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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


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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.

 

Purple and Lilac Chevrons (52 Week Challenge)

This 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge calls for either a tape mani or a green manicure. I am not at all keen on green, so this was a no-brainer of a choice for me. I’ve created a purple and lilac chevrons manicure.

The lilac is Revlon Provence. Provence in France is famous for its fields of lavender, and this is a lovely pale, cool-toned lavender shade. It’s quite sheer though and I needed three coats as the base for the chevron nails.

Purple and lilac chevrons using L'Oréal Atomic Purple and Revlon Provence
Purple and lilac chevrons using L’Oréal Atomic Purple and Revlon Provence

The purple for the plain nails and the chevrons is L’Oréal Atomic Purple. It’s also quite sheer. It’s a neon though and they often are sheer.  Again this needed three coats on the plain nails. For the chevrons, I thought it might be tricky to get it opaque enough, but it was fine with just one thickish coat.

Purple and lilac chevrons using L'Oréal Atomic Purple and Revlon Provence
Purple and lilac chevrons using L’Oréal Atomic Purple and Revlon Provence

I used chevron guides from Nail Vinyls. I usually do mine pointing towards the tips, but fancied doing them the other way around today!

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Purple nails: three coats of L’Oréal Atomic Purple
  • Chevron nails: three coats of Revlon Provence, with chevron nail vinyls, then a coat of L’Oréal Atomic Purple
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (purple nails) and Glisten & Glow HK Girl (chevron nails)


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Neon Pink with 3D Crystal Gems

In this post, I’m wearing Bundle Monster Sunset Walk, a neon pink gel polish – to which I’ve added some 3D crystal gems.

My camera hates bright pink, but this gel polish is most certainly bright and neon – it’s a true “highlighter pen” pink, and is just perfect for summer. It glows really brightly under UV light. My son has a neon party to go to soon, so this is one of the possible polishes I will wear for it. I’m not actually going to the party, but it’s not often (ever!) that I go out partying and I want to enjoy the neon effect to the full when I go to collect him!

Neon pink with 3D crystal rhinestones, using Bundle Monster Sunset Walk
Neon pink with 3D crystal rhinestones, using Bundle Monster Sunset Walk

I painted two coats, then added the rhinestone studs on two accent nails.  I used three rhinestones per nail. To add them, I dabbed a small amount of gel top coat onto the nail, then placed the studs. I have a gem picker/holder, but I didn’t have much luck in dropping the rhinestones onto the nail in the right place with it! It was a comedy of errors for a few minutes, placing and adjusting, replacing, readjusting. They slid around a lot and it took me a lot of patience to get them where I wanted them! I should just have used my wax pencil really; I’m sure it would have been so much easier!

When I was finally happy with my placement, I then dropped on some more gel top coat and cured.

Neon pink with 3D crystal rhinestones, using Bundle Monster Sunset Walk
Neon pink with 3D crystal rhinestones, using Bundle Monster Sunset Walk

It was wonderful to know that the gems were solidly placed. When I use regular nail polish top coat, I always worry that gems will fall off, which makes me touch them more often to check that they are still in place, which in turn – of course – makes them loosen and frequently fall off!

Bundle Monster Sunset Walk costs $4.99 – or $28.99 for the set of all 6 polishes in the Sands of Aruba collection. The rhinestones come in a wheel of different sized stones, which is sold as a pack of three wheels: different shapes of silver studs, different shapes of gold studs and different sizes of clear rhinestones. The nail art studs pack costs $5.25, but is currently reduced to $4.73.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Bundle Monster Sunset Walk (gel polish)
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)
  • Studs: Bundle Monster 3D clear rhinestones


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Bundle Monster Sunset Walk and the Bundle Monster 3D studs shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Neon Blue Saran Wrap (52 Week Challenge)

The two prompts this week for the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge are Saran wrap (cling film) and glitter. I am fairly short on time at the moment, so opted for a simple neon blue cling film manicure, using two China Glaze neons.

I started with a base of China Glaze At Vase Value. For me, it’s a truer Tiffany colour than the acclaimed For Audrey. It’s more blue, whereas For Audrey is more green. And for me, the Tiffany colour leans more to blue than green.

Neon blue Saran wrap manicure using China Glaze At Vase Value and DJ Blue My Mind
Neon blue Saran wrap manicure using China Glaze At Vase Value and DJ Blue My Mind

I adore At Vase Value. For me, it’s a perfect pale turquoise. At first, I didn’t realise that it’s also a neon polish. It’s part of the Spring 2014 City Flourish collection, a typical spring-like collection of pastels, with a few brighter corals and more summery colours.

I didn’t buy any of the collection at the time, and in fact had not been particularly inspired by any China Glaze collections for quite a while before then. I only bought this very recently, and chose to wear it because it matched one of the colours in a top I have. When it dried, it was matte, which made me think that perhaps it was neon. So I checked it under my LED nail lamp and was pleasantly surprised that it glowed bright white.

Neon blue Saran wrap manicure using China Glaze At Vase Value and DJ Blue My Mind

After wearing it alone for a few days, I added the Saran wrap finish to it. Knowing the colour was neon, I chose another neon to go over it, this time from a more recent China Glaze collection, this summer’s Electric Nights collection. I have a couple of polishes from this collection, and thought DJ Blue My Mind would go well over the top.

I love the manicure, but I am left feeling mildly irked that the pun in the polish name for At Vase Value doesn’t “work” in British English. Anyone else feel the same? No, just me – thought so!

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of China Glaze At Vase Value
  • Saran wrap top colour: China Glaze DJ Blue My Mind
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Essie Bottle Service with Neon Pink and Blue Chevron Decals (52 Week Challenge)

I’ve gone with the neon theme for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge, pairing Essie Bottle Service with neon pink and blue chevron decals.

I started by painting a white base on all my nails. I used Barry M Cotton, which has become my favourite white recently. Then I painted two coats of Essie Bottle Service over the top of my outer nails. White helps bring out the neon of the pink. And this pink is neon. My camera hated it, and I couldn’t even adjust the image after editing to give a truly colour-accurate likeness. So I gave up. Be assured though that it’s a bright highlighter pink. My photos show it a bit too washed out – it’s more intense and brighter then this.

As with all neons, Bottle Service dried matte, so I added top coat for shine.

For the accent nails, I added some neon pink and blue chevron decals from Born Pretty Store. I say accent nails, but I’ve taken to painting the two centre nails differently, as stand-out nails, but I nearly always do the same thing on my thumbs, so actually, 6 out of 10 of my nails – the majority – have the “accent”. It would be more accurate to call the plain nails the accents!

Essie Bottle Service with Born Pretty Store neon pink and blue chevron decals
Essie Bottle Service with Born Pretty Store neon pink and blue chevron decals

The water decals are from a large sheet of neon patterns. I bought these last summer, but never got around to using them, so this is the first time. But they will last ages because you get the equivalent of 11 small sheets of patterns. There aren’t enough of most patterns to be able to do all 10 nails, but you can mix and match the colours, staying within the same pattern family, or can use them for accent nails like I’ve done.

Essie Bottle Service with Born Pretty Store neon pink and blue chevron decals
Essie Bottle Service with Born Pretty Store neon pink and blue chevron decals

The two pinks don’t match each other, but under the light of my LED lamp, they both shine with equal intensity. Makes me want to go clubbing! (Maybe not! Too old for all that!)

 

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Cotton
  • Neon pink: two coats of Essie Bottle Service
  • Decals: neon pink and blue decals from Born Pretty Store (sheet YG-030)
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


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