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Purple gel nails with glitter | Y&S 059, Bluesky 63921, NYK1 glitter

These purple gel nails with glitter are a slight variation on my recent dusky pink gel with glitter nails. They use the same glitter as I used before, but here I paired it with some purple-toned gel polishes instead.

I used the purple gel polish by Y&S that I bought recently and which came in a set of four Y&S polishes. It went so well with a dusky lavender colour, Bluesky 63921 (sometimes known as Thistle Violet), so I used that with it, and added glitter on my middle fingernails.

Purple gel nails with glitter
Purple gel nails with glitter

 

The darker purple polish is 059 from the Y&S gel polish set #003.

The four gel polishes in this set only cost £8.99 – such a bargain. I had half expected them to be poor quality and perhaps even experience some issues with them, but they’ve been brilliant.

The glitter is once again from an NYK1 set. I applied it this time over an un-cured layer of Gelish Structure gel polish, which I then cured, and finally used two coats of gel top coat to seal it in smoothly.

 

Purple gel nails with glitter
Purple gel nails with glitter

I have tried – in vain – to get my camera and lighting set-up to accurately show glitters and holographic effects. I usually take my photos in a light box, using manual settings, and this just doesn’t show any sparkle at all. So I’ve tried using a flash in addition to my lights, but I still can’t show the sparkly goodness of these. I think I’m going to have to start adding fake sparkles!

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Darker purple: two coats of colour 059 from the Y&S gel polish set #003
  • Lighter purple/lavender: two coats of Bluesky 63921
  • Glitter nails: one coat of Gelish Structure, glitter from NYK1 (sprinkled)
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish) (two coats on the glitter nails)


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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


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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.
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Dusky pink gel with glitter

I loved these dusky pink gel with glitter nails. I’ve been using quite a lot of gel polish recently, as I’ve not  been having much time to paint nails every couple of days.

I fancied something quite elegant, and took inspiration from this Celina Rydén manicure on Instagram.

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.

Dusky pink gel with glitter
Dusky pink gel with glitter

I used polish 019 from the Y&S gel polish set #003, a dusky pink.

Of the four polishes in the set, the dusky pink is my favourite. It’s a beautiful shade. And I’ll definitely use the grey and the purple too.

I’m not so sure about the final colour though. The images on Amazon show it as a pinky nude, but it’s more of a browny-beige, and I’m not as keen on it as I am the others.

Still, £9 for the three gel polishes that I’ll use is great value, so I’m not complaining.

Dusky pink gel with glitter
Dusky pink gel with glitter

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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Red Carpet Manicure Red Carpet Reddy

I wore another lovely Red Carpet Manicure gel polish a few weeks ago: Red Carpet Reddy.

I love the Red Carpet Manicure gel polishes – they paint on beautifully and have lasted on me without any lifting or splitting. This particular polish came with the Pro Starter Kit, along with an LED lamp, base coat, top coat, and other nail preparation items. I love the lamp because it plugs straight into a USB port, and seeing as I do my nails at my office desk (I work from home), it eliminates the need for an ungainly expedition under the desk to find a plug socket.

Red Carpet Manicure Red Carpet Reddy
Red Carpet Manicure Red Carpet Reddy

There’s not much else to say about this colour. It’s red; a classic, medium red. Just as good for everyday wear or for a classy occasion.

Red Carpet Manicure Red Carpet Reddy
Red Carpet Manicure Red Carpet Reddy

If you’re an at-home gel user, then the Pro Kit is only £69.95 on the Red Carpet Manicure website at the moment – a real bargain as it’s reduced by about £20. The current kit seems to come with Creme de la Creme, a light peach nude colour – not the red I have.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base coat: Red Carpet Manicure Structure
  • Colour: two coats of Red Carpet Manicure Red Carpet Reddy
  • Top Coat: Red Carpet Manicure Brilliance


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Products shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

Red Carpet Manicure Beach Queen

This gorgeous bright neon pink is Beach Queen from Red Carpet Manicure.

This is my first time using Red Carpet Manicure and I loved the polish and everything about the system. Red Carpet Manicure was apparently the first to launch an at-home gel manicure system.

Beach Queen is from the Fiji Fever collection, launched for summer 2017. It is a collection of neon polishes – always perfect for summer.

Red Carpet Manicure Beach Queen
Red Carpet Manicure Beach Queen

Beach Queen is described as a purple, but seems more like a pink to me. It’s a bright fuchsia colour. There is a pink in the Fiji Fever collection – Shake Your Beach Bum – which is a bit lighter than this. But to me, Beach Queen is definitely a bright pink.

The gel polish applied brilliantly. I’m used to gels being quite thick, but these are the thinnest gels I’ve used. And I just loved how they went on. I can see Red Carpet Manicure becoming my favourite gel brand.

The instructions recommend two coats over white – to bring out the neon at its best – but I couldn’t find my white polish at the time, so I painted three coats instead.

Red Carpet Manicure Beach Queen
Red Carpet Manicure Beach Queen

My camera can’t easily pick up the brightness of the polish, and certainly can’t manage to show the neon. But I guarantee you it glows.

Now, just one word of caution with gels. I’m qualified to use gels, so have been trained and I understand the issues and problems that there can be with them. But, that doesn’t stop me recommending an at-home system, and this one is brilliant. But, I would just recommend that you:

  • thoroughly shake the polish before use
  • are very careful not to get any gel polish on your skin – if you do, clean it off immediately
  • prep the nail well before applying the polish, removing all traces of cuticle
  • only apply very thin layers
  • follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely
  • use only the lamp made for the system

The two biggest problems with gels, which can cause allergic reactions further down the line – and sometimes, tragically, the inability to wear any type of nail polish – are getting gel on the skin, and not curing it properly. Not curing it properly is due to not using the right lamp. I would always recommend using the manufacturer’s lamp. So it’s sensible to stick to just one or two brands of gel. Red Carpet Manicure sell a great starter pack – Gel Polish Pro Kit – that includes an LED lamp, all the prep materials, base coat, top coat, a red polish, cleanser and even a cuticle oil for £89.95 that I would thoroughly recommend.

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base coat: Red Carpet Manicure Structure
  • Colour: three coats of Red Carpet Manicure Beach Queen
  • Top Coat: Red Carpet Manicure Brilliance


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.