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Navy and Gold Zig Zags (52 Week Challenge)

I made it to the end. This is post number fifty-two, the last one for the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge. The prompts were dark and grungey and/or zig zags. I chose zig zags, which are also quite dark. But not grungey!

The base and plain nails are Chanel Fortissimo. This is a gorgeous navy that has a cobalt shimmer. I’ve been wearing it all week. It’s beautiful and has made its way up there into my top five Chanel nail polishes.

Navy and gold zig zags using Chanel Fortissimo and Essie On A Silver Platter
Navy and gold zig zags using Chanel Fortissimo and Essie On A Silver Platter

I used Essie On A Silver Platter for the contrast. It has pretty holographic blue glitters in a gold base (no idea why it’s called “silver platter” therefore!) There’s something almost Tutankhamun-like about this, with the navy and gold.

Navy and gold zig zags using Chanel Fortissimo and Essie On A Silver Platter
Navy and gold zig zags using Chanel Fortissimo and Essie On A Silver Platter

So that’s it. The challenge is finished. I will try to put together a collage of all the manicures. But I’m not sure how fifty-two of them is going to look.

Next week we start a brand new year-long challenge, the like of which you’ll never have seen before. It’s going to be awesome!

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Chanel Fortissimo
  • Zig zags: Essie On A Silver Platter
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (two coats)


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Nails and the City | Coloristiq Manicure Box September 2015

This is September’s Coloristiq Manicure Box. It’s called Nails and the City.

Coloristiq are the people behind the nail polish “hire” scheme. But you purchase this box, not hire it, so you get to keep the goodies!

It costs £15 plus £2.80 P&P. Every box is themed and this month the nail polishes celebrate some of the world’s most exciting cities: London, Venice, New York and Budapest.

Coloristiq Manicure Box September 2015

The box is beautifully packaged. I was a little concerned upon opening it that the bottles weren’t individually packaged, as per the Royal Mail’s requirements. They did have some paper packaging. I didn’t photograph it, so I’ll have to describe it. It’s the shredded paper that’s also concertina-ed – if that makes sense! I think that helped a little with cushioning the bottles, but I’m not convinced it’s sufficient. Some hefty handling on the part of a postie in the sorting office may well knock a couple of the bottles together. Anyway, that aside, mine arrived safely, and they did have an ID8000 label, which many polish suppliers don’t provide.

Coloristiq Manicure Box September 2015
Coloristiq Manicure Box September 2015

The four polishes are all very different. They’re as diverse as the cities they represent, in fact. But each of them is fantastic. I am absolutely delighted to add these four to my collection.

The polishes you get with the September 2015 Coloristiq Manicure Box
The polishes you get with the September 2015 Coloristiq Manicure Box

Nails Inc | The Mall

Nails Inc The Mall is a vibrant, shimmery blue. It’s deeper than cobalt, but the shimmer keeps it lighter than navy. I wondered at first if it also has a duochrome quality, as it seemed to shift between violet and blue on the first coat. But the second coat took this away.

It is an old style Nails Inc; the ones in the round bottles. These used to retail for £11. The cheapest I could find this was on Amazon for £3.99, with free delivery.

Nails Inc The Mall
Nails Inc The Mall

 

Nails Inc The Mall
Nails Inc The Mall

 

OPI | Worth a Pretty Penne

The Coloristiq Manicure Box contains one of four OPI minis from the recent Venice collection. You can’t specify which one, so it’s an exciting wait to see which you’ll get. I received Worth a Pretty Penne, a delicious copper, packed with shimmer.

OPI Worth A Pretty Penne
OPI Worth A Pretty Penne

 

OPI Worth A Pretty Penne
OPI Worth A Pretty Penne

Essie | Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue is the perfect red-orange. It went on beautifully. I’m a fan of Essie anyway, but this one seemed to have a perfect application. The wide brush with its rounded tip helps with application.

As far as I can tell, this polish had its debut in Spring 2003, as part of the Central Park collection, but it’s such a popular shade that it has remained a part of the permanent collection since then. Essie retails for £7.99, but you can often find it cheaper than that, although rarely so for current polishes. I was able to find this for £4.99 on eBay, and for £6.49 from a more mainstream supplier.

