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Red Carpet Manicure Beach Queen

This gorgeous bright neon pink is Beach Queen from Red Carpet Manicure.

This is my first time using Red Carpet Manicure and I loved the polish and everything about the system. Red Carpet Manicure was apparently the first to launch an at-home gel manicure system.

Beach Queen is from the Fiji Fever collection, launched for summer 2017. It is a collection of neon polishes – always perfect for summer.

Red Carpet Manicure Beach Queen
Red Carpet Manicure Beach Queen

Beach Queen is described as a purple, but seems more like a pink to me. It’s a bright fuchsia colour. There is a pink in the Fiji Fever collection – Shake Your Beach Bum – which is a bit lighter than this. But to me, Beach Queen is definitely a bright pink.

The gel polish applied brilliantly. I’m used to gels being quite thick, but these are the thinnest gels I’ve used. And I just loved how they went on. I can see Red Carpet Manicure becoming my favourite gel brand.

The instructions recommend two coats over white – to bring out the neon at its best – but I couldn’t find my white polish at the time, so I painted three coats instead.

Red Carpet Manicure Beach Queen
Red Carpet Manicure Beach Queen

My camera can’t easily pick up the brightness of the polish, and certainly can’t manage to show the neon. But I guarantee you it glows.

Now, just one word of caution with gels. I’m qualified to use gels, so have been trained and I understand the issues and problems that there can be with them. But, that doesn’t stop me recommending an at-home system, and this one is brilliant. But, I would just recommend that you:

  • thoroughly shake the polish before use
  • are very careful not to get any gel polish on your skin – if you do, clean it off immediately
  • prep the nail well before applying the polish, removing all traces of cuticle
  • only apply very thin layers
  • follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely
  • use only the lamp made for the system

The two biggest problems with gels, which can cause allergic reactions further down the line – and sometimes, tragically, the inability to wear any type of nail polish – are getting gel on the skin, and not curing it properly. Not curing it properly is due to not using the right lamp. I would always recommend using the manufacturer’s lamp. So it’s sensible to stick to just one or two brands of gel. Red Carpet Manicure sell a great starter pack – Gel Polish Pro Kit – that includes an LED lamp, all the prep materials, base coat, top coat, a red polish, cleanser and even a cuticle oil for £89.95 that I would thoroughly recommend.

 

 

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


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Products shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

GelTouch Mini Starter Kit | Polish to Gel

This manicure is a polish to gel one, created with the GelTouch Mini Starter Kit.

This great little kit from United Beauty contains a mini LED lamp and a gel top coat. The GelTouch top coat is an LED-cured top coat that transforms any nail polish into a gel manicure. Typically gel manicures last two weeks and usually only need redoing then because of nail growth.

The mini lamp good enough for one finger at a time and plugs into your PC or Mac with a USB cable.

GelTouch over Orly Miss Conduct
GelTouch over Orly Miss Conduct

It is a 60-second cure and has an automatic cut out after the minute is up – or you can switch it on and off if you’re flash curing something. Of course you can use your own lamp if you want to do all your nails at once, but as with any gel system, it is always best to use the lamp that comes with the system and which is therefore calibrated to properly cure the gel in question.

The GelTouch Mini Starter Kit includes:

  • GelTouch Clear Top Coat
  • Mini LED lamp with USB cable
  • Gel Cleansing Wipes

GelTouch Mini Starter Kit
GelTouch Mini Starter Kit

I tried it with Orly Miss Conduct. The instructions say to wait until your regular polish is completely dry and suggest this is 20-30 minutes. I left mine for at least an hour, just in case. I didn’t use a quick dry (nail polish) top coat as I thought this would make me think the polish was dry – because the top coat probably would have been before the polish underneath was – and I thought it might affect the results.  But I’m sure you could use a quick dry top coat – as long as you left it long enough. Perhaps, for example, if it was the day before’s manicure or something.

