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Miami Nice Meebox March 2017

Here’s some nail art I created using the Miami Nice Meebox, for March 2017. As I’m visiting Miami a little later in the year, I thought I’d try out an outlandish 80s Miami look.

I’ve been obsessed with nail polish for coming up five years, yet there are three bottles of polish in this box from brands I haven’t heard of before. Having checked them all out, they were all founded at least three years ago … so I should have done!

80s Miami manicure using the Miami Nice Meebox
80s Miami manicure using the Miami Nice Meebox

The pale coral polish is lauren b Coral Canyon. It has quite an unusual brush, with a very long wand. It claims to be quick drying and to last 14 days. That’s a bold longevity claim for a normal nail polish. I didn’t test that out (yet – only two days so far) and I have to say that I disagree with the claim that it dries quickly. I found it to be particularly slow drying, in fact. It’s a very nice spring / summer colour. The lauren b polishes retail for $18 a pop. I used two coats for the base of the gradient but needed three for the plain nails to get them opaque enough.

Nailberry is a British brand. Extravagant is a mid-purple creme. It is from the Oxygéné collection, a range of “luxury, breathable” polishes. They range in price from £14.50 to £17.00. Extravagant is currently listed at £14.50. It comes in the exact same bottle as the lauren b polish, and has the same brush, but with a rounded cap.

Floss Gloss Wet is a bright mint green, and another great summer colour.  Floss Gloss says it’s turquoise, but to me turquoise is much more blue. For me, this polish sits firmly within the greens and is not far off Barry M’s Greenberry. Floss Gloss is a US brand, so that’s possibly why I’ve not heard of it before as I tend to not buy from overseas. Aesthetically, I don’t much care for the brush handle. It looks rather old-fashioned to me, as if it came from a 1970s bottle of Cutex or Avon or something. The polishes are much more affordable than the other two brands – at $8.00. But this particular polish was first launched for spring/summer 2014, so it’s a very old shade. It’s still listed on the Floss Gloss website though, but is currently sold out. I needed three coats for the base of my ring finger. Two should have been enough, but it dragged a little and there were some balder looking spots that I wanted to be sure were properly covered. The bonus with this polish is that it’s a neon and it glowed really brightly under my LED lamp.

Miami Nice Meebox March 2017
Miami Nice Meebox March 2017

So, the nail art is loosely based on some images I saw on Google (search for “80s Miami”). There were bright sunset images with palm trees and some diagonal stripes too.

80s Miami manicure using the Miami Nice Meebox
80s Miami manicure using the Miami Nice Meebox

There are four non-polish items in the box. First there are three swatch sticks (not pictured). I swatch my polishes on wheels, so they weren’t any use to me for swatching, but I did use them to try out gradient combinations.

Then there are two Charlie’s Nail Art items: some silver holographic nail foil and some multi-coloured, rhombus glitter (diamond-shaped glequins). I used the nail foil for two of my nails. I didn’t get great coverage, with some small patches missing – as the pictures show. But as my camera refuses to show up holograph (I don’t use flash), I took a pic on my camera phone to show it. And in this picture, you can see what I see in real life; you really can’t discern the tiny, missing patches of nail foil at all.

Charlies Nail Art silver holographic foil
Charlies Nail Art silver holographic foil

Finally, my favourite item is a mini Leighton Denny crystal nail file. My first ever crystal nail file was a Leighton Denny one. I loved it, but I haven’t seen it in some years now, so I’m very excited to have a replacement. I think I’ll put it in my work bag so I always have a decent nail file on me. It doesn’t come in a case like my larger one did, so I’ll have to treat it carefully.

Meebox is a subscription-based nails box. You can either buy one month at £20, or three months at a time for £54, which is equivalent to £18 per box. That price includes tracked Royal Mail delivery. For the items in this box, that’s good value. I totted up the retail price of the Miami Nice Meebox items and it comes to £48.87 (using current exchange rates).

I like this box. It does rather remind me of the only other subscription box I’ve ever reviewed, the June 2016 Festival Nails Nailbox. That too had a mint green and a pale coral in it. But with the nail file and the chance to try out some new brands, it’s better than that one (which has also stopped trading, it seems).

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Index and little finger: Charlie’s Nail Art foil
  • Ring finger: three coats of Floss Gloss Wet; stripes using lauren b Coral Canyon and Nailberry Extravagant
  • Middle finger: gradient of lauren b Coral Canyon and Nailberry Extravagant, with Floss Gloss Wet added as the sea
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate:Born Pretty Store BP-23
  • Top coat (foiled nails): Picture Polish Revolution
  • Top coat (other nails): Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The March 2017 Miami Nice Meebox was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Roxanne Campbell Stormy Weather

Sorry for the long absence. I’ve been busy with work. And more recently, I’ve been off celebrating my (rather big) birthday. But I’m back with some polish from a relative newcomer: this is Roxanne Campbell Stormy Weather.

