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Morgan Taylor Rule The Runway | Sweetheart Squadron Collection

Morgan Taylor Rule The Runway is another polish from the Sweetheart Squadron collection for Autumn 2016.

Of the six polishes, this is the third one that I have reviewed so far. And just like the others, it does not disappoint.

Rule the Runway is a light grey that has a slight warm lavender tone to it. I hesitate to call it a greige, because technically that’s a mix of grey and beige. But others might call it a greige.

Morgan Taylor Rule The Runway
Morgan Taylor Rule The Runway

It painted on smoothly and evenly and then dried nice and quickly too. Just like the others, the longevity has been superb. I wore it for about four or five days in the end I think. And for me to wear a polish that long means that it didn’t chip in that time, because I always re-paint at the first sign of a chip.

This collection has so far been an absolute delight. Look out for my reviews of the berry burgundy, the sage green and the coral polishes, which are all coming up in the next week or so.

Morgan Taylor Rule The Runway
Morgan Taylor Rule The Runway

Once again, here are the six polishes from the Sweetheart Squadron collection:

 

Morgan Taylor Sweetheart Squadron Collection for Autumn 2016
Morgan Taylor Sweetheart Squadron Collection for Autumn 2016

In the UK you can buy Morgan Taylor nail polishes in Sally’s stores – or online at www.sallyexpress.com. They cost £10.99 each. I really feel these polishes are good value for that because they really last well.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Morgan Taylor Rule The Runway
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Morgan Taylor Rule The Runway was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Pink, Purple and Grey Stripes | Diabolical Nail Varnish from Firebox

I have some pink, purple and grey stripes nail art, courtesy of Diabolical Nail Varnish.

Diabolical Nail Varnish has been specially created by Firebox.com. These three polishes come as a set, presented in a pink box, and are inspired by Wes Anderson’s stylised film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

I absolutely adored the film. I hadn’t seen any other Wes Anderson films before, so I didn’t know how distinctive his style was. In the first few minutes of watching it I thought it all rather strange and was going to give up on it, but gradually I realised I was gripped by the story and was loving the quirky and distinctive narrative style.

Pink, purple and grey stripes using Diabolical Nail Varnishes from Firebox.com
Pink, purple and grey stripes using Diabolical Nail Varnishes from Firebox.com

These three polishes have been designed to reflect the colours and grandeur of the mountain hotel, presided over by devoted concierge, Monsieur Gustave H.

Dynamite in the Sack is a dark violet shade. It is a lovely vampy purple that reflects the colour of Zero the lobby boy’s uniform. It has a nice consistency that flows well onto the nail. I really like the brush, which is long and straight with a flattened wand part – like the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri brush, but perhaps half the width and with a straight-cut top. It dried averagely quickly – not too long, but I wouldn’t call it fast drying either. “Dynamite in the sack” is how M. Gustave describes wealthy hotel visitor, 84-year old Mme D!

Diabolical Nail Varnish set from Firebox
Diabolical Nail Varnish set from Firebox

Enchanting Old Ruin – a term used to describe the hotel in the film – is a grey that sometimes leans slightly teal green. This is also a good cream, like the purple. There’s quite a lot of grey in the film that must have inspired this: M. Gustave’s waistcoat, his prison uniform, the uniforms of the soldiers and the colour of the mountain scenery.

Physically Repulsed is a sheer pink. This is the only one of the three that I was slightly disappointed with, from a nail art point of view. To fit with The Grand Budapest Hotel theme, this pale pink colour is perfect. It is the colour of the Mendl’s cake boxes in the film and is the colour of the hotel itself. However, this is a very sheer polish so it doesn’t show up as very pink on the nail. It would be great worn alone or used for a French manicure, but my nails are far too yellowed for me to show it off well. The name of this polish actually has a nail polish reference. In the film, M. Gustave and Mme D have a scene that plays out thus:

M. Gustave: “Oh, dear God, what have you done to your fingernails?”

Mme D: “I beg your pardon?”

M. Gustave: “This diabolical varnish; the colour is completely wrong!”

Mme D: “Oh really? Don’t you like it?”

M. Gustave: “It’s not that I don’t like it; I am physically repulsed.”

Because it is so sheer, I have used it here over a white, which brings it to a more solid colour. I did still need four coats though to make it opaque enough to show up the colour well.

Pink, purple and grey stripes using Diabolical Nail Varnishes from Firebox.com
Pink, purple and grey stripes using Diabolical Nail Varnishes from Firebox.com

You can buy this Diabolical Nail Varnish set from Firebox.com for £12.99. I have a great fondness for Firebox.com. At the time it launched in the late 90s, I was working for an internet consultancy. This was before the internet bubble burst and at the time, it was such a small industry that we seemed to know everyone in it. So, I knew Firebox.com from the off and have admired their approach ever since. If you ever need a quirky or original gift, they are certainly the place to look first.

