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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


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
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.
This post contains affiliate links.

 

 

Dusky pink gel with glitter

I loved these dusky pink gel with glitter nails. I’ve been using quite a lot of gel polish recently, as I’ve not  been having much time to paint nails every couple of days.

I fancied something quite elegant, and took inspiration from this Celina Rydén manicure on Instagram.

I used a gel polish by Y&S. I bought a set of four Y&S polishes on a whim, because they were not expensive. I paid £8.99 for all four bottles, and that included delivery for me as I am an Amazon Prime customer.

Dusky pink gel with glitter
Dusky pink gel with glitter

I used polish 019 from the , a dusky pink.

Of the four polishes in the set, the dusky pink is my favourite. It’s a beautiful shade. And I’ll definitely use the grey and the purple too.

I’m not so sure about the final colour though. The images on Amazon show it as a pinky nude, but it’s more of a browny-beige, and I’m not as keen on it as I am the others.

Still, £9 for the three gel polishes that I’ll use is great value, so I’m not complaining.

Dusky pink gel with glitter
Dusky pink gel with glitter

The glitter is one from an NYK1 set. I applied them after I’d cured and cleansed the gel, by applying over a clear polish. I used NYC Grand Central Station, which is supposed to be a fast-drying top coat, but I find it dries fairly slowly, and so is perfect in this application.

I then used a couple of coats of Gelous, which is supposedly a base coat, but which covers glitters well. I finished off with two coats of my favourite top coat, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri.
 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gel base coast: Red Carpet Manicure Structure
  • Gel polish: Three coats of colour 019 from the Y&S gel polish set #003
  • Gel top coat: Red Carpet Manicure Brilliance
  • Glitter nails: one coat of NYC Grand Central Station, plus glitter from NYK1, then two coats of Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat and two coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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Red Carpet Manicure Red Carpet Reddy

I wore another lovely Red Carpet Manicure gel polish a few weeks ago: Red Carpet Reddy.

I love the Red Carpet Manicure gel polishes – they paint on beautifully and have lasted on me without any lifting or splitting. This particular polish came with the Pro Starter Kit, along with an LED lamp, base coat, top coat, and other nail preparation items. I love the lamp because it plugs straight into a USB port, and seeing as I do my nails at my office desk (I work from home), it eliminates the need for an ungainly expedition under the desk to find a plug socket.

Red Carpet Manicure Red Carpet Reddy
Red Carpet Manicure Red Carpet Reddy

There’s not much else to say about this colour. It’s red; a classic, medium red. Just as good for everyday wear or for a classy occasion.

Red Carpet Manicure Red Carpet Reddy
Red Carpet Manicure Red Carpet Reddy

If you’re an at-home gel user, then the Pro Kit is only £69.95 on the Red Carpet Manicure website at the moment – a real bargain as it’s reduced by about £20. The current kit seems to come with Creme de la Creme, a light peach nude colour – not the red I have.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base coat: Red Carpet Manicure Structure
  • Colour: two coats of Red Carpet Manicure Red Carpet Reddy
  • Top Coat: Red Carpet Manicure Brilliance


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

 

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

It’s been a while since I’ve done much nail art. My nails have only really had plain nail polish on them for a lot of the time over the past year or so, as I’ve been so busy with work and my volunteering commitments.

So, this stamping marble using some neon brights from the Morgan Taylor Selfie collection was quite a welcome change.

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh
Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

I’m a little sad that my camera hasn’t done well with these colours. They’re bright neons and my camera just hasn’t done justice to this manicure. It looked awesome in the flesh; on the screen, not so much.

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh
Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

I used five of the six polishes in the Morgan Tayor Selfie collection. I only have five of them, as I’m missing Pretty As A Pink-ture. I am often amazed how well polish manufacturers put collections togehter. It’s when you use all (or nearly all) of the colours in a collection that you realise how well they complement each other.

So, the colours are:

  • All About The Pout – a pale neon coral creme
  • Me, Myself-ie, And I – a deeper neon coral creme
  • Woke Up This Way – a neon magenta creme
  • Best Face Forward – an inky purple with cyan blue and pinky-purple flakies (not neon)
  • No Filter Needed – cyan blue creme (not neon)

I put drops of polish onto a mat, then picked up the colour with a stamper, dragging it a little to swirl the colours, and stamped the colour onto my nails. The technique is a fun and quick way to crate some nail art. It’s variously called a smoosh or a stamping marble.

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh
Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

As I said, my camera doesn’t pick up neon very well, so I photographed my hand in front of a gel nails LED light, which goes some way to showing off the brightness of these colours.

Neon brights stamping marble under LED light
Neon brights stamping marble under LED light
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: all from Morgan Taylor: All About The Pout, Me, Myself-ie, And I, Woke Up This Way, Best Face Forward, No Filter Needed
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

Morgan Taylor Best Face Forward

This beauty is Morgan Taylor Best Face Forward.

It’s from the Selfie collection, a collection of six fun, bright summer shades.

Best Face Forward is alone in the collection as the only flakie polish. It’s a purple – that sometimes looks inky blue – with cyan blue and pinky-purple flakies in it.

I couldn’t quite capture the sparkle of the flakies in the photo, and in truth, they are best visible in fluorescent light (or perhaps sunlight – but that’s now gone in my part of the UK!)

Morgan Taylor Best Face Forward
Morgan Taylor Best Face Forward

There’s a bit of tip wear visible, but that’s because this is day four of wearing this polish, and I’ve done some hard core cleaning in these nails over that time! Morgan Taylor polishes are probably my favourite for wear length. They rarely chip and they last ages on me.

Morgan Taylor Best Face Forward
Morgan Taylor Best Face Forward

My nails are a different shape these days. I broke the middle nail while I was away on holiday, and I decided to shorten them all to match. I wasn’t entirely ready to return to my squared shape, and they’re not long enough to be almond again, so I’ve compromised with rounded nails. I’m not overly happy with this shape on me. But they’ll grow in no time, so I shall just have to put up with it for a bit. I have to say, I forgot how easy it was to type without excessively long nails. People still think my current nails are long, but they feel so short to me.

Here’s a journey through my nail shape in Morgan Taylor polishes. Which shape do you prefer?

Kerruticles nail shapes
My nail shapes: square (Nov 2012 – Dec 2016), almond (Dec 2016 – July 2017), rounded (July 2017)

 

I always like the behind the scenes videos that Morgan Taylor puts together – here’s the one for the Selfie advert.

You can buy Morgan Taylor nail polishes in the UK in Sally’s stores – or online at www.sallyexpress.com.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Morgan Taylor Best Face Forward
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Morgan Taylor Best Face Forward was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.