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Semilac Nude Beige Rose

I’m starting the New Year off gently with a soft colour – just in case any of you still have hangovers! This gel polish is Semilac Nude Beige Rose. It’s a really beautiful, delicate and feminine colour.

I think Semilac are hedging their bets with name. They’ve included three different colours in it!

In fact, I think it’s not really any of these. It’s more lilac than any of those, perhaps with a pinkish hint in some lights. Neither of these photos of mine quite shows that pink side of it, but the photo I’ve used on my Instagram account does a bit more.

Semilac Nude Beige Rose gel polish
Semilac Nude Beige Rose

Semilac is brand of gel polish. They term it “UV hybrid”, but don’t let that confuse you into thinking it’s part gel and part something else. It’s a lamp-cured gel polish that needs to be removed by soaking in acetone.

Salon owner and former TOWIE star, Amy Childs, is the brand ambassador for the product.

Semilac claims that the polish will last up to three weeks. I never keep my polish on for anything like that length of time, so I can’t vouch for the longevity. I’m someone that likes to change my polish frequently, and my nails grow quickly, so after about two weeks, the gap at the cuticle end would be way too much for me. I suppose, for holidays, then three weeks would be great. You could have your nails done a few days before you go; then be away for two weeks with a perfect manicure; and then not worry about rushing to get them re-done again when you get back.

Semilac Nude Beige Rose gel polish
Semilac Nude Beige Rose

I’m writing this post nine days after I painted these nails and they’re still going strong. This colour is gorgeous, so that’s one reason why I haven’t taken these off yet. Also, I took the photos five days after painting the manicure, so you can see how well it has lasted.

I used three coats of colour for this. Semilac is purportedly very pigmented and many of the colours require only one coat. However, Nude Beige Rose is a little sheer when painting thin coats, so I needed three to avoid being able to see through my nail. If you have short nails that don’t extend far beyond your finger, or if you’re not as worried about visible nail line as I am, then one or two coats would probably be ample.

Semilac UV Hybrid polishes come in 7ml bottles and cost £8.75 each. You can buy them from the Semilac website, without needing to set up an account.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Semilac Nude Beige Rose
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)


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

 

 

 

Bundle Monster Night Fall | Thermal Colour-Changing Gel Polish

This beauty is Bundle Monster Night Fall, a thermal, colour-changing gel polish.

It’s quite thick, as with all Bundle Monster gel polishes that I have used – so it needs a little care when applying. But it’s not hard to apply, it just requires more attention at the cuticle and along the sides to get an even line and a smooth application.

Bundle Monster Night Fall thermal colour-changing gel polish
Bundle Monster Night Fall thermal colour-changing gel polish

The colour-changing effect is wonderful. Night Fall is purple when cool and a pink/magenta when warm. It has tiny flakies in it that give a purple and blue shimmer effect. My nails are really quite long at the moment, so the thermal effect is easily evident where the free edge is obviously the cooler part of my nails.

My application skills are lacking here a bit. I don’t think I wrapped the tips well enough, as it is a little thin there. (Who’d have thought I was gel polish qualified, eh?! It’s a good thing I don’t have paying clients!) It lasted well enough though, so I got away with it.

Night Fall is part of the Enchanted collection. You can buy it on its own; it’s currently $7.99. Or you can buy the full three piece Enchanted collection for $22.99.

I know that normal nail polish thermals degrade after about six months. I’m not so sure about gel polish.  Does anyone know if it degrades as well?

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Bundle Monster Night Fall
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)


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

 

 

 

Pale Peach with Lace Stamping | Twinsie Tuesday

These pale peach with lace stamping nails are to represent the romantic prompt for Twinsie Tuesday.

I think they would be perfect wedding nails, and what’s more romantic than a wedding?

The base is gel polish. I used Bundle Monster Love At First Sight, which comes from the I Do collection, which is a collection perfect for wedding manicures. I’ve done it a bit of a disservice in this manicure because I have painted it over a clear gel base I was already wearing, so it’s a bit too thick and doesn’t look quite as delicate as it could do.

Pale peach with lace stamping
Pale peach with lace stamping

It’s a lovely colour polish – very soft and feminine. Bundle Monster describe it as a sheer beige, but I think it’s more peach than beige.

I was married nineteen years ago and wasn’t into painting my nails back then, so I had a simple French manicure on my wedding day. But were I to be getting married now, I would love something like this.

Pale peach with lace stamping
Pale peach with lace stamping

For the stamping, I used hēhē 050, a plate that is almost entirely covered with a lace pattern, but which also has “Valentine’s Day” in script writing.

I love the overall delicate and feminine look that this combination of polish and stamping achieves..

 

 

Twinsie Tuesday logo

Please take a look at all the other romantic manicures from the Twinsies this week:

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Bundle Monster Love At First Sight
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)
  • Stamping polish: Essence Stamp Me! White
  • Stamping plate: hēhē 050
  • Final top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster Love At First Sight and hēhē 050 were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Bundle Monster Fundamentals Gel Polish and Travelling LED Flashlight Collection

If you haven’t used gel polish yet, but you’re curious, I have a fabulous and very inexpensive way for you to try it out. Bundle Monster has teamed three classic gel polish colours with a mini torch-based (flashlight for the North Americans!) LED curing light. And all for what I think is a great value price of just $22.99.

