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Nella Milano Sizzling Sienna

I have another Nella Milano swatch today. This is Sizzling Sienna.

I find it quite difficult to describe the shade of this nail polish. It’s a browny-pink sort of colour. It’s a bit like the colour that plasticine was (maybe still is, I have no idea), only a bit more pink. It’s definitely evocative of its name, Sienna; both the place and the pigment named after it.

I didn’t think it would suit me, but I was pleasantly surprised. I used 2 coats, plus top coat. I’m still so very impressed with these polishes. They paint on so easily, almost effortlessly, and have a really glossy finish even before top coat.

Nella Milano Sizzling Sienna
Nella Milano Sizzling Sienna

Even at full price (£8.95), I think these polishes are very well worth it. I’m usually a lover of the very pricey (Chanel, Christian Louboutin) or the very cheap (Barry M, NYC, Sinful Colors). But these sit more in the middle ground, in the Ciaté, OPI, Essie sort of price bracket. I’m basing that on the price per ml, by the way, and the Nella Milano 12ml bottles give you a lot of polish for your money.

Plus, there are regular offers. On an ongoing basis, you can get 20% off this or any other Nella Milano polish with the code Kerrspecial. And at the moment – for a week – Sizzling Sienna is half price, at £4.47, which reduces to just £3.58 with the 20% discount offer.

Nella Milano Sizzling Sienna
Nella Milano Sizzling Sienna

I have more swatches of Nella Milano polishes coming up, once a week, and will post them – along with the accompanying discount – so watch this space.

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Nella Milano Sizzling Sienna
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Nella Milano Sizzling Sienna was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Peach and White Flowers with Chanel June and Born Pretty Store BP-L015

For this peach and white flowers manicure, I used Chanel June as the base and then stamped the white flowers using Born Pretty Store plate BP-L015.

I have wanted Chanel June for ages, and I recently found it for sale in the The London Perfume Company for just £14.99. It was a limited edition that I haven’t been able to find in any shops, and that’s less than the normal retail price, so I was a little suspicious that it might be a fake. But it seems legitimate. All the markings and bottle details are the same as for my other Chanel polishes.

Peach and white flowers using Chanel June and Born Pretty Store BP-L015
Peach and white flowers using Chanel June and Born Pretty Store BP-L015

I used three coats of Chanel June. It doesn’t play as nicely as many Chanel polishes do, going on quite streaky on the first coat, and needing three coats for good coverage. But it still has that wonderful Chanel self-levelling, and it’s such a pretty shade that I can forgive it the extra coat. The colour is not far off Barry M Full Throttle, which I hated the formula of, so I’ll just have to use Chanel June when I want a fix of soft apricot joy.

Peach and white flowers using Chanel June and Born Pretty Store BP-L015
Peach and white flowers using Chanel June and Born Pretty Store BP-L015

I’ve stamped some pretty flowers in white, using Born Pretty Store plate BP-L015. This is one of the newer rectangular plates that Born Pretty Store has released, similar in size to the MoYou London plates and the Bundle Monster new rectangular plates.

Born Pretty Store stamping plate BP-L015
Born Pretty Store stamping plate BP-L015

The plate is backed with white plastic and has mainly floral or leafy designs, with a few random ones thrown in; there’s a Valentine’s Day and a Mother’s day image, plus some Christmas trees! Quite a few of the flower patterns would be great for leadlighting/reverse stamping and I’ll definitely get a lot of use out of it.

This plate costs $5.99, and you can get 10% off it, and off other non-sale items, from www.bornprettystore.com with the code ZSL91.

Born Pretty Store 10% discount voucher code ZSL91

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Chanel June
  • Stamping polish: Konad White
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-L015
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Born Pretty Store stamping plate used for this manicure was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Essie Bottle Service with Neon Pink and Blue Chevron Decals (52 Week Challenge)

I’ve gone with the neon theme for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge, pairing Essie Bottle Service with neon pink and blue chevron decals.

I started by painting a white base on all my nails. I used Barry M Cotton, which has become my favourite white recently. Then I painted two coats of Essie Bottle Service over the top of my outer nails. White helps bring out the neon of the pink. And this pink is neon. My camera hated it, and I couldn’t even adjust the image after editing to give a truly colour-accurate likeness. So I gave up. Be assured though that it’s a bright highlighter pink. My photos show it a bit too washed out – it’s more intense and brighter then this.

As with all neons, Bottle Service dried matte, so I added top coat for shine.

For the accent nails, I added some neon pink and blue chevron decals from Born Pretty Store. I say accent nails, but I’ve taken to painting the two centre nails differently, as stand-out nails, but I nearly always do the same thing on my thumbs, so actually, 6 out of 10 of my nails – the majority – have the “accent”. It would be more accurate to call the plain nails the accents!

