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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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Blue herringbone stamping | Bundle Monster BM-XL212

This blue herringbone stamping manicure disappointed a little on camera.

In the flesh, it was awesome, creating a stunning optical illusion effect of a 3D pattern. But I just couldn’t seem to capture how it looked on camera.

It’s a real shame that I can’t demonstrate how good this looked, but if you have this plate, I urge you to try this particular design out.

Blue herringbone stamping
Blue herringbone stamping, using OPI The I’s Have It and Bundle Monster BM-XL212

The base is the beautiful pale blue OPI The I’s Have It. It’s from the Alice Through The Looking Glass, Brights 2016 collection. I confess that I have finally stopped buying nail polishes in quantity. For many years, I was buying 20-30 a month. Now that my collection numbers over a thousand, I find myself frequently seeing new shades and simply thinking, I’ve got that colour … ten times over. So it’s only rarely that I see a polish and really want it. And The I’s Have It was one of those.

Blue herringbone stamping, using OPI The I's Have It and Bundle Monster BM-XL212
Blue herringbone stamping, using OPI The I’s Have It and Bundle Monster BM-XL212

I stamped over the baby blue base using 2true Athena, a metallic-blue polish. The image comes from one of the plates in the Bundle Monster Blogger Collaboration Set 3. It’s a 3D herringbone design made from dots, created by “gotnail”. It’s on plate BM-xL212. It’s my favourite plate in the set as it has lots of abstract and geometrical designs, which are my favourites to use.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of OPI The I’s Have It
  • Stamping polish: 2true Athena
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL212
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster BM-XL212 was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Festival Nails | June 2016 Nailbox

I used the June 2016 Nailbox content to create a festival nails look.

This is the first subscription box of polish that I have received. I’ve not signed up to one before because I now have so much polish (I’m approaching 1,000 bottles) and I think that I probably own practically every colour out there, in every finish. (OK, so maybe I don’t have all the greens – as green is not a favourite of mine!) I’m also running low on space to store them all, so these days I am much more picky about buying polish and only buy ones that really speak to me.

Festival nails using the June 2016 Nailbox
Festival nails using the June 2016 Nailbox

But I can see the appeal of these boxes. Even now I do love some nail mail. And to have a surprise package of nail goodies once a month would be wonderful.

The June 2016 Nailbox is called Festival Fever and contains four nail polishes and one nail art item:

  • Rimmel Cheeky Chap is a matte pale blue from the Spring 2015 Sweetie Heart collection
  • OPI Is Mai Tai Crooked? is a peach colour from the Spring 2015 Hawaii Collection
  • Essie Jazzy Jubilant is a medium pale pink and lilac/pale blue glitter, small teal glitter and slightly smaller bronze/orange glitter in a clear base – from the Christmas 2013 Luxeffects collection
  • Bourjois Turquoise Block is a “more green than blue” turquoise – it’s a deeper version of Barry M Greenberry
  • Elegant Touch Stylist metallic nail art tape – six different metallic colours of sticky striping tape, each colour having four rows
June 2016 Nailbox: Festival Fever
June 2016 Nailbox: Festival Fever

I’ve used all the contents to create these festival nails. I took my inspiration from a similar manicure I saw – but I’m sorry to that original artist, because I cannot now find it. So if you think this looks a bit like a manicure of yours – created with different colours and without the glitter – then it’s possibly yours that I derived mine from.

Festival nails using the June 2016 Nailbox
Festival nails using the June 2016 Nailbox

All these products are excellent and I was especially pleased with the OPI; to get a fairly recent, full-size OPI in a box is great.

Rimmel Cheeky Chap – the pale blue polish – is a matte polish, but I’ve top-coated it so it is shiny on this manicure.

The Essie glitter was a little runny, so I had to use several attempts to dab it on with the brush to get an even coverage. In hindsight, it would have been easier to apply it with a sponge.

You can sign up for a monthly Nailbox for as little as £13.50 a month. The August 2016 box sounds great. According to their website, it’s called Into the Sunset. The contents are worth nearly £40 and it will contain “four nail polishes and one stamping tool”.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Green: Bourjois Turquoise Block
  • Blue: Rimmel Cheeky Chap
  • Peach: OPI Is Mai Tai Crooked?
  • Glitter: Essie Jazzy Jubilant
  • White: Barry M Cotton
  • Striping Tape: Elegant Touch Stylist Metallic Nail Art Tape
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The June 2016 Nailbox was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Coral, White and Negative Space Stripes | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These coral, white and negative space stripes are for the coral and white theme for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. My own prompt was negative space.

I seem to have done so many negative space manicures recently, despite not really liking them. I don’t like how my nails are too stained for this technique, but it has come up in so many recent challenges and I have been compelled to join in.

Coral, white and negative space stripes
Coral, white and negative space stripes

This time around, I have limited the amount of negative space on view to almost the smallest possible. And I kept it to the cuticle end of my nails, which is less stained than the tips.

I used OPI Crawfishin’ For A Compliment as the coral. It perhaps doesn’t have enough pink in it to be the correct pinky-orange of a coral colour. It’s more of a pale orange. But crayfish (crawfish) are pinky-orange, so I am going to blame OPI for getting the colour of the polish wrong! Ha ha!

Coral, white and negative space stripes
Coral, white and negative space stripes

I rather like this look. Not so much the negative space, but the stripes at the top of the nails. Some of my most favourite manicures are like this and it’s a technique I use quite a lot, as you can see:

I’m still playing catch up for this challenge. These nails were supposed to be up last Friday (as in the week before the Friday just gone). So I am still in debt by one manicure. I’m hoping to paint it today and then post tomorrow, so that I can finally say I have caught up.

40 Great Nail Art Ideas 2 #40GNAI

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Orange: one thick coat of OPI Crawfishin’ For a Compliment
  • White: Nella Milano Chantilly Cream
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

 

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Pink and Silver Zigzags With Triangular Studs

These pink and silver zigzags were painted quite some time ago now, back when my nails were a bit shorter.

I used a base of piCture pOlish Allure, which is a bright magenta pink with a scattered holo. My photos don’t show the beautiful holographic effect sadly.

I teamed it with OPI This Gown Needs A Crown, probably my favourite and certainly my most used silver nail polish. It’s lovely used just as a single accent nail, or like here, as part of an overall look.

Pink and silver zigzags with triangular studs
Pink and silver zigzags with triangular studs

I checked back and discover that I wore this manicure back in September 2015. My nails have grown quite considerably since then, even though I am forever filing them. I like the look of them long, but prefer to wear them a bit shorter as I am always worried that I will catch and break a nail. I haven’t had a break on my “camera hand” now for ages. Certainly not this year. (I’ve probably just jinxed that now, haven’t I?!)

Pink and silver zigzags with triangular studs
Pink and silver zigzags with triangular studs

The silver triangular studs are from IZ Beauty, a new nail art supply store. They sell a range of items, like nail art tools, studs, rhinestones, nail art pens, nail wraps and decals. On their Instagram account, I found a code for 20% off. Just use SHOP20.

IZ Beauty silver studs
IZ Beauty silver studs

I have three of the silver studs: triangular, small circles and and small square. They come beautifully presented in cute little square boxes, branded with the IZ Beauty identity.

IZ Beauty Gem dotter
IZ Beauty Gem dotter

I also have one of the nail art tools, the gem dotter, which is a plastic tool with a rubberized end. I found it great for selecting and picking up the studs, and then placing them on the nail.

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Pink: two coats of piCture pOlish Allure
  • Silver: OPI This Gown Needs A Crown
  • Studs: silver triangular studs from IZ Beauty
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The studs and gem dotter shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.