I used a gel polish by Y&S. I bought a set of four Y&S polishes on a whim, because they were not expensive. I paid £8.99 for all four bottles, and that included delivery for me as I am an Amazon Prime customer.
The glitter is one from an NYK1 set. I applied them after I’d cured and cleansed the gel, by applying over a clear polish. I used NYC Grand Central Station, which is supposed to be a fast-drying top coat, but I find it dries fairly slowly, and so is perfect in this application.
I then used a couple of coats of Gelous, which is supposedly a base coat, but which covers glitters well. I finished off with two coats of my favourite top coat, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri.
For this manicure I’ve used:
Gel base coast: Red Carpet Manicure Structure
Gel polish: Three coats of colour 019 from the Y&S gel polish set #003
Gel top coat: Red Carpet Manicure Brilliance
Glitter nails: one coat of NYC Grand Central Station, plus glitter from NYK1, then two coats of Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat and two coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
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The regular readers of this blog – there are one or two … hello! – will immediately notice my new nail shape, but more of that in a bit.
Firstly, this is a swatch of a new (to me) nail brand, called LENA. This polish is a dusky pink, called (rather disappointingly) LE12. It has a name on the LENA website; it’s called Egyptian Fashionista. But the name doesn’t appear on the bottle, unfortunately; just the number.
LENA polish is breathable and water permeable nail polish. To many of us, this really doesn’t matter. Our nails don’t need to “breathe” to remain healthy and they don’t need for water to get through to them from the outside. (I should know – I’ve worn polish on my nails non-stop for the past four-and-a-half years, with no ill effects).
But to Muslims, this is very important. According to Islam, men and women should perform wudhu before praying. This is a pre-prayer ritual that is undertaken to fully cleanse parts of the body, including the hands. Many Muslims believe that wearing nail polish means that you cannot fully cleanse the hands.
Water permeable nail polish addresses this belief and allows strict Muslims to wear polish but to still adhere to their religion.
I love the colour of LENA Egyptian Fashionista. Dusky pink shades are very “me”. I love to wear them. Although, in fairness, it’s the bright shades that suit me best.
You get a generous 14ml of polish for £8.95. I wasn’t so keen on the brush though. It is wide and straight-edged and I struggled to use it as I would normally to paint my nails and still get a curve along the cuticle edge of my nails. I had to adjust my technique to get that curve and it was a little more awkward than normal.
The polish is lovely though and it dried quickly and had a lovely shiny finish. (This swatch is without top coat).
So … onto the nail shape. For four-and-a-half years, I’ve sported square nails. I loved my square nails and even though other bloggers have been gradually making their nails oval or almond-shaped or rounded over the past couple of years, I have resisted the trend in order to stick with my beloved squares.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, the corner of my index finger nail broke off. I haven’t had any breaks in a long time now, and I wasn’t happy about it. Rather than file them all down a bit, as I would normally, I just started filing the nail into an almond shape. Before I knew it, I’d done all ten of my nails.
I wasn’t sure about the shape at first. I’m not a lover of change, especially the older I’ve become. But gradually I grew to quite like them. They are easier in every day life as the corners don’t snag on things and I’m not too worried that they will break now. Before, I was so careful with my nails and I now feel less included to be so wary.
They do take a bit more maintenance though, as it’s not so simple as just filing them down a millimetre or two every week. With this shape, you have to be more careful about filing them, so that you get the shape right, and get it symmetrical. And that takes longer.
They’re also the longest they have ever been. The middle and ring finger nails are 20mm long. That’s a good couple of millimetres longer than normal. Yet, they don’t look as long as my square nails used to.
The almond shape is almost impossible to obtain on short nails, so my right hand, with its much shorter nails, is sporting various shapes of square to round, to oval. Only one is long enough to be almond. With square nails, this wouldn’t have looked so odd, but I find it a little embarrassing now that my hands don’t seem to “match”.
For this manicure I’ve used:
Colour: two coats of LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12)
Top coat: none
All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12) was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.