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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.

 

 

 

Benecos Ice Ice, Baby! with Diamond Glitter Half Moons | Twinsie Tuesday

For the glitter placement prompt for Twinsie Tuesday, I have some diamond glitter half moons, and a review of a new (to me) polish brand.

I’ll start with the polish first. This pastel blue is Ice Ice, Baby! from benecos. There are eighteen colours to choose from, and 6 of those are new, as part of the Spring/Summer 2016 collection. They come in round bottles of 9ml for £6.95 each. I’m never so keen on the larger round lids for handles, but I have to say that I love the benecos brush itself. It’s lovely and slim – think old-school Chanel. [Complete aside – why did you change your brushes, Chanel?]

benecos Ice Ice, Baby! with diamond glitter half moons
benecos Ice Ice, Baby! with diamond glitter half moons

The benecos polishes are vegan and 5-free. You can buy them from Whole Foods, selected outlets and online from benecos.co.uk. Ice Ice, Baby! is from the Spring/Summer 2016 collection of 6, complimentary colours. I’ll review 3 more in the coming days and weeks.

Benecos Spring Summer 16 nail polish collection
Benecos Spring Summer 2016 nail polish collection. (Courtesy of, and copyright to benecos).

For the glitter placement, I have created some some diamond glitter half moons using glitter I got in a previous Ciaté advent calendar. It’s called Tinsel Trail and is a mini Ciaté polish bottle, full of blue and silver diamond glitters. Initially I tried to place the glitter horizontally in a line across the nail, but I was woeful and it was so crooked! So I removed that and tried something easier.

benecos Ice Ice, Baby! with diamond glitter half moons
benecos Ice Ice, Baby! with diamond glitter half moons

I ended up with a half moon design, which was not only easier, but also looked better (in my humble opinion).

 

Twinsie Tuesday logo

Please take a look at all the other glitter placement manicures from the Twinsies this week:

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Benecos Ice Ice, Baby!
  • Glitter: Ciaté Tinsel Trail
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

Blue Fan Brush Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

I have some blue fan brush nails for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas prompt for pale blue base.

I started with a base of OPI Gelato On My Mind, from the Venice collection. It’s the perfect shade of pale blue.

You can’t see much of it though with all the fan brush strokes I’ve painted over it, so you’ll have to judge my assessment of it based on what you can see of it in the bottle.

Blue fan brush nails
Blue fan brush nails

I used another two OPI colours for adding with the fan brush: Can’t Find My Czechbook, a deeper, more turquoise colour, and OPI … Eurso Euro, a dark blue, not quite navy colour.

Blue fan brush nails
Blue fan brush nails

It has been a long time since I created fan brush nails. In fact, I’ve just checked back and I’ve only ever done them once before now, a couple of years ago. I did something very similar to this but in purple: purple fan brush nails. It’s certainly an easy and quick technique, so perhaps I should do it more often.

 

 

40 Great Nail Art Ideas #40GNAI

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of OPI Gelato On My Mind
  • Fan brush colours: OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook and OPI OPI … Eurso Euro
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

 

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Nella Milano Periwinkle Pucker

Today’s swatch is of Nella Milano Periwinkle Pucker. I didn’t know what colour periwinkle was for sure, so I looked it up, and it’s a bit more purple-leaning than this shade is. I’d describe this as a pale blue; perhaps a cornflower blue.

This manicure is three coats, but it was fine after two. In fact, I wore it for a couple of days with just two coats. But I hadn’t photographed it when I’d first painted it, and it was no longer as pristine as it could have been, so I added the third coat and another top coat before photographing it.

Nella Milano Periwinkle Pucker
Nella Milano Periwinkle Pucker

As ever, this week this polish is on special promotion on the Nella Milano website. It usually costs £8.99, but this week will be just £4.47. And you can get an extra 20% off this or any other Nella Milano polish if you use the code Kerrspecial.

Nella Milano Periwinkle Pucker
Nella Milano Periwinkle Pucker

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Nella Milano Periwinkle Pucker
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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