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Barry M Rose Hip with rhinestones: August Polish Party

For the Polish Party this month, the theme is glitter and / or gems. I’ve gone for some gems as I don’t think I’ve ever used rhinestones in a manicure before.

I decided on a soft pink as a base, and although it typically takes three coats, Barry M Rose Hip is the best baby pink I own. I have three or fours others, but they are all too sheer to be opaque in even three coats.

I added the rhinestones just with some top coat and they stayed for a good few hours. After one pinged off though, I top-coated the entire nail so that I could wear these nails for a bit longer.

Barry M Rose Hip with rhinestones
Barry M Rose Hip with rhinestones

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Colour: three coats of Barry M Rose Hip
  • Gems: clear rhinestones
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl



All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Here are the other Polish Party manicures for this month:

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Autumnal stripes with Barry M Mustard, Paprika and Cocoa

As soon as they launched on Wednesday, I went straight out and bought all 6 polishes from the new Barry M Autumn 2014 Gelly collection. I lined them all up in number order for swatching on my nail wheels and couldn’t help but notice that the yellow, red and brown shades worked really well in a gradient.

And that’s how this manicure was born. In the end though, I left out Chilli, as I preferred a three-way lined gradient and I plumped for Paprika over Chilli as it’s a better complement to the other two.

I started by painting Barry M Coconut on my two middle nails. I was initially going to use OPI My Vampire Is Buff, but thought I’d keep it all in the Barry M family! I top-coated and waited for them to dry and then I blocked off the stripes using the regular width straight Nail Vinyls. Finally, I painted Mustard, Paprika and Cocoa before quickly removing the nail vinyls. I’ve used Paprika on the plain nails.

Autumnal stripes with Barry M Autumn 2014 Gellys
Autumnal stripes with Barry M Autumn 2014 Gellys: Mustard, Paprika and Cocoa
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Striped nails: base of three coats of Barry M Coconut; then Barry M Mustard, Barry M Paprika, Barry M Cocoa
  • Plain nails: two coats of Barry M Paprika
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Purple and green duochrome with star studs: S is for Starlet

It’s letter S this week in the A to Z series challenge and I’ve gone for Startlet from Ciaté, to which I added some star studs as a nod to the polish’s name.

I bought this polish along with about ten others in a buying frenzy at my local The Original Factory Shop. If you have one near you, you’ll know that they always stock reduced polish from non-current collections, typically brands such as: Revlon, Sally Hansen, Rimmel, Calvin Klein and W7. Last time I went, they also had a number of Ciaté polishes. Now I own lots of Ciaté, but only because I’ve bought the advent calendar for the past two years and have also picked up some of the recent magazine freebies.

I’ve been pleased with every Ciaté I’ve used, but am not prepared to spend £9 on them. So it was with great excitement that I found some full-sized bottles in The Original Factory Shop for just £3 each. I bought just the one in the end, this one, Starlet, a purple and green duochrome. (The Ciaté website differs from my description, listing Starlet as a pearlised blue-purple two-tone polish – and it’s a current polish, retailing for £9).

Now regular readers of this blog will know that I don’t particularly care for green, but I rather like this. The purple is the more prominent colour, and I only really see the green around the edges or in quick flashes if I purposely examine my nails from a strange angle.

Ciaté Starlet duochrome with star studs
Ciaté Starlet with silver star studs

 

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Polish Me Silly Sizzling Sunset (Deliciate Nails)

OPI Suzi And The 7 Dusseldorfs/Steady As She Rose/Show It And Glow It (Pocket Money Polishes)

Dark Metal Lacquer Sound Asleep/Zoya Storm (Penny Pinching Polishes)

W7 Salt and Pepper (Pish Posh and Polish)

La Femme Silverado/BYS Silver (AnnaBean)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Ciaté Starlet
  • Studs: silver star studs from She Sells Seashells
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Luv Polish All Is Gold over black

I bought Luv Polish All Is Gold (and a couple of others) at the beginning of the year after seeing Cazzy’s swatches.

It is a clear base, which at first glance looks like it’s full just of gold glitter. But there are also tiny holo glitters in there (so all is not gold at all!). These look silver in the photos, but sparkle through a rainbow of colours in sunlight.

I don’t know if Luv Polish exists any more, sadly. The website and Facebook account seem to have gone and the Twitter account hasn’t been active since January. So I wonder if Lisa is another UK indie casualty.

Luv Polish All Is Gold
Luv Polish All Is Gold
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of W7 Black
  • Glitter coat: one coat of Luv Polish All Is Gold
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Red and gold harlequin nails: R is for Ruby Pumps

For letter R this week in the A to Z series challenge I chose Ruby Pumps from China Glaze. I don’t seem to have worn red on my nails in such a long time and I was yearning for it. Initially, I fished out a plain red China Glaze from my helmer, but sitting next to it was Ruby Pumps; my decision was made and my R manicure was born.

I painted two coats and wore it plain for a day before adding a harlequin-patterned stamp from CICI & SISI plate 03. I stamped using Barry M Foil Effects Gold. It stamped wonderfully apart from two or three air bubbles, which I filled in with my smallest dotting tool.

Red and gold stamped harlequin nails: China Glaze Ruby Pumps, Barry M Foil Effects Gold and CICI & SISI 03
Red and gold stamped harlequin nails: China Glaze Ruby Pumps, Barry M Foil Effects Gold and CICI & SISI 03

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

OPI Red Lights Ahead Where (Pocket Money Polishes)

Color Club Raspberry Rush/Barrym Red Black (Penny Pinching Polish)

OPI DS Radiance/Nails Inc Royal Botanical Gardens (Annabean)

Essie Romper Room (Deliciate Nails)

Barry M Rhossili and Rosehip (Starfish Nails)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of China Glaze Ruby Pumps
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Gold
  • Stamping plate: CICI & SISI 03
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.