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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.

 

 

 

GelTouch Mini Starter Kit | Polish to Gel

This manicure is a polish to gel one, created with the GelTouch Mini Starter Kit.

This great little kit from United Beauty contains a mini LED lamp and a gel top coat. The GelTouch top coat is an LED-cured top coat that transforms any nail polish into a gel manicure. Typically gel manicures last two weeks and usually only need redoing then because of nail growth.

The mini lamp good enough for one finger at a time and plugs into your PC or Mac with a USB cable.

GelTouch over Orly Miss Conduct
GelTouch over Orly Miss Conduct

It is a 60-second cure and has an automatic cut out after the minute is up – or you can switch it on and off if you’re flash curing something. Of course you can use your own lamp if you want to do all your nails at once, but as with any gel system, it is always best to use the lamp that comes with the system and which is therefore calibrated to properly cure the gel in question.

The GelTouch Mini Starter Kit includes:

  • GelTouch Clear Top Coat
  • Mini LED lamp with USB cable
  • Gel Cleansing Wipes

GelTouch Mini Starter Kit
GelTouch Mini Starter Kit

I tried it with Orly Miss Conduct. The instructions say to wait until your regular polish is completely dry and suggest this is 20-30 minutes. I left mine for at least an hour, just in case. I didn’t use a quick dry (nail polish) top coat as I thought this would make me think the polish was dry – because the top coat probably would have been before the polish underneath was – and I thought it might affect the results.  But I’m sure you could use a quick dry top coat – as long as you left it long enough. Perhaps, for example, if it was the day before’s manicure or something.

GelTouch over Orly Miss Conduct
GelTouch over Orly Miss Conduct

Then I added the gel polish. Now personally, I’m gel polish qualified, but as long as you follow a few simple rules, I don’t think there’s a problem with people doing their own gel manicures at home.

The things to remember are: shake the polish well (this is hard for us polish lovers to accept, but needs to be done); apply thin coats; do not let the gel polish touch your skin – if it does, remove it immediately; cap the free edges with each coat; cleanse the sticky layer at the end using the provided wipes (or rubbing alcohol). You should also only use the lamp that is recommended for the gel polish you are using.

I did two coats for best longevity. It had a really great shine.

I love the tiny lamp. I’m a self-employed marketing consultant and I mainly work from home. So my work desk is also my nails desk, which makes it very easy to plug in this little lamp into my PC and cure away. It’s really dinky, only about the size of a box of matches, and has two folding legs that raise it up enough to put your finger under.

When it comes to removal, you can just gently peel it off in one go (see the video below). I wasn’t sure I wanted to do that, as I thought there was a chance of damaging the nail. But it really does just peel off easily, taking the regular nail polish with it. I found it easiest to file the ends of my nails, to release one of the anchor points of the gel. In a couple of cases, that filing lifted up the now free edge of the polish/gel and allowed me to get under it with my nail and then ease it off. But if you’re unsure, you can simply soak them off as you would with other gel polish. I tried it that way too, and after about five minutes of soaking, the top layer of gel lifts up and can then be swiped off, along with the polish underneath, with a pad soaked in acetone.

You can buy the Gel Touch Mini Starter kit for £24.99. You can also buy it on Amazon and if you’re an Amazon Prime member, then there’s free delivery.

I love this little kit and can really recommend it if you fancy extending the wear of a manicure every now and then. If you’re a regular gel polish user, then a kit with a larger lamp that can fit four fingers in might be more appropriate, but for occasional use, or as an introduction to gel polish, this is fantastic.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Orly Miss Conduct
  • Top coat: GelTouch Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The GelTouch Mini Starter Kit was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violet Tweed | Berry Good Looking | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These violet tweed nails are for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. The theme is violet, and my personal prompt is houndstooth or tweed or plaid.

There has been some discussion in our Facebook group about what shade of purple violet actually is. For myself, to be sure I was getting the right colour, I Googled and searched on Wikipedia. From that, I came to the conclusion that violet is a blue-toned purple. But I wanted to use Cupcake Berry Good Looking, which is what I thought violet was before I had searched. Oh no! In further searches, I found that someone described Berry Good Looking as violet. That was good enough for me!

Violet tweed using Cupcake Polish Berry Good Looking
Violet tweed using Cupcake Polish Berry Good Looking

I tried it with some houndstooth stamping. It looked nice, but I had stamped with white and it didn’t let enough of the violet through for my liking. I tested some tartan stamps too, but had a similar result.

So, ultimately, I went with a herringbone pattern, which is the pattern of weave that much of tweed fabric is made up of. I stamped with Barry M Fondant, so that the pattern would be quite light against the polish. But it went even lighter, and more pink/less white when I top coated it. It’s a subtle look, but I’m pleased with it.

Violet tweed using Cupcake Polish Berry Good Looking
Violet tweed using Cupcake Polish Berry Good Looking

I do think my “violet” is too red-toned. My own bottle of Berry Good Looking seems far more pink/red than many others I’ve seen photos of anyway. But seeing  as I was determined to use it, I really can’t complain.

 

 

40 Great Nail Art Ideas 2 #40GNAI

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Cupcake Polish Berry Good Looking
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Fondant
  • Stamping plate: Moyra plate 2 Fabric Texture
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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A England Whispering Waves

I bought A England Whispering Waves as soon as it was launched.

It’s a duochromatic turquoise holographic polish – what could be better?

It paints on perfectly. All the A England nail polishes I’ve ever tried have a perfect application.

It dries very quickly and a little matte too.

A England Whispering Waves
A England Whispering Waves

It was almost a one-coater, and probably would be for short nails. I just had a tiny bit of visible nail line peeking through at me, so used two coats for a better finish. This would probably stamp very well because of its well-pigmented formula.

It has a slight duochrome / multichrome to it, ranging from a darker blue, through pink, to gold and then to a more greeny/gold colour. But that’s not hugely evident on the nail.

A England Whispering Waves
A England Whispering Waves

There isn’t much holograph with this either. I thought there would be more than there is, so I was a tiny bit disappointed. But it is still a beautiful polish – a perfect formula, and a stunning colour. I’m keen to see what it looks like in sunlight.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of A England Whispering Waves
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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.