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LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12) … and a new nail shape

The regular readers of this blog – there are one or two … hello! – will immediately notice my new nail shape, but more of that in a bit.

Firstly, this is a swatch of a new (to me) nail brand, called LENA. This polish is a dusky pink, called (rather disappointingly) LE12. It has a name on the LENA website; it’s called Egyptian Fashionista. But the name doesn’t appear on the bottle, unfortunately; just the number.

LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12)
LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12)

LENA polish is breathable and water permeable nail polish. To many of us, this really doesn’t matter. Our nails don’t need to “breathe” to remain healthy and they don’t need for water to get through to them from the outside. (I should know – I’ve worn polish on my nails non-stop for the past four-and-a-half years, with no ill effects).

But to Muslims, this is very important. According to Islam, men and women should perform wudhu before praying. This is a pre-prayer ritual that is undertaken to fully cleanse parts of the body, including the hands. Many Muslims believe that wearing nail polish means that you cannot fully cleanse the hands.

Water permeable nail polish addresses this belief and allows strict Muslims to wear polish but to still adhere to their religion.

LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12)
LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12)

I love the colour of LENA Egyptian Fashionista. Dusky pink shades are very “me”. I love to wear them. Although, in fairness, it’s the bright shades that suit me best.

You get a generous 14ml of polish for £8.95. I wasn’t so keen on the brush though. It is wide and straight-edged and I struggled to use it as I would normally to paint my nails and still get a curve along the cuticle edge of my nails. I had to adjust my technique to get that curve and it was a little more awkward than normal.

The polish is lovely though and it dried quickly and had a lovely shiny finish. (This swatch is without top coat).

So … onto the nail shape. For four-and-a-half years, I’ve sported square nails. I loved my square nails and even though other bloggers have been gradually making their nails oval or almond-shaped or rounded over the past couple of years, I have resisted the trend in order to stick with my beloved squares.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, the corner of my index finger nail broke off. I haven’t had any breaks in a long time now, and I wasn’t happy about it. Rather than file them all down a bit, as I would normally, I just started filing the nail into an almond shape. Before I knew it, I’d done all ten of my nails.

I wasn’t sure about the shape at first. I’m not a lover of change, especially the older I’ve become. But gradually I grew to quite like them. They are easier in every day life as the corners don’t snag on things and I’m not too worried that they will break now. Before, I was so careful with my nails and I now feel less included to be so wary.

They do take a bit more maintenance though, as it’s not so simple as just filing them down a millimetre or two every week. With this shape, you have to be more careful about filing them, so that you get the shape right, and get it symmetrical. And that takes longer.

They’re also the longest they have ever been. The middle and ring finger nails are 20mm long. That’s a good couple of millimetres longer than normal. Yet, they don’t look as long as my square nails used to.

The almond shape is almost impossible to obtain on short nails, so my right hand, with its much shorter nails, is sporting various shapes of square to round, to oval. Only one is long enough to be almond. With square nails, this wouldn’t have looked so odd, but I find it a little embarrassing now that my hands don’t seem to “match”.

 

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12)
  • Top coat: none


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12) was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Morgan Taylor Oh, Para-chute! | Sweetheart Squadron Collection

Morgan Taylor Oh, Para-chute! is the final polish from the Sweetheart Squadron Collection for autumn.

It is described by Morgan Taylor as a sage green creme. It is a dusky, almost “dirty” green. I’m never keen on green nail polish, but I truly, truly love this one. I think it may even be my favourite from this collection. It’s classy and subtle and as with every other Morgan Taylor nail polish I’ve tried, it paints on perfectly and lasts really well.

Morgan Taylor Oh, Para-chute!
Morgan Taylor Oh, Para-chute!

This post marks the end of an era for me. Future posts – for a while at least – will showcase my new nail shape. No longer do I have square nails; they are now almond shaped. So look out for those and let me know what you think.

Morgan Taylor Oh, Para-chute!
Morgan Taylor Oh, Para-chute!

The polishes in the Sweetheart Squadron collection are:

Morgan Taylor Sweetheart Squadron Collection for Autumn 2016
Morgan Taylor Sweetheart Squadron Collection for Autumn 2016

In the UK, you can buy Morgan Taylor nail polish at Sally’s stores – or online at www.sallyexpress.com – for £10.99 each.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Morgan Taylor Oh, Para-chute!
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Morgan Taylor Oh, Para-chute! was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

Morgan Taylor Perfect Landing | Sweetheart Squadron Collection

Here’s another polish from the Sweetheart Squadron collection. This is Morgan Taylor Perfect Landing. It’s a coral creme. It’s darker than Up In The Air-Heart, but has the same sort of tone. I think they’d look good gradiented together.

