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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

 

 

Pale pink gel nails with stamping and glitter

I have some more mix and match today with these pale pink gel nails with stamping and glitter.

The pale pink gel polish is Bluesky QXG210 (sometimes called Lace). It’s a beauty of a colour and I can see it being a real staple for me. On the ring finger Bluesky 63903, called Fairy Dust by some UK distributors of Bluesky gel polish. It’s quite a difficult colour to describe. It seems to be a pale pink glitter with a slight holographic effect, but I’ve worn it alongside other colours and it seems to tone well with the colour of what you’re wearing, as if it’s more of a silver perhaps.

Pale pink gel nails with stamping and glitter
Pale pink gel nails with stamping and glitter: Bluesky QXG210 (Lace), Bluesky 63903 (Fairy Dust), ÜberChic Beauty -01, 2True Aphrodite

I stamped over the middle nail with an image from ÜberChic Beauty 7-01, using a pink metallic gel polish, 2True Aphrodite. Over the top of that, I used Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat, which usually doesn’t smear my stamping, but I think my bottle is getting a little thick, and I’ve not been able to float it as well as if it was thinner. The gel nails are top-coated with W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat.

Pale pink gel nails with stamping and glitter
Pale pink gel nails with stamping and glitter: Bluesky QXG210 (Lace), Bluesky 63903 (Fairy Dust), ÜberChic Beauty 7-01, 2True Aphrodite

I wore this manicure for a quite a while, originally without the stamping, then I added it for a few days, and then I took it off again. Can’t be doing with my nails looking the same for too long! That approach is not particularly conducive to gel polish, so the stamping was useful as it allowed me to change it up a bit.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
Pink nails:
  • Three coats of Bluesky QXG210 (Lace)
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)
Stamped nails:
  • Three coats of Bluesky QXG210 (Lace)
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)
  • Stamping polish: 2true Aphrodite
  • Stamping plate: ÜberChic Beauty 7-01
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat
Glitter nails:
  • Two coats of Bluesky 63903 (Fairy Dust)
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)


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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.