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Red Carpet Manicure: Bloom Style Collection

I have neglected my blog a little and haven’t been posting very much recently. I’ve still been photographing my nails though, so I’m playing catch up now and getting a few posts out.

This is the 2018 Spring Summer Bloom Style Collection from Red Carpet Manicure. It’s a collection of six gel polishes in a variety of classic spring and summer colours. I’m currently wearing the coral one and it’s perfect for the sunny weather. I think it’ll be a holiday staple of mine this summer.

The full collection is:

  • Grace And Lace – a pink glitter
  • Smell The Roses – pale pink with a hint of shimmer
  • Floral In Coral – coral with a slight shimmer
  • Best Buds – neon purple
  • Vintage Mint – mint green
  • A Hemline Above The Rest – cornflower blue
Red Carpet Manicure Bloom Style Spring Summer 2018 collection
Red Carpet Manicure -Bloom Style collection – Spring Summer 2018

 

First up is Grace and Lace. This is a glitter polish that can be used on its own or as a topper. It has micro silver glitter and small holographic glitter in it.

Red Carpet Manicure Grace And Lace
Red Carpet Manicure Grace And Lace

I needed three coats on its own and even then it was a little sheer if I held my nails up to the light. Of course, that’s not a worry if you have short nails. It’s difficult to see the sparkliness of this, but it certainly twinkles. I also tried it over the pale pink in this collection and it looks great as a topper too.

Red Carpet Manicure Grace And Lace
Red Carpet Manicure Grace And Lace

 

Smell The Roses is a pale pink with blue and pink micro flakies that give it a very subtle shimmer. It’s a very pretty polish that also needed three coats for opacity. But again, if you have short nails or aren’t bothered by visible nail line, then you may only need two coats.

Red Carpet Manicure Smell The Roses
Red Carpet Manicure Smell The Roses

You can’t notice the flakies, or discern that they are blue and pink – unless you’re really scrutinising the nail up close. They show up in these photos, but in real life, the flakies just give it a shinier, more reflective appearance.

Red Carpet Manicure Smell The Roses
Red Carpet Manicure Smell The Roses


Floral In Coral
is a classic coral, again with a hint of shimmer, this time in silver. This is two coats.

Red Carpet Manicure Floral In Coral
Red Carpet Manicure Floral In Coral

The photos don’t really do this colour justice. It’s more muted than these images show.

Red Carpet Manicure Floral In Coral
Red Carpet Manicure Floral In Coral

 

Best Buds is a purple. It’s a little different from the colour of the bottle. It’s a bit more blue toned than the bottle. It’s described as a neon, and it is under a UV lamp. But while it’s a lovely bright colour, it’s not an in-your-face sort of colour in daylight. This is two coats.

Red Carpet Manicure Best Buds
Red Carpet Manicure Best Buds

Again, I had trouble capturing the true colour of this. It’s not quite as light as the index and middle fingers show in the photo above – it’s much more like the colour on the other two nails, which are in shadow a little more.

Red Carpet Manicure Best Buds
Red Carpet Manicure Best Buds

 

Vintage Mint is a perfect pale green mint colour. I’m not much of a fan of green on my nails, but mint green is always the exception. This is three coats.

Red Carpet Manicure Vintage Mint
Red Carpet Manicure Vintage Mint

The website description says this is a neon colour. But it’s not at all. I think that’s just a typo.

Red Carpet Manicure Vintage Mint
Red Carpet Manicure Vintage Mint

 

Finally, the collection rounds out with A Hemline Above The Rest. This is pretty cornflower blue that I used three coats of. The RCM website describes it as periwinkle blue. I’ve just had to Google periwinkle. I knew it was a blue flower, but having checked, I’d say that periwinkle leans towards lavender a fair bit more than this does.

Red Carpet Manicure A Hemline Above The Rest
Red Carpet Manicure A Hemline Above The Rest

It’s such a pretty colour. I do love a blue nail polish!

