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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


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Benecos Ice Ice, Baby! was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Perfect polka dots (the cheat’s way!) over Chanel Mirabella

Look at those perfect polka dots! Now, before you think I’ve become all conceited and boastful, I’ll explain that they’re only perfect because they are round glitters. Fab eh? I can now have perfectly formed dots whenever I want, thanks to these white round glitters that I bought from Born Pretty Store.

Of course, if I’m showcasing the perfect dots, I need the perfect polish to go with them. For me, perfection in polish (oooh, unintended aliteration!) comes in the form of Chanel. It always applies beautifully and evenly, leaving a wonderfully smooth finish. And Mirabella, from the Reflets d’Été summer 2014 collection is an adorable light orange colour. It’s not light enough to be peach, nor does it have any pinkness about it to be coral, but neither is it a classic orange, in an Essie-Orange-It’s-Obvious kind of way either. It’s just a toned down, lightened orange. Very summery and very classy. For me, orange is a great cheer me up colour, and these nails certainly had me smiling.

Chanel Mirabella with white polka dots using round glitters
Chanel Mirabella with white polka dots using round glitters

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Mirabella
  • Dots: Born Pretty Store round, white glitters
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Glitter placement: muti-coloured neon dots

I haven’t had time in the past couple of weeks to do my nails with anything more than plain colours. I’ve been busy with work, and my husband also had gastric flu for five days, which meant I was nurse-maiding quite a bit. I also got it, but only for 24 hours, about which I’m very thankful.

So, today is the first opportunity I’ve had in quite a while to do some nail art. I bought some round multi-coloured neon glitters from Born Pretty Store and was keen to try them out. I thought a dotticure would be best, and I’ve placed them randomly across two accent nails. I thought about going with a neon yellow to compliment this, but instead chose Barry M Grapefruit, a bold pink.

As ever, my camera can’t give you a true representation of the vibrancy of the neon, so you’ll just have to trust that they look fab!

I’m pleased with my bright, sunny nails. I think the weather forecast for tomorrow is cloudy, so these will definitely cheer the mood.

Multi-coloured neon dots glitter placement with Barry M Grapefruit
Multi-coloured neon dots glitter placement with Barry M Grapefruit
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Pink nails: two coats of Barry M Grapefruit
  • Dotted nails: multi-coloured neon round glitters, placed over two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • 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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All manicure images above are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

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