Essie Bottle Service with Born Pretty Store neon pink and blue chevron decals
Essie Bottle Service with Born Pretty Store neon pink and blue chevron decals

The water decals are from a large sheet of neon patterns. I bought these last summer, but never got around to using them, so this is the first time. But they will last ages because you get the equivalent of 11 small sheets of patterns. There aren’t enough of most patterns to be able to do all 10 nails, but you can mix and match the colours, staying within the same pattern family, or can use them for accent nails like I’ve done.

Essie Bottle Service with Born Pretty Store neon pink and blue chevron decals
Essie Bottle Service with Born Pretty Store neon pink and blue chevron decals

The two pinks don’t match each other, but under the light of my LED lamp, they both shine with equal intensity. Makes me want to go clubbing! (Maybe not! Too old for all that!)

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Cotton
  • Neon pink: two coats of Essie Bottle Service
  • Decals: neon pink and blue decals from Born Pretty Store (sheet YG-030)
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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Stamped Lace Nails: X is for: eXtra Special

I’ve chosen to create some stamped lace nails for X is for eXtra Special in the A2Z series challenge.

I tried to think of things that were extra special, but couldn’t come up with much. I had a bit of a Google and checked out some manicures on Pinterest, but still failed to be inspired by anything. Finally, I tried to think of things or events that were extra special. I thought of weddings, and hey presto, decided to do a bridal manicure.

I was married 18 years ago, long before I got into painting my nails, and long before nail art was a self-service kind of thing. So back then I just had a simple French manicure, painted for me at a beauty spa. I would much rather have had something like this. However, I don’t think I would have liked the agony of deciding exactly what to do, so perhaps the way it happened 18 years was best after all.

Stamped lace nails using Ciaté Amazing Gracie and Born Pretty Store BP-02
Stamped lace nails using Ciaté Amazing Gracie and Born Pretty Store BP-02

The base is 3 coats of Ciaté Amazing Gracie. It’s a very sheer, very pale pink. I wouldn’t much like to wear it on its own, but it’s perfect as a base for something like this. After 3 coats, there’s still a lot of visible nail line, which I don’t ordinarily like, but it was absolutely fine for this look; it just seemed right somehow.

The stamping is done with Konad White, using Born Pretty Store BP-02. It’s a buffet style plate with 4 lace designs on it.

Stamped lace nails using Ciaté Amazing Gracie and Born Pretty Store BP-02
Stamped lace nails using Ciaté Amazing Gracie and Born Pretty Store BP-02

 

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Ciaté Amazing Gracie
  • Stamping polish: Konad White
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-02
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Here are the manicures from the other A2Zers:

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Blue Daisies Stamping using Bundle Monster BM-XL05

Here’s a blue daisies stamping manicure using one of the new extra large plates from Bundle Monster.

BM-XL05 is one of the extra large plates released by Bundle Monster in February of this year. They’re not new images, but are old ones – the most popular ones apparently – resized as XL images. That’s great news for me. When I first started stamping, the first set of Bundle Monster plates was fine for my nails. But my nails have gradually got longer over the past couple of years, and I now definitely need XL designs to stamp with.

Blue daisies stamping using Nail Geek Clear Skies and Bundle Monster BM-XL05
Blue daisies stamping using Nail Geek Clear Skies and Bundle Monster BM-XL05

The Bundle Monster plates are rectangular, about the same size as the MoYou London plates and Born Pretty Store rectangular stamping plates. They are backed with navy plastic and come packaged with the blue protective film. On top of that, they are then wrapped in a plastic wrapper, like a greetings card wrapper.

Bundle Monster stamping plate BM-XL05
Bundle Monster stamping plate BM-XL05

Plate BM-XL05 is called Flower Child and has 12 floral patterns on it. I found 8 of the images on other plates I own:

  • BM16 (3 images)
  • BM-205
  • BM-221
  • BM-224 (2 images)
  • BM-617
Blue daisies stamping using Nail Geek Clear Skies and Bundle Monster BM-XL05
Blue daisies stamping using Nail Geek Clear Skies and Bundle Monster BM-XL05

I’ve used the daisies image that can also be found on BM16. The original of this is way too small for my nails now. In fact the whole first Bundle Monster set is too small. So it was wonderful to be able to use it again!

The blue base colour for this is Nail Geek Clear Skies, which I will post a fuller review of soon. The stamping is done using Mundo de Uñas Blue Navy (no. 3).

Blue daisies stamping using Nail Geek Clear Skies and Bundle Monster BM-XL05
Blue daisies stamping using Nail Geek Clear Skies and Bundle Monster BM-XL05

These XL plates cost $3.99 each from Bundle Monster, or you can buy them in sets of ten plates (there are 3 sets) for $29.99 per set.

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Nail Geek Clear Skies
  • Stamping polish: Mundo de Uñas Blue Navy
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL05
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Nail Geek Clear Skies and Bundle Monster plate BM-XL05 were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.