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Red Carpet Manicure: Bloom Style Collection

I have neglected my blog a little and haven’t been posting very much recently. I’ve still been photographing my nails though, so I’m playing catch up now and getting a few posts out.

This is the 2018 Spring Summer Bloom Style Collection from Red Carpet Manicure. It’s a collection of six gel polishes in a variety of classic spring and summer colours. I’m currently wearing the coral one and it’s perfect for the sunny weather. I think it’ll be a holiday staple of mine this summer.

The full collection is:

  • Grace And Lace – a pink glitter
  • Smell The Roses – pale pink with a hint of shimmer
  • Floral In Coral – coral with a slight shimmer
  • Best Buds – neon purple
  • Vintage Mint – mint green
  • A Hemline Above The Rest – cornflower blue
Red Carpet Manicure Bloom Style Spring Summer 2018 collection
Red Carpet Manicure -Bloom Style collection – Spring Summer 2018

 

First up is Grace and Lace. This is a glitter polish that can be used on its own or as a topper. It has micro silver glitter and small holographic glitter in it.

Red Carpet Manicure Grace And Lace
Red Carpet Manicure Grace And Lace

I needed three coats on its own and even then it was a little sheer if I held my nails up to the light. Of course, that’s not a worry if you have short nails. It’s difficult to see the sparkliness of this, but it certainly twinkles. I also tried it over the pale pink in this collection and it looks great as a topper too.

Red Carpet Manicure Grace And Lace
Red Carpet Manicure Grace And Lace

 

Smell The Roses is a pale pink with blue and pink micro flakies that give it a very subtle shimmer. It’s a very pretty polish that also needed three coats for opacity. But again, if you have short nails or aren’t bothered by visible nail line, then you may only need two coats.

Red Carpet Manicure Smell The Roses
Red Carpet Manicure Smell The Roses

You can’t notice the flakies, or discern that they are blue and pink – unless you’re really scrutinising the nail up close. They show up in these photos, but in real life, the flakies just give it a shinier, more reflective appearance.

Red Carpet Manicure Smell The Roses
Red Carpet Manicure Smell The Roses


Floral In Coral
is a classic coral, again with a hint of shimmer, this time in silver. This is two coats.

Red Carpet Manicure Floral In Coral
Red Carpet Manicure Floral In Coral

The photos don’t really do this colour justice. It’s more muted than these images show.

Red Carpet Manicure Floral In Coral
Red Carpet Manicure Floral In Coral

 

Best Buds is a purple. It’s a little different from the colour of the bottle. It’s a bit more blue toned than the bottle. It’s described as a neon, and it is under a UV lamp. But while it’s a lovely bright colour, it’s not an in-your-face sort of colour in daylight. This is two coats.

Red Carpet Manicure Best Buds
Red Carpet Manicure Best Buds

Again, I had trouble capturing the true colour of this. It’s not quite as light as the index and middle fingers show in the photo above – it’s much more like the colour on the other two nails, which are in shadow a little more.

Red Carpet Manicure Best Buds
Red Carpet Manicure Best Buds

 

Vintage Mint is a perfect pale green mint colour. I’m not much of a fan of green on my nails, but mint green is always the exception. This is three coats.

Red Carpet Manicure Vintage Mint
Red Carpet Manicure Vintage Mint

The website description says this is a neon colour. But it’s not at all. I think that’s just a typo.

Red Carpet Manicure Vintage Mint
Red Carpet Manicure Vintage Mint

 

Finally, the collection rounds out with A Hemline Above The Rest. This is pretty cornflower blue that I used three coats of. The RCM website describes it as periwinkle blue. I’ve just had to Google periwinkle. I knew it was a blue flower, but having checked, I’d say that periwinkle leans towards lavender a fair bit more than this does.

Red Carpet Manicure A Hemline Above The Rest
Red Carpet Manicure A Hemline Above The Rest

It’s such a pretty colour. I do love a blue nail polish!

Red Carpet Manicure A Hemline Above The Rest
Red Carpet Manicure A Hemline Above The Rest

 

All six Bloom Style gel polishes can be bought from the Red Carpet Manicure online shop, at £12.95 each.

