First Impressions: Candy Coat Hard Candy Builder Gel

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.

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Review: Candy Coat Gel Nail Varnish in 460

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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.

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Review: Ciate London Wonderwand Gel Kohl Eyeliner

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I got this Ciate Wonderwand Gel Kohl Eyeliner (£15 full size) in their Twelve Days of Christmas calendar last year and it’s been sat in my drawer all year so I thought it was time to give it a proper try. This pencil is 0.08g but the full size is 1.1g so there isn’t much difference size wise between them and the overall design is the same with the angled smudger brush on the end.

At one time I remember a lot of eyeliners had a smudger on the other end but this is the first pencil liner I’ve seen that has an angled brush on the end to make it a more precise blending if you want to use it. I wasn’t sure how I’d get on with it but I actually liked this change and found myself using the brush quite a bit.

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Candy Coat Haul and First Impressions

 

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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.

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Review: Etude House 98% Soothing Watermelon Gel

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After the recent hot weather it seems the perfect time to review the 98% Watermelon Soothing Gel from Etude House. I bought it in a recent eBay Korean Beauty haul for £6.65. It’s sold as a cooling and calming gel, something like the aloe vera gel you get to use for cooling and calming your skin especially after sun burn. To add to the cooling effect you can keep it in the fridge, though this does give you a bit of a shock when you first apply it!

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Korean Beauty Haul

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I recently made another order from the F2plus1 eBay store for Korean beauty products, I think it seems to be this time of year that I make these orders. A couple of these products were ones I’ve had my eye on for a while and I may have bought some more sheet masks. I already have enough to last months but these ingredients sounded unusual and I do love anything lychee or mangosteen so they ended up in my basket.

I’m always a bit wary about ordering from eBay, especially when it comes to cosmetics as there are so many fakes out there and I think a fake plastic figure is one thing but something you put on your skin is another. But I trust the f2plus1 store as I’ve bought from them before. They also have an online store away from eBay, BeautynetKorea, which I haven’t used but think it’d be as trustworthy. It does take a while to get here, two or three weeks in general, but considering it’s all the way from South Korea that’s pretty quick.

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Advent 2017: Day 5!

I feel like the beginning of this Marks and Spencer’s beauty advent calendar seems to be giving us a lot of the more expensive brands. I’m not sure how much a lot of the products cost, to be honest I can’t even remember half of the things that are supposed to be in here, but with Rodial being today’s little gift I feel like I’ve already got my money’s worth with the amount these products cost even as travel size or mini versions of products.

Today’s advent present is a Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel in a 15ml tube, a good size for travel or as a sample as you do get quite a few uses out of it. The full sized pot of 50ml costs £85 and I think that means that this mini version would come up as £25.50 worth of product. Rodial is a cruelty free company and this particular product is listed as both vegan and vegetarian friendly which is always nice to find. It’s a gel that’s designed to plump, firm and sculpt your face so it defines the features more. I’m not sure how it’s supposed to do this but it’s definitely a lighter feeling product than yesterday’s moisturiser which is good for my skin as my skin definitely found that one a bit much.

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NOTD: Mermaid Nails

I’m surprised how much I missed doing nail art when I started doing this. I’ve been watching quite a bit if Mermaid Gossip over on YouTube while I was tidying so decided to go for mermaid nails. It’s very similar to the ones I did last year in this post so I won’t go into detail on how I did it but I love the finished nails. It’s not been the best weather wise but these are so bright and summery and I’m hoping the Red Carpet Manicure gel will help my nails grow.

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Review: Red Carpet Manicure Envelope Please Gel Nail Varnish

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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.

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Review: Color Club Holographic Gel Polish in Eternal Beauty


Over the past few years, since getting the first gel manicure set, I have been on the look out for gel nail varnishes that work as well as the Red Carpet Manicure ones. I should probably have given up by now but I saw the Color Club Halo Hues Holographic Polishes in the Rainbow Connection site and there was a site wide sale code at the time so I decided to go for one. I am a sucker for good holographic nails and Eternal Beauty has a gorgeous pale purple as the base colour.

I don’t know how easy Color Club are to get outside of the UK but I don’t know many places to stock it here, it seems to be an American company so maybe you guys in America will find it easier. On the Rainbow Connection website they have the holographic ones and the bottles are £16, though as they’re 15ml this isn’t a bad price for a gel colour.
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