The set comes with three gel polishes, in red, black and white. They’re one-step gel polishes, so don’t need a base coat, nor a top coat, and nor do you need to wipe them after curing. You just paint two coats, curing each time, and then you’re done and ready to go, with no stickiness and no tacky layer to wipe off.

Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set
Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set

They are three classic colours that would be perfect as a starter set for someone just using gel polish for the first time. I’ve been away with work a lot recently, so am very short on time, so I just swatched these all together on one hand.

Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set: Rouge Lipstick, Button Down and Cocktail Dress
Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set: Rouge Lipstick, Button Down and Cocktail Dress

Rouge Lipstick is the red. It needed two coats as advertised and had brilliant application. It’s a great pillar box red that goes on well and cures well. I love it.

The white polish, Button Down, also took two coats and had great application too.

I had a small, very minor issue with the black polish, Cocktail Dress. It seemed to shrink away from the edges a little. I have experienced this before with gel polishes that aren’t well shaken. I had shaken this well, I thought, but it still didn’t leave the edges smooth. The second coat was much better – after some more shaking – but it still didn’t seem to be as perfect as the red or the white were. Having said that, it applied far better than my Gelish Black Shadow, which I find awful with shrinking, and it cured just fine, whereas my Gelish black is a pig to cure well.

Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set in use
Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set in use

The instructions say to cure each coat for 30-60 seconds and you get a handy LED torch that would be great for use when travelling. You don’t get batteries with the flashlight, so it just needs three AAA sized batteries.

Although these are hailed as one-step polishes, I was left with a very slight tacky layer at the end on each of them. Previously, when I have experienced this with other one-step gel polishes, I have just rubbed a little cuticle oil in and that has sorted it. I didn’t try that with the Bundle Monster polishes, but it may well work. Instead, I just wiped with alcohol and they were fine. I’m not sure why they weren’t left completely “dry”. I know the batteries that I used weren’t brand new, and they could have been very old, so perhaps that was the problem. I’ve certainly not read of anyone else having this issue.

Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set: Rouge Lipstick, Button Down and Cocktail Dress
Bundle Monster Gel Polish & LED Flashlight Set: Rouge Lipstick, Button Down and Cocktail Dress

All in all though, I am very impressed with this gel polish and portable flashlight set. I think it’s fabulous and great value at $22.99 (about £15 currently). That’s good value even for three gel polishes, let alone with a portable LED lamp included too!  It’s a few dollars short of the free shipping threshold though, so if you’re going to order it, I’d add one of the Shangri-La plates while you’re there!

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Red: two coats of Bundle Monster Rouge Lipstick one-step gel polish
  • Black: two coats of Bundle Monster Cocktail Dress one-step gel polish
  • White: two coats of Bundle Monster Button Down one-step gel polish


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.

 

 

 

Leadlight Pebble Skittle with Bundle Monster Mosaic Glass Sheer Tints

I previously posted some nails using some of the Bundle Monster Mosaic Glass Sheer Tint gel polishes. And I’ve used them a different way today to create a pebble skittle manicure, using the leadlight technique.

Starting with two coats of Gelish Black Shadow and a gel top coat, I then removed the sticky layer and stamped an image from Bundle Monster BM-211 using Barry M Foil Effects Silver. The image looks like pebbles to me.

Leadlight pebble skittle using Bundle Monster Mosaic Glass Sheer Tints in Sea You Clearly, Apricot Beauty, Locked In Secrets and Peony Blush
Leadlight pebble skittle using Bundle Monster Mosaic Glass Sheer Tints in Sea You Clearly, Apricot Beauty, Locked In Secrets and Peony Blush

After that, I added two coats of each Mosaic Glass Sheer Tint gel polish. From left to right in the pictures I’ve used: Sea You Clearly (blue), Apricot Beauty (orange), Locked In Secrets (purple) and Peony Blush (pink).

Leadlight pebble skittle using Bundle Monster Mosaic Glass Sheer Tints in Sea You Clearly, Apricot Beauty, Locked In Secrets and Peony Blush
Leadlight pebble skittle using Bundle Monster Mosaic Glass Sheer Tints in Sea You Clearly, Apricot Beauty, Locked In Secrets and Peony Blush

These are very versatile polishes. With this technique – painting over the silver, and using two coats – I got a greater depth to the colours than with my previous manicure.

I do love these, especially the blue.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Gelish Black Shadow (gel polish)
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-211
  • Leadlight colours: Bundle Monster Sea You Clearly, Bundle Monster Apricot Beauty, Bundle Monster Locked In Secrets, and Bundle Monster Peony Blush
  • Final top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Bundle Monster Mosaic Glass Sheer Tint gel polishes shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.