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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 , 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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Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

It’s been a while since I’ve done much nail art. My nails have only really had plain nail polish on them for a lot of the time over the past year or so, as I’ve been so busy with work and my volunteering commitments.

So, this stamping marble using some neon brights from the Morgan Taylor Selfie collection was quite a welcome change.

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh
Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

I’m a little sad that my camera hasn’t done well with these colours. They’re bright neons and my camera just hasn’t done justice to this manicure. It looked awesome in the flesh; on the screen, not so much.

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh
Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

I used five of the six polishes in the Morgan Tayor Selfie collection. I only have five of them, as I’m missing Pretty As A Pink-ture. I am often amazed how well polish manufacturers put collections togehter. It’s when you use all (or nearly all) of the colours in a collection that you realise how well they complement each other.

So, the colours are:

  • All About The Pout – a pale neon coral creme
  • Me, Myself-ie, And I – a deeper neon coral creme
  • Woke Up This Way – a neon magenta creme
  • Best Face Forward – an inky purple with cyan blue and pinky-purple flakies (not neon)
  • No Filter Needed – cyan blue creme (not neon)

I put drops of polish onto a mat, then picked up the colour with a stamper, dragging it a little to swirl the colours, and stamped the colour onto my nails. The technique is a fun and quick way to crate some nail art. It’s variously called a smoosh or a stamping marble.

Neon brights stamping marble smoosh
Neon brights stamping marble smoosh

As I said, my camera doesn’t pick up neon very well, so I photographed my hand in front of a gel nails LED light, which goes some way to showing off the brightness of these colours.

Neon brights stamping marble under LED light
Neon brights stamping marble under LED light
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: all from Morgan Taylor: All About The Pout, Me, Myself-ie, And I, Woke Up This Way, Best Face Forward, No Filter Needed
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Morgan Taylor polishes 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.

 

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.

 

 

 

LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12) … and a new nail shape

The regular readers of this blog – there are one or two … hello! – will immediately notice my new nail shape, but more of that in a bit.

Firstly, this is a swatch of a new (to me) nail brand, called LENA. This polish is a dusky pink, called (rather disappointingly) LE12. It has a name on the LENA website; it’s called Egyptian Fashionista. But the name doesn’t appear on the bottle, unfortunately; just the number.

LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12)
LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12)

LENA polish is breathable and water permeable nail polish. To many of us, this really doesn’t matter. Our nails don’t need to “breathe” to remain healthy and they don’t need for water to get through to them from the outside. (I should know – I’ve worn polish on my nails non-stop for the past four-and-a-half years, with no ill effects).

But to Muslims, this is very important. According to Islam, men and women should perform wudhu before praying. This is a pre-prayer ritual that is undertaken to fully cleanse parts of the body, including the hands. Many Muslims believe that wearing nail polish means that you cannot fully cleanse the hands.

Water permeable nail polish addresses this belief and allows strict Muslims to wear polish but to still adhere to their religion.

LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12)
LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12)

I love the colour of LENA Egyptian Fashionista. Dusky pink shades are very “me”. I love to wear them. Although, in fairness, it’s the bright shades that suit me best.

You get a generous 14ml of polish for £8.95. I wasn’t so keen on the brush though. It is wide and straight-edged and I struggled to use it as I would normally to paint my nails and still get a curve along the cuticle edge of my nails. I had to adjust my technique to get that curve and it was a little more awkward than normal.

The polish is lovely though and it dried quickly and had a lovely shiny finish. (This swatch is without top coat).

So … onto the nail shape. For four-and-a-half years, I’ve sported square nails. I loved my square nails and even though other bloggers have been gradually making their nails oval or almond-shaped or rounded over the past couple of years, I have resisted the trend in order to stick with my beloved squares.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, the corner of my index finger nail broke off. I haven’t had any breaks in a long time now, and I wasn’t happy about it. Rather than file them all down a bit, as I would normally, I just started filing the nail into an almond shape. Before I knew it, I’d done all ten of my nails.

I wasn’t sure about the shape at first. I’m not a lover of change, especially the older I’ve become. But gradually I grew to quite like them. They are easier in every day life as the corners don’t snag on things and I’m not too worried that they will break now. Before, I was so careful with my nails and I now feel less included to be so wary.

They do take a bit more maintenance though, as it’s not so simple as just filing them down a millimetre or two every week. With this shape, you have to be more careful about filing them, so that you get the shape right, and get it symmetrical. And that takes longer.

They’re also the longest they have ever been. The middle and ring finger nails are 20mm long. That’s a good couple of millimetres longer than normal. Yet, they don’t look as long as my square nails used to.

The almond shape is almost impossible to obtain on short nails, so my right hand, with its much shorter nails, is sporting various shapes of square to round, to oval. Only one is long enough to be almond. With square nails, this wouldn’t have looked so odd, but I find it a little embarrassing now that my hands don’t seem to “match”.

 

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12)
  • Top coat: none


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12) was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.