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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.

 

 

 

Aquarium manicure using Fake Tattoos

I was wearing Pacific, which is the blue-green ducochrome from the new Barry M Aquarium collection, and I was all ready to test out some nail tattoos that I had been sent by Fake Tattoos.

I received two packs of tattoos, with various designs on them, including birds, fish, anchors, ice-creams, palm trees and boats. I thought about doing a sailor-inspired manicure, with some navy stripes and using the anchors, but the blue-green colour of the polish I was already wearing, plus the name “aquarium”, led me instead to the little fish.

I guess these tattoos are like decals, but I’ve not used decals before, so I can’t say for sure. They were very simple to use. You just cut the image out, remove the plastic covering and then use some wet paper to press the tattoo onto the nail. I used some wet kitchen roll and it was only about 20-30 seconds before I could feel that I was able to slide the  paper off, leaving the tattoo on the nail.

They were really easy to use – and a lot faster and less messy than stamping!

I added a coat of Sinful Colors Nail Junkie to my other nails to complete the aquarium effect with some sparkle.

Fish nail tattoos Barry M Pacific
Fish nail tattoos from Fake Tattoos over Barry M Pacific, with Sinful Colors Nail Junkie glitter nails

These are the packs I received, and there are other designs too on the Fake Tattoos website.

Nail tattoos from Fake Tattoos
Nail tattoos from Fake Tattoos

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Barry M Pacific
  • Fish: nail tattoos from Fake Tattoos
  • Glitter: one coat of Sinful Colors Nail Junkie
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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The nail tattoos shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Barry M Pacific

Here’s the other polish that I bought this week from the new Barry M Aquarium collection. This is a blue-green duochrome called Pacific. Well, you could argue that the green is a greeny turquoise.

It reminded me very much of Chanel’s Azuré, so I pulled out my swatch wheels, and it’s not far off. Pacific is perhaps a little darker, and with a slightly more obvious colour shift than Azuré.

I liked it most in its blue form, but it mainly looked more green/turquoise.

I found this to suffer more with visible brush strokes than Mediterranean – I think perhaps the more pronounced shimmer of Mediterranean obscured any brush strokes.

All in all though, it’s a lovely polish. Well done Barry M. I’ve loved the two polishes that I’ve tried from this collection.

Barry M Pacific aquarium duochrome blue green
Barry M Pacific, from the new Aquarium collection

And I took another photo again, with an alternative hand pose, to try to show the colour shift. My photography wasn’t quite as successful in showing the blue though as it was in real life.

Barry M Pacific aquarium duochrome blue green
Barry M Pacific
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Barry M Pacific
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Barry M Mediterranean

I spotted the new Barry M Aquarium collection in Superdrug on Tuesday. There are four duochromes and two glitters.

Both glitters are shard glitters and I wasn’t sure I’d like them, so I gave them a miss. But I bought two of the four duochromes; the darker shades – this one and Pacific, which is a blue/green duochrome. The other two shades that I didn’t buy were the lighter pink/gold (Caspian) and the green/gold (Arabian).

I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d like this one, but I was really pleasantly surprised by it. The first coat was quite sheer and took a little longer to dry than is usual with Barry Ms. The second coat gave sufficient opacity though. And I didn’t find it at all streaky either by the time it dried and had been topcoated.

Barry M Mediterranean Aquarium duochrome pink
Barry M Mediterranean from the new Aquarium collection

You can’t see the colour shift so well in the above image, so I did something atypical for me and I took some more shots so I could get a different angle. So here, below, you can clearly see the difference between the gold on the index finger and the pink on the little finger. (You lucky people, getting two photos from lazy old me who only ever shows one! Don’t go getting accustomed to it though. It won’t be happening all that often!)

Barry M Mediterranean Aquarium duochrome pink
Barry M Mediterranean
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Barry M Mediterranean
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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A England Ascalon

I had been wearing a glitter polish, and had used PVA glue as a base coat. As always seems to happen with me when I use PVA glue, one nail just pinged off randomly, and so I was unexpectedly left in need of creating a new manicure.

The weather was due to be hot and sunny, so I’m not sure why I plumped for a grey polish. But I’m glad I did because the sun brought out A England Ascalon’s beauty. Not only is it holographic, but it’s also a duochrome, and the grey flashes a subtle hint of pink every now and then.

Of course, I didn’t take any photos until the next day, and so haven’t been able to capture the full glory of Ascalon 🙁 But you can just see the pink in the bottle.

A England Ascalon
A England Ascalon

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of A England Ascalon
  • Top coat: none in these photos

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