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Nella Milano Chestnut Road

This week’s special offer Nella Milano nail polish is Chestnut Road, a rich dark brown, with a slight hint towards red.

It’s a classic conker (horse chestnut) colour and comes from the Winter Soirée collection, which is a collection of four red-based shades.

I don’t know what it is about Nella Milano, nor how they do it, but I am always impressed by how classy their shades look. And Chestnut Road is absolutely no exception to that. It’s a classic autumnal shade and is so rich and shiny.

Nella Milano Chestnut Road
Nella Milano Chestnut Road

I used two coats of this russet polish. It applied beautifully and evenly.

Nella Milano Chestnut Road
Nella Milano Chestnut Road

On the Nella Milano website, there’s 20% off all polish if you use the code Kerrspecial. And on top of that, Chestnut Road is half price this week, at £4.47 – or even less with the additional 20% discount offer.

 

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


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

 

 

 

 

Burgundy and Red Needle Drag| Twinsie Tuesday

This week’s Twinsie Tuesday prompt is vampy. To me, vampy is all about dark red, so I did a burgundy and red needle drag manicure.

Working one nail at a time, I first painted on one thickish coat of L’Oréal Hypnotic Red. It’s a deep burgundy, almost black, shade and is the perfect vampy red.

Then I added a thin stripe of L’Oréal Rouge Cancan vertically down the centre of the nail, taking care to float it on so as not to pick up any of the first colour on the brush.

Burgundy and red needle drag using L'Oréal Hypnotic Red and L'Oréal Rouge Cancan
Burgundy and red needle drag using L’Oréal Hypnotic Red and L’Oréal Rouge Cancan

Then with my thinnest dotting tool – the one that is almost needle sharp – I dragged through the polish in a loopy pattern. I thought at first about recreating the pattern I did on this fuchsia and cream needle drag. But instead I thought it might kind of look more like a laced up corset – very vampy – if the turns at each side were looped rather than pointed. So I did continuous wide S-shaped swirls from side to side with the dotting tool.

Burgundy and red needle drag using L'Oréal Hypnotic Red and L'Oréal Rouge Cancan
Burgundy and red needle drag using L’Oréal Hypnotic Red and L’Oréal Rouge Cancan

I probably had too much polish on the nail because it didn’t stay the lovely elegant pattern I had created. Instead it ran a bit and distorted in places. So by the time it had dried enough for top coat, I no longer had a lovely corset. But it does still have a vampy vibe, albeit in abstract form!

 

 

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Please take a look at all the other vampy manicures from the Twinsies this week:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: one coat of L’Oréal Color Riche Hypnotic Red and one thin stripe of L’Oréal Color Riche Rouge Cancan
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

 

Bundle Monster Fundamentals Gel Polish and Travelling LED Flashlight Collection

If you haven’t used gel polish yet, but you’re curious, I have a fabulous and very inexpensive way for you to try it out. Bundle Monster has teamed three classic gel polish colours with a mini torch-based (flashlight for the North Americans!) LED curing light. And all for what I think is a great value price of just $22.99.

The set comes with three gel polishes, in red, black and white. They’re one-step gel polishes, so don’t need a base coat, nor a top coat, and nor do you need to wipe them after curing. You just paint two coats, curing each time, and then you’re done and ready to go, with no stickiness and no tacky layer to wipe off.

Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set
Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set

They are three classic colours that would be perfect as a starter set for someone just using gel polish for the first time. I’ve been away with work a lot recently, so am very short on time, so I just swatched these all together on one hand.

Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set: Rouge Lipstick, Button Down and Cocktail Dress
Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set: Rouge Lipstick, Button Down and Cocktail Dress

Rouge Lipstick is the red. It needed two coats as advertised and had brilliant application. It’s a great pillar box red that goes on well and cures well. I love it.

The white polish, Button Down, also took two coats and had great application too.