GelTouch over Orly Miss Conduct
GelTouch over Orly Miss Conduct

Then I added the gel polish. Now personally, I’m gel polish qualified, but as long as you follow a few simple rules, I don’t think there’s a problem with people doing their own gel manicures at home.

The things to remember are: shake the polish well (this is hard for us polish lovers to accept, but needs to be done); apply thin coats; do not let the gel polish touch your skin – if it does, remove it immediately; cap the free edges with each coat; cleanse the sticky layer at the end using the provided wipes (or rubbing alcohol). You should also only use the lamp that is recommended for the gel polish you are using.

I did two coats for best longevity. It had a really great shine.

I love the tiny lamp. I’m a self-employed marketing consultant and I mainly work from home. So my work desk is also my nails desk, which makes it very easy to plug in this little lamp into my PC and cure away. It’s really dinky, only about the size of a box of matches, and has two folding legs that raise it up enough to put your finger under.

When it comes to removal, you can just gently peel it off in one go (see the video below). I wasn’t sure I wanted to do that, as I thought there was a chance of damaging the nail. But it really does just peel off easily, taking the regular nail polish with it. I found it easiest to file the ends of my nails, to release one of the anchor points of the gel. In a couple of cases, that filing lifted up the now free edge of the polish/gel and allowed me to get under it with my nail and then ease it off. But if you’re unsure, you can simply soak them off as you would with other gel polish. I tried it that way too, and after about five minutes of soaking, the top layer of gel lifts up and can then be swiped off, along with the polish underneath, with a pad soaked in acetone.

You can buy the Gel Touch Mini Starter kit for £24.99. You can also buy it on Amazon and if you’re an Amazon Prime member, then there’s free delivery.

I love this little kit and can really recommend it if you fancy extending the wear of a manicure every now and then. If you’re a regular gel polish user, then a kit with a larger lamp that can fit four fingers in might be more appropriate, but for occasional use, or as an introduction to gel polish, this is fantastic.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Orly Miss Conduct
  • Top coat: GelTouch Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The GelTouch Mini Starter Kit was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bundle Monster Night Fall | Thermal Colour-Changing Gel Polish

This beauty is Bundle Monster Night Fall, a thermal, colour-changing gel polish.

It’s quite thick, as with all Bundle Monster gel polishes that I have used – so it needs a little care when applying. But it’s not hard to apply, it just requires more attention at the cuticle and along the sides to get an even line and a smooth application.

Bundle Monster Night Fall thermal colour-changing gel polish
Bundle Monster Night Fall thermal colour-changing gel polish

The colour-changing effect is wonderful. Night Fall is purple when cool and a pink/magenta when warm. It has tiny flakies in it that give a purple and blue shimmer effect. My nails are really quite long at the moment, so the thermal effect is easily evident where the free edge is obviously the cooler part of my nails.

My application skills are lacking here a bit. I don’t think I wrapped the tips well enough, as it is a little thin there. (Who’d have thought I was gel polish qualified, eh?! It’s a good thing I don’t have paying clients!) It lasted well enough though, so I got away with it.

Night Fall is part of the Enchanted collection. You can buy it on its own; it’s currently $7.99. Or you can buy the full three piece Enchanted collection for $22.99.

I know that normal nail polish thermals degrade after about six months. I’m not so sure about gel polish.  Does anyone know if it degrades as well?

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Bundle Monster Night Fall
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster Night fall was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Pale Peach with Lace Stamping | Twinsie Tuesday

These pale peach with lace stamping nails are to represent the romantic prompt for Twinsie Tuesday.

I think they would be perfect wedding nails, and what’s more romantic than a wedding?

The base is gel polish. I used Bundle Monster Love At First Sight, which comes from the I Do collection, which is a collection perfect for wedding manicures. I’ve done it a bit of a disservice in this manicure because I have painted it over a clear gel base I was already wearing, so it’s a bit too thick and doesn’t look quite as delicate as it could do.

