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Revlon Midnight stamped with Color Club Over The Moon: H is for: Holographic

You’d be forgiven for not realising that this week’s A2Z series challenge is all about holographic … because my camera and lightbox set-up means that I cannot capture holo. I could, of course, have photographed these nails in the sun, but it’s somewhere over Turks and Caicos, Haiti and Ottawa right now. I’ll add a camera phone snap if I can get one, and then you’ll be able to see the lovely holo.

The base of these nails is Revlon Midnight, another one pound bargain from Pound(insert correct store name ending here – I think it’s “world”). It’s lovely.

And then I stamped with Color Club Over The Moon, the blue holo from the 2013 Halo Hues collection, and CICI & SISI 06.

Revlon Midnight stamped with Color Club Over The Moon, using CICI & SISI 06
Revlon Midnight stamped with Color Club Over The Moon, using CICI & SISI 06

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Revlon Midnight
  • Stamping polish: Color Club Over The Moon
  • Stamping plate: CICI & SISI 06
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Nails Inc Tate stamped with gold hearts (52 Week Challenge)

As my last manicure was chevrons, I chose the red and gold prompt this week in the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge.

The base is two coats of Nails Inc Tate, which came free with Glamour magazine this month. It’s a lovely, deep red, and I couldn’t resist getting it, despite the fact that Nails Inc polishes usually chip easily on me.

I stamped using Barry M Foil Effects Gold and CICI & SISI 01. I tried using my brand new Creative stamper, but it didn’t pick up as well as my trusty red Fab Ur Nails stamper (which doesn’t seem to be available any more, but it is the same size head and description of firmness as this white one). Perhaps it needs some more prepping. Although I do find that some stampers work better with particular plates, and my red FUN stamper has always been brilliant with my CICI & SISI plates.

Nails Inc Tate stamped with gold hearts, using Barry M Foil Effects Gold and CICI & SISI 01
Nails Inc Tate stamped with gold hearts, using Barry M Foil Effects Gold and CICI & SISI 01

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Nails Inc Tate
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Gold
  • Stamping plate: CICI & SISI 01
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Gold with black chevrons: G is for: Gold

For this week in the A2Z series challenge, the theme is gold. I don’t much like gold on my nails. Gold belongs with green in the “I don’t like them” pile. But gold it is, so gold I wore (and then promptly removed again!)

I painted black first, just one coat of W7 Black, and then added skinny chevron nail vinyls before layering on two coats of Ciaté Ladylike Luxe.

I don’t like these nails. They don’t look good with my skin tone and they aren’t executed very well either. I think the gold looks a bit flat; perhaps some glitter would have helped. I had been hoping to do these nails and then wear them tomorrow for the Christmas lunch I am going to. But I’ve had to rethink. The irony is that I am probably going with gold! Seventeen Charm Bracelet, I think.

Gold with black chevrons, using W7 Black and Ciaté Ladylike Luxe
Gold with black chevrons, using W7 Black and Ciaté Ladylike Luxe

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: one coat of W7 Black
  • Chevrons: Nail Vinyls skinny chevrons
  • Top colour: two coats of Ciaté Ladylike Luxe
  • Top coat:Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Makeup Revolution Nail Geek Dreams

This is Dreams, from the new(ish) brand Makeup Revolution, which launched online and exclusively in Superdrug stores this year. The Nail Geek range of 45 nail polishes launched last month and they cost just £1.49 each online at the moment. Plus, you can buy collections of five polishes for the price of just four. So that makes them even better value.

I have several polishes for review, but I don’t like to post them all in one go, so you’ll see them gradually as I wear them over the next couple of weeks.

Dreams comes from the Cool Nails collection and is a pale blue. It was a little thick and the brush was quite scratchy, so it didn’t leave the smoothest finish. However, top coat completely negated this minor niggle and the polish smoothed out beautifully with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. It has a very slight scent, but there’s no mention of this on the website. It’s not unpleasant in any way, but it did surprise me. It makes for a nice surprise though. Inexpensive polishes like this can sometimes be rather stinky, and this had a pleasant odour rather than a cheap, chemically smell.

Although my brush on this particular bottle was a bit scruffy, this hasn’t been the case with the other bottles I have, and I do rather like the brushes. They have a long, thickish and flat wand, a bit like the Sally Hansen brushes, but with shorter and non-curved bristles.

Makeup Revolution Nail Geek Dreams
Makeup Revolution Nail Geek Dreams

These polishes really are excellent value for £1.49 (or less). It’s worth noting too that they come in bottles of 12ml, which is more than you get from most of the budget, British brands available in Boots and Superdrug. Barry M polishes are 10ml; Rimmel are 8ml; Beauty UK are 8ml and 9ml; 2True are 7ml and 10ml; and MUAs, although cheap at £1, are practically half the volume of the Nail Geek polishes at 6.2ml. I think only Collection matches Nail Geek for quantity of polish in the bottle, and they’re double the price. Models Own bottles are larger – at 14ml in size – but again, they cost much more at £5.

This manicure wore supremely well. I wore it for four days with no chips at all, which represents outstanding longevity for me.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Makeup Revolution Nail Geek Dreams
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

Blue and green camouflage (52 Week Challenge)

It’s either dark green or camouflage in this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge. I’m not a lover of green, so I only have a few, and I don’t tend to wear dark green on my nails. But I do love a good camouflage manicure, and decided to use 4 of the 5 Cool Nails collection from Nail Geek for this look. I recently received the collection for review, and I’ve worn and photographed three of them on their own, so will be posting about them soon.

So, this is a base of Nail Geek Peppermint, a mint green (one of the very few shades of green that I will wear), with added camouflage splodges dotted on using Dreams (pale blue), Live Fearless (medium blue) and Inbetween (a teal colour).

Blue and green camouflage using Nail Geek polishes in: Peppermint, Dreams, Inbetween and Live Fearless
Blue and green camouflage using Nail Geek polishes in: Peppermint, Dreams, Inbetween and Live Fearless

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Nail Geek Peppermint
  • Camouflage splodges: Nail Geek Dreams, Nail Geek Live Fearless, Nail Geek Inbetween
  • Top coat:Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

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