This pretty shade is Magic Hana Rainy Day; a one-step gel polish. I do love a one-step gel polish. No base, no top coat, no wiping. Just a few coats of colour and you’re ready to go. It’s so quick and so easy. So many times, I’ve removed my polish and haven’t had much time for a new manicure, and that’s when a one-step gel is a blessing.
Magic Hana recommends two coats of polish, but I used three. It’s quite thick, so doesn’t level quite as well as a thinner polish would. So I needed to use very thin coats and do three of them until I thought it was perfect. It probably would have been fine with two, but I was just being a perfectionist for the photos.
This colour is a soft lilac – definitely a very “me” colour. I’m not sure that rainy days are quite lilac in colour – more grey – but it does have that sort of vibe about it.
It removed nice and easily. I usually find that with one-step gel polishes. I’m not sure why, but they just crumble away nicely.
You can buy Magic Hana one-step polishes online. They’re usually £14.95 each, but some – including Rainy Day – are currently on sale for £6.99 (excludes postage).
For this manicure I’ve used:
Colour: three coats of Magic Hana Rainy Day (124)
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Magic Hana Rainy Day was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.
I’ve been trying out some Pink Gellac gel polishes, including this one, Pink Gellac Dynamic Pink.
I’ve heard of the brand before – and I remember a US blogger who has always highly rated them. But I hadn’t really seen them in the UK, so they sort of passed me by. But I wish I’d paid a bit more attention because this brand has THE SHINIEST GEL TOP COAT I HAVE EVER USED. Sorry for shouting, but it needed to be done!
I liked the polishes. They come in generously sized bottles of 15ml and painted on nicely. I have the gel polish starter kit, which comes with an LED lamp, base coat, top coat, nail file, wood stick and a few cleaner wipes and remover pads.
But I didn’t use the lamp. My one came with a 2-pin plug – that you’d use with a shaver plug adaptor. But for some reason I couldn’t find our adaptor when I needed it. we only have one (I don’t know why) and I think someone had whisked it away to charge a toothbrush or something. It has since returned – but too late!
I have to say that the top coat is awesome. It’s a no-wipe top coat – which in itself is always a boon – no wiping = less time to complete a manicure. But it is insanely shiny. I have never come across such a shiny top coat – whether regular nail polish or gel. I love it.
The starter kit with one colour – this one, Dynamic Pink – is £49.50 and can be bought online from the Pink Gellac UK website. There are also 138 other colours to choose from (currently) and they’re £10 each at the moment.
This is a great starter kit for anyone who wants a good quality gel polish with a fantastic shiny top coat.
For this manicure I’ve used:
Colour: two coats of Pink Gellac Dynamic Pink
Gel top coat: Pink Gellac Ultra Shine
All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned. All products shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Floral In Coral is a classic coral, again with a hint of shimmer, this time in silver. This is two coats.
The photos don’t really do this colour justice. It’s more muted than these images show.
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.
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.
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.
The website description says this is a neon colour. But it’s not at all. I think that’s just a typo.
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.
It’s such a pretty colour. I do love a blue nail polish!
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.
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.
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).
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!)
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