This is another fabulous colour. It’s quite muted and understated for a coral, but I think that really gives it some class.

Morgan Taylor Perfect Landing
Morgan Taylor Perfect Landing

I have absolutely adored this collection. And it has really elevated Morgan Taylor polishes for me. This, like the others, painted on perfectly, dried quickly and lasted really well. Morgan Taylor polishes are very good quality. I would put them on a par with OPI. Actually, no, I would place them above OPI as OPI are often too runny and pool in the cuticles.

Morgan Taylor Perfect Landing
Morgan Taylor Perfect Landing

The polishes in the Sweetheart Squadron collection are:

 

Morgan Taylor Sweetheart Squadron Collection for Autumn 2016
Morgan Taylor Sweetheart Squadron Collection for Autumn 2016

If you’re in the UK, then you can purchase Morgan Taylor nail polish at Sally’s stores – or online at www.sallyexpress.com. They are £10.99 each.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Morgan Taylor Perfect Landing
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Morgan Taylor Perfect Landing was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

Mardi Gras nails

I bet you wonder why I’m posting some Mardi Gras nails in December! We don’t even celebrate Mardi Gras in the UK. (Well, we have Pancake Day, but that’s about the closest we get).

My son’s school holds a charity fundraising ball every year, and I’m on the committee that helps to organise it. This year, the theme was Mardi Gras.

I had designed some posters and artwork for the event and had created a three-colour harlequin pattern as a border. I didn’t know much about Mardi Gras at first, but after researching things a little, I  found out that the traditional colours for (New Orleans) Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. So I chose to replicate the coloured harlequin pattern on my nails too.

Mardi Gras nails
Mardi Gras nails

For the colours, I chose: Nella Milano A Royal Affair (purple), George Buttercup Shine (yellow/gold), and Barry M Spring Green (green).

I wasn’t sure of the best way to accomplish the design, especially since my freehand isn’t the greatest. So I settled on making some decals on a silicone mat. I painted some lines of adjoining diamonds in purple and in green using back to back zigzag vinyls placed on the mat. Then I top coated that and allowed it to dry. Then I cut away the top coat from one side of each of the purple and green lines of diamonds. I then slotted them together on the mat so that the green and purple diamonds were touching and added another coat of top coat.

Mardi Gras nails
Mardi Gras nails

Finally, I laid my decals onto a base of the yellow polish. I did do a little bit of freehand work, by painting in the side diamonds in green and purple by hand.

For the glitter polish, I used FUN Lacquer Million Dollar Dream. It is a gold glittery polish with holographic glitters that reflect in green and red. There’s no purple, but the colours are similar to the Mardi Gras colour scheme.

The ball was a great success. However, apart from a few of my committee colleagues, no-one noticed my Mardi Gras nails, unfortunately.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Harlequin colours: three coats of George Buttercup Shine (base), Nella Milano A Royal Affair, and Barry M Spring Green
  • Glitter: three coats of FUN Lacquer Million Dollar Dream
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

Morgan Taylor Looking For A Wingman | Sweetheart Squadron Collection

Morgan Taylor Looking For A Wingman is a burgundy creme.

It’s another very pretty polish from the Sweetheart Squadron Collection for autumn.

It’s not a classic maroon or mahogany burgundy. Instead, it leans to the pinker side of burgundy. This means it has a berry look … once again, a perfect autumn colour.

Morgan Taylor Looking For A Wingman
Morgan Taylor Looking For A Wingman

This needed two coats for complete opacity, but one thick coat would probably have worked too. It painted on like a dream too.

Morgan Taylor Looking For A Wingman
Morgan Taylor Looking For A Wingman

The polishes in the Sweetheart Squadron collection are:

 

Morgan Taylor Sweetheart Squadron Collection for Autumn 2016
Morgan Taylor Sweetheart Squadron Collection for Autumn 2016

Morgan Taylor polishes are available to buy at Sally’s stores in the UK – or online at www.sallyexpress.com. They are £10.99 each. Although they are at the upper end of the polish price list, they are absolutely worth it and are comparable in quality – if not superior – to OPI polishes.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Morgan Taylor Looking For A Wingman
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Morgan Taylor Looking For a Wingman was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.