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LENA Arab Girl (LE05) | My 1,000th nail polish

This lovely sparkly red is LENA Arab Girl (LE05).

It’s such a festive colour. Sparkly red jelly polishes are perfect for a Christmas manicure. On the LENA website at the moment, it is reduced too, so it’s just £6.95.

LENA nail polish is promoted as being breathable and water permeable. This is important to strict Muslims who perform wudhu before praying and who believe that non-permeable nail polish would mean that the hands cannot be fully and properly cleansed.

So water permeable nail polish is wudhu-friendly and allows Muslims to wear polish but to still adhere to Islam.

LENA Arab Girl
LENA Arab Girl

I wasn’t so keen on the brush the first time I used it as it’s wide and straight-edged. But it was less of a struggle this time around. I think perhaps I was more used to it. It still took a little more effort than usual to get a nice curve at the cuticle end using the wide and straight brush edge, but obviously a little practice had helped.

LENA Arab Girl
LENA Arab Girl

This polish is my 1,000th. I never thought I would ever own so many nail polishes. At about 600 or 700, I remember thinking that it was time I slowed down buying them. I have to say that it now takes something very special for me to buy a new polish. Whereas I used to buy 10-20 a month, I now can go many months without even buying a single one. I never thought that would happen either!

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of LENA Arab Girl (LE05)
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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LENA Arab Girl (LE05) 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


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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.

 

 

 

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


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The June 2016 Nailbox was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Turquoise and Aqua Wavy Stripes | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

We are all doing turquoise or aqua nails for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. My own theme is fluid lines, so I have some turquoise and aqua wavy stripes.

I started with a base of the glitter polish. This is an Accessorize polish, Forever Emerald. There is something amiss in the Accessorize naming department though, because this absolutely is not emerald. It’s firmly turquoise or aquamarine.

Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes
Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes

It took three coats to give enough opacity for my liking, so a base coat of a matching colour will be needed next time I wear it. I do love the bottles of the Accessorize polishes. You can probably see from the picture that they are round, but multi-faceted – like a diamond – with rose gold caps.

After the base had dried, I used wavy French tip guides and painted on a light turquoise, Ciaté Ahoy Sailor, and a more greeny-aqua colour, Essie Melody Maker.

Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes
Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes

I’m not too happy with these nails and will probably remove them after just a day’s wear. The many glitter coats, plus an intermediate top coat, then colour, then another top coat, plus base coat, means this manicure is about seven coats. It makes it look a bit clumsy I think. And I haven’t cleaned up so well around the cuticles either and haven’t capped the tips very well. I’m not sure where perfectionist Claire has got to at the moment – I’m sure she’ll be back!

 

40 Great Nail Art Ideas #40GNAI

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: three coats of Accessorize Forever Emerald, one coat of Ciaté Ahoy Sailor, one coat of Essie Melody Maker
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Purple Skittlette | Mix & Match | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday group is doing mix and match manicures today. I haven’t heard that term applied to a nails look before, so I am not entirely sure if I’ve got this right. To me, it sounds like it should be a bit of a skittlette: the match being the same or similar colours, and the mix being different designs. So, to that end at least, I created a purple skittlette. I hope I got it right!

I created two matching nails, using Barry M Fonadant as the base. To this pink-toned lilac colour I added thin stripes of white and purple.

Purple skittlette
Purple skittlette

The plain nail is SpaRitual Modern Craftsman, a stunning purple nail polish with tiny red glitters.

Then the middle nail has a white base and is stamped with 2true Artemis, a purple metallic polish. The 2true Metallica collection is great for stamping. They don’t seem to be sold in Superdrug any more, which is a shame. But you can still buy the blue one, Athena, from the 2true website.

Purple skittlette nails
Purple skittlette nails

The stamping image is from Born Pretty Store plate BP-L001. It’s a repeating design using marquise shapes. Other than this image, the plate has floral, leaf and foliage patterns. It’s absolutely my kind of plate and has lots of images that I love. It currently is available on the Born Pretty website for $4.19. If you’re buying other, full-priced items, feel free to use my 10% discount code: ZSL91 (there’s nothing off this particular item as it’s already reduced).

 

Twinsie Tuesday logo

Please take a look at all the other manicures from the Twinsies this week (even if it’s only to see if I got the right idea for the theme!):

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Index and little finger: two coats of Barry M Fondant, plus stripes of Barry M Matt White and SpaRitual Modern Craftsman
  • Ring finger: two coats of SpaRitual Modern Craftsman
  • Middle finger: two coats of Barry M Matt White, with stamping, as below
  • Stamping polish: 2true Artemis
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-L001
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Born Pretty Store plate BP-L001 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.