Essie Fifth Avenue
Essie Fifth Avenue

 

Essie Fifth Avenue
Essie Fifth Avenue

Danglefoot | Bluedapest

Danglefoot is a UK indie maker. Before I get onto the review of this polish, I think it’s apposite that I talk about nail polish safety. There’s been a lot of drama recently surrounding a US indie polish maker, Mentality, where users have experienced chemical burn-type injuries, which they have attributed to the use of the polish. In the US, there aren’t the same restrictions placed on cosmetics’ manufacturers as there are here in the UK. Here, although the base used may already have been tested, the law requires that manufacturers also submit individual polishes for paid testing by an approved European laboratory when the base has been mixed with pigments and additives such as glitters. Many UK indies stopped making polish when it was realised that it costs several hundred pounds to test each polish. This sort of cost easily depleted any profit that they were making from the relatively small quantities of polish that they were selling. I know that many UK indies stopped producing polish and that at least one (Quirk 🙁 ) was reported and subsequently required by Trading Standards to stop selling.

Now, I don’t know if all the UK indies now pay to have their products tested. I asked Danglefoot, and the owner Hayley confirmed that all the ingredients from this polish were brought from the same supplier, which will soon be providing a testing service especially for UK indie makers. Although this polish has not been tested, Hayley confirmed that all the ingredients are cosmetic grade and (separately) meet EU standards.

Regardless of the lack of testing, I felt assured enough to try this polish anyway. And it’s a beauty. It’s a limited edition, made especially for the Colorostiq Manicure Box, so you won’t find it anywhere else. It’s described as a sea green, but I think it’s more blue (and I don’t much like green, so if I can describe a polish as blue, I will – it makes me feel better!). So, it’s a pale blue – with perhaps a hint of a smidge of a suggestion of a lean towards green (OK, it’s green!) – with gold flakies and a subtle scattered holo effect.

It’s almost a one-coater, and probably could be if you use a thickish coat. It dried slightly gritty due to the glitters, so needs a top-coat if you want a glossy and smooth finish.

If you buy this box, you’ll also get a code for 10% off any future Danglefoot order on its Etsy shop.

Danglefoot Budapest
Danglefoot Bluedapest

 

Danglefoot Budapest
Danglefoot Bluedapest

This is the first manicure box I’ve tried and I think it’s great value for four polishes for £15. At RRP, these four are worth £32. Admittedly, you can get a couple of them for less than their retail value and one is a mini. But one is a limited edition indie that you can only get in this box and the mini is a quality mini. So for less than £4 each, I think this is great value. Equally, you don’t have to subscribe to this box. If you like the look of it – and it’s not sold out yet! – you can buy it. You don’t have to make a commitment to buy future boxes.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Nails Inc The Mall: two coats; Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
  • OPI Worth A Pretty Penne: two coats; no top coat
  • Essie Fifth Avenue: three coats; Sally Hansen Insta Dri
  • Danglefoot Bluedapest: two coats; Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

 

Essie Bottle Service with Neon Pink and Blue Chevron Decals (52 Week Challenge)

I’ve gone with the neon theme for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge, pairing Essie Bottle Service with neon pink and blue chevron decals.

I started by painting a white base on all my nails. I used Barry M Cotton, which has become my favourite white recently. Then I painted two coats of Essie Bottle Service over the top of my outer nails. White helps bring out the neon of the pink. And this pink is neon. My camera hated it, and I couldn’t even adjust the image after editing to give a truly colour-accurate likeness. So I gave up. Be assured though that it’s a bright highlighter pink. My photos show it a bit too washed out – it’s more intense and brighter then this.

As with all neons, Bottle Service dried matte, so I added top coat for shine.

For the accent nails, I added some neon pink and blue chevron decals from Born Pretty Store. I say accent nails, but I’ve taken to painting the two centre nails differently, as stand-out nails, but I nearly always do the same thing on my thumbs, so actually, 6 out of 10 of my nails – the majority – have the “accent”. It would be more accurate to call the plain nails the accents!

