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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.

 

 

 

GelTouch Mini Starter Kit | Polish to Gel

This manicure is a polish to gel one, created with the GelTouch Mini Starter Kit.

This great little kit from United Beauty contains a mini LED lamp and a gel top coat. The GelTouch top coat is an LED-cured top coat that transforms any nail polish into a gel manicure. Typically gel manicures last two weeks and usually only need redoing then because of nail growth.

The mini lamp good enough for one finger at a time and plugs into your PC or Mac with a USB cable.

GelTouch over Orly Miss Conduct
GelTouch over Orly Miss Conduct

It is a 60-second cure and has an automatic cut out after the minute is up – or you can switch it on and off if you’re flash curing something. Of course you can use your own lamp if you want to do all your nails at once, but as with any gel system, it is always best to use the lamp that comes with the system and which is therefore calibrated to properly cure the gel in question.

The GelTouch Mini Starter Kit includes:

  • GelTouch Clear Top Coat
  • Mini LED lamp with USB cable
  • Gel Cleansing Wipes

GelTouch Mini Starter Kit
GelTouch Mini Starter Kit

I tried it with Orly Miss Conduct. The instructions say to wait until your regular polish is completely dry and suggest this is 20-30 minutes. I left mine for at least an hour, just in case. I didn’t use a quick dry (nail polish) top coat as I thought this would make me think the polish was dry – because the top coat probably would have been before the polish underneath was – and I thought it might affect the results.  But I’m sure you could use a quick dry top coat – as long as you left it long enough. Perhaps, for example, if it was the day before’s manicure or something.

GelTouch over Orly Miss Conduct
GelTouch over Orly Miss Conduct

Then I added the gel polish. Now personally, I’m gel polish qualified, but as long as you follow a few simple rules, I don’t think there’s a problem with people doing their own gel manicures at home.

The things to remember are: shake the polish well (this is hard for us polish lovers to accept, but needs to be done); apply thin coats; do not let the gel polish touch your skin – if it does, remove it immediately; cap the free edges with each coat; cleanse the sticky layer at the end using the provided wipes (or rubbing alcohol). You should also only use the lamp that is recommended for the gel polish you are using.

I did two coats for best longevity. It had a really great shine.

I love the tiny lamp. I’m a self-employed marketing consultant and I mainly work from home. So my work desk is also my nails desk, which makes it very easy to plug in this little lamp into my PC and cure away. It’s really dinky, only about the size of a box of matches, and has two folding legs that raise it up enough to put your finger under.

When it comes to removal, you can just gently peel it off in one go (see the video below). I wasn’t sure I wanted to do that, as I thought there was a chance of damaging the nail. But it really does just peel off easily, taking the regular nail polish with it. I found it easiest to file the ends of my nails, to release one of the anchor points of the gel. In a couple of cases, that filing lifted up the now free edge of the polish/gel and allowed me to get under it with my nail and then ease it off. But if you’re unsure, you can simply soak them off as you would with other gel polish. I tried it that way too, and after about five minutes of soaking, the top layer of gel lifts up and can then be swiped off, along with the polish underneath, with a pad soaked in acetone.

You can buy the Gel Touch Mini Starter kit for £24.99. You can also buy it on Amazon and if you’re an Amazon Prime member, then there’s free delivery.

I love this little kit and can really recommend it if you fancy extending the wear of a manicure every now and then. If you’re a regular gel polish user, then a kit with a larger lamp that can fit four fingers in might be more appropriate, but for occasional use, or as an introduction to gel polish, this is fantastic.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Orly Miss Conduct
  • Top coat: GelTouch Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The GelTouch Mini Starter Kit 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.

 

 

 

Black With Gradient Pigment Stamping using Bundle Monster Star Dust Pigments

I don’t really know how to describe this post. This design doesn’t have an obvious name. So it’s a black with gradient pigment stamping design using Bundle Monster Star Dust pigments!

I’ve used these fantastic Star Dust Pigments to create the base of this design. These are sparkly, duochromatic pigments that come in small pots.

Gradient pigment stamping using Bundle Monster Star Dust pigments and CICI & SISI 03
Gradient pigment stamping using Bundle Monster Star Dust pigments and CICI & SISI 03

I started with two coats of Bundle Monster Cocktail Dress, a gel polish. This should be completely dry and hard after curing as it’s a one-step polish. But with this – and other one-step gels I’ve used – I’m often left with a very slightly tacky layer. It’s never as sticky as the residue from a normal gel polish – and it is easily dissipated with cuticle oil – but in this case, it was a tackiness that I wanted. It was just enough to add the pigments to.

I pressed the Bundle Monster Star Dust Pigments into the slightly sticky layer of the gel polish using a small brush. There are four colours with this set:

  • Andromeda – purple to pink
  • Supernova – blue to purple
  • Nebula – green to teal
  • Milky Way – gold to green

I created a gradient in the order above, so purple at the cuticles, then blue, then green, and finally gold at the tips. It was simple to just press the pigments into the gel polish and blend them a little. They don’t gradient like polish would, but I was going to stamp over it, so it didn’t matter. I sealed it with a clear gel top coat.

You can see the gradient in the photo below. If you look down the centre of the nail, that’s the colours I used. The colours at the sides show differently because of the bend in the nail. The duochrome really enhances the effect of these pigments.

