I have never used a building gel before but I’ve been interested in them for a while as I have two nails that always break so being able to build these up rather than cutting the rest short is something I’ve wanted to try. Maybe it’s just me but they always seemed a bit intimidating with dipping a brush into a pot and not knowing which brands to try, but when I ordered some things from Candy Coat a while ago I saw they have a builder gel in a bottle like a normal gel nail varnish and got one.
The Candy Coat builder gel range is called Hard Candy, I love the theme they have, and comes in a 8ml bottle with a brush like their standard gel nail varnishes. They have a range of colours and I picked B005 because it looked like a nice natural nail colour and could be a good base for all my colours or work on its own for a more natural look. The Hard Candy builder gels cost £15 each which is a pretty standard price for nor lack gel nail varnishes so it seems a good price to me for this.
I haven’t used Candy Coat gels much as I only bought these earlier this year and it’s the second colour I’ve tried but I love this mustard. 460 is the perfect colour for this autumn with this yellow being everywhere at the moment. It’s not a colour I would have thought of for my nails but since I got it in the surprise kit I do love it on them. It’s definitely different and would make a great base colour for nail art too.
It’s a cream finish nail varnish and does have a high gloss and smooth finish when you use it with their own base and top coat. It may not be a specifically autumnal colour, I think it’s in their permanent range, it’s definitely one that suits the autumn season, especially with this year’s trends.
I’ve had my eye on some of the products from Candy Coat, a company who make gel nail varnishes and accessories and have just launched a beauty line, for a while. They have such a range of colours and finishes and the pastel colours in particular really caught my eye. They do kits which save money with the amount of nail varnishes in them and they include a base and top coat so you have everything (even the lamp if you pick that option) to start out and try the company. They also claim to last from three to ten weeks so I’m hoping these will last well and won’t peel off like some of the others I’ve tried.
As I got a bit overwhelmed with the different colours, there are so many to choose from, I decided to go for one of the kits. The Beginner Kit costs £60 for ten nail varnishes including the base and top coats and is a great value box to get started. I also picked one of the Hard Candy Builder Gels, these cost £15 so they’re more expensive but they can be used to extend your nails or build up your nails for added depth and nail art. I’ve always wanted to try one and as I was doing an order anyway I decided to get one to try.
This nail look isn’t exactly fresh but I had fun doing it so I wanted to share it with you guys, and I kind of love the final effect so will definitely be doing this more with other pigments too. I’ve had some sample sizes of loose eyeshadow pigments hanging around for year without getting any use so I thought I’d see if they worked for nail art, it’s not like I had anything to lose as I was probably going to get rid of them somehow.
I decided to go for a multicoloured pastel mix of colours for most of the nails with some added nail art with white, that was supposed to look like sparkle and stars but kind of failed, and a pearly unicorn on each of the thumbs. I’m happy with how this has turned out and think I’ll be going for the pastel multicoloured nails for a family wedding coming up, just worth knowing that they don’t necessarily last that long so I’ll be doing them a day or two before rather than a while in advance.
In a recent trip to Sally’s I found this Red Carpet Manicure gel nail varnish in Envelope Please. The official description for it is a ‘mauve nude creme’ which actually describes it pretty much perfectly. I wanted a fairly deep neutral pink sort of colour and this one was the closest in this range I could see. Price wise it ranges from £10 -£14 depending where you buy it from, the range of places that stocks them seems to have grown recently and I’ve seen stands in Marks and Spencer as well as Sally’s when it comes to physical stores.
I like the Red Carpet Manicure range in general, though the formulas do tend to range in thickness. I’ve found that, as a brand, the nail varnishes last the two weeks they claim in general and they stick well. I use them with the Red Carpet Manicure light and find them quick and easy to use, I can’t really comment on how well it works with other brands but you can see the colour and how it lasts with their own UV lamp. These are all gel nail varnishes designed to be used with a UV lamp.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2017 brings you everything you want and you’ve had a fun New Years Eve, whether it’s out with others, staying in at home to see in the new year or falling asleep.
