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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holographic Stars on Navy: I is for: Inspired

We’ve had a few weeks’ break for Christmas and New Year, but now the A2Z series challenge is back with the letter I, which is for inspired.

I took my inspiration from a recent manicure by Nail Lacquer UK, where AJ punched out holographic butterflies and added them over black. I’ve done the same thing before, about a year ago, where I used a punch to create some stars, and another where I used a hole punch to create hearts, but AJ’s was a recent manicure that reminded me of the technique, so effectively she has inspired this.

I’ve used navy as my base, and stars again, but this is fully based on AJ’s manicure otherwise, especially with the use of holographic polishes.

I painted a couple of coats of my holographic polishes, plus a top coat, onto a plastic sheet. In this case, I used the wrapper from a greetings card. Once the polish was dry, I punched out the star shapes using two different sized craft punches.

While my second coat of my base colour, Ciaté Power Dressing, was still tacky, I added the stars and pressed them down lightly with a brush.

Navy with holographic stars using Ciaté Power Dressing, GOSH Holographic Hero and Color Club Over The Moon
Navy with holographic stars using Ciaté Power Dressing, GOSH Holographic Hero and Color Club Over The Moon

I’ve managed to revive my bottle of HK Girl using some Seche Restore, and that served well as a nice, non-smearing top coat, particularly over the holographic nails.

Can you see the holo? I can’t, sadly. I tried everything to get this to photograph well, including using flash and also adding in “normal” lamps. But the holo is really only showing in the bottle. You’ll just have to take my word for it that it is there!

Navy with holographic stars using Ciaté Power Dressing, GOSH Holographic Hero and Color Club Over The Moon
Navy with holographic stars using Ciaté Power Dressing, GOSH Holographic Hero and Color Club Over The Moon

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Ciaté Power Dressing
  • Stars: GOSH Holographic Hero, Color Club Over The Moon
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Here are the manicures from the other A2Zers:

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SpaRitual First Snow

SpaRitual has released a new winter collection, called Snow Globe. It consists of three top coat polishes: Snow Globe, First Snow and Starry Winter Night.

I received First Snow to review. It’s a clear polish, dense with holographic glitters, and with a sprinkling of tiny white square glitters. I love square glitters, and who doesn’t love a holo top coat? What a winner of a polish this is!

Ordinarily I’d wear something like this over navy or black, but I decided to try it over red. And it looks stunning.

I used two coats of Rouge Louboutin, then added one coat of First Snow.

SpaRitual First Snow
SpaRitual First Snow

Sadly, my lightbox pictures don’t show the holo very strongly. So, I took another photo to try to show off the crazy sparkle that this polish has. It’s a bit out of focus as I wasn’t using a tripod, but at least you can get a bit more of an idea how this polish would look under normal lighting or in sunny conditions.

SpaRitual First Snow
SpaRitual First Snow, indoor lighting

I love this top coat. It will add some sparkle and glam to any manicure. I expect it will also go well over any blue, to give a snow / sky effect. Plus it would be gorgeous over navy, black or purple.  It’s certainly perfect for party nails this Christmas.

First Snow, and the other two top coats, are available to buy from SpaRitual UK. They don’t seem to be on the US SpaRitual site yet, so for a change I think we got a head start 🙂

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Louboutin Rouge Louboutin
  • Glitter coat: one coat of SpaRitual First Snow
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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

 

 

 

GOT Polish Challenge: Ruffle: Holographic Ruffle

I’m grateful to the Golden Oldie Thursday (GOT) Polish Challenge today for making me attempt a technique I have never tried before: the ruffle manicure.

I used the four Color Club 2013 Halo Hues that I own: Over The Moon (blue), Beyond (black), Kismet (gold) and Eternal Beauty (purple).

I have mixed feelings about this technique. On the one hand, it’s not as uniform and precise as the perfectionist side of me would like. But on the other, it’s extremely quick and easy to achieve what is a pretty dramatic look.

These polishes in particular are nice and opaque, and also dry really quickly. So by the time I’d done a row of dots on all the fingers of one hand, it was dry enough to go in and do the next row of colour. So my nails were painted in no time at all.

I’m not very happy with the lack of uniformity – I think I got a bit slapdash towards the end – but I like the stripey effect you get from a distance.

Color Club Halo Hues 2013 ruffle
Ruffle manicure using Color Club Halo Hues 2013: Over The Moon, Beyond, Kismet and Eternal Beauty

 

Golden Oldie Thursday

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Color Club Over The Moon, Color Club Beyond, Color Club Kismet, Color Club Eternal Beauty
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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FingerFood’s Theme Weeks: Weather: stamped lilac clouds over Zoya Payton

The theme for this FingerFood’s Theme Weeks challenge is weather.

I’ve been a bit lazy today. I have left this a bit late – I’ve not done anything until today – and I was originally going to draw the icons from the BBC weather forecasts. You know the ones, the curly clouds with raindrops and so on.

But I had only just painted my nails with the FABULOUS Zoya Payton and I couldn’t bear to take it off; it’s so sparkly and lovely in its holographic-ness, and there’s finally been some sun in the UK, so I’ve been able to enjoy Zoy aPayton twinkling back at me.

So, I’ve taken the very lazy route and have stamped some blustery lilac clouds onto my existing manicure.

I’ve used Essie Nothing Else Metals and Bundle Monster plate BM-312. If fits the “weather” brief, but I’ve not seen metallic lilac clouds in a blackcurrant holographic sky before!

Zoya Payton stamped with Essie Nothing Else Metals clouds BM312
Zoya Payton stamped with Essie Nothing Else Metals using the clouds image from Bundle Monster plate BM-312

 

FingerFood's Theme Weeks

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Zoya Payton
  • Intermediate top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl
  • Stamping polish: Essie Nothing Else Metals
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-312
  • Final top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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