Essie Bottle Service with Born Pretty Store neon pink and blue chevron decals
Essie Bottle Service with Born Pretty Store neon pink and blue chevron decals

The water decals are from a large sheet of neon patterns. I bought these last summer, but never got around to using them, so this is the first time. But they will last ages because you get the equivalent of 11 small sheets of patterns. There aren’t enough of most patterns to be able to do all 10 nails, but you can mix and match the colours, staying within the same pattern family, or can use them for accent nails like I’ve done.

Essie Bottle Service with Born Pretty Store neon pink and blue chevron decals
Essie Bottle Service with Born Pretty Store neon pink and blue chevron decals

The two pinks don’t match each other, but under the light of my LED lamp, they both shine with equal intensity. Makes me want to go clubbing! (Maybe not! Too old for all that!)

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Cotton
  • Neon pink: two coats of Essie Bottle Service
  • Decals: neon pink and blue decals from Born Pretty Store (sheet YG-030)
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Green dots (52 Week Challenge)

In the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge this week the themes are dots and 3 shades of purple. I told my son I was going to do a dotticure, and he picked me out some blues. But I – rather uncharacteristically – chose to go with green. I’m not a lover of green, but I’m beginning to like it when it’s used in nail art (rather than as a plain manicure).

This is done mainly with Barry M polishes: a base of Coconut, then dots in Olive, Key Lime, Spring Green and Watermelon. There are also a couple of dots of Barry M Lime Green in there too, but it was a bit too sheer, so I abandoned it fairly rapidly. The only non-Barry M polish is Essie Navigate Her.

Dotted green nails
Dotted green nails using Barry M Coconut, Watermelon, Key Lime, Olive, Spring Green, Lime Green and Essie Navigate Her

I’m using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri as my go-to top coat at the moment. I’ve realised that a top coat will fall out of favour with me once it starts to get towards the end of the bottle and it begins to get a little thick. Regardless of the brand, this seems to happen. So currently I’ve been using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri after a long period of religiously using HK Girl. However, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri isn’t as good at not smearing artwork, so I used my (rather thick) bottle of HK Girl this time around.

Dotted green nails
Dotted green nails using Barry M Coconut, Watermelon, Key Lime, Olive, Spring Green, Lime Green and Essie Navigate Her

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Coconut
  • Dots: Barry M Olive, Barry M Key Lime, Barry M Spring Green, Barry M Watermelon, Barry M Lime Green, Essie Navigate Her
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Brush stroke metallics skittle (52 Week Challenge)

This week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge is either brush stroke or favourite brand.

Having not done a brush stroke manicure before, that was my immediate choice. I wasn’t sure how – or if – it differed from a distressed manicure, so I had a quick search to find out more. In searching, I came across a lovely manicure and tutorial by Gorgeois and thought I’d try to recreate that.

By the time I’d pulled out all my metallics, I couldn’t whittle it down to a few colours, so instead I chose to do a skittle using seventeen different colours.

After I’d painted a base each of the lightest metallic, I followed the Georgois tutorial and painted the brush strokes with the darkest polish first, then gradually getting lighter. And I did that twice. I don’t much like the final outcome, so it didn’t last very long on my nails. I’m afraid this one is a case of doing something so that I can be sure to complete a challenge, rather than doing something I wanted to wear on my nails. (It will probably turn out to be really well liked therefore – it’s often the case!)

Brush stroke metallics skittle
Brush stroke metallics skittle

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Reds/oranges: Sally Hansen Wined Up, No 7 Salsa, Sally Hansen Shiny Penny, L’Oreal Versailles Gold
  • Greens/yellows: Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly, Chanel Azuré, Revlon Beach, Sephora Flash Me!
  • Blues: Beauty UK Electric Blue, George Blue Lagoon, Sally Hansen Blue Streak, L’Oreal Saphir Treasure, Essie Blue Rhapsody
  • Purples: A England Avalon, Sally Hansen Pronto Purple, Barry M Lilac Foil, Essie Nothing Else Metals
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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