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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.

 

 

 

Orange Reciprocal Gradient Zigzags | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

Orange reciprocal gradient: this is my first ever reciprocal gradient. I don’t know why I haven’t done one before now. So, I’m glad therefore that it’s come up as my personal prompt for the orange theme in this week’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

I added zigzags as the element to differentiate the two reversed gradients. After seeing a manicure by Caffeinated Cuticles (Jenn) on Instagram, I chose to “misalign” the zigzags nail vinyls so that they created little boxes, rather than zigzagged lines. I liked the way she’d done it, so copied it.

Orange reciprocal gradient zigzags
Orange reciprocal gradient zigzags

I left two nails bare. I’m a lazy manicurist these days and rarely “accent” more than three nails per hand. It saves so much time. I usually do just the two centre nails and my thumbs. I did gradient the other nails though, as I thought it made it more interesting overall than a plain orange colour would have been.

Orange reciprocal gradient zigzags
Orange reciprocal gradient zigzags

I used three orange nail polishes for the two gradients. Firstly, I used Barry M Full Throttle, a light, pastel orange as my palest colour. Then I chose Nella Milano Chilli Blaze, a medium orange. And finally, Nella Milano Cystal Coral. There’s nothing coral about it at all though; it’s a full-on red-orange.

In hindsight, I think I should have mattified it, as the light reflections in the photos stop you being able to see the pattern so well.

Next week the theme is “inspiration”. Who knows what I’ll be inspired by for that! At the moment I am completely clueless.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Barry M Full Throttle, Nella Milano Chilli Blaze, and Nella Milano Crystal Coral
  • Vinyls: zigzags from Nail Vinyls
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

Here are all the other participant’s orange manicures:

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Summer Gradient | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

This is my summer gradient for the summer prompt of the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

I had all but caught up last week and was going to post this last weekend, but then my son decided to get a fish bone stuck in his throat. That led to 26 hours in three different hospitals, including an emergency operation and then was followed by four days of trauma, complications and consultant appointments. I’m pleased to say that the bone has gone, but my son is left with only half of his uvula, the other half having turned white and dropped off – yikes!

So, I didn’t catch up after all, and I’m left trying to post as much as possible this weekend. I have this plus another three manicures to create, photograph and post before I even catch up.

Summer gradient
Summer gradient

Before the medical trauma, I was already going to post this. It’s a bit of a cheat as it’s the gradient I did for this tribal gradient stamping a couple of months ago. But as I didn’t post the gradient on its own, I feel it’s fair game to use it for this.

Summer gradient
Summer gradient

I was inspired by the colours of the Sky logo to create this. The blue didn’t take quite so well, and also didn’t combine with the pink to make a purple. You could only see it a little, so I added it in on the tips using the brush. You couldn’t really see that under the stamping I did before, but it’s a bit more evident here. Having said that, I don’t dislike it.

 

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient base: one coat of Nella Milano Peach Schnapps
  • Gradient: Beauty UK Bon Bon, Barry M Block Orange, Barry M Pomegranate and Barry M Blue Grape
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

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Baby Boomer Music Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

The prompt a little while ago (yes, I’m late again!) for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group was music. I stamped some musical notes onto a gradient to create these baby boomer music nails.

The base is a French tips gradient of nude and white, to create “baby boomer” nails. Baby boomer nails were a bit of a thing a while ago, and while I’ve worn them before, I haven’t ever blogged about them. I still can’t quite figure out exactly where the term “baby boomer” comes from. The closest I can get is that during the baby boom era – the 1960s – the fashion was to wear white nails, and this look is inspired by that.

Baby boomer music nails
Baby boomer music nails

For the base, I used Nella Milano Peach Schnapps and Barry M Cotton. It looked a bit too pink when I’d finished though, so I went over it again with the white and Orly Pink Nude this time, to tone down the colour a bit. You can see that the final colour at the cuticle end of my nails is far less pink than the polish in the bottle.

I stamped some musical notes on top, which obscures the blend of the gradient somewhat.

Baby boomer music nails
Baby boomer music nails

I am trying to desperately catch up. Last Friday’s prompt was “hot pink” – and I still haven’t done that yet – and there’s this Friday’s “wedding” theme still to do as well.

Wish me luck!

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Baby boomer gradient base: Nella Milano Peach Schnapps, Barry M Cotton, Orly Pink Nude
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! Black
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-13
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish top Coat


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

 

 

 

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Orange and Red Gradient Leopard Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

Last Friday’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group theme was three shades of red/orange. My own personal prompt was leopard. The two worked OK together, so I was pleased, and the result is these orange and red gradient leopard nails.

The gradient is made from a pale orange (Revlon Sorbet), a mid orange (Barry M Block Orange) and a red (Barry M Blood Orange). The three colours combine for a really striking gradient. They’d be great as the base of a tropical silhouette manicure … you know, palm trees at sunset sort of thing.

Orange and red gradient leopard nails
Orange and red gradient leopard nails

To create the leopard spots, I used the end of the brush to roughly add some red over the light orange and vice versa. Then I used a dotting tool to add the black outlines.

I didn’t like it shiny, so added a matte top coat, which I much preferred.

Orange and red gradient leopard nails
Orange and red gradient leopard nails

This is the latest I’ve been with my 40 Great Nail Art Ideas manicure. I had a really busy Bank Holiday weekend watching my son play cricket each day. He played for his school, then for his club and then for Surrey District, completing wiping out all my weekend free time!

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient: Revlon Sorbet, Barry M Block Orange and Barry M Blood Orange
  • Leopard spots: Revlon Sorbet, Barry M Blood Orange and W7 Black
  • Top coat: Barry M Matte Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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