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SensatioNail Gilded Glamour | Glitter Gel Polish with Cream

SensatioNail Gilded Glamour is one of seven new glitter gel polishes. I have three of the collection, and mine are all in a clear or very sheer base. So I decided to use this gold and rose gold glitter gel polish layered over a base colour.

I figured cream should compliment the gold and rose gold particles well, and picked Bluesky BP09 (Creme de la Creme).

SensatioNail Gilded Glamour and Bluesky BP09 (Creme de la Creme)
SensatioNail Gilded Glamour and Bluesky BP09 (Creme de la Creme)

It’s a lovely look that I kept on for quite a while. Even with gel polish I rarely wear it for more than about five days. Sometimes I remove it completely, but more often, I paint over it with either another gel or a regular nail polish, or even add some nail art.

This look heralded another new nail shape for me. I seem to have been a bit fickle about my nail shape recently and have been reshaping my nails quite frequently. I had round nails, then went back to almond, and here they’re coffin shaped. I have coveted coffin – or ballerina – shaped nails for some time now. (But – spoiler alert – as much as I wanted them, this shape didn’t last long and I’m back to almond again!)

SensatioNail Gilded Glamour and Bluesky BP09 (Creme de la Creme)
SensatioNail Gilded Glamour and Bluesky BP09 (Creme de la Creme)

The SensatioNail glitters come in lots of colours. Apart from Gilded Glamour (gold/rose gold), I also have Lilac lustre (lilac) and fuchsia Fireworks (red/pink). Some of the other available colours look lovely too. All of the ones I have are quite sheer, but were buildable to nearly opaque in three to four coats.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Bluesky BP09 (Creme de la Creme)
  • Glitters nails: two coats of SensatioNail Gilded Glamour over the cream gel polish
  • Gel top coat: SensatioNail Gel Base & Top Coat

 

 

SensatioNail Blue Chrome Powder

I kind of missed the chrome nails fad. I was so busy at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 that I took a bit of a step back from blogging. In retrospect, it was a good move and it allowed me to have a bit of a break rather than burn out, as I’ve seen happen to so many other nails bloggers. But, that was just about the time that chrome nails had come to the fore, and while I had used some powders in a couple of different colours, I didn’t ever get around to blogging about them.

So, I now have three of the SensatioNail chrome powders and thought I’d post about them.

Sensationail blue chrome powder
SensatioNail blue chrome powder

My favourite is the blue, shown here over a blue nail polish. I had been wearing OPI Keeping Suzi At Bay, from the 2013 San Francisco collection. And the following day, I thought I’d see how SensatioNail blue chrome powder looked over the top. So, as the polish was decidedly dry and hardened, I thought it would be fine to paint a gel top coat over it – and I was right. Sometimes if you paint a gel top coat over a nail polish that’s not completely dry, it will bubble, but this was fine and even lasted around a week with no problems. When I removed it at that point, it was still perfect, so I have no reason to believe it wouldn’t have lasted a full fortnight.

Sensationail blue chrome powder
SensatioNail blue chrome powder

I used a no-wipe top coat from Bluesky, then scrubbed in the SensatioNail blue chrome powder, and used SensatioNail Gel Base & Top Coat as a top coat.

The SensatioNail blue chrome powder has a lovely duochrome look. It’s not as strongly evident in my photos as it was in real life, but it definitely shifts from purple to blue, depending on the angle you view the nails from.

Sensationail blue chrome powder
Sensationail blue chrome powder

I wasn’t so excited about the SensatioNail gold chrome powder, as it looked a bit of an antique gold, almost an olive colour, really. Even over white, it didn’t scream gold to me. Perhaps over gold itself it might work, but I didn’t try that. And I’m sure plenty of people would love it, but I’m not a huge gold lover really.

The SensatioNail rose chrome powder was also a bit of a disappointment – but only based on its name and my expectations of that. When you think of rose and chrome, you automatically think rose gold. But this isn’t rose gold. It’s more of an orange colour, which – quite bizarrely – gives a purple-orange duochrome shift when used over black. It’s a fantastic duochrome effect, and a stunning metallic colur when on your nails, but just not rose gold – my fault for assuming what colour it would be!

