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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 Reef Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These coral reef nails are for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group, whose prompt this week is “Things In The Water”.

I decided to use some images from the Bundle Monster Sun Kissed stamping plate collection to create an underwater scene.

Firstly, I painted the gradient background using Barry M Cotton, Barry M Sugar Apple and Barry M Turquoise.

Coral reef nails
Coral reef nails

Then I added various coral reef images. On each nail I stamped a spindly coral using Barry M Almond. Because this isn’t a stamping polish, it’s great for use in the background like this.

Then I added some more coral, using Mundo de Uñas 13 Orange, 42 Holland Blue and Barry M Blood Orange (the red on the index finger) and Barry M Cocoa (medium brown).

I made a couple of decal fish: a clown fish and an angel fish (well, it’s a Moorish Idol to be precise) and also stamped some other shoals of fish on.

Coral reef nails
Coral reef nails

I also added an orange crab but really didn’t like it. It seemed a little comical. Plus, little crabby felt like he’d be more at home at the seaside than crawling around a tropical coral reef. So I was delighted to discover that it came off in one go with my lint roller without disturbing any of the other stamping. Complete result.

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Background gradient: Barry M Turquoise, Barry M Sugar Apple and Barry M Cotton
  • Stamping and decal polishes: Barry M Almond (background coral on every nail), Barry M Blood Orange (coral on index), Mundo de Uñas 42 Holland Blue (coral on middle and shoal of fish on ring), Barry M Cocoa (coral on ring) Mundo de Uñas 13 Orange (coral on little, clown fish), Mundo de Uñas 46 Mustard (shoal of fish on little, angel fish), Barry M Cotton (clown fish), Nella Milano Raven Wing (clown fish and angel fish)
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-501, Bundle Monster BM-502, Bundle Monster BM-504 and Bundle Monster BM-510
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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

 

 

 

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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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Pink and Aqua Flowers | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These pink and aqua flowers are for the pink and aqua theme (a couple of weeks ago now – ooops) of the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group. As ever, there’s a personal prompt that goes along with each colour theme, and mine was “on a nude base” – easy enough!

I was going to do some splatter nails, but couldn’t find the time to clear everything away to prepare and protect against all that mess. So I had a bit of a browse through the manicures I’ve pinned that I like, and came across one using a flower image from Bundle Monster BM-06 (see below). I thought it would look great on all my nails over the base of piCture pOlish Nude that I had already painted.

Pink and aqua flowers
Pink and aqua flowers

I pulled out some Sally Hansen Insta-Dris to stamp with. I don’t know if was the heat or what, but I couldn’t get them to stamp very well. So I tried with some Barry M polishes, and was very surprised at how well they stamped. I used Turquoise and Ballerina for a pastel look. My favourite clear stamper, the Bundle Monster Glass Stamper, made it very easy to place the individual flowers. I was tempted to add some darker colours over the top, but ultimately decided I liked it just with the blue and pink flowers and left it as it was.

Pink and aqua flowers
Pink and aqua flowers

This is the manicure I was inspired by, created by Glam Style Nails by Carolina:

I’m still a few manicures behind in this challenge. If you look at the image below, you’ll see I still have insects to do – and even that was last week’s manicure! The year-long challenge ends in September – I had better have caught up by then!

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of piCture pOlish Nude
  • Stamping polishes: Barry M Turquoise and Barry M Ballerina
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-06
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

The linkup has expired, so I can’t add myself to it, but you should be able to see all the other pink and aqua manicures if you follow the link below.

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Multicoloured Zigzags Inspired by Fabric | Twinsie Tuesday

I’m late …. again! I really must try to ignore the real world demands and stay on top of the blogging! This Twinsie Tuesday manicure of multicoloured zigzags is inspired by fabric.

I saw a pin on Pinterest (see below) with these colours on a pocket. I don’t know what the rest of the garment is like as the image doesn’t show that, but I have had this pinned for a while thinking it would be great for some nail art.

Multicoloured zigzags
Multicoloured zigzags

I tried to match the colours as closely as possible. I picked out Barry M Block Orange, Essie Navigate Her (green) and Barry M Guava (turquoise). I didn’t have enough space on my nails to fit in the pink and the purple.

Multicoloured zigzags
Multicoloured zigzags

This is the pin that provided the inspiration:

 

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • White: two coats of Barry M Cotton
  • Turquoise: two coats of barry M Guava
  • Zigzags: Barry M Block Orange, Essie Navigate Her, Barry M Guava,
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.