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Magic Hana Rainy Day (124) | One-step Gel

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.

Magic Hana Rainy Day
Magic Hana Rainy Day

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.

Magic Hana Rainy Day
Magic Hana Rainy Day

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)


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Magic Hana Rainy Day was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Pink Gellac Dynamic Pink

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.

Pink Gellac Dynamic Pink
Pink Gellac Dynamic Pink

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.

Pink Gellac Dynamic Pink
Pink Gellac Dynamic Pink

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.

Pink Gellac starter kit
Pink Gellac starter kit

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.

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Roxanne Campbell Stormy Weather

Sorry for the long absence. I’ve been busy with work. And more recently, I’ve been off celebrating my (rather big) birthday. But I’m back with some polish from a relative newcomer: this is Roxanne Campbell Stormy Weather.

Roxanne Campbell is a nail artist, known for her work with fashion designers and celebrities. She has recently released her own nail polish range, and Stormy Weather comes from her winter collection.

Roxanne Campbell Stormy Weather
Roxanne Campbell Stormy Weather

It’s a lovely mid grey. It’s a perfect, mute and understated colour for winter, and I loved it on my nails. It is highly pigmented and many people could get away with just one coat. But I used two coats just to get a nice edge around the cuticle.

The range consists of ten colours currently, plus base and top coats. They’re all £10.00 each and there’s free postage to UK addresses. You can buy them at www.roxannecampbell.com.

Roxanne Campbell Stormy Weather
Roxanne Campbell Stormy Weather

The bottles remind me very much of Nella Milano bottles. Only the cap is different. It’s like the Chanel cap; square and removable. Thankfully the brush isn’t like the currently awful Chanel brush!

I loved the colour of this particular polish and was pleased with how smoothly and easily it applied.

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Roxanne Campbell Stormy Weather
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Roxanne Campbell Stormy Weather was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.