Roxanne Campbell is a nail artist, known for her work with fashion designers and celebrities. She has recently released her own nail polish range, and Stormy Weather comes from her winter collection.

Roxanne Campbell Stormy Weather
Roxanne Campbell Stormy Weather

It’s a lovely mid grey. It’s a perfect, mute and understated colour for winter, and I loved it on my nails. It is highly pigmented and many people could get away with just one coat. But I used two coats just to get a nice edge around the cuticle.

The range consists of ten colours currently, plus base and top coats. They’re all £10.00 each and there’s free postage to UK addresses. You can buy them at www.roxannecampbell.com.

Roxanne Campbell Stormy Weather
Roxanne Campbell Stormy Weather

The bottles remind me very much of Nella Milano bottles. Only the cap is different. It’s like the Chanel cap; square and removable. Thankfully the brush isn’t like the currently awful Chanel brush!

I loved the colour of this particular polish and was pleased with how smoothly and easily it applied.

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Roxanne Campbell Stormy Weather
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Roxanne Campbell Stormy Weather was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Semilac Nude Beige Rose

I’m starting the New Year off gently with a soft colour – just in case any of you still have hangovers! This gel polish is Semilac Nude Beige Rose. It’s a really beautiful, delicate and feminine colour.

I think Semilac are hedging their bets with name. They’ve included three different colours in it!

In fact, I think it’s not really any of these. It’s more lilac than any of those, perhaps with a pinkish hint in some lights. Neither of these photos of mine quite shows that pink side of it, but the photo I’ve used on my Instagram account does a bit more.

Semilac Nude Beige Rose gel polish
Semilac Nude Beige Rose

Semilac is brand of gel polish. They term it “UV hybrid”, but don’t let that confuse you into thinking it’s part gel and part something else. It’s a lamp-cured gel polish that needs to be removed by soaking in acetone.

Salon owner and former TOWIE star, Amy Childs, is the brand ambassador for the product.

Semilac claims that the polish will last up to three weeks. I never keep my polish on for anything like that length of time, so I can’t vouch for the longevity. I’m someone that likes to change my polish frequently, and my nails grow quickly, so after about two weeks, the gap at the cuticle end would be way too much for me. I suppose, for holidays, then three weeks would be great. You could have your nails done a few days before you go; then be away for two weeks with a perfect manicure; and then not worry about rushing to get them re-done again when you get back.

Semilac Nude Beige Rose gel polish
Semilac Nude Beige Rose

I’m writing this post nine days after I painted these nails and they’re still going strong. This colour is gorgeous, so that’s one reason why I haven’t taken these off yet. Also, I took the photos five days after painting the manicure, so you can see how well it has lasted.

I used three coats of colour for this. Semilac is purportedly very pigmented and many of the colours require only one coat. However, Nude Beige Rose is a little sheer when painting thin coats, so I needed three to avoid being able to see through my nail. If you have short nails that don’t extend far beyond your finger, or if you’re not as worried about visible nail line as I am, then one or two coats would probably be ample.

Semilac UV Hybrid polishes come in 7ml bottles and cost £8.75 each. You can buy them from the Semilac website, without needing to set up an account.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Semilac Nude Beige Rose
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Semilac Nude Beige Rose was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Morgan Taylor The Great Ice-Scape Collection

I have the whole Morgan Taylor The Great Ice-Scape collection to show you today.

It comprises six polishes for Winter 2016. There are two blues, a nude, a mauve, a pink and a copper shimmer. They are such gorgeous colours. As ever, I have been surprised by a couple of Morgan Taylor polishes. The ones I thought I might not like, I have absolutely adored.

The collection is themed around ice-skating. Here are the shades:

  • Figure 8s & Heartbreaks – a dusky mauve creme
  • Flirt In a Skating Skirt – a steel blue creme
  • Hey, Twirl-Friend – a nude creme
  • Ice Queen Anyone? – a copper shimmer
  • Lace ‘Em Up – a midnight blue creme
  • N-ice Girls Rule – a pale pink shimmer
Morgan Taylor The Great Ice-scape collection
Morgan Taylor The Great Ice-scape collection
Morgan Taylor Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016

Each of my swatches is two coats plus top coat. Every single one of these painted on perfectly and lasted really well. I am truly so impressed with Morgan Taylor polishes.

Figure 8s & Heartbreaks

This colour is absolutely stunning. It’s a dusky mauve – precisely the kind of tone that I like. It’s so gorgeous on, and I had so many people ask me what it was called when I wore it. This one is definitely my favourite of the collection.

Morgan Taylor Figure 8s & Heartbreaks, from The Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor Figure 8s & Heartbreaks, from The Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor Figure 8s & Heartbreaks, from The Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor Figure 8s & Heartbreaks, from The Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016

Flirt In a Skating Skirt

This is another dusky colour, and again one that I think is perfect for me. It’s a steel blue. It is darker than in the bottle – lots of shades are as the the thickness of the glass bottle makes them appear lighter.

