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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

 

 

Blue geometric glitter nails

These blue geometric glitter nails were inspired by a manicure I saw by Paulina of Paulina’s Passions. I saw it and thought I’d love to create something similar but using blue – but I don’t like my manicure half as much as I like hers.

I think it’s probably because the glitter is more prominent on my manicure. And that makes it a bit distracting. I feel it needs some more solid colour.

The blue polishes I used are Morgan Taylor Flirt In A Skating Skirt (the darker blue) and OPI The I’s Have It. The very pedantic part of my nature – which represents about 99.99% of my being – is particularly annoyed that OPI has put an apostrophe in the name. It’s a plural, so doesn’t need one <stamps feet>.

Blue geometric glitter nails
Blue geometric glitter nails: reverse stamping over glitter gel nails, plus regular blue polish

The glitter is a gel polish; W7 Silver Sparks. I created the patterned nails over the top of the glitter using the reverse stamping method. I used Bundle Monster BM-XL218, from the Bundle Monster Blogger Collaboration Set 4. This particular plate is by nails.by.teens.

Bundle Monster Blogger Collaboration Set 4
Bundle Monster Blogger Collaboration Set 4

I stamped using Essence Stamp Me! in White, then filled in the reverse of the image using the two blue polishes.

Blue geometric glitter manicure
Blue geometric glitter nails: reverse stamping over glitter gel nails, plus regular blue polish

It’s lovely to be back doing my nails so frequently again. I had about a year out, during which time I only really had plain colours on my nails. I had a busy year with some volunteering I’ve been doing, and realise it has taken me away from the hobby I love so much. So, I shall be scaling that back in favour of the nails as soon as I can 🙂

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Dark blue: two coats of Morgan Taylor Flirt In A Skating Skirt
  • Lighter blue: OPI The I’s Have It
  • Glitter: three coats of W7 Silver Sparks (gel polish)
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! White
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL218
  • Top coat:  Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster plate BM-XL218 and Morgan Taylor Flirt In A Skating Skirt were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.
The Bundle Monster image is copyrighted and was provided courtesy of Bundle Monster.
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SensatioNail Blue Chrome Powder

I kind of missed the chrome nails fad. I was so busy at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 that I took a bit of a step back from blogging. In retrospect, it was a good move and it allowed me to have a bit of a break rather than burn out, as I’ve seen happen to so many other nails bloggers. But, that was just about the time that chrome nails had come to the fore, and while I had used some powders in a couple of different colours, I didn’t ever get around to blogging about them.

So, I now have three of the SensatioNail chrome powders and thought I’d post about them.

Sensationail blue chrome powder
SensatioNail blue chrome powder

My favourite is the blue, shown here over a blue nail polish. I had been wearing OPI Keeping Suzi At Bay, from the 2013 San Francisco collection. And the following day, I thought I’d see how SensatioNail blue chrome powder looked over the top. So, as the polish was decidedly dry and hardened, I thought it would be fine to paint a gel top coat over it – and I was right. Sometimes if you paint a gel top coat over a nail polish that’s not completely dry, it will bubble, but this was fine and even lasted around a week with no problems. When I removed it at that point, it was still perfect, so I have no reason to believe it wouldn’t have lasted a full fortnight.

Sensationail blue chrome powder
SensatioNail blue chrome powder

I used a no-wipe top coat from Bluesky, then scrubbed in the SensatioNail blue chrome powder, and used SensatioNail Gel Base & Top Coat as a top coat.

The SensatioNail blue chrome powder has a lovely duochrome look. It’s not as strongly evident in my photos as it was in real life, but it definitely shifts from purple to blue, depending on the angle you view the nails from.

Sensationail blue chrome powder
Sensationail blue chrome powder

I wasn’t so excited about the SensatioNail gold chrome powder, as it looked a bit of an antique gold, almost an olive colour, really. Even over white, it didn’t scream gold to me. Perhaps over gold itself it might work, but I didn’t try that. And I’m sure plenty of people would love it, but I’m not a huge gold lover really.

The SensatioNail rose chrome powder was also a bit of a disappointment – but only based on its name and my expectations of that. When you think of rose and chrome, you automatically think rose gold. But this isn’t rose gold. It’s more of an orange colour, which – quite bizarrely – gives a purple-orange duochrome shift when used over black. It’s a fantastic duochrome effect, and a stunning metallic colur when on your nails, but just not rose gold – my fault for assuming what colour it would be!

Here’s swatches of each of the polishes over each of white and black, with blue on the left, then rose and finally gold on the right:

Sensationail chrome powders over white and black: blue, rose, and gold
SensatioNail chrome powders over white and black: blue, rose, and gold

You can’t quite see the effect of the blue over white in the picture, but it does give a feint metallic blue colouring.

I did do a full manicure using the rose chrome powder over black, but I didn’t do it very well and had bits of black showing at the edges. As I said, it’s a perfectly lovely colour and the chrome works well – as long as you’re not set on it being rose gold. My manicure looked just like the swatch above.

You can buy the SensatioNail chrome nail powders for £6.99 each / three for £15 / all six for £27 (excluding delivery).

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of OPI Keeping Suzi At Bay
  • First top coat: Bluesky No Wipe Top Coat
  • Chrome powder: SensatioNail Chrome Gel Manicure Powder, in Blue
  • Final gel top coat: SensatioNail Gel Base & Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The SensatioNail chrome powders shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.
This post contains affiliate links.

 

 

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

It’s been a while since I’ve done much nail art. My nails have only really had plain nail polish on them for a lot of the time over the past year or so, as I’ve been so busy with work and my volunteering commitments.

So, this stamping marble using some neon brights from the Morgan Taylor Selfie collection was quite a welcome change.

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh
Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

I’m a little sad that my camera hasn’t done well with these colours. They’re bright neons and my camera just hasn’t done justice to this manicure. It looked awesome in the flesh; on the screen, not so much.

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh
Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

I used five of the six polishes in the Morgan Tayor Selfie collection. I only have five of them, as I’m missing Pretty As A Pink-ture. I am often amazed how well polish manufacturers put collections togehter. It’s when you use all (or nearly all) of the colours in a collection that you realise how well they complement each other.

So, the colours are:

  • All About The Pout – a pale neon coral creme
  • Me, Myself-ie, And I – a deeper neon coral creme
  • Woke Up This Way – a neon magenta creme
  • Best Face Forward – an inky purple with cyan blue and pinky-purple flakies (not neon)
  • No Filter Needed – cyan blue creme (not neon)

I put drops of polish onto a mat, then picked up the colour with a stamper, dragging it a little to swirl the colours, and stamped the colour onto my nails. The technique is a fun and quick way to crate some nail art. It’s variously called a smoosh or a stamping marble.

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh
Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

As I said, my camera doesn’t pick up neon very well, so I photographed my hand in front of a gel nails LED light, which goes some way to showing off the brightness of these colours.

Neon brights stamping marble under LED light
Neon brights stamping marble under LED light
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: all from Morgan Taylor: All About The Pout, Me, Myself-ie, And I, Woke Up This Way, Best Face Forward, No Filter Needed
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Morgan Taylor polishes shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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.