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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.

 

 

 

Illummi Blue Lagoon: One Step Gel Polish

I’ve been dabbling in gel polishes recently – although nothing has made it to the blog as yet – and I am loving them.  After years of polishing and top coating, then taking care to keep my hands out of trouble so that they dry without any mishaps, I am amazed at how gel is instantly dry and hard. And how durable my nails are with it.  They have never been this long.

But if you’re put off using gel polish because it sounds so complicated with all the stages … base coat, cure, colour, cure, colour, cure, colour, cure, top coat, cure … not to mention all the wiping of the sticky layers – then Illummi one step gel polishes might tempt you. They really do only have one step: colour, that’s all you need.

The one I tried is awesome. Blue Lagoon is a very “me” colour – a bright cyan shade. I love blue and I love bright blues.

I just made sure my nails were clean and free from oil, then painted the first coat, and cured for 2 minutes in my UV lamp. (They cure in 1 minute in a LED lamp). Then I repeated that and I was done.  There’s no base coat or top coat to worry about, and no wiping of tacky layers. After they had cured, I added some cuticle oil and was good to go. My nails were done and perfect in under ten minutes and I was out the door! (And this was at 7.30 in the morning just before the school run). Amazing!

Illummi Blue Lagoon gel polish
Illummi Blue Lagoon gel polish

I’m so impressed and really pleased with Illummi. Being a one step process not only makes gel nails really quick and easy, but also makes them much more affordable. The polish costs £12.99, which is about average price for a gel polish, but where you save is that you don’t need to fork out on special base coats and top coats on top of that. They do sell a non-wipe gloss top coat, which gives extra shine, but it’s not necessary, and I found that the nails are perfectly glossy without it.

Illummi Blue Lagoon gel polish
Illummi Blue Lagoon gel polish

Removal is simple; you just wrap your nails in acetone-soaked cotton pads and secure with some foil. After ten minutes, you can gently push the gel off with an orange wood stick. I am currently still wearing these, so haven’t removed them yet, but I’ll update the post with how it went at some point in the future.

One thing to note: if you add something like nail art or stamping and then remove it using non-acetone polish remover, the surface of the Illummi polish becomes matte. I found this out because I did indeed stamp over this manicure and then removed it. I was going to add a normal top coat to restore the shine, but before I did that, I had added cuticle oil. It got on my nails, not just the skin, so I rubbed it in and hey presto, the shine to the nail was restored. To check the longevity of this, I washed my hands, and I was pleased to discover that the shine remained.

You can buy Illummi one step gel polish via the Illummi website for £12.99. Shipping is free and there are 19 colours to choose from.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Illummi Blue Lagoon


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.