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GOT Polish Challenge: Dots: gradient red and coral dots

It’s dots today in the Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge.

I was going to recreate my lovely dotted manicure that I did back last September and I pulled out some different colours to try out. But I couldn’t find a colour scheme that went well together at all.

Then I spied some Ciaté polishes in my untried drawer and toyed with doing the same sort of idea – largish dots, aligned squarely rather than offset – but with similar colours and in a gradient style.

And I love it! The polishes all come from 2012’s Mini Mani Month advent calendar and are: Dangerous Affair, the darkest colour, which I’ve used for the centre line of dots; Mistress, a bright tomato red; and Speed Dial, a coral colour.

The white base is Sinful Colors Snow Me White.

My dots are not very uniform and nowhere near as good as I did them before. That’ll teach me to do my manicures in a rush!

Red and coral dotted gradient Ciate polish
Red and coral dotted gradient using Ciaté Dangerous Affiar, Mistress and Speed Dial
Golden Oldie Thursday

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Dots: Ciaté Dangerous Affair, Ciaté Mistress, Ciaté Speed Dial
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

January’s Polish Party: January Blues: blue roses

I joined a group on Twitter who have a Polish Party once a month. We all do nail art to a theme and this time around we’re doing January Blues.

I’ve done quite a lot of blue manicures recently – good thing it’s my favourite colour!

I decided to be cheery about my “blues” and went with some roses.

I was going to put some polka dots in between them, but changed my mind after I’d done them on my thumb nail. So the spacing of some of the roses isn’t as even as it could be.

Blue Roses January Blues Polish Party
Polish Party: January Blues: blue roses using NYC Raindrop (Blue Sky), L’Oréal Sky Fits Heaven, Barry M Blackberry and Barry M Blue Glitter

The base is NYC Raindrop. Well, it’s labelled as that, but every time I use it, I end up pointing out that, in every Superdrug I’ve been in, the shelf for NYC shows the pale blue as Blue Sky and the pale green as Raindrop. But the bottles have the names the other way around. The rose centres were done with L’Oréal Color Riche Sky Fits Heaven; the darker bits of the roses are Barry M Blackberry; and for extra cheeriness, I gave my roses glittery leaves using Barry M Blue Glitter.

There we go! Blues banished! 🙂

Polish Party nail art challenge
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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of NYC Raindrop (or Blue Sky)
  • Rose centres: L’Oréal Sky Fits Heaven
  • Rose shading: Barry M Blackberry
  • Rose leaves: Barry M Blue Glitter
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Blue and Green Sparkly Stars: Sparkle: FingerFood’s Theme Weeks

This week’s theme in the FingerFood’s Theme Weeks challenge is sparkle.

I thought about going all out with some blingy rhinestones, or some glitter, but ultimately I chose something a little more understated, but still with sparkle.

I’ve put some blue and green star stickers over a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. I bought the stickers from She Sells Seashells. The green ones have a bit of an outline, which didn’t happen with the blue ones, but you can’t see them in real life. I didn’t put top coat on for these photos, but I did later on, and it disguised the outlines much better.

Blue and green sparkle stars
Blue and green sparkly stars stickers over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

 

FingerFood's Theme Weeks

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Intermediate top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
  • Stars: stickers bought from She Sells Seashells
  • Final top coat: none

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All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Lacquerdaisical Jaffa Fake

Jaffa Fake comes from a new(ish) UK indie called Laquerdaisical, run by Alexia and sold through her Facebook page. She invited me to review some of her polishes and this is the first of three that I received.

Jaffa Fake is a thermal colour-changing polish that’s orange when warm and chocolate brown when cold. I love that Alexia has chosen to name her polish after one of my favourite biscuits (yes, I know, Jaffa Cakes are cakes … technically … I’ve seen that episode of QI too!)

It has a subtle magenta and orangey-gold shimmer to it, and this is especially evident when the polish is brown.

It was quite thick in application, yet the pigmentation is quite sheer. I used three coats, but you can still see through the polish in its warm (orange) state. Thankfully it’s winter, so my hands were rarely warm when I wore this, but I think orange or peach undies might be in order next time.

The polish dried matte, but a top coat made it shine and really brought out the shimmer.

Laquerdaisical Jaffa Fake
Laquerdaisical Jaffa Fake

Here you can see the different effects that I managed with it. While the standard transition look would be orange with brown tips, I did manage to get it brown with orange tips by blowing onto my nail tips while my hands were cold.

Laquerdaisical Jaffa Fake colour change transitions
Laquerdaisical Jaffa Fake colour change transitions, from left to right: cool with warm tips, warm, warm with cool tips, cool

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Laquerdaisical Jaffa Fake
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

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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.

 

 

 

 

GOT Polish Challenge: Blue: double chevron half moons

This week’s Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge is all about blue; my favourite colour.

Before I realised that there is a chevron prompt coming up, I’d already created some double chevron half moon nails! Never mind; I do like chevrons, so I’m happy to be doing them again soon.

The pale blue is Revlon Dreamer, a dusky, cornflower blue. I used some straight and chevron-shaped nail vinyls for the chevrons, with Nails Inc Motcomb Street, which is a very dark navy blue. I got my bottle free in the December 2012 issue of Glamour magazine.

The colours complement each other nicely for what I think is quite a striking look.

Double blue chevrons using Revlon Dreamer and Nails Inc Motcomb Street
Double blue chevrons using Revlon Dreamer and Nails Inc Motcomb Street

 

 

Golden Oldie Thursday

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Revlon Dreamer
  • Chevrons: Nails Inc Motcomb Street
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.