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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.

 

 

 

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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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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Nella Milano Crystal Coral

Today’s swatch is of Nella Milano Crystal Coral. I typically think of coral – the colour – as being lighter and more pink than this. But I know that coral comes in all sorts of colours, including this deeper, more orange hue. This polish reminds me of the time when my sister bought some coral earrings in Venice when we were teenagers; they were exactly this colour.

This manicure is three coats, but it was worn first as two coats. I had worn it for a few days prior to taking photos and had managed to scratch the surface a little, so I added a third coat and another top coat to restore its original, immaculate state before I photographed it.

Nella Milano Crystal Coral
Nella Milano Crystal Coral

As ever, this week this polish is on promotion on the Nella Milano website. It’s on special offer for half price, at £4.47, and there’s an extra 20% off this or any other Nella Milano polish if you use the code Kerrspecial.

Nella Milano Crystal Coral
Nella Milano Crystal Coral

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Nella Milano Crystal Coral
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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