I had a small, very minor issue with the black polish, Cocktail Dress. It seemed to shrink away from the edges a little. I have experienced this before with gel polishes that aren’t well shaken. I had shaken this well, I thought, but it still didn’t leave the edges smooth. The second coat was much better – after some more shaking – but it still didn’t seem to be as perfect as the red or the white were. Having said that, it applied far better than my Gelish Black Shadow, which I find awful with shrinking, and it cured just fine, whereas my Gelish black is a pig to cure well.

Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set in use
Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set in use

The instructions say to cure each coat for 30-60 seconds and you get a handy LED torch that would be great for use when travelling. You don’t get batteries with the flashlight, so it just needs three AAA sized batteries.

Although these are hailed as one-step polishes, I was left with a very slight tacky layer at the end on each of them. Previously, when I have experienced this with other one-step gel polishes, I have just rubbed a little cuticle oil in and that has sorted it. I didn’t try that with the Bundle Monster polishes, but it may well work. Instead, I just wiped with alcohol and they were fine. I’m not sure why they weren’t left completely “dry”. I know the batteries that I used weren’t brand new, and they could have been very old, so perhaps that was the problem. I’ve certainly not read of anyone else having this issue.

Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set: Rouge Lipstick, Button Down and Cocktail Dress
Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set: Rouge Lipstick, Button Down and Cocktail Dress

All in all though, I am very impressed with this gel polish and portable flashlight set. I think it’s fabulous and great value at $22.99 (about £15 currently). That’s good value even for three gel polishes, let alone with a portable LED lamp included too!  It’s a few dollars short of the free shipping threshold though, so if you’re going to order it, I’d add one of the Shangri-La plates while you’re there!

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Red: two coats of Bundle Monster Rouge Lipstick one-step gel polish
  • Black: two coats of Bundle Monster Cocktail Dress one-step gel polish
  • White: two coats of Bundle Monster Button Down one-step gel polish


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.

 

 

 

Navy and Gold Zig Zags (52 Week Challenge)

I made it to the end. This is post number fifty-two, the last one for the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge. The prompts were dark and grungey and/or zig zags. I chose zig zags, which are also quite dark. But not grungey!

The base and plain nails are Chanel Fortissimo. This is a gorgeous navy that has a cobalt shimmer. I’ve been wearing it all week. It’s beautiful and has made its way up there into my top five Chanel nail polishes.

Navy and gold zig zags using Chanel Fortissimo and Essie On A Silver Platter
Navy and gold zig zags using Chanel Fortissimo and Essie On A Silver Platter

I used Essie On A Silver Platter for the contrast. It has pretty holographic blue glitters in a gold base (no idea why it’s called “silver platter” therefore!) There’s something almost Tutankhamun-like about this, with the navy and gold.

Navy and gold zig zags using Chanel Fortissimo and Essie On A Silver Platter
Navy and gold zig zags using Chanel Fortissimo and Essie On A Silver Platter

So that’s it. The challenge is finished. I will try to put together a collage of all the manicures. But I’m not sure how fifty-two of them is going to look.

Next week we start a brand new year-long challenge, the like of which you’ll never have seen before. It’s going to be awesome!

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Chanel Fortissimo
  • Zig zags: Essie On A Silver Platter
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (two coats)


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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Nella Milano Mercury Haze

This week’s swatch is of Nella Milano Mercury Haze. It’s a mid to dark grey that comes from the Misty Morning collection, which is five shades that range from black to white.

I needed two coats for sufficient coverage. They both dried quickly and left a good shine.

This is an autumn-appropriate shade – lovely and cool and crisp. But elegant too.

Nella Milano Mercury Haze
Nella Milano Mercury Haze

Mercury Haze is this week’s special offer nail polish on the Nella Milano website. It’s half price – at £4.47 – and you can get an extra 20% off this or any other Nella Milano polish if you use the code Kerrspecial.

Nella Milano Mercury Haze
Nella Milano Mercury Haze

 

 

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


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