Red Carpet Manicure A Hemline Above The Rest
Red Carpet Manicure A Hemline Above The Rest

 

All six Bloom Style gel polishes can be bought from the Red Carpet Manicure online shop, at £12.95 each.

Red Carpet Manicure Bloom Style collection
Red Carpet Manicure Bloom Style collection

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Pink glitter: three coats of Red Carpet Manicure Grace And Lace
  • Pale pink: three coats of Red Carpet Manicure Smell The Roses
  • Coral: two Floral In Coral – coral with a slight shimmer
  • Purple: two coats of Red Carpet ManicureBest Buds
  • Mint green: three coats of Red Carpet Manicure Vintage Mint
  • Blue: three coats of Red Carpet Manicure A Hemline Above The Rest
  • Gel top coat: Pink Gellac Ultra Shine

 

 

Raspberry with Floral Stamping | Bluesky Diva Dash & MoYou Nails 487

I have lots of posts to publish, but I am rather behind due to having had flu and then, after that, a poorly husband who’s had six weeks with pneumonia. That is all, thankfully, now behind us and I can hopefully catch up and post everything I’ve been sitting on for the past few weeks.

This is a manicure I actually wore between Christmas and New Year. It’s a gel base, with some floral stamping.

The base is Bluesky Diva Dash, a raspberry colour that seems to perfectly suit my colouring. It’s a shade I return to again and again for that reason.

Bluesky Diva Dash with floral stamping using MoYou Nails 487
Bluesky Diva Dash with floral stamping using MoYou Nails 487

The stamping uses a MoYou Nails plate, number 487. The plate has some lovely, detailed floral images on it. A lot of my stamping plates are no good any more, as the images just aren’t large enough for my long nails – but the images on MoYou Nails plates are just the right size.

I also used the MoYou Cuticle Peel Off Latex. I have always just cleaned up my nails and haven’t bothered with latex barriers like this. But it was great to use – so easy – and nice and clean! I did experience a bit of tingling though, so I may be allergic to latex.

Bluesky Diva Dash with floral stamping using MoYou Nails 487
Bluesky Diva Dash with floral stamping using MoYou Nails 487

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Bluesky Diva Dash (gel)
  • Gel top coat: Bluesky Top Coat
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: MoYou Nails 487
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat

 

SensatioNail Gilded Glamour | Glitter Gel Polish with Cream

SensatioNail Gilded Glamour is one of seven new glitter gel polishes. I have three of the collection, and mine are all in a clear or very sheer base. So I decided to use this gold and rose gold glitter gel polish layered over a base colour.

I figured cream should compliment the gold and rose gold particles well, and picked Bluesky BP09 (Creme de la Creme).

SensatioNail Gilded Glamour and Bluesky BP09 (Creme de la Creme)
SensatioNail Gilded Glamour and Bluesky BP09 (Creme de la Creme)

It’s a lovely look that I kept on for quite a while. Even with gel polish I rarely wear it for more than about five days. Sometimes I remove it completely, but more often, I paint over it with either another gel or a regular nail polish, or even add some nail art.

This look heralded another new nail shape for me. I seem to have been a bit fickle about my nail shape recently and have been reshaping my nails quite frequently. I had round nails, then went back to almond, and here they’re coffin shaped. I have coveted coffin – or ballerina – shaped nails for some time now. (But – spoiler alert – as much as I wanted them, this shape didn’t last long and I’m back to almond again!)

SensatioNail Gilded Glamour and Bluesky BP09 (Creme de la Creme)
SensatioNail Gilded Glamour and Bluesky BP09 (Creme de la Creme)

The SensatioNail glitters come in lots of colours. Apart from Gilded Glamour (gold/rose gold), I also have Lilac lustre (lilac) and fuchsia Fireworks (red/pink). Some of the other available colours look lovely too. All of the ones I have are quite sheer, but were buildable to nearly opaque in three to four coats.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Bluesky BP09 (Creme de la Creme)
  • Glitters nails: two coats of SensatioNail Gilded Glamour over the cream gel polish
  • Gel top coat: SensatioNail Gel Base & Top Coat

 

 

Pale pink gel nails with stamping and glitter

I have some more mix and match today with these pale pink gel nails with stamping and glitter.

