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Hello lovelies,

 

It seems like the trend of gel-like nail polishes is more and more popular and KIKO jumped on the bandwagon. This trendy Italian brand has released a 5-free Perfect Gel Duo line with 18 shades and today I'll show you one of them.

 

About Perfect Gel Duo:

"Set of two limited-edition gel effect nail polishes. The colour and top coat combine for a manicure with maximum shine and exceptional hold, thanks to an exclusive technology that activates with natural light. As the days pass, the polish's glossy finish becomes harder, maintaining the shine and colour for up to seven days.

The intense colour is revealed after the second coat. The texture is rich and creamy.

Thanks to the flat brush with its clear bristles, the polish glides on smoothly and easily. The coats go on perfectly evenly. The top coat polish, which is sensitive to natural light, comes in a metallic bottle to better preserve the formula."

 

KIKO Perfect Gel Duo in Milky Mint - Review & Swatches
KIKO Perfect Gel Duo in Milky Mint - Review & Swatches
KIKO Perfect Gel Duo in Milky Mint - Review & Swatches
KIKO Perfect Gel Duo in Milky Mint - Review & Swatches
KIKO Perfect Gel Duo in Milky Mint - Review & Swatches

 

 

KIKO Milky Mint is a minty green creme shade with hints of aqua blue. Two coats were fully opaque and applied easily. The formula seemed little bit thicker which then helped with the plumped gel-like appearance. I waited as per instructions and then applied the top coat. The result was a glossy and perfect manicure. I wore the nail polish for good 4 days without chipping and then I removed it. I'm sure it could stretch few more days if I had let it on.

 

The instructions state: Apply two coats of coloured nail polish, letting it dry between coats. Before applying the top coat, wait two minutes. Apply the top coat and let it dry for 3 minutes.

 

Overall it seems like a good nail polish line especially for those who want their polish to last as long as possible but one thing is a bit silly - you get a top coat in every box with colour so if you'll want more colours you'll have to buy the duo set.

 

KIKO polishes are available at kikocosmetics.co.uk, and at the brand stores.

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

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Hello lovelies,

So I FINALLY edited a video tutorial for alcohol ink marble manicure. It's been waiting for editing since Easter...I know, I'm that bad!

We've all seen marble manicures or nail tips with beautiful alcohol ink marble but all that I have seen have been over gel polish. That is fine but not all of us wear gel polish and the alcohol inks behave quite differently on nail polish/topcoat. Firstly, let's have a look at the final manicure (without final topcoat as I stamped over it later - mistake!)....

Alcohol Ink Gradient Marble Nail Art & Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Gradient Marble Nail Art & Tutorial
Alcohol Ink Gradient Marble Nail Art & Tutorial

 

I have found that you can easily wipe off the ink from gel polish but you can't do it on nail polish, it kind of stains it. Plus if you don't use topcoat or if you're doing too many layers and playing with it too long, the