I don’t know what happened to 2016, not the best year as a world or me personally but it did see my blog grow and I know what I’m doing with it (kind of). I promise to get better at blogging next year but that’s for another post. Basically have a great 2017!
Also, the nails in the photo used Red Carpet Manicure Aquamarine, which I got for Christmas and wanted to play with despite originally planing a NYE themed nail look. The nail art uses my much loved Rio Professional Nail Art Pens in white and light blue. I love how sparkly the RCM colour is and my snowflakes actually turned out ok.
This wasn’t really a planned purchase, or I guess part of it was, but today I had a bit of a shopping trip to the local Sally’s and bought some nail varnish. I haven’t really kept up with the summer collections this year, in the past I’ve been looking up the bigger brands as they’re released and creating lists of the ones I’ve wanted, though hardly ever actually buying anything from them. This year I avoided it and ended up coming away with three of the summer nail polishes, two from the OPI Retro Summer Collection and one from the Red Carpet Manicure Escape to Paradise Collection.
If you don’t know what Sally’s is, it’s a store that sells a lot to people in the beauty industry so they have products on sale at reduced prices compared to the RRP. It’s mainly nail and hair products but they do have quite a few skin and face products too. The main reason I like them though, is that you get to see the gel nail varnishes in person before you buy them. I have never found any Red Carpet Manicure products in any physical shops in the UK. I have seen a couple of other brands but when I bought them they didn’t work with my light very well so I’ve stuck with RCM and it’s great to be able to see what they look like rather than relying on a computer screen version. You can find their website here, though I have had some problems with it loading so I can’t find the actual products.
I did the first part of this review last Monday about the light and the extras you get in the Red Carpet Manicure new set, the Red Carpet Ready Starter Kit, so if you want to read about them you can find it here. I was definitely impressed and happy with that part of the set and that was the main reason for getting it for me so these nail varnishes were just a bonus I was hoping I’d like.
These two nail varnishes came in the set from QVC though if you buy the set now on the RCM site only Headliner, the red crème, is included, Walk of Fame, the more golden shimmer, isn’t an option though I think it’s available separately, I can’t find it at the moment on there but there are similar ones. The idea of this range is to have all of the steps in a gel manicure in their old version, the base, colour and top coat, in one product so you have two layers of this and you’re good to go. I really like this idea and was hoping it would work, though I did see a lot of review on the QVC site at the time saying this new version was rubbish and that they preferred the old one. I still hoped I’d like it, maybe my nails would work when there’s hadn’t, so I gave it a go with both colours. If you just want to see what I think of the set overall the scroll to the bottom.
For Christmas one of my big presents was the Red Carpet Ready Starter Kit, I know my parents got it from QVC but it’s not on there any more so I’m linking to their own website because I think that’s the only place that has it at the moment. It costs £69.95 and is exactly the same as the set that I got except it doesn’t have the extra colour nail varnish that QVC offered.
The main difference between this Red Carpet Ready Kit and the normal one is the nail varnish itself. This nail varnish claims that it’s all the layers in one; base coat, colour and top coat, so you only have to do two or three layers to get an opaque finish. With each one curing for 45 seconds this would reduce the time of a gel manicure even more. This is also the new version of this ‘Pro’ lamp, the main difference as far as I can tell is that this can be plugged into a USB port in your computer making it more portable than the original. I do have the normal portable one that’s a different shape so I’m going to do a bit of comparison against that but I have never used the original Pro lamp.
I wasn’t planning on making an order and I managed to keep it small but something I wanted to get mum for Mother’s Day is sold out everywhere else and so I thought it was a good chance to try this other company. I haven’t seen these Elegant Touch gel varnishes anywhere before, even on Asos, where I made this order, until a week or so ago when I searched on there so I don’t know if they’re new or if they’re just new on there. I will do a proper review when I’ve tried them but this is a sort of first impressions just looking at them.