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Dusky pink gel with glitter

I loved these dusky pink gel with glitter nails. I’ve been using quite a lot of gel polish recently, as I’ve not  been having much time to paint nails every couple of days.

I fancied something quite elegant, and took inspiration from this Celina Rydén manicure on Instagram.

I used a gel polish by Y&S. I bought a set of four Y&S polishes on a whim, because they were not expensive. I paid £8.99 for all four bottles, and that included delivery for me as I am an Amazon Prime customer.

Dusky pink gel with glitter
Dusky pink gel with glitter

I used polish 019 from the Y&S gel polish set #003, a dusky pink.

Of the four polishes in the set, the dusky pink is my favourite. It’s a beautiful shade. And I’ll definitely use the grey and the purple too.

I’m not so sure about the final colour though. The images on Amazon show it as a pinky nude, but it’s more of a browny-beige, and I’m not as keen on it as I am the others.

Still, £9 for the three gel polishes that I’ll use is great value, so I’m not complaining.

Dusky pink gel with glitter
Dusky pink gel with glitter

The glitter is one from an NYK1 set. I applied them after I’d cured and cleansed the gel, by applying over a clear polish. I used NYC Grand Central Station, which is supposed to be a fast-drying top coat, but I find it dries fairly slowly, and so is perfect in this application.

I then used a couple of coats of Gelous, which is supposedly a base coat, but which covers glitters well. I finished off with two coats of my favourite top coat, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri.
 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gel base coast: Red Carpet Manicure Structure
  • Gel polish: Three coats of colour 019 from the Y&S gel polish set #003
  • Gel top coat: Red Carpet Manicure Brilliance
  • Glitter nails: one coat of NYC Grand Central Station, plus glitter from NYK1, then two coats of Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat and two coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Festival Nails | June 2016 Nailbox

I used the June 2016 Nailbox content to create a festival nails look.

This is the first subscription box of polish that I have received. I’ve not signed up to one before because I now have so much polish (I’m approaching 1,000 bottles) and I think that I probably own practically every colour out there, in every finish. (OK, so maybe I don’t have all the greens – as green is not a favourite of mine!) I’m also running low on space to store them all, so these days I am much more picky about buying polish and only buy ones that really speak to me.

Festival nails using the June 2016 Nailbox
Festival nails using the June 2016 Nailbox

But I can see the appeal of these boxes. Even now I do love some nail mail. And to have a surprise package of nail goodies once a month would be wonderful.

The June 2016 Nailbox is called Festival Fever and contains four nail polishes and one nail art item:

  • Rimmel Cheeky Chap is a matte pale blue from the Spring 2015 Sweetie Heart collection
  • OPI Is Mai Tai Crooked? is a peach colour from the Spring 2015 Hawaii Collection
  • Essie Jazzy Jubilant is a medium pale pink and lilac/pale blue glitter, small teal glitter and slightly smaller bronze/orange glitter in a clear base – from the Christmas 2013 Luxeffects collection
  • Bourjois Turquoise Block is a “more green than blue” turquoise – it’s a deeper version of Barry M Greenberry
  • Elegant Touch Stylist metallic nail art tape – six different metallic colours of sticky striping tape, each colour having four rows
June 2016 Nailbox: Festival Fever
June 2016 Nailbox: Festival Fever

I’ve used all the contents to create these festival nails. I took my inspiration from a similar manicure I saw – but I’m sorry to that original artist, because I cannot now find it. So if you think this looks a bit like a manicure of yours – created with different colours and without the glitter – then it’s possibly yours that I derived mine from.

Festival nails using the June 2016 Nailbox
Festival nails using the June 2016 Nailbox

All these products are excellent and I was especially pleased with the OPI; to get a fairly recent, full-size OPI in a box is great.

Rimmel Cheeky Chap – the pale blue polish – is a matte polish, but I’ve top-coated it so it is shiny on this manicure.

The Essie glitter was a little runny, so I had to use several attempts to dab it on with the brush to get an even coverage. In hindsight, it would have been easier to apply it with a sponge.

You can sign up for a monthly Nailbox for as little as £13.50 a month. The August 2016 box sounds great. According to their website, it’s called Into the Sunset. The contents are worth nearly £40 and it will contain “four nail polishes and one stamping tool”.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Green: Bourjois Turquoise Block
  • Blue: Rimmel Cheeky Chap
  • Peach: OPI Is Mai Tai Crooked?
  • Glitter: Essie Jazzy Jubilant
  • White: Barry M Cotton
  • Striping Tape: Elegant Touch Stylist Metallic Nail Art Tape
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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The June 2016 Nailbox was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Red Geometric | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

This week’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas theme is red and my own personal prompt is geometric. So these are my red geometric nails.

The base is the classic and iconic Chanel Rouge Noir. To that, I’ve then added some colour using a Bundle Monster nail stencil.

The stencil is Bundle Monster #24, which has both geometric mosaic patterns and diagonal stripes. This pack comes in a set of 9 packs for $12.99. There are two types of these 9-pack stencil sets, one called Sunny Weather Fun and the other – this one – called Geometric Shapes.

Red geometric nails, using Chanel Rouge Noir, and Barry M Sparkling Ruby sponged over Bundle Monster stencils
Red geometric nails, using Chanel Rouge Noir, and Barry M Sparkling Ruby sponged over Bundle Monster stencils

The nail stencils are really easy to use. They stick to the nail well, and I find they work best when the additional colour is sponged on. The thin coat you achieve with sponging ensures that the colour doesn’t bleed under the stencil.

For the sponging, I used Barry M Sparkling Ruby. The overall effect is really lovely and the Barry M polish lives up to its name by sparkling when the light catches it.

Red geometric nails, using Chanel Rouge Noir, and Barry M Sparkling Ruby sponged over Bundle Monster stencils
Red geometric nails, using Chanel Rouge Noir, and Barry M Sparkling Ruby sponged over Bundle Monster stencils

The post is a few days late as I was away for my birthday at the end of last week, when this was due to be posted, and I hadn’t prepared the manicure ahead of time as I had been ill in bed with flu earlier on in the week. Anyway, I’m all good now, albeit not very well prepared for the next lot of challenges coming up. I have lots of manicures that I have never posted too, so I must get around to publishing those.

Today’s post also marks the start of the next round of prompts – so if you look at the image below, you’ll see what we have coming up between now and the middle of July.

 

40 Great Nail Art Ideas 2 #40GNAI

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Chanel Rouge Noir
  • Stencil: Bundle Monster Mixed Nail Polish Vinyl Stencil Bundle – Geometric Shapes
  • Sponged colour: Barry M Sparkling Ruby
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Bundle Monster Mixed Nail stencils were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Turquoise and Aqua Wavy Stripes | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

We are all doing turquoise or aqua nails for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. My own theme is fluid lines, so I have some turquoise and aqua wavy stripes.

I started with a base of the glitter polish. This is an Accessorize polish, Forever Emerald. There is something amiss in the Accessorize naming department though, because this absolutely is not emerald. It’s firmly turquoise or aquamarine.

Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes
Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes

It took three coats to give enough opacity for my liking, so a base coat of a matching colour will be needed next time I wear it. I do love the bottles of the Accessorize polishes. You can probably see from the picture that they are round, but multi-faceted – like a diamond – with rose gold caps.

After the base had dried, I used wavy French tip guides and painted on a light turquoise, Ciaté Ahoy Sailor, and a more greeny-aqua colour, Essie Melody Maker.

Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes
Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes

I’m not too happy with these nails and will probably remove them after just a day’s wear. The many glitter coats, plus an intermediate top coat, then colour, then another top coat, plus base coat, means this manicure is about seven coats. It makes it look a bit clumsy I think. And I haven’t cleaned up so well around the cuticles either and haven’t capped the tips very well. I’m not sure where perfectionist Claire has got to at the moment – I’m sure she’ll be back!

 

40 Great Nail Art Ideas #40GNAI

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: three coats of Accessorize Forever Emerald, one coat of Ciaté Ahoy Sailor, one coat of Essie Melody Maker
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Purple Skittlette | Mix & Match | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday group is doing mix and match manicures today. I haven’t heard that term applied to a nails look before, so I am not entirely sure if I’ve got this right. To me, it sounds like it should be a bit of a skittlette: the match being the same or similar colours, and the mix being different designs. So, to that end at least, I created a purple skittlette. I hope I got it right!

I created two matching nails, using Barry M Fonadant as the base. To this pink-toned lilac colour I added thin stripes of white and purple.

Purple skittlette
Purple skittlette

The plain nail is SpaRitual Modern Craftsman, a stunning purple nail polish with tiny red glitters.

Then the middle nail has a white base and is stamped with 2true Artemis, a purple metallic polish. The 2true Metallica collection is great for stamping. They don’t seem to be sold in Superdrug any more, which is a shame. But you can still buy the blue one, Athena, from the 2true website.

Purple skittlette nails
Purple skittlette nails

The stamping image is from Born Pretty Store plate BP-L001. It’s a repeating design using marquise shapes. Other than this image, the plate has floral, leaf and foliage patterns. It’s absolutely my kind of plate and has lots of images that I love. It currently is available on the Born Pretty website for $4.19. If you’re buying other, full-priced items, feel free to use my 10% discount code: ZSL91 (there’s nothing off this particular item as it’s already reduced).

 

Twinsie Tuesday logo

Please take a look at all the other manicures from the Twinsies this week (even if it’s only to see if I got the right idea for the theme!):

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Index and little finger: two coats of Barry M Fondant, plus stripes of Barry M Matt White and SpaRitual Modern Craftsman
  • Ring finger: two coats of SpaRitual Modern Craftsman
  • Middle finger: two coats of Barry M Matt White, with stamping, as below
  • Stamping polish: 2true Artemis
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-L001
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Born Pretty Store plate BP-L001 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.