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O is for: Olive from Barry M, with oil slick studs

It’s letter O this week in the A to Z series challenge and I have Olive from Barry M. I had quite a few Os to choose from, but hadn’t yet used this one from the most recent Barry M collection.

I used two coats. It dried really quickly, but it was very hot, so that may have been the cause of it. Olive is a light khaki colour and part of the Summer 2014 collection. I do think it has a more autumnal feel though.

I bought the oil slick studs – or cabochons – from She Sells Seashells. I’ve known Sarah, the owner, since very early on in my nails blogging days and I’m really pleased to see her business doing so well. She has a great range of nail art items, from studs and stickers to nail vinyls, charms and cabuchons.

Barry M Olive with oil slick cabuchons
Barry M Olive with oil slick cabuchons

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

A England Ophelia (and two others) (PMP)

Too Fancy Lacquer Orchid of 2014 (Deliciate Nails)

Cadillacquer Once More With Feeling (Pish Posh and Polish)

Nails Inc Oxford Circus (AnnaBean)

Polish Me Silly Off 2 Paradise (PennyPinchingPolish)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Barry M Olive
  • Cabuchons: She Sells Sea Shells 4mm oil slick cabuchons
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Orange and cream zigzags with OPI

I wore this manicure back in April, but forgot to post it until now. I painted it for my Mum’s 70th birthday celebrations, and I was going to do all my nails with the zigzags, but simply ran out of time and so I left it at just one accent nail.

The orange is OPI A Roll In the Hague, which is from the 2012 Holland collection. It’s a perfect Dutch orange and has become quite a favourite of mine. I always thought my favourite polish colour was blue or red, but that’s changed recently and I love a bright, cheerful orange now.

I used zigzag guides from Nail Vinyls before adding OPI My Vampire Is Buff.

Orange and cream zigzags using OPI A Roll In The Hague and My Vampire Is Buff
Orange and cream zigzags using OPI A Roll In The Hague and My Vampire Is Buff

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of OPI A Roll In The Hague
  • Zigzags: Nail Vinyls and OPI My Vampire Is Buff
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

N is for: Nude from Barry M: classic French manicure

It’s letter N this week in the A to Z series challenge. I have lots of polish beginning with N, but I’ve gone with Barry M Nude and a simple French manicure.

The tips were created using one coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White, applied with the help of some Nailene French manicure guides.

Then I added two coats of Barry M Nude. It’s just enough to cover up the yellow staining on my nails, but not too much to make the manicure too fake looking.

I haven’t done a French manicure in a very long time, and I like how this looked on me and so wore it for several days.

French manicure using Barry M Nude and Sinful Colors Snow Me White
French manicure using Barry M Nude and Sinful Colors Snow Me White

 

 

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Nails Inc New York Noir (PMP)

KBShimmer Newsprint (PishPoshandPolish)

Nails Inc Notting Hill Carnival (AnnaBean)

Wet ‘n Wild Night Prowl (Penny Pinching Polish)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • White: one coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Pink: two coats of Barry M Nude
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Perfect polka dots (the cheat’s way!) over Chanel Mirabella

Look at those perfect polka dots! Now, before you think I’ve become all conceited and boastful, I’ll explain that they’re only perfect because they are round glitters. Fab eh? I can now have perfectly formed dots whenever I want, thanks to these white round glitters that I bought from Born Pretty Store.

Of course, if I’m showcasing the perfect dots, I need the perfect polish to go with them. For me, perfection in polish (oooh, unintended aliteration!) comes in the form of Chanel. It always applies beautifully and evenly, leaving a wonderfully smooth finish. And Mirabella, from the Reflets d’Été summer 2014 collection is an adorable light orange colour. It’s not light enough to be peach, nor does it have any pinkness about it to be coral, but neither is it a classic orange, in an Essie-Orange-It’s-Obvious kind of way either. It’s just a toned down, lightened orange. Very summery and very classy. For me, orange is a great cheer me up colour, and these nails certainly had me smiling.

Chanel Mirabella with white polka dots using round glitters
Chanel Mirabella with white polka dots using round glitters

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Mirabella
  • Dots: Born Pretty Store round, white glitters
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

M is for: Magic Croisette from L’Oréal (with Saphir Treasure stamped butterflies)

I’m jumping in on a new challenge. Only in my last post was I complaining about my lack of inspiration and lack of posting – so it’s come at exactly the right time.

Charlie from Pocket Money Polishes is running the challenge, which is a series of A to Z posts. I’m joining in right in the middle, at M, but will see it through to the end. Who knows, I may just then start at A and do the front half of the alphabet too!

So, for M, I have Magic Croisette from L’Oréal. The Boulevard de la Croisette is a famous seaside promenade in Cannes, and the name so I guess the polish is named after the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean as seen from a leisurely stroll along the esplanade of the same name.

I bought this in March 2013 and haven’t worn it until now. It’s a duochrome in mid blue and teal, with a light blue, almost turquoise shimmer. The duochrome doesn’t show up much on the naills, but the polish is lovely all the same. It took two easy coats, and then I added some simple stamping.

I thought I’d keep the stamping in the L’Oréal family and tried out Saphir Treasure, a metallic light blue. It’s very similar – in the bottle anyway – to Essie Blue Rhapsody from the Mirror Metallics collection.

I stamped using the butterfly image on Bundle Monster plate BM 307.

L'Oreal Magic Croisette stamped with butterflies using Saphir Treasure and Bundle Monster BM-307
L’Oreal Magic Croisette stamped with butterflies using Saphir Treasure and Bundle Monster BM-307

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Zoya Mimi (PMP)

Barry M Mediterranean (Starfish Nails)

OPI My Vampire is Buff (Penny Pinching Polishes)

Emily de Molly Maddy’s Magenta (AnnaBean’s Nails)

Delush Polish Master of Disguise (PishPosh And Polish)

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of L’Oréal Color Riche Magic Croisette
  • Stamping polish: L’Oréal Color Riche Saphir Treasure
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-307
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.