 

Product information for pink, purple and grey stripes manicure:
  • Purple: two coats of Diabolical Nail Varnish Dynamite In The Sack
  • Pink: four coats of Diabolical Nail Varnish Physically Repulsed over two coats of Nella Milano Chantilly Cream
  • Grey: two coats of Diabolical Nail Varnish Enchanting Old Ruin
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

 

Silver Swirls | Inspired by Jewellery | Twinsie Tuesday

I’m on time for Twinsie Tuesday this week, for the first time in a while! The prompt is inspired by jewellery. My silver swirls are inspired by some silver and abalone jewellery I saw.

I didn’t want to faithfully recreate it; I just wanted to take a few aspects from it to create my manicure. So I chose a swirled pattern and stamped that in silver. I used a grey base because the jewellery was photographed against a grey background (see below).

Silver swirls using Born Pretty Store BP-L003 over Essie Cashmere Bathrobe
Silver swirls using Born Pretty Store BP-L003 over Essie Cashmere Bathrobe

The base is Essie Cashmere Bathrobe, one of my very favourite polishes. I wear it a lot. Thank you to my friend Debbie and her daughter Katie for the lovely gift!

Silver swirls using Born Pretty Store BP-L003 over Essie Cashmere Bathrobe
Silver swirls using Born Pretty Store BP-L003 over Essie Cashmere Bathrobe

The stamping image is from Born Pretty Store BP-L003 stamping plate. This is a lovely plate. It has 15 full size – and nice and large – geometric and repeating images on it.

Here’s the jewellery that I based my manicure on (sorry if you’re reading this in a feed reader – you’ll probably need to open the full post or click the link to see it):

 

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Essie Cashmere Bathrobe
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Stamping plate: Born Pretty Store BP-L003
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Born Pretty Store BP-L003 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Dark Grey with Gold Lace Half Moon Stamping | Twinsie Tuesday

The Twinsie Tuesday prompt this time around is grey and gold and I have some dark grey nails with gold lace half moon stamping.

I don’t personally think grey and gold go brilliantly well together. Grey is a cold colour and gold is a warm one. Grey goes much better with silver I think. So to make it work, I chose a darkish grey that could almost be black (Essie Cashmere Bathrobe), and stamped with gold. I think they go OK together.

Grey with gold lace half moon stamping
Grey with gold lace half moon stamping

I used one of the Bundle Monster blogger collaboration plates, from set 2, BM-XL206. This is Nailstamp4fun’s plate – thanks Swanette. Her plate has a large lace design and some smaller, lace patterns, floral designs and a couple of a geometric images too.

Grey with gold lace half moon stamping
Grey with gold lace half moon stamping

I used one of the French tip lace designs and decided to use it as a half moon stamping instead of a tip.

BM-XL206 stamping plate
BM-XL206 stamping plate – reproduced here with permission from Bundle Monster

I love this Bundle Monster set and have more designs using other plates coming up soon. You can buy this plate on its own from the Bundle Monster website for $4.99, or you can purchase the entire set of five plates for a slightly less per plate, at $19.99.

 

Twinsie Tuesday logo

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Essie Cashmere Bathrobe
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Gold
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL206
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned. The stamping plate image is copyright to Bundle Monster and is reproduced here with permission.
The Bundle Monster stamping plate BM-XL206 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Winter Trees | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

Today I have some winter trees for the Crumpets Nail Tarts Winter theme for 40 Great Nail Art Ideas.

I wanted to used this stamping plate two years’ ago at around this time, for the Christmas Challenge 2013 winter nature theme, but I hadn’t actually received it yet. Surprisingly, despite how much I wanted to use it back then, I still haven’t used the plate until now; I had to remove the blue plastic film from it!

Winter trees
Winter trees – gradient made with OPI Gelato On My Mind, Nella Milano Grey Goose and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

I started with a gradient using OPI Gelato On My Mind, Nella Milano Grey Goose and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

Then I stamped in white using Bundle Monster BM-407.

Winter trees
Winter trees, stamped with Bundle Monster BM-407

My trees are a little wonky here and there. But it does remind me of a crisp morning, with a bright blue sky and a hoar frost on the bare trees in winter.

 

 

 

40 Great Nail Art Ideas #40GNAI

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient: OPI Gelato On My Mind, Nella Milano Grey Goose, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Stamping polish: Konad White
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-407
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

 

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