Red Carpet Manicure Bloom Style collection
Red Carpet Manicure Bloom Style collection

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Pink glitter: three coats of Red Carpet Manicure Grace And Lace
  • Pale pink: three coats of Red Carpet Manicure Smell The Roses
  • Coral: two Floral In Coral – coral with a slight shimmer
  • Purple: two coats of Red Carpet ManicureBest Buds
  • Mint green: three coats of Red Carpet Manicure Vintage Mint
  • Blue: three coats of Red Carpet Manicure A Hemline Above The Rest
  • Gel top coat: Pink Gellac Ultra Shine

 

 

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

It’s been a while since I’ve done much nail art. My nails have only really had plain nail polish on them for a lot of the time over the past year or so, as I’ve been so busy with work and my volunteering commitments.

So, this stamping marble using some neon brights from the Morgan Taylor Selfie collection was quite a welcome change.

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh
Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

I’m a little sad that my camera hasn’t done well with these colours. They’re bright neons and my camera just hasn’t done justice to this manicure. It looked awesome in the flesh; on the screen, not so much.

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh
Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

I used five of the six polishes in the Morgan Tayor Selfie collection. I only have five of them, as I’m missing Pretty As A Pink-ture. I am often amazed how well polish manufacturers put collections togehter. It’s when you use all (or nearly all) of the colours in a collection that you realise how well they complement each other.

So, the colours are:

  • All About The Pout – a pale neon coral creme
  • Me, Myself-ie, And I – a deeper neon coral creme
  • Woke Up This Way – a neon magenta creme
  • Best Face Forward – an inky purple with cyan blue and pinky-purple flakies (not neon)
  • No Filter Needed – cyan blue creme (not neon)

I put drops of polish onto a mat, then picked up the colour with a stamper, dragging it a little to swirl the colours, and stamped the colour onto my nails. The technique is a fun and quick way to crate some nail art. It’s variously called a smoosh or a stamping marble.

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh
Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

As I said, my camera doesn’t pick up neon very well, so I photographed my hand in front of a gel nails LED light, which goes some way to showing off the brightness of these colours.

Neon brights stamping marble under LED light
Neon brights stamping marble under LED light
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: all from Morgan Taylor: All About The Pout, Me, Myself-ie, And I, Woke Up This Way, Best Face Forward, No Filter Needed
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Coral Reef Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These coral reef nails are for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group, whose prompt this week is “Things In The Water”.

I decided to use some images from the Bundle Monster Sun Kissed stamping plate collection to create an underwater scene.

Firstly, I painted the gradient background using Barry M Cotton, Barry M Sugar Apple and Barry M Turquoise.

Coral reef nails
Coral reef nails

Then I added various coral reef images. On each nail I stamped a spindly coral using Barry M Almond. Because this isn’t a stamping polish, it’s great for use in the background like this.

Then I added some more coral, using Mundo de Uñas 13 Orange, 42 Holland Blue and Barry M Blood Orange (the red on the index finger) and Barry M Cocoa (medium brown).

I made a couple of decal fish: a clown fish and an angel fish (well, it’s a Moorish Idol to be precise) and also stamped some other shoals of fish on.

Coral reef nails
Coral reef nails

I also added an orange crab but really didn’t like it. It seemed a little comical. Plus, little crabby felt like he’d be more at home at the seaside than crawling around a tropical coral reef. So I was delighted to discover that it came off in one go with my lint roller without disturbing any of the other stamping. Complete result.

 

 

40 Great Nail Art Ideas 3 #40GNAI

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Background gradient: Barry M Turquoise, Barry M Sugar Apple and Barry M Cotton
  • Stamping and decal polishes: Barry M Almond (background coral on every nail), Barry M Blood Orange (coral on index), Mundo de Uñas 42 Holland Blue (coral on middle and shoal of fish on ring), Barry M Cocoa (coral on ring) Mundo de Uñas 13 Orange (coral on little, clown fish), Mundo de Uñas 46 Mustard (shoal of fish on little, angel fish), Barry M Cotton (clown fish), Nella Milano Raven Wing (clown fish and angel fish)
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-501, Bundle Monster BM-502, Bundle Monster BM-504 and Bundle Monster BM-510
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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

 

 

 

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