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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.

 

 

 

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.

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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, Purple and Grey Stripes | Diabolical Nail Varnish from Firebox

I have some pink, purple and grey stripes nail art, courtesy of Diabolical Nail Varnish.

Diabolical Nail Varnish has been specially created by Firebox.com. These three polishes come as a set, presented in a pink box, and are inspired by Wes Anderson’s stylised film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

I absolutely adored the film. I hadn’t seen any other Wes Anderson films before, so I didn’t know how distinctive his style was. In the first few minutes of watching it I thought it all rather strange and was going to give up on it, but gradually I realised I was gripped by the story and was loving the quirky and distinctive narrative style.

Pink, purple and grey stripes using Diabolical Nail Varnishes from Firebox.com
Pink, purple and grey stripes using Diabolical Nail Varnishes from Firebox.com

These three polishes have been designed to reflect the colours and grandeur of the mountain hotel, presided over by devoted concierge, Monsieur Gustave H.

Dynamite in the Sack is a dark violet shade. It is a lovely vampy purple that reflects the colour of Zero the lobby boy’s uniform. It has a nice consistency that flows well onto the nail. I really like the brush, which is long and straight with a flattened wand part – like the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri brush, but perhaps half the width and with a straight-cut top. It dried averagely quickly – not too long, but I wouldn’t call it fast drying either. “Dynamite in the sack” is how M. Gustave describes wealthy hotel visitor, 84-year old Mme D!

Diabolical Nail Varnish set from Firebox
Diabolical Nail Varnish set from Firebox

Enchanting Old Ruin – a term used to describe the hotel in the film – is a grey that sometimes leans slightly teal green. This is also a good cream, like the purple. There’s quite a lot of grey in the film that must have inspired this: M. Gustave’s waistcoat, his prison uniform, the uniforms of the soldiers and the colour of the mountain scenery.

Physically Repulsed is a sheer pink. This is the only one of the three that I was slightly disappointed with, from a nail art point of view. To fit with The Grand Budapest Hotel theme, this pale pink colour is perfect. It is the colour of the Mendl’s cake boxes in the film and is the colour of the hotel itself. However, this is a very sheer polish so it doesn’t show up as very pink on the nail. It would be great worn alone or used for a French manicure, but my nails are far too yellowed for me to show it off well. The name of this polish actually has a nail polish reference. In the film, M. Gustave and Mme D have a scene that plays out thus:

M. Gustave: “Oh, dear God, what have you done to your fingernails?”

Mme D: “I beg your pardon?”

M. Gustave: “This diabolical varnish; the colour is completely wrong!”

Mme D: “Oh really? Don’t you like it?”

M. Gustave: “It’s not that I don’t like it; I am physically repulsed.”

Because it is so sheer, I have used it here over a white, which brings it to a more solid colour. I did still need four coats though to make it opaque enough to show up the colour well.

Pink, purple and grey stripes using Diabolical Nail Varnishes from Firebox.com
Pink, purple and grey stripes using Diabolical Nail Varnishes from Firebox.com

You can buy this Diabolical Nail Varnish set from Firebox.com for £12.99. I have a great fondness for Firebox.com. At the time it launched in the late 90s, I was working for an internet consultancy. This was before the internet bubble burst and at the time, it was such a small industry that we seemed to know everyone in it. So, I knew Firebox.com from the off and have admired their approach ever since. If you ever need a quirky or original gift, they are certainly the place to look first.

 

Product information for pink, purple and grey stripes manicure:
  • Purple: two coats of Diabolical Nail Varnish Dynamite In The Sack
  • Pink: four coats of Diabolical Nail Varnish Physically Repulsed over two coats of Nella Milano Chantilly Cream
  • Grey: two coats of Diabolical Nail Varnish Enchanting Old Ruin
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure and product images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
These nail polishes were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Silver and Blue Diagonal Stripes | Twinsie Tuesday

I have these silver and blue diagonal stripes for the Tuesday prompt of “inspired by your childhood” this week.

If my nails look quite obscure and not particularly reminiscent of anything to do with childhood, it’s because they are inspired by my old school tie.

My senior school was built in 1977, which was the same year as the Queen’s silver jubilee. Although the school logo at the time was royal blue, navy and white, the silver was apparently added to the tie to honour the Queen in her jubilee year.

Silver and blue diagonal stripes
Silver and blue diagonal stripes

And the tie was alternate silver and royal blue diagonal stripes. I don’t think I have the blue colour quite right. It was more than thirty years ago now, but I think the jumper was more this sort of blue, but the blue on the tie was a bit darker.

Silver and blue diagonal stripes
Silver and blue diagonal stripes

I used Barry M Foil Effects Silver for the base. It only needed one coat and was perfect. Barry M discontinued the Foil Effects polishes a few months ago. At the time I wondered (and hoped) if it was because they were going to launch a whole range of metallic polishes to replace them. Well, they have sort of done that with the recently launched Molten Metals. But they don’t stamp anywhere near as well as the foils did. So I’m still disappointed – as are hundreds of like-minded nails bloggers – that you can no longer get hold of the Foil Effects polishes.

 

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Nella Milano True Blue
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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

 

 

 

Turquoise and Aqua Wavy Stripes | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

We are all doing turquoise or aqua nails for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. My own theme is fluid lines, so I have some turquoise and aqua wavy stripes.

I started with a base of the glitter polish. This is an Accessorize polish, Forever Emerald. There is something amiss in the Accessorize naming department though, because this absolutely is not emerald. It’s firmly turquoise or aquamarine.

Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes
Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes

It took three coats to give enough opacity for my liking, so a base coat of a matching colour will be needed next time I wear it. I do love the bottles of the Accessorize polishes. You can probably see from the picture that they are round, but multi-faceted – like a diamond – with rose gold caps.

After the base had dried, I used wavy French tip guides and painted on a light turquoise, Ciaté Ahoy Sailor, and a more greeny-aqua colour, Essie Melody Maker.

Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes
Turquoise and aqua wavy stripes

I’m not too happy with these nails and will probably remove them after just a day’s wear. The many glitter coats, plus an intermediate top coat, then colour, then another top coat, plus base coat, means this manicure is about seven coats. It makes it look a bit clumsy I think. And I haven’t cleaned up so well around the cuticles either and haven’t capped the tips very well. I’m not sure where perfectionist Claire has got to at the moment – I’m sure she’ll be back!

 

40 Great Nail Art Ideas #40GNAI

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: three coats of Accessorize Forever Emerald, one coat of Ciaté Ahoy Sailor, one coat of Essie Melody Maker
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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