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Using the untrieds

As of today, I have 139 untried polishes.

On average, I wear 3 manicures a week.

139 divided by 3 gives 46 (ish).

There are about 44 weeks of 2013 left.

So … I have enough polish to last me until the middle of January 2014.

That’s ridiculous.

I have to stop buying polish. I am going on a no-buy (the Lent thing didn’t really last!)

I am going to try to use (at least a good proportion of) my untrieds before buying any more polish.

Kerruticles' untried polishes
My untrieds

 

Yes, I know there are 133 in the photo – 5 are at Boots waiting to be collected – and I must have misplaced one somewhere along the way <wails>!

Essie Leading Lady

I rarely fall straight in love with a polish and go out and buy it immediately. Typically, I hear about a new collection coming out via the blogs I read, and then I see some swatches. I may notice a polish or two, but most of the time I’m trying not to buy any more polish, so I attempt to persuade myself I don’t particularly like anything.

But often the draw of a polish is too much, and I start to lust over it. This was the case with Essie Leading Lady; a red jelly packed with small red glitter. I spent a long time still not buying it though; I love Essie but £8 is at the more expensive end of my range, so they are definitely a luxury.

Finally though, the lusting became too much and I had to give in. I had to have Leading Lady. I gave in last week and my bottle arrived yesterday. I have more than 140 untried polishes, and my oldest ones were bought back in the summer of 2012. But Leading Lady went straight to the top of the pile; I just couldn’t wait to put it on.

Essie Leading Lady
Two coast of Essie Leading Lady with three coats of top coat

My Leading Lady was a bit of a cow to apply though, and I very nearly fell out of love with her straight away. The glitter really needed some care and attention to get good coverage. A simple brush stroke didn’t work as it left really bald patches. So it needed a combination of brushing and dabbing. Additionally, the polish dried really quickly and started getting quite gelatinous and gloopy. It was as if I was spreading raspberry jam on my fingers. The first coat was all lumpy and patchy.

I changed tactics for the second coat and painted quicker and thicker. This seemed to do the job and the second coat left my nails looking fab, albeit the finish dried a little matt. But after a couple of top coats, I had beautiful red, sparkling, glass-flecked nails and my ardour was firmly reignited.

I added a third top coat before taking these photos, and that smoothed it out even more.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of Essie Leading Lady
  • Top coat: three coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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Collection 2000 Dynasty and Button Moon striped manicure

It was a lovely and sunny day, so I put something bright and cheerful on my nails in anticipation of spring arriving soon (I hope!)

I was thrilled to find out recently that I won a nail art contest hosted by Debbie of The Crumpet. There was no prize, but Debbie kindly offered me the chance to write her a guest post for her blog.

I put it off for ages, never thinking I could come up with anything good enough (her blog is FAMOUS in the polish world, for goodness sake!)

I finally gave up trying to invent something worthy enough, and just decided whichever manicure I next did that I was pretty pleased with would be the one I wrote up for her. And this is it. It’s a manicure I wore on 17th February, but am only just posting now as it coincides with my guest post being published on The Crumpet.

You’ll need to head over to the post itself to read more about the polishes and so on, but here’s a sneak preview of the photos.

Collection 2000 Dynasty and Button Moon striped manicure
Striped manicure using Collection 2000 Dynasty and Button Moon

 

Collection 2000 Dynasty and Button Moon striped both hands
Striped manicure using Collection 2000 Dynasty and Button Moon – both hands

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: three coats of Collection 2000 Dynasty or Collection 2000 Button Moon
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip
  • Stripes created with: 3M Scotch-Blue™ Painter’s Tape

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Blue gradient: Revlon Dreamer, Collection 2000 BMX Bandit and George Boom

I haven’t done a gradient in quite a while, so that’s what I chose to put on my nails today.

This is three shades of blue. Revlon Dreamer is a pale, cornflower blue and was what I used as a base. Then I’ve used Collection 2000 BMX Bandit, which is a dark pastel blue, leaning towards a light sort of Air Force blue. And finally there’s George Boom, which is an inky, not quite navy, blue.

The three have nicely matching tones and compliment each other well, so I knew they would blend well in a gradient.

Blue gradient nails using: Revlon Dreamer Collection 2000 BMX Bandit and George Boom
Blue gradient nails using: Revlon Dreamer Collection 2000 BMX Bandit and George Boom

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of Revlon Dreamer
  • Gradient: sponged on using Revlon Dreamer, Collection 2000 BMX Bandit and George Boom
  • Top coat: No. 7 Stay Perfect

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Birthday nails: Barry M Rose Quartz Glitter layered over Sally Hansen Mousseline

I wore this manicure on my birthday recently. We went to Brighton and stayed the night before my birthday in a nice hotel in the marina, then stayed around the following day and had a lovely lunch in English’s, a fantastic seafood restaurant.

It was a very enjoyable and much welcome mini break, made perfect by the bright and sunny weather and the beautiful view of the marina and sea from our hotel room.

On my actual birthday I thought that I should sport some sparkle on my nails (I was thirty-sixteen, by the way!), and these combinations seemed really apt for the sunny weather.

This is three coats of Sally Hansen Mousseline, which I bought for just a £1 at Poundland recently. It’s a cream or perhaps a very pale peach, that I probably wouldn’t ever wear on its own, but which I thought would be good for nail art or as a base for something else perhaps. Then I’ve layered over two coats of Barry M Rose Quartz Glitter, which has medium, rose coloured hexagon glitters and tons of tiny holographic glitter.

Barry M Rose Quartz Glitter over Sally Hansen Mousseline
Two coats of Barry M Rose Quartz Glitter over Sally Hansen Mousseline

The holographic glitter really sparkles in the sunlight. Here’s a blurred shot taken in the sun that shows the holographic goodness!

Blurred Barry M Rose Quartz Glitter
A deliberately blurred shot taken in direct sunlight that shows the sparkle and holographic greatness of Barry M Rose Quartz Glitter

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: three coats of Sally Hansen Mousseline
  • Glitter coat: two coats of Barry M Rose Quartz Glitter
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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