Morgan Taylor Flirt In A Skating Skirt
Morgan Taylor Flirt In A Skating Skirt
Morgan Taylor Flirt In A Skating Skirt
Morgan Taylor Flirt In A Skating Skirt

Hey, Twirl-Friend

This is a nude polish. It has a hint of beige or mushroom about it. It’s a great colour for work, and complements the steel grey especially well. I can see me using these two together for nail art. I used two thicker coats for this swatch. If you paint your polish on thinly, you may need to use three.

Morgan Taylor Hey Twirl-friend!
Morgan Taylor Hey Twirl-friend!
Morgan Taylor Hey Twirl-friend!
Morgan Taylor Hey Twirl-friend!

Ice Queen Anyone?

This copper shimmer is the one polish in the collection that I thought I wouldn’t like. And I was wrong. It has a lovely sparkle to it under lights (or perhaps out in the sun – not that I can try that in the UK in the mid-winter though!) The photos seem to really show up the line in my nail where the free edge starts. I usually get this when my hands/nails are quite dry, so perhaps I didn’t moisturise well when I took these. I know metallic and shimmery polishes like this can often show up the flaws in your nails, but I don’t recall that showing up while I was wearing the polish.

Morgan Taylor Ice Queen Anyone?, from The Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor Ice Queen Anyone?, from The Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor Ice Queen Anyone?, from The Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor Ice Queen Anyone?, from The Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016

Lace ‘Em Up

Lace ‘Em Up is a deep navy, a midnight blue. It’s another gorgeous polish, and one that I’ve already re-worn since swatching it.

Morgan Taylor Lace 'Em Up
Morgan Taylor Lace ‘Em Up
Morgan Taylor Lace 'Em Up
Morgan Taylor Lace ‘Em Up

N-ice Girls Rule

This is another from the collection that I looked at at first and thought, no, not for me. I thought it was too girly, too pretty, too fragile for me. But I love this pale pink shimmer. It’s an absolute winner.

Morgan Taylor N-ice Girls Rule, from The Great Ice-Scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor N-ice Girls Rule, from The Great Ice-Scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor N-ice Girls Rule, from The Great Ice-Scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor N-ice Girls Rule, from The Great Ice-Scape collection for Winter 2016

Here’s a nice little video of some behind the scenes action. I guess it’s from an advert for the collection.

You can buy Morgan Taylor nail polishes in the UK in Sally’s stores – or online at www.sallyexpress.com.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of each Morgan Taylor polish
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Morgan Taylor The Great Ice-scape Collection was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Nail HQ All In One | Base Coat Review

For this review of Nail HQ All In One I’ve only been testing the product for a couple of weeks. So I can’t yet say if it lives up to its claims (more of which below), but I can say that I do like it as a base coat.

This is a blue-tinted base coat that is a multi-solution product for weak, soft and brittle nails. It paints on easily and leaves a slightly roughened texture to the nail, which is exactly what you want from a base coat so that the polish will adhere well to it. The blue tint doesn’t show up on the nail at all.

Nail HQ All In One
Nail HQ All In One

All In One is made with acai berry, argan oil and “replenishing mineral complex”. That last bit is marketing speak for “chemicals”. I don’t mean to rubbish the product, but I do get angry about the marketing of health and beauty products, and with manufacturers who insist on making up product ingredients like this. After all, in my day job I am a marketing consultant, and I know how these sorts of product descriptions come about.

Description aside, it is a nice base coat and one that I would definitely use again. Up until now I have been using Beauty UK’s base coat. This is the same price and I think is a superior product, so I fully intend to switch to using this. Nail HQ All In One is available on Amazon for £3.99 (currently) as an add-on item.

So, to those claims. The formula is supposed to help prevent breakages in weak nails by hydrating the nail, strengthening it and helping to promote growth. The argan oil and the mineral complex help provide the moisture balance that is necessary for flexible nails, which in turn prevents brittleness and breakages.

Now I haven’t had any breakages or splits or flaking since I’ve used it. But I have recently changed to a new nail shape, which I think helps with all that anyway. So it’s a little hard for me to objectively evaluate this claim.

You can use this base coat on its own or under nail polish. The instructions say to wear it for 4-5 days and then remove and re-apply.

There is a whole range of nail care products available, including a “plain” base coat, a strengthener, a hardener, a growth formula and cuticle oil. This is the full range :

Nail HQ nail care range
Nail HQ nail care range

I have used the cuticle oil and really like it. I usually make my own cuticle oil, but bought some Nail HQ cuticle oil when I ran out recently. I have just this week finished up the bottle and can definitely recommend this Nail HQ product too. It is odourless, which I like. I am not always keen on the scents in cuticle oil – with the notable exception of Dadi’Oil – I can’t get enough of the smell of that! And the oil contains jojoba oil, which is very close in make-up to the body’s own natural moisturisers.

 

For this review I’ve used:
  • Base coat: one coat of Nail HQ All In One, under nail polish


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Nail HQ All In One was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.