Gradient using Bundle Monster Star Dust pigments - before stamping
Gradient using Bundle Monster Star Dust pigments – before stamping

Then I stamped with Konad Black over the top, using an image from CICI & SISI 03.

Gradient pigment stamping using Bundle Monster Star Dust pigments and CICI & SISI 03
Gradient pigment stamping using Bundle Monster Star Dust pigments and CICI & SISI 03

These Bundle Monster Star Dust Pigments cost $10.99 and are fab. I think they would be awesome for a galaxy manicure (as the names imply). If you don’t use gel polish, they can also be used with regular nail polish.  For my first attempt, I used them over a black polish that I had top coated. It worked perfectly on one nail, but with the second nail I left it a little too long and the quick dry top coat had dried too much. So I took it off. But I am confident it can be done OK. It might be best done straight on to the coloured nail polish, before it’s completely dry and when it’s still tacky.

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of Bundle Monster Cocktail Dress one-step gel polish
  • Gradient: a gradient using Bundle Monster pigments in Andromeda, Supernova, Nebula and Milky Way
  • Intermediate top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)
  • Stamping polish: Konad Black
  • Stamping plate: CICI & SISI 03
  • Final top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl
  • Plain black nails: two coats of W7 Black, with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster Cocktail Dress and the Bundle Monster pigments used for this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Bundle Monster Ain’t No Basic B!tch Speed Gel Collection

Bundle Monster has a new gel polish collection out, called Ain’t No Basic B!tch.

They are “speed gels”, which is Bundle Monster’s term for one-step gel polish. They don’t need a base or top coat, just two coats of the gel polish itself, and you don’t need to wipe off the sticky layer either (because there isn’t one!)

These need 30-60 seconds in an LED lamp and darker colours may require a longer cure. I cured all these for 60 seconds per coat and didn’t have any problems.

Bundle Monster Ain't No Basic B!tch Collection

 

Pink Wednesdays

Pink Wednesdays is a pale, bubblegum pink with a hint of blue shimmer. This was the first one from the collection that I tried and I followed the instructions exactly, applying just two coats. However, I think it could have done with three for better opacity.

Bundle Monster Pink Wednesdays
Bundle Monster Pink Wednesdays
Bundle Monster Pink Wednesdays
Bundle Monster Pink Wednesdays

So Fetch!

So Fetch! is a blue jelly base with tiny gold flakies. It’s very sheer and needed four coats. I think it’s too sheer for use on its own and would be better layered over another polish. On my nail, the gold made the polish look more green than blue, and green isn’t a favourite of mine, so I’ll definitely wear this over a blue in future, because in the bottle and on the brush, it’s definitely a very lovely blue colour.

Bundle Monster So Fetch!
Bundle Monster So Fetch!
Bundle Monster So Fetch!
Bundle Monster So Fetch!

Can’t Sit Here

Can’t Sit Here is a bright pink with a blue shimmer. It’s gorgeous and is my joint favourite of the collection. I could have got away with two coats, but I did a third to make sure the coverage was perfect.

Bundle Monster Can't Sit Here
Bundle Monster Can’t Sit Here
Bundle Monster Can't Sit Here
Bundle Monster Can’t Sit Here

Cheeky

Cheeky is a jelly lime green with gold flakies. It’s the brother to So Fetch! Again, it’s very sheer and I’m not keen on green, but I found myself loving this. It’s the kind of colour that looks great on darker skin tones, or when we pale and pasties get a tan. I think it would make a wonderful polish for holiday. This is four coats.

Bundle Monster Cheeky
Bundle Monster Cheeky
Bundle Monster Cheeky
Bundle Monster Cheeky

Drama!

Drama! has a purple jelly base with small silver, pink and purple hexagonal glitters, purple micro glitter and purple bar glitter. This is three coats. It’s a very pretty polish. I don’t usually like bar glitter, but in this, it’s very subtle.

Bundle Monster Drama!
Bundle Monster Drama!
Bundle Monster Drama!
Bundle Monster Drama!

You’re So Tragic!

You’re So Tragic! is black with silver, tiny green and pink glitters / flakies. It’s very opaque and two coats were enough for a perfect finish. It’s similar to Chanel Cosmic, Sally Hansen Midnight in NY or Zoya Storm. This is my other joint favourite.

Bundle Monster You're So Tragic!
Bundle Monster You’re So Tragic!
Bundle Monster You're So Tragic!
Bundle Monster You’re So Tragic!

 

The Bundle Monster Ain’t No Basic B!tch collection costs $29.99 for all six polishes, or you can buy them for $5.99 each. I’ve always been worried about buying polish from overseas, but Bundle Monster polishes always reach me without any unwarranted attention from Royal Mail.

These are great one-step gel polishes. There really is no need for top coat and there’s no inhibition layer, so no need to wipe after curing. I just rubbed in some cuticle oil and they were left beautifully shiny.

Because there’s no base or top coat required, these are really quick to put on. And they can also be quick to remove if you use them in conjunction with Bundle Monster’s new peelable base coat for gel polish, Gel-Off. But more about that in an upcoming post!

 

For these manicures I’ve used:
  • Pink Wednesdays: two coats
  • So Fetch!: four coats
  • Can’t Sit Here: three coats
  • Cheeky: four coats
  • Drama!: three coats
  • You’re So Tragic!: two coats


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Bundle Monster Ain’t No Basic B!tch collection was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.