term used to describe the hotel in the film – is a grey that sometimes leans slightly teal green. This is also a good cream, like the purple. There’s quite a lot of grey in the film that must have inspired this: M. Gustave’s waistcoat, his prison uniform, the uniforms of the soldiers and the colour of the mountain scenery.

Physically Repulsed is a sheer pink. This is the only one of the three that I was slightly disappointed with, from a nail art point of view. To fit with The Grand Budapest Hotel theme, this pale pink colour is perfect. It is the colour of the Mendl’s cake boxes in the film and is the colour of the hotel itself. However, this is a very sheer polish so it doesn’t show up as very pink on the nail. It would be great worn alone or used for a French manicure, but my nails are far too yellowed for me to show it off well. The name of this polish actually has a nail polish reference. In the film, M. Gustave and Mme D have a scene that plays out thus:

M. Gustave: “Oh, dear God, what have you done to your fingernails?”

Mme D: “I beg your pardon?”

M. Gustave: “This diabolical varnish; the colour is completely wrong!”

Mme D: “Oh really? Don’t you like it?”

M. Gustave: “It’s not that I don’t like it; I am physically repulsed.”

Because it is so sheer, I have used it here over a white, which brings it to a more solid colour. I did still need four coats though to make it opaque enough to show up the colour well.

Pink, purple and grey stripes using Diabolical Nail Varnishes from Firebox.com
Pink, purple and grey stripes using Diabolical Nail Varnishes from Firebox.com

You can buy this Diabolical Nail Varnish set from Firebox.com for £12.99. I have a great fondness for Firebox.com. At the time it launched in the late 90s, I was working for an internet consultancy. This was before the internet bubble burst and at the time, it was such a small industry that we seemed to know everyone in it. So, I knew Firebox.com from the off and have admired their approach ever since. If you ever need a quirky or original gift, they are certainly the place to look first.

 

Product information for pink, purple and grey stripes manicure:
  • Purple: two coats of Diabolical Nail Varnish Dynamite In The Sack
  • Pink: four coats of Diabolical Nail Varnish Physically Repulsed over two coats of Nella Milano Chantilly Cream
  • Grey: two coats of Diabolical Nail Varnish Enchanting Old Ruin
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure and product images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
These nail polishes were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Summer Gradient | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

This is my summer gradient for the summer prompt of the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

I had all but caught up last week and was going to post this last weekend, but then my son decided to get a fish bone stuck in his throat. That led to 26 hours in three different hospitals, including an emergency operation and then was followed by four days of trauma, complications and consultant appointments. I’m pleased to say that the bone has gone, but my son is left with only half of his uvula, the other half having turned white and dropped off – yikes!

So, I didn’t catch up after all, and I’m left trying to post as much as possible this weekend. I have this plus another three manicures to create, photograph and post before I even catch up.

Summer gradient
Summer gradient

Before the medical trauma, I was already going to post this. It’s a bit of a cheat as it’s the gradient I did for this tribal gradient stamping a couple of months ago. But as I didn’t post the gradient on its own, I feel it’s fair game to use it for this.

Summer gradient
Summer gradient

I was inspired by the colours of the Sky logo to create this. The blue didn’t take quite so well, and also didn’t combine with the pink to make a purple. You could only see it a little, so I added it in on the tips using the brush. You couldn’t really see that under the stamping I did before, but it’s a bit more evident here. Having said that, I don’t dislike it.

 

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient base: one coat of Nella Milano Peach Schnapps
  • Gradient: Beauty UK Bon Bon, Barry M Block Orange, Barry M Pomegranate and Barry M Blue Grape
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Nella Milano Peach Schnapps was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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GERmanikure Crystal Glass Nail File

Today I am reviewing a GERmanikure crystal glass nail file.

GERmanikure is a a family-owned business based in Florida, USA. They produce a range of quality manicure products, including nail files, scissors and cuticle nippers, all sold through retailer zamberg.com.

The crystal nail files are obtained under patent from the Czech Republic – a country renowned for quality glassware. They are 3mm thick and manufactured from authentic bohemian crystal glass. The textured grit is permanently etched into the crystal, meaning it won’t degrade over time. The glass is also chemically tempered, so these files are harder than normal, heat-tempered glass, which means they offer more resistance against breaking.

GERmanikure crystal glass nail file
GERmanikure crystal glass nail file

They come in a range of colours and are presented in a quality leather pouch. You can choose from a number of colours and from a range of pre-etched inspirational, spiritual, motivational or humorous phrases. So you can find a phrase to match your own character – or you can choose a plain one without any wording.

I chose a blue one – my favourite colour – which says “File away your worries”, which I found amusing. Although I was rather tempted by “Eat more cake”!

