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Pink stripes on cream: Z is for: Zoya Zanna

It’s the end! This week is letter Z in the A to Z series challenge.

I bought Zoya Zanna some weeks ago, specifically for this series of challenges. It was the only polish I could find beginning with a Z. I’m sure there are probably others, but once I’d found this one, I was happy. It’s a soft, dusky, muted pink. I do love colours like this. I bought it before Barry M brought out Ballerina, which is very similar, just a shade lighter.

This is 2 coats of Zanna on the pink nails and 3 coats of Barry M Coconut for the cream-based nails. I then added a stripe of Zanna to the cream nails. I was going to add another stripe in a complementary colour, but I liked it like this, and decided that since less is sometimes more, I should leave it alone and be satisfied.

Zoya Zanna pink cream stripe
Cream with a pink stripe using Zoya Zanna and Barry M Coconut

 

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Zoya Elke (PMP)

Zoya Charla (Starfish Nails)

Zebra Print (Annabean)

Zoya Storm (PennyPinchingPolish)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Zoya Zanna or three coats of Barry M Coconut
  • Stripes: Zoya Zanna
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Leopard print: Y is for: You’re A Peach

I only have two polishes beginning with the letter Y: OPI Yodel Me On My Cell and Nails Inc You’re A Peach. And for the penultimate week in the A to Z series challenge I chose to use You’re A Peach and did some leopard nails.

I’ve never really done leopard print nails before. I’ve done a couple of manicures that have half a nail with leopard spots, and I’ve done rainbow mini leopard print. But never “proper” leopard print.

I thought the peach base would suit leopard nicely. I painted two coats, then added the dots using just the brush of Nails Inc Porchester Place and went around them using W7 Black and a small dotting tool.

Peach leopard print Nails Inc You're A Peach
Peach leopard print using Nails Inc You’re A Peach, Nails Inc Porchester Place and W7 Black

 

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

OPI You’re Such A Budapest (PMP)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Nails Inc You’re A Peach
  • Leopard spots: Nail Inc Porchester Place and W7 Black
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Blue glitter crosses: X is for: Xs

It’s letter X this week in the A to Z series challenge. I don’t have a polish that begins with X. I don’t even have any where the brands begin with X (Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear springs to mind … but I don’t have any).

So I had to be a bit more creative this week, and I’ve put some Xs on my nails.   I didn’t intend for them to look like Scottish saltires, but they did turn out a bit like that.

I used Ciaté Ferris Wheel as the base. It’s a pastel, baby blue. It’s a gorgeous colour, but it took three coats – four on some nails – for it to be perfect. After adding some straight Nail Vinyls, I added Ciaté Glass Slipper, a cyan blue glitter that came with the 2012 Ciaté advent calendar. The smell was very off-putting; very chemically; a real ‘funky’ smell. But the glitter is nice 🙂

Blue X glitter nails Ciate Ferris Wheel Glass Slipper
Blue diagonal cross glitter nails using Ciaté Ferris Wheel and Ciaté Glass Slipper

 

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

MoYou Pro XL (PMP)

Cirque XX (AnnaBean)

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear  Raspberry Rave (Penny Pinching Polish)

Xyloid (Starfish Nails)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Ciaté Ferris Wheel
  • Glitter: Ciaté Glass Slipper
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Purple shimmer and creme with striping tape: W is for: Wild With Passion and Wine And Dine

It’s letter W this week in the A to Z series challenge. I couldn’t decide between two purple Ws, so I used them both to create a half and half manicure with some striping tape inthe middle.

The cream on the top half of the nail is NYC Wild With Passion. It’s a red-toned purple, with a mildly jelly-like formula until a second coat is applied. After I’d painted the whole nail, I roughly added on a coat of H&M Wine And Dine on the bottom half of my nails. Then I covered the join with some purple striping tape, sent to me by Tara from Tara’s Talons.

The two colours are pretty similar, so the difference between the shimmer and the creme isn’t so obvious, except in close up.

Purple half and half striping tape NYC Wild With Passion H&M Wine And Dine
Purple half and half with striping tape, using NYC Wild With Passion and H&M Wine And Dine

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Butter London Wallis (PMP)

Shimmer Polish Wendy (PennyPinchingPolish)

Barry M Watermelon / Waikiki (Starfish Nails)

Nails Inc Wardour Mews (AnnaBean)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of NYC Wild With Passion; H&M Wine And Dine
  • Striping tape: purple
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

V is for: Vixen: pink with flower accent

For V this week in the A to Z series challenge I’ve used Vixen by Collection 2000. It’s a striking pink with a fuchsia shimmer.

I paired it with the pale pink of No Excuses by George and created a dotted flowers accent nail.

You may notice that my nails are really short. This is the shortest they have been in a very long time. Looking back over old photos, I think this is the shortest they have been since I started blogging. They’re more manageable this length, but I prefer them longer, certainly in photos they look nicer longer. It’s my index finger nail that is causing the problems. It often breaks at the corner (on the left as you look at the photo) and it’s particularly flaky and peeling also at the moment, meaning any initial damage at a corner will often spread across the nail. So, I’ve taken them all down in length – the index nail is still comparatively shorter – I will just have to be patient while they grow again.

Collection 2000 Vixen pink shimmer flowers accent
Collection 2000 Vixen, with dotted flowers accent nail using George No Excuses

 

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Nails Inc Victoria (PMP)

Barry M Vanilla (StarfishNails)

No7 Vivid Violet / Nails Inc Villiers Street (AnnaBean)

Femme Fatale Vortex Remnants (PennyPinchingPolish)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Collection 2000 Vixen
  • Accent nail: three coats of George No Excuses, plus dotted flowers using Collection 2000 Vixen
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.