The pale pink gel polish is Bluesky QXG210 (sometimes called Lace). It’s a beauty of a colour and I can see it being a real staple for me. On the ring finger Bluesky 63903, called Fairy Dust by some UK distributors of Bluesky gel polish. It’s quite a difficult colour to describe. It seems to be a pale pink glitter with a slight holographic effect, but I’ve worn it alongside other colours and it seems to tone well with the colour of what you’re wearing, as if it’s more of a silver perhaps.

Pale pink gel nails with stamping and glitter
Pale pink gel nails with stamping and glitter: Bluesky QXG210 (Lace), Bluesky 63903 (Fairy Dust), ÜberChic Beauty -01, 2True Aphrodite

I stamped over the middle nail with an image from ÜberChic Beauty 7-01, using a pink metallic gel polish, 2True Aphrodite. Over the top of that, I used Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat, which usually doesn’t smear my stamping, but I think my bottle is getting a little thick, and I’ve not been able to float it as well as if it was thinner. The gel nails are top-coated with W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat.

Pale pink gel nails with stamping and glitter
Pale pink gel nails with stamping and glitter: Bluesky QXG210 (Lace), Bluesky 63903 (Fairy Dust), ÜberChic Beauty 7-01, 2True Aphrodite

I wore this manicure for a quite a while, originally without the stamping, then I added it for a few days, and then I took it off again. Can’t be doing with my nails looking the same for too long! That approach is not particularly conducive to gel polish, so the stamping was useful as it allowed me to change it up a bit.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
Pink nails:
  • Three coats of Bluesky QXG210 (Lace)
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)
Stamped nails:
  • Three coats of Bluesky QXG210 (Lace)
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)
  • Stamping polish: 2true Aphrodite
  • Stamping plate: ÜberChic Beauty 7-01
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat
Glitter nails:
  • Two coats of Bluesky 63903 (Fairy Dust)
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)


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Purple gel nails with glitter | Y&S 059, Bluesky 63921, NYK1 glitter

These purple gel nails with glitter are a slight variation on my recent dusky pink gel with glitter nails. They use the same glitter as I used before, but here I paired it with some purple-toned gel polishes instead.

I used the purple gel polish by Y&S that I bought recently and which came in a set of four Y&S polishes. It went so well with a dusky lavender colour, Bluesky 63921 (sometimes known as Thistle Violet), so I used that with it, and added glitter on my middle fingernails.

Purple gel nails with glitter
Purple gel nails with glitter

 

The darker purple polish is 059 from the Y&S gel polish set #003.

The four gel polishes in this set only cost £8.99 – such a bargain. I had half expected them to be poor quality and perhaps even experience some issues with them, but they’ve been brilliant.

The glitter is once again from an NYK1 set. I applied it this time over an un-cured layer of polish, which I then cured, and finally used two coats of gel top coat to seal it in smoothly.

 

Purple gel nails with glitter
Purple gel nails with glitter

I have tried – in vain – to get my camera and lighting set-up to accurately show glitters and holographic effects. I usually take my photos in a light box, using manual settings, and this just doesn’t show any sparkle at all. So I’ve tried using a flash in addition to my lights, but I still can’t show the sparkly goodness of these. I think I’m going to have to start adding fake sparkles!

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Darker purple: two coats of colour 059 from the Y&S gel polish set #003
  • Lighter purple/lavender: two coats of Bluesky 63921
  • Glitter nails: one coat of Gelish Structure, glitter from NYK1 (sprinkled)
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish) (two coats on the glitter nails)


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