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Benecos Ice Ice, Baby! with Diamond Glitter Half Moons | Twinsie Tuesday

For the glitter placement prompt for Twinsie Tuesday, I have some diamond glitter half moons, and a review of a new (to me) polish brand.

I’ll start with the polish first. This pastel blue is Ice Ice, Baby! from benecos. There are eighteen colours to choose from, and 6 of those are new, as part of the Spring/Summer 2016 collection. They come in round bottles of 9ml for £6.95 each. I’m never so keen on the larger round lids for handles, but I have to say that I love the benecos brush itself. It’s lovely and slim – think old-school Chanel. [Complete aside – why did you change your brushes, Chanel?]

benecos Ice Ice, Baby! with diamond glitter half moons
benecos Ice Ice, Baby! with diamond glitter half moons

The benecos polishes are vegan and 5-free. You can buy them from Whole Foods, selected outlets and online from benecos.co.uk. Ice Ice, Baby! is from the Spring/Summer 2016 collection of 6, complimentary colours. I’ll review 3 more in the coming days and weeks.

Benecos Spring Summer 16 nail polish collection
Benecos Spring Summer 2016 nail polish collection. (Courtesy of, and copyright to benecos).

For the glitter placement, I have created some some diamond glitter half moons using glitter I got in a previous Ciaté advent calendar. It’s called Tinsel Trail and is a mini Ciaté polish bottle, full of blue and silver diamond glitters. Initially I tried to place the glitter horizontally in a line across the nail, but I was woeful and it was so crooked! So I removed that and tried something easier.

benecos Ice Ice, Baby! with diamond glitter half moons
benecos Ice Ice, Baby! with diamond glitter half moons

I ended up with a half moon design, which was not only easier, but also looked better (in my humble opinion).

 

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Benecos Ice Ice, Baby!
  • Glitter: Ciaté Tinsel Trail
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Benecos Ice Ice, Baby! was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Red with Diamond Glequins: M is for: Multi-coloured

We’re half way through the A2Z series challenge, so that means it’s M this week. And M is for multi-coloured.

I’ve used some diamond shaped glequins that I bought from Born Pretty Store. I forgot I had these. They look very striking on the nail though, so I’ll be using them again! There are all sorts of ways these can be used.

I’ve paired them with red, Barry M Retro Red, which is a one-coater metallic red. The Retro polishes all have other names – apart from their colours, which is how they are labelled on the bottles. They are taken from 1980s music tracks and Retro Red’s alter ego is Lady In Red. I only have four of the collection. I’m missing the purple (Tainted Love) and would love to get hold of it to complete my collection.

Barry M Retro Red with multi-coloured diamond glequins
Barry M Retro Red with multi-coloured diamond glequins
Born Pretty Store 10% discount voucher code ZSL91

If you fancy buying some glequins like these, then you can use this code for 10% off: ZLS91. I don’t get any reward for you using this code, but after it’s been used a certain number of times, Born Pretty Store will sponsor a giveaway on my blog, and that would be rather nice – for you and me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: 1 coat of Barry M Retro Red (Lady In Red)
  • Glequins: Born Pretty Store multi-coloured diamond-shaped glequins
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (2 coats on the glequins nails)


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Here are the manicures from the other A2Zers:

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Q is for: Queen Vic by Butter London, with round pink glitters

It’s letter Q this week in the A to Z series challenge and because I didn’t have a Q, I went out and bought one (nooorty me!)

The first Q that I could find was Queen Vic from Butter London. I don’t have any other polishes by Butter London. They are so expensive (£10.50) and because you couldn’t get them in shops until fairly recently, I’ve never been inclined to try them out. I liked the look of Queen Vic though. It’s a medium purple with a strong lean to the red side of the purple spectrum. Quite a plummy shade.

It went on quite nicely. The brush is thin, a bit like the Chanel brushes, and the formula evened out beautifully. It is quite runny though, so when I got close to the cuticles on a couple of occasions, it did pool somewhat.

