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Miami Nice Meebox March 2017

Here’s some nail art I created using the Miami Nice Meebox, for March 2017. As I’m visiting Miami a little later in the year, I thought I’d try out an outlandish 80s Miami look.

I’ve been obsessed with nail polish for coming up five years, yet there are three bottles of polish in this box from brands I haven’t heard of before. Having checked them all out, they were all founded at least three years ago … so I should have done!

80s Miami manicure using the Miami Nice Meebox
80s Miami manicure using the Miami Nice Meebox

The pale coral polish is lauren b Coral Canyon. It has quite an unusual brush, with a very long wand. It claims to be quick drying and to last 14 days. That’s a bold longevity claim for a normal nail polish. I didn’t test that out (yet – only two days so far) and I have to say that I disagree with the claim that it dries quickly. I found it to be particularly slow drying, in fact. It’s a very nice spring / summer colour. The lauren b polishes retail for $18 a pop. I used two coats for the base of the gradient but needed three for the plain nails to get them opaque enough.

Nailberry is a British brand. Extravagant is a mid-purple creme. It is from the Oxygéné collection, a range of “luxury, breathable” polishes. They range in price from £14.50 to £17.00. Extravagant is currently listed at £14.50. It comes in the exact same bottle as the lauren b polish, and has the same brush, but with a rounded cap.

Floss Gloss Wet is a bright mint green, and another great summer colour.  Floss Gloss says it’s turquoise, but to me turquoise is much more blue. For me, this polish sits firmly within the greens and is not far off Barry M’s Greenberry. Floss Gloss is a US brand, so that’s possibly why I’ve not heard of it before as I tend to not buy from overseas. Aesthetically, I don’t much care for the brush handle. It looks rather old-fashioned to me, as if it came from a 1970s bottle of Cutex or Avon or something. The polishes are much more affordable than the other two brands – at $8.00. But this particular polish was first launched for spring/summer 2014, so it’s a very old shade. It’s still listed on the Floss Gloss website though, but is currently sold out. I needed three coats for the base of my ring finger. Two should have been enough, but it dragged a little and there were some balder looking spots that I wanted to be sure were properly covered. The bonus with this polish is that it’s a neon and it glowed really brightly under my LED lamp.

Miami Nice Meebox March 2017
Miami Nice Meebox March 2017

So, the nail art is loosely based on some images I saw on Google (search for “80s Miami”). There were bright sunset images with palm trees and some diagonal stripes too.

80s Miami manicure using the Miami Nice Meebox
80s Miami manicure using the Miami Nice Meebox

There are four non-polish items in the box. First there are three swatch sticks (not pictured). I swatch my polishes on wheels, so they weren’t any use to me for swatching, but I did use them to try out gradient combinations.

Then there are two Charlie’s Nail Art items: some silver holographic nail foil and some multi-coloured, rhombus glitter (diamond-shaped glequins). I used the nail foil for two of my nails. I didn’t get great coverage, with some small patches missing – as the pictures show. But as my camera refuses to show up holograph (I don’t use flash), I took a pic on my camera phone to show it. And in this picture, you can see what I see in real life; you really can’t discern the tiny, missing patches of nail foil at all.

Charlies Nail Art silver holographic foil
Charlies Nail Art silver holographic foil

Finally, my favourite item is a mini Leighton Denny crystal nail file. My first ever crystal nail file was a Leighton Denny one. I loved it, but I haven’t seen it in some years now, so I’m very excited to have a replacement. I think I’ll put it in my work bag so I always have a decent nail file on me. It doesn’t come in a case like my larger one did, so I’ll have to treat it carefully.

Meebox is a subscription-based nails box. You can either buy one month at £20, or three months at a time for £54, which is equivalent to £18 per box. That price includes tracked Royal Mail delivery. For the items in this box, that’s good value. I totted up the retail price of the Miami Nice Meebox items and it comes to £48.87 (using current exchange rates).

I like this box. It does rather remind me of the only other subscription box I’ve ever reviewed, the June 2016 Festival Nails Nailbox. That too had a mint green and a pale coral in it. But with the nail file and the chance to try out some new brands, it’s better than that one (which has also stopped trading, it seems).

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Index and little finger: Charlie’s Nail Art foil
  • Ring finger: three coats of Floss Gloss Wet; stripes using lauren b Coral Canyon and Nailberry Extravagant
  • Middle finger: gradient of lauren b Coral Canyon and Nailberry Extravagant, with Floss Gloss Wet added as the sea
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate:Born Pretty Store BP-23
  • Top coat (foiled nails): Picture Polish Revolution
  • Top coat (other nails): Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The March 2017 Miami Nice Meebox was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The June 2016 Nailbox was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Coral, White and Negative Space Stripes | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These coral, white and negative space stripes are for the coral and white theme for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. My own prompt was negative space.

I seem to have done so many negative space manicures recently, despite not really liking them. I don’t like how my nails are too stained for this technique, but it has come up in so many recent challenges and I have been compelled to join in.

