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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.

 

 

 

SpaRitual Caring

In yesterday’s post I was moaning about green polishes and how I don’t like them … and today I have one on the blog! This is SpaRitual Caring.

But this is a mint green, and so that means it’s an acceptable green to me!

It comes from the latest SpaRitual collection, Nurture, a spring collection of six shades.

I have another SpaRitual mint green in my collection – Delight – but Caring is a little deeper than that one. It’s the same sort of shade, just a little darker.

SpaRitual Caring
SpaRitual Caring

I painted two thickish coats for this manicure. I will often use three coats for a SpaRitual polish, because they are often quite thin. However, they dry very quickly, so three coats is easy and simple to do, and it gives the best outcome. But this was fine in two thicker coats.

SpaRitual Caring
SpaRitual Caring

The spring 2016 Nurture collection shades are:

  • Loving – a light pink creme
  • Affection – a shimmery blue with glitters
  • Supportive – a purple shimmer
  • Gentle – a cream creme
  • Tender – a turquoise creme
  • Delight – a mint creme

I have the cream polish, Gentle, too, and will be posting about it shortly. I also love the look of the purple one, Supportive. Another review I read said that it’s a one-coater, which is always a bonus.

You can buy SpaRitual in the UK from their website or from Nail Polish Direct.

 

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of SpaRitual Caring
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

Blue Distressed Nails (52 Week Challenge)

I’ve cheated a little here. These nails are for last week’s “distressed and/or grey” prompt in the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge. The challenge finished last Sunday, and although each prompt lasts a week, I aim to post mine on the Sunday each time. But I had flu, so couldn’t do anything much more than rest in bed. The cheat comes because I created the Inlinkz for the last few prompts of 2014, so I went in and extended the closing date to allow me to post – naughty me!

This is an easy set of prompts to be able to combine the two, and I did in fact pull out a few greys with just that aim in mind. But at the last minute I switched to a blue theme.

The base I’ve used is LA Colors Beach Babe, a mint green. My local pharmacy sells these polishes for a pound and I can’t resist buying one whenever I go in. It wasn’t the best brush; it was a little scratchy and so I had to paint quickly, but apart from that, you can’t fault these polishes for a pound.

The other colours are also one pound polishes: two Revlons from Poundworld, namely Coastal Surf, a mid blue, and Indigo Night, a darker, near navy.

Blue distressed nails using LA Colors Beach Babe, Revlon Coastal and Revlon Indigo Night
Blue distressed nails using LA Colors Beach Babe, Revlon Coastal and Revlon Indigo Night

I’ve not done distressed nails before, but found it very easy to do. It gives a nice effect in return for very little skill or patience. I’ll definitely do them again.

After the feedback from my last post about doing a second photo, with a different hand pose, I’ve done it again. Who knows, I may even carry on 😉

Blue distressed nails using LA Colors Beach Babe, Revlon Coastal and Revlon Indigo Night
Blue distressed nails using LA Colors Beach Babe, Revlon Coastal and Revlon Indigo Night

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of LA Colors Beach Babe
  • Other colours: Revlon Coastal Surf, Revlon Indigo Night
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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Blue and green camouflage (52 Week Challenge)

It’s either dark green or camouflage in this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge. I’m not a lover of green, so I only have a few, and I don’t tend to wear dark green on my nails. But I do love a good camouflage manicure, and decided to use 4 of the 5 Cool Nails collection from Nail Geek for this look. I recently received the collection for review, and I’ve worn and photographed three of them on their own, so will be posting about them soon.

So, this is a base of Nail Geek Peppermint, a mint green (one of the very few shades of green that I will wear), with added camouflage splodges dotted on using Dreams (pale blue), Live Fearless (medium blue) and Inbetween (a teal colour).

Blue and green camouflage using Nail Geek polishes in: Peppermint, Dreams, Inbetween and Live Fearless
Blue and green camouflage using Nail Geek polishes in: Peppermint, Dreams, Inbetween and Live Fearless

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Nail Geek Peppermint
  • Camouflage splodges: Nail Geek Dreams, Nail Geek Live Fearless, Nail Geek Inbetween
  • Top coat:Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Products 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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U is for: Unicorn Love

It’s letter U this week in the A to Z series challenge. I wanted to add some nail art, but didn’t get time in the end, so it’s just a swatch today from me.

This is Unicorn Love, from Polish Addict Nail Colour. It’s a mint green – verging on a pale blue – with microglitters in yellow, blue, purple, pink, red and salmon.

I painted two coats over a base of two coats of SpaRitual Delight. This made it a bit more green than it is in the bottle, but I’m perfectly happy with that.

Polish Addict Nail Color Unicorn Love
Polish Addict Nail Color Unicorn Love

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

OPI Uh Roll Down the Window (Pocket Money Polishes)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of SpaRitual Delight
  • Colour: two coats of Polish Addict Nail Color Unicorn Love
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.