Pale peach with lace stamping
Pale peach with lace stamping

It’s a lovely colour polish – very soft and feminine. Bundle Monster describe it as a sheer beige, but I think it’s more peach than beige.

I was married nineteen years ago and wasn’t into painting my nails back then, so I had a simple French manicure on my wedding day. But were I to be getting married now, I would love something like this.

Pale peach with lace stamping
Pale peach with lace stamping

For the stamping, I used hēhē 050, a plate that is almost entirely covered with a lace pattern, but which also has “Valentine’s Day” in script writing.

I love the overall delicate and feminine look that this combination of polish and stamping achieves..

 

 

Twinsie Tuesday logo

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

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Bundle Monster Love At First Sight
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! White
  • Stamping plate: hēhē 050
  • Final top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster Love At First Sight and hēhē 050 were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Bundle Monster Fundamentals Gel Polish and Travelling LED Flashlight Collection

If you haven’t used gel polish yet, but you’re curious, I have a fabulous and very inexpensive way for you to try it out. Bundle Monster has teamed three classic gel polish colours with a mini torch-based (flashlight for the North Americans!) LED curing light. And all for what I think is a great value price of just $22.99.

The set comes with three gel polishes, in red, black and white. They’re one-step gel polishes, so don’t need a base coat, nor a top coat, and nor do you need to wipe them after curing. You just paint two coats, curing each time, and then you’re done and ready to go, with no stickiness and no tacky layer to wipe off.

Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set
Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set

They are three classic colours that would be perfect as a starter set for someone just using gel polish for the first time. I’ve been away with work a lot recently, so am very short on time, so I just swatched these all together on one hand.

Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set: Rouge Lipstick, Button Down and Cocktail Dress
Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set: Rouge Lipstick, Button Down and Cocktail Dress

Rouge Lipstick is the red. It needed two coats as advertised and had brilliant application. It’s a great pillar box red that goes on well and cures well. I love it.

The white polish, Button Down, also took two coats and had great application too.

I had a small, very minor issue with the black polish, Cocktail Dress. It seemed to shrink away from the edges a little. I have experienced this before with gel polishes that aren’t well shaken. I had shaken this well, I thought, but it still didn’t leave the edges smooth. The second coat was much better – after some more shaking – but it still didn’t seem to be as perfect as the red or the white were. Having said that, it applied far better than my Gelish Black Shadow, which I find awful with shrinking, and it cured just fine, whereas my Gelish black is a pig to cure well.

Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set in use
Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set in use

The instructions say to cure each coat for 30-60 seconds and you get a handy LED torch that would be great for use when travelling. You don’t get batteries with the flashlight, so it just needs three AAA sized batteries.

Although these are hailed as one-step polishes, I was left with a very slight tacky layer at the end on each of them. Previously, when I have experienced this with other one-step gel polishes, I have just rubbed a little cuticle oil in and that has sorted it. I didn’t try that with the Bundle Monster polishes, but it may well work. Instead, I just wiped with alcohol and they were fine. I’m not sure why they weren’t left completely “dry”. I know the batteries that I used weren’t brand new, and they could have been very old, so perhaps that was the problem. I’ve certainly not read of anyone else having this issue.

Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set: Rouge Lipstick, Button Down and Cocktail Dress
Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set: Rouge Lipstick, Button Down and Cocktail Dress

All in all though, I am very impressed with this gel polish and portable flashlight set. I think it’s fabulous and great value at $22.99 (about £15 currently). That’s good value even for three gel polishes, let alone with a portable LED lamp included too!  It’s a few dollars short of the free shipping threshold though, so if you’re going to order it, I’d add one of the Shangri-La plates while you’re there!

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Red: two coats of Bundle Monster Rouge Lipstick one-step gel polish
  • Black: two coats of Bundle Monster Cocktail Dress one-step gel polish
  • White: two coats of Bundle Monster Button Down one-step gel polish


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.