GERmanikure crystal glass nail file: File away your worries
GERmanikure crystal glass nail file: File away your worries

I like the GERmanikure approach: they are an ethical, land-fill conscious company, never using plastic or cardboard packaging. They are socially responsible too, and run an anti-child labour campaign and contribute a portion of all sales to families victimised by child labour in Pakistan and Vietnam.

I only use crystal nail files as they are better for your nails. They don’t scrape and tear your nail, like other files do. This separates the layers of keratin in the nail, making them more prone to braking, chipping and peeling. I own a few crystal files; I have ones from Leighton Denny, Ciaté and She Sells Seashells. This GERmanikure one seems stronger in that it takes off the length more quickly. That’s great for me as my nails grow quite quickly and I file them weekly at least. Until recently, I have mainly been using my Leighton Denny file as it lives in my office drawer. But it takes much longer to file my nails than this GERmanikure nail file does, so I’m relegating the Leighton Denny to my handbag!

Using a crystal glass nail file is one of the fundamental things you need to do if you want to grow long nails – (I have other nail care tips here) – and I wholeheartedly recommend the GERmanikure one. You can buy GERmanikure files from zamberg.com.

 

 

Product information:
  • Nail file: GERmanikure crystal glass nail file


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Mint Green Starburst Needle Drag | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

This mint green starburst needle drag is for last week’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas theme – I’m caught up finally! Mint green is the colour scheme for the week and my own prompt is needle drag.

I have done a few needle drag manicures now, and I wanted to try a different pattern. This is inspired by a manicure done by the exceptionally talented Sveta Sanders. I don’t know how she manages to fit two starbursts onto a nail – I had trouble making just one small enough per nail. And it was incredibly frustrating for me as I did about ten versions before I was happy with one. I think my problem is that the base polish I used – SpaRitual Delight – dries that bit too quickly for an effective needle drag.

Mint green starburst needle drag using SpaRitual Delight and Barry M Watermelon
Mint green starburst needle drag using SpaRitual Delight and Barry M Watermelon

So, as mentioned, the base is SpaRitual Delight. It is the loveliest mint green that I own. Regular readers will know that I really don’t like green at all – but I do like a good mint green.

I teamed it up with just one extra colour, Barry M Watermelon. I painted a thick second coat of the mint green, then dotted on: dark green, mint green, dark green – with each dot getting slightly smaller so tht they didn’t obscure each other. Then I used my smallest dotting tool to create the starburst pattern.

Mint green starburst needle drag using SpaRitual Delight and Barry M Watermelon
Mint green starburst needle drag using SpaRitual Delight and Barry M Watermelon

Unfortunately, I have been a bit heavy-handed with my top coat and smudged the design a little. I wanted to wear this long-term, but I could only manage two good starbursts, so it only lasted for a day – with all my other nails in plain mint green.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: SpaRitual Delight and Barry M Watermelon
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Delicate Floral Wedding Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

I’m slowly catching up! These floral wedding nails for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group were due almost two weeks ago. I’m only just making it into the Inlinkz linkup!

I didn’t really know what to do for the wedding theme. I have done a number of pale stamped lace manicures before that I think would be suitable for a wedding and I wanted to do something different. I really wanted to try to recreate this manicure by instagram nail artist Anna Malinko. But she uses gel from a pot, which I don’t have – I could tip it out of the bottle, I suppose. But anyway, she’s an extremely talented freehand artist and I am not!

Delicate floral wedding nails
Delicate floral wedding nails

So I did my own take and stamped a delicate floral design over a subtle French manicure. It’s not anywhere nearly as good as Anna’s manicure, but it’s all I can manage.

Inspired by my pastel and negative space curved chevrons nails, I did a subtle French manicure. I once again used Ciaté Bloom Boost and Barry M Nude to create a (non-stained) naked nails effect. I am disappointed that under the lights the camera seems to show the staining a bit still, which is not at all evident in real life.

Then I used Orly Pink Nude for the tips. I think Pink Nude is meant more for the whole of the nail, but I didn’t want a really stand-out white tip, so thought this was far more understated. It’s a creamy colour and it simply brightens up the (stained!) tip.

Delicate floral wedding nails
Delicate floral wedding nails

I stamped using Essence Stamp Me! White and half of an image from Bundle Monster BM-XL206 (Nailstamp4fun’s blogger collaboration plate).

Right, I’m now one manicure away (last week’s mint green prompt) from catching up. Watch this space!

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Negative space “colour”: two coats of Ciaté Bloom Boost, with two coats of Barry M Nude
  • French tips: Orly Pink Nude
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! White
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL206
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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