I added a line of round pink neon glitters near the tips. These came from the pot of mixed neon glitters I bought from Born Pretty Store recently, and which I used on my neon glitter placement manicure.

Butter London Queen Vic with pink round glitter placement tips
Butter London Queen Vic with pink round glitter placement tips

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

Catrice Princess (Pocket Money Polishes)

Quirk (Deliciate Nails)

Fun Lacquer Queen (AnnaBean)

Quirk Queasy Does It (PishPoshandPolish)

Quarender (Starfish Nails)

Quirk (PennyPinchingPolish)

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Butter London Queen Vic
  • Glitters: Born Pretty Store round pink neon glitters
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Ciaté Cupcake Queen with glequins: Hot Pink: GOT Polish Challenge

I seem to be wearing a lot of pinks and corals at the moment. Seeing as I’ve always considered pink to be my least favourite colour (after the abhorrence that is green, of course), that’s surprising. But I am mainly choosing to do it, so I think my contempt for pink may be waning. So, for the hot pink prompt in the Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge, I was quite happy to pick out and wear a suitable pink shade.

This is Ciaté Cupcake Queen, a mini that came in 2012’s Mini Mani Month advent calendar. It’s a bright pink with a subtle blue shimmer to it.

I was going to do some stamping, as I seem to have neglected it recently, but concluded that it might obscure the pink too much. So, in preference, I chose to add some light pink glequins in a polka dot arrangement.

These are fab nails. The glequins sparkle and flash in the sun, and that, added to the hot pink, make it such a summery, cheery manicure.

Ciate Cupcake Queen pink glequins polka dots
Ciaté Cupcake Queen with pink glequin polka dots
Golden Oldie Thursday 2

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Ciaté Cupcake Queen
  • Light pink glequins
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

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33DC Day 11: 3D

Anticipating this day of the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge, I’ve been buying all sorts of nail charms and studs as I’ve come across them. But surprisingly in the end, I chose to go with some adornments that I’ve had for some while.

I used silver holographic sequin discs that I got many months ago, but which I hadn’t used before. They’re flat so I’d mainly anticipated using them down the centre of my nails, where they could sit snugly against the nail. However, I’ve always thought they might be great for a mermaid nails look.

I could have overlapped them like fish scales – one centred and placed above the two below – but I tried this on a nail wheel and they were quite bulky. So in the end I just overlapped them slightly one over the other in one direction.

I used a slow drying top coat – W7 Diamond Top Coat – so they were only loosely stuck by the time I’d finished. I then liberally applied more of the same top coat and employed some patience in waiting for them to dry. Finally they did dry and they were pretty rock solid. If I’d have caught them in anything, I’m sure they would have some off. But they stood up to some light duty use for half a day before I decided to take them off and move onto the next 33 day challenge manicure.

I teamed the accent nail with a lovely mermaid combination: Sinful Colors Nail Junkie over a base of Sinful Colors Aqua.

Nail Junkie is a teal base with small blue and gold glitters, and small and micro glitters that shift between teal and pale green. It looked lovely with just one coat of the glitter, but even better with two.

Mermaid nails
Day 11: 3D – mermaid nails using Sinful Colors Aqua, Sinful Colors Nail Junkie, Barry M Foil Effects Silver and silver holographic sequin discs

Although you can’t see the sparkle (my camera set-up is not inclined to capture glittery-ness), you can at least see the rainbow of colours of these holographic sequins. They certainly were very blingy in real life.

On Friday it’s a “pattern in your home”. I have something in mind, but it needs free-handing, so it may not make it to the blog unless I do it justice! [EDIT: I managed it and am really proud of my efforts – watch this space!]

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Sinful Colors Aqua
  • Glitter: two coats of Sinful Colors Nail Junkie
  • 3D nail: silver holographic sequin discs over a base of one coat of Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Top coat (over the glitter): Glisten & Glow HK Girl
  • Top coat (over the sequins):W7 Diamond Top Coat

 

Have a look at what everyone else doing the challenge has come up with:

 

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