Here’s swatches of each of the polishes over each of white and black, with blue on the left, then rose and finally gold on the right:

Sensationail chrome powders over white and black: blue, rose, and gold
SensatioNail chrome powders over white and black: blue, rose, and gold

You can’t quite see the effect of the blue over white in the picture, but it does give a feint metallic blue colouring.

I did do a full manicure using the rose chrome powder over black, but I didn’t do it very well and had bits of black showing at the edges. As I said, it’s a perfectly lovely colour and the chrome works well – as long as you’re not set on it being rose gold. My manicure looked just like the swatch above.

You can buy the SensatioNail chrome nail powders for £6.99 each / three for £15 / all six for £27 (excluding delivery).

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of OPI Keeping Suzi At Bay
  • First top coat: Bluesky No Wipe Top Coat
  • Chrome powder: SensatioNail Chrome Gel Manicure Powder, in Blue
  • Final gel top coat: SensatioNail Gel Base & Top Coat


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The SensatioNail chrome powders shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.
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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


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
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.

 

 

 

Dragonfly Nails | Insects | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

I’m still three weeks behind with this challenge. These dragonfly nails are for the insects prompt from 15th July.

As usual, I had grand plans starting out. I wanted to do a riverbank scene, with reeds, water and dragonflies. But as time slipped away and I needed to just get something – anything – on my nails, it became far more apparent that some quick stamping was the way to go.

The peach base is four coats of L’Oréal Creamy Angora. That took some effort – this wasn’t going to be quite such a speedy manicure as I first thought. The only time I’ve used it before I painted three coats over white, so I should have known really.

Peach dragonfly nails
Peach dragonfly nails

I stamped using the individual dragonfly image on Bundle Monster plate BM-410, and placed three dragonflies per nail. I don’t quite know why I chose gold; I can’t say I’ve ever seen a gold dragonfly, only ever blue or red.

Peach dragonfly nails
Peach dragonfly nails

Right – no time for writing – I’m off to see if I can catch up some more.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: four coats of L’Oréal Creamy Angora
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Gold
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-410
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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Geometric Molten Metals | Twinsie Tuesday

I’ve called this multi-coloured design “geometric Molten Metals” and it’s for the geometric prompt for the Twinsie Tuesday group. I’m still very late in posting my nails – these were not for Tuesday as in yesterday, but for Tuesday last week.

I’ve used all four of the recently launched Molten Metals from Barry M. They are metallic polishes with a distinct shimmer and come in four colours, each with very self-explanatory names: Gold Digger, Silver Lining, Copper Mine and Bronze Bae.

Geometric Molten Metals using ÜberChic Beauty 2-01 and the Barry M Molten Metals polishes
Geometric Molten Metals using ÜberChic Beauty 2-01 and the Barry M Molten Metals polishes

I was pleased to see this launch from Barry M, although I had been hoping they were replacements for the Foil Effects polishes that got discontinued. The Foil Effects are brilliant for stamping, and when they were discontinued, I kind of hoped it was because a new metallic range was coming out, and I was hoping for other colours like blue and purple and pink and green.

Well, Barry M did bring out a range of metallics, but these Molten Metals aren’t like the Foil Effects, and they don’t really stamp well. They do stamp, but because of the shimmer, they give the kind of “patchy” effect you get when stamping with holographic polishes. Never mind, I still have my fingers crossed for plain Foil Effects-like metallics from Barry M. [Hint, hint, Mr. Mero et al].

Geometric Molten Metals using ÜberChic Beauty 2-01 and the Barry M Molten Metals polishes
Geometric Molten Metals using ÜberChic Beauty 2-01 and the Barry M Molten Metals polishes

I stamped the image from ÜberChic Beauty 2-01 using Essence Stamp Me! Black. While it was still on the stamper, I filled it in with the four Barry M Molten Metals. Then, when it was dry, I painted a coat of fast-drying top coat on to my middle nails, left it for a minute or so and then stamped the filled-in image onto the nail. I find it easier to do that rather than to stamp on a mat and then lift the image and place it – stamping straight from the stamper works so much better for me.

 

 

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Barry M Gold Digger, Barry M Silver Lining, Barry M Copper Mine and Barry M Bronze Bae
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! Black
  • Stamping plate: ÜberChic Beauty 2-01
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.