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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.

 

 

 

Mardi Gras nails

I bet you wonder why I’m posting some Mardi Gras nails in December! We don’t even celebrate Mardi Gras in the UK. (Well, we have Pancake Day, but that’s about the closest we get).

My son’s school holds a charity fundraising ball every year, and I’m on the committee that helps to organise it. This year, the theme was Mardi Gras.

I had designed some posters and artwork for the event and had created a three-colour harlequin pattern as a border. I didn’t know much about Mardi Gras at first, but after researching things a little, I  found out that the traditional colours for (New Orleans) Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. So I chose to replicate the coloured harlequin pattern on my nails too.

Mardi Gras nails
Mardi Gras nails

For the colours, I chose: Nella Milano A Royal Affair (purple), George Buttercup Shine (yellow/gold), and Barry M Spring Green (green).

I wasn’t sure of the best way to accomplish the design, especially since my freehand isn’t the greatest. So I settled on making some decals on a silicone mat. I painted some lines of adjoining diamonds in purple and in green using back to back zigzag vinyls placed on the mat. Then I top coated that and allowed it to dry. Then I cut away the top coat from one side of each of the purple and green lines of diamonds. I then slotted them together on the mat so that the green and purple diamonds were touching and added another coat of top coat.

Mardi Gras nails
Mardi Gras nails

Finally, I laid my decals onto a base of the yellow polish. I did do a little bit of freehand work, by painting in the side diamonds in green and purple by hand.

For the glitter polish, I used FUN Lacquer Million Dollar Dream. It is a gold glittery polish with holographic glitters that reflect in green and red. There’s no purple, but the colours are similar to the Mardi Gras colour scheme.

The ball was a great success. However, apart from a few of my committee colleagues, no-one noticed my Mardi Gras nails, unfortunately.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Harlequin colours: three coats of George Buttercup Shine (base), Nella Milano A Royal Affair, and Barry M Spring Green
  • Glitter: three coats of FUN Lacquer Million Dollar Dream
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

Multicoloured Floral Nails | Hippie Flower Power Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These multicoloured floral nails, reminiscent of “flower power”are for the festivals / hippie travels prompt for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

I wasn’t sure at first what direction to take with this prompt. Admittedly, I was born in the year the term “hippie” became widespread, the year of the Human Be-In and the Summer of Love, but I’m not a festival-goer, and so have no first-hand experience to draw inspiration from.

Multicoloured floral nails : hippie flower power manicure
Multicoloured floral nails : hippie flower power manicure

I’ve done tie-dye nails before, so didn’t want to go that route. Then I thought about stamping some hippie-type images, but I couldn’t find any in my plate collection. (There’s a brilliant Bundle Monster Festival set – plates BM-S301 to BM-320. It has tons of festival and hippie themed images … but I don’t own it!)

So, ultimately, I chose to represent the idea of “flower power” and did some stamping decals.

I chose the brightest, most outlandish nail polish I think I own for the base. It’s L’Oréal Exotic Canaries. I’ve never used this before, even though I bought it about three years ago, but it would be fantastic for a summer holiday. It’s bright and bold, and quite a warm yellow colour. I had to paint four coats to feel happy enough with the opacity, but anyone with shorter nails wouldn’t have to paint so many. I just don’t like to see the free edge through the polish.

Multicoloured floral nails : hippie flower power manicure
Multicoloured floral nails : hippie flower power manicure

I coloured in the flowers with a number of L’Oréal polishes: Sky Fits Heaven (blue), Innocent Green (teal green), Atomic Purple, Exquisite Scarlet (red), Ingenuous Rose (light pink), Shocking Pink (bright pink), Lush Tangerine (orange) and Flashing Lilac (pinky-magenta).

The finished look really reminds me of a much-loved pinafore I wore in the early 70s. The yellow is spot on, and it was adorned with multi-coloured appliquéd flowers very much like these.

We’re in the home stretch now of this year-long challenge – just a few weeks to go. Oh, and I finally caught up!

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: four coats of L’Oréal Exotic Canaries
  • Flower colours: L’Oréal Sky Fits Heaven, L’Oréal Innocent Green, L’Oréal Atomic Purple, L’Oréal Exquisite Scarlet, L’Oréal Ingenuous Rose, L’Oréal Shocking Pink, L’Oréal Lush Tangerine, L’Oréal Exotic Canaries and L’Oréal Flashing Lilac
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! Black
  • Stamping plate: ÜberChic Beauty 5-03
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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Patchwork Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

The 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group theme this time around is “nude and colour”. My personal prompt is patchwork, so it was easy enough for me to do some patchwork nails that incorporated some colours and a nude polish.

I used the patchwork stamp on Bundle Monster plate BM-607 to make some stamping decals. I could probably have painted the patchwork lines in freehand, but I prefer the accuracy (and ease)  of stamping.

Patchwork nails
Patchwork nails

Initially stuck for colour ideas, I finally settled on a palette of Ciaté polishes that I thought would go nicely together. I’ve used: Cookies And Cream (nude), Sugar Plum (pale pinky-lilac), Fade To Greige (dark, dusky purple) and Ahoy Sailor (light turquoise).

I used a nude base to place the decals over, as the nude itself was more sheer than the other colours, so the nude part of the patchwork would have more opacity over a matching coloured base.

Patchwork nails
Patchwork nails

I always paint my decals on a stamper, then use that to place them directly on the nail. Consequently, when the decals are placed, they always look matte, because the (now) upper side has previously been face down against the stamper. I quite liked them matte, so mattified everything to match. The top coat smudged the design a little, but I didn’t realise that until I saw the images enlarged when I edited them to add my watermarks.

I’m still a few weeks behind, but hoping to be all caught up by the end of this week.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Ciaté Cookies And Cream, Ciaté Sugar Plum, Ciaté Fade To Greige and Ciaté Ahoy Sailor
  • Plain nails: three coats of Ciaté Cookies And Cream
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! Black
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-607
  • Top coat: Barry M Matte Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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All That Jazz All Eyes On Me

I have a new-to-me brand on my nails today: this is All That Jazz All Eyes On Me.

All That Jazz is a brand that I have heard of, but didn’t own any before now. I have come across them at several of the Professional Beauty Shows, but just hadn’t tried them. If you’ve been to the shows, then you will have seen their stand with its black and red curtains and nets, I’m sure.

The brand is fronted by Jazz Smedley. She is the daughter of Georgie Smedley, who is part of the successful Nail Harmony UK team that brought Gelish to the UK. All That Jazz features over 100 shades, with four new collections a year. They also sell a range of nail art items, including those “filigree” stickers that you may have seen around (on the nails of Ella Henderson and others).

All That Jazz All Eyes On Me
All That Jazz All Eyes On Me

All Eyes On Me is from the Spotlight Affair collection, which was released for Autumn 2014. This berry purple is a real autumnal winner, but I’d pick it any time of the year to add a bright reddish-purple hint to an outfit.

All That Jazz All Eyes On Me
All That Jazz All Eyes On Me

The bottles hold a generous 15ml. While I appreciate that 15ml is the norm in places like the US, over here in the UK, it’s far more typical to get a 10ML (or sometimes less) bottle of polish.

I like the brush, which is long and straight-cut at the end. The polish has a smooth, runny consistency, which allowed it to flow onto the nail pretty effortlessly and without pooling at the cuticles, and it dried nice and quickly.

You can buy All That Jazz polishes for £9.98 each – or for only double that, £19.98, for a collection of four. (A couple of the recent collections cost a little more than that).

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of All That Jazz All Eyes On Me
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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