Coral, white and negative space stripes
Coral, white and negative space stripes

This time around, I have limited the amount of negative space on view to almost the smallest possible. And I kept it to the cuticle end of my nails, which is less stained than the tips.

I used OPI Crawfishin’ For A Compliment as the coral. It perhaps doesn’t have enough pink in it to be the correct pinky-orange of a coral colour. It’s more of a pale orange. But crayfish (crawfish) are pinky-orange, so I am going to blame OPI for getting the colour of the polish wrong! Ha ha!

Coral, white and negative space stripes
Coral, white and negative space stripes

I rather like this look. Not so much the negative space, but the stripes at the top of the nails. Some of my most favourite manicures are like this and it’s a technique I use quite a lot, as you can see:

I’m still playing catch up for this challenge. These nails were supposed to be up last Friday (as in the week before the Friday just gone). So I am still in debt by one manicure. I’m hoping to paint it today and then post tomorrow, so that I can finally say I have caught up.

40 Great Nail Art Ideas 2 #40GNAI

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Orange: one thick coat of OPI Crawfishin’ For a Compliment
  • White: Nella Milano Chantilly Cream
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Nella Milano Chantilly Cream was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Pink, Purple and Grey Stripes | Diabolical Nail Varnish from Firebox

I have some pink, purple and grey stripes nail art, courtesy of Diabolical Nail Varnish.

Diabolical Nail Varnish has been specially created by Firebox.com. These three polishes come as a set, presented in a pink box, and are inspired by Wes Anderson’s stylised film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

I absolutely adored the film. I hadn’t seen any other Wes Anderson films before, so I didn’t know how distinctive his style was. In the first few minutes of watching it I thought it all rather strange and was going to give up on it, but gradually I realised I was gripped by the story and was loving the quirky and distinctive narrative style.

Pink, purple and grey stripes using Diabolical Nail Varnishes from Firebox.com
Pink, purple and grey stripes using Diabolical Nail Varnishes from Firebox.com

These three polishes have been designed to reflect the colours and grandeur of the mountain hotel, presided over by devoted concierge, Monsieur Gustave H.

Dynamite in the Sack is a dark violet shade. It is a lovely vampy purple that reflects the colour of Zero the lobby boy’s uniform. It has a nice consistency that flows well onto the nail. I really like the brush, which is long and straight with a flattened wand part – like the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri brush, but perhaps half the width and with a straight-cut top. It dried averagely quickly – not too long, but I wouldn’t call it fast drying either. “Dynamite in the sack” is how M. Gustave describes wealthy hotel visitor, 84-year old Mme D!

Diabolical Nail Varnish set from Firebox
Diabolical Nail Varnish set from Firebox

Enchanting Old Ruin – a term used to describe the hotel in the film – is a grey that sometimes leans slightly teal green. This is also a good cream, like the purple. There’s quite a lot of grey in the film that must have inspired this: M. Gustave’s waistcoat, his prison uniform, the uniforms of the soldiers and the colour of the mountain scenery.

Physically Repulsed is a sheer pink. This is the only one of the three that I was slightly disappointed with, from a nail art point of view. To fit with The Grand Budapest Hotel theme, this pale pink colour is perfect. It is the colour of the Mendl’s cake boxes in the film and is the colour of the hotel itself. However, this is a very sheer polish so it doesn’t show up as very pink on the nail. It would be great worn alone or used for a French manicure, but my nails are far too yellowed for me to show it off well. The name of this polish actually has a nail polish reference. In the film, M. Gustave and Mme D have a scene that plays out thus:

M. Gustave: “Oh, dear God, what have you done to your fingernails?”

Mme D: “I beg your pardon?”

M. Gustave: “This diabolical varnish; the colour is completely wrong!”

Mme D: “Oh really? Don’t you like it?”

M. Gustave: “It’s not that I don’t like it; I am physically repulsed.”

Because it is so sheer, I have used it here over a white, which brings it to a more solid colour. I did still need four coats though to make it opaque enough to show up the colour well.

Pink, purple and grey stripes using Diabolical Nail Varnishes from Firebox.com
Pink, purple and grey stripes using Diabolical Nail Varnishes from Firebox.com

You can buy this Diabolical Nail Varnish set from Firebox.com for £12.99. I have a great fondness for Firebox.com. At the time it launched in the late 90s, I was working for an internet consultancy. This was before the internet bubble burst and at the time, it was such a small industry that we seemed to know everyone in it. So, I knew Firebox.com from the off and have admired their approach ever since. If you ever need a quirky or original gift, they are certainly the place to look first.

 

Product information for pink, purple and grey stripes manicure:
  • Purple: two coats of Diabolical Nail Varnish Dynamite In The Sack
  • Pink: four coats of Diabolical Nail Varnish Physically Repulsed over two coats of Nella Milano Chantilly Cream
  • Grey: two coats of Diabolical Nail Varnish Enchanting Old Ruin
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure and product images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
These nail polishes were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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.