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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


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.

 

 

 

Nautical Nails | Bundle Monster Hangloose Collection

These nautical nails are for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. The theme this week is holidays or seaside or the beach and I’ve done a nautical take on the prompt. My husband hankers after a sailing holiday, and would love to sail around the Caribbean, but I prefer to keep that to the nails only.

I made some reverse stamping decals using some images from the new Bundle Monster Hangloose plates collection. This collection is 10 square plates with a lovely range of ocean and beach images. It has seas, the ocean floor and its creatures, shells and scallops, sailor and nautical themed images, as well as tropical beach, holiday (vacation) and surfing images.

Nautical nails using Bundle Monster Hangloose stamping plates
Nautical nails using Bundle Monster Hangloose stamping plates

I used plates BM-401 and BM-402 and coloured them in with a range of blue, red and white polishes (see below for the details). I mattified the final look as it showed up better on camera.

Nautical nails using Bundle Monster Hangloose stamping plates
Nautical nails using Bundle Monster Hangloose stamping plates

You can buy the Hangloose plates singly for $2.99 each, or as a set of 10, currently on sale for $12.74.

Bundle Monster Hangloose collection of stamping plates
Bundle Monster Hangloose collection of stamping plates

There are also a couple of sets that they come in that seem a great buy. For $33.15 you can buy one of two sets. Each has three stamping polishes, the set of 10 Hangloose plates, 4 sheets of similarly-themed water decals and a wheel of gold studs that includes shells, seahorses, starfish and pineapples. You can choose either the set that has 3 metallic stamping polishes in Sky Blue, Gold and Silver or the set with 3 Moonbeams stamping polishes in Pinky Red, Purplish Blue and a Greenish Gold. These are metallic stamping polishes that look great over darker colours.

Bundle Monster Hangloose Gift Set water decals
Bundle Monster Hangloose Gift Set water decals

I don’t have either of the stamping polish sets, but I do have the decals and the studs, and think the sets would make a great gift – either for someone else, or for yourself.

Bundle Monster Hangloose Gift Set studs
Bundle Monster Hangloose Gift Set studs

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Barry M Sky Blue, Barry M Blood Orange, Essie Make Some Noise and Nella Milano Chantilly Cream
  • Stamping polishes: Essence Stamp Me! Black, Moyra SP.02 Red and Moyra SP.05 Blue
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-S401 and BM-S402
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl, then Barry M Matte Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Bundle Monster product images are copyright to, and courtesy of, Bundle Monster.
The Bundle Monster Hangloose stamping plates and Moyra Red stamping polish were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Multicoloured Zigzags Inspired by Fabric | Twinsie Tuesday

I’m late …. again! I really must try to ignore the real world demands and stay on top of the blogging! This Twinsie Tuesday manicure of multicoloured zigzags is inspired by fabric.

I saw a pin on Pinterest (see below) with these colours on a pocket. I don’t know what the rest of the garment is like as the image doesn’t show that, but I have had this pinned for a while thinking it would be great for some nail art.

Multicoloured zigzags
Multicoloured zigzags

I tried to match the colours as closely as possible. I picked out Barry M Block Orange, Essie Navigate Her (green) and Barry M Guava (turquoise). I didn’t have enough space on my nails to fit in the pink and the purple.

Multicoloured zigzags
Multicoloured zigzags

This is the pin that provided the inspiration:

 

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Please take a look at all the other manicures from the Twinsies this week:

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • White: two coats of Barry M Cotton
  • Turquoise: two coats of barry M Guava
  • Zigzags: Barry M Block Orange, Essie Navigate Her, Barry M Guava,
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

Neon Green & Blue Mermaid Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

I’m nearly a week late with posting these green and blue mermaid nails for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

Last Friday’s theme was neon, and my own personal prompt was mermaid or scales.

I traditionally think of neon colours as being the highlighter pen orange, pink and yellow. They’re bright and in your face and great for summer. You don’t see typical “mermaid” colours in neon.

Green and blue mermaid scales
Green and blue mermaid scales

But I do have the Essie 2015 neons, and two of them are mermaid kind of colours. They are a mid green/teal called Melody Maker and a bright blue called make Some Noise. They are called neons, but as they don’t glow under UV light, I don’t think of them as neon. But for the purposes of this challenge, well of course they are!

Onto a base of one coat Barry M Coconut, I used the “smoosh it using your stamper” technique to add on Melody Maker and Make Some Noise.

On top of that, I stamped a mermaid scales pattern with Moyra SP05 Blue and an image from Bundle Monster plate BM-502.

Green and blue mermaid scales
Green and blue mermaid scales

I was surprised to find that I don’t have many mermaid stamping patterns. In my collection of more than 400 plates, I had just three. One was too short for my nails, one was more waves than mermaid scales and this one.

The middle finger nail is a bit messed up. I managed to misplace the stamp on it, leaving a small bare patch and then for some reason my top coat really bubbled on that nail too.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: one coat of Barry M Coconut
  • Colours: Essie Melody Maker and Essie Make Some Noise
  • Stamping polish: Moyra SP05 Blue
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-502
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish top coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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Pink Floral using Essie Coacha’Bella | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These pink floral nails are a simple entry for this week’s floral prompt for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

I am suffering with the postdrome of a migraine today and don’t have the brain power or focus to do anything special, so these nails from a few days ago will have to do. They at least match the theme, which was fortuitous.

Pink floral nails using Essie Coacha'Bella and CICI&SISI 31
Pink floral nails using Essie Coacha’Bella and CICI&SISI 31

The base is two coats of Essie Coacha’Bella, a lovely vibrant pink. I bought it (and three others from the same collection) because I read somewhere that they stamp well. I haven’t got around to that yet though, so I’m still not sure if they stamp or not.

Pink floral nails using Essie Coacha'Bella and CICI&SISI 31
Pink floral nails using Essie Coacha’Bella and CICI&SISI 31

I used Essence Stamp Me! White for the stamping and an outline floral image from CICI&SISI 31 (Delicate Motif plate).

It’s a simple manicure, but it’s pretty. This image would be great for some reverse stamping though. I can imagine those flowers in all sorts of colour schemes.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Essie Coacha’Bella
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! White
  • Stamping plate: CICI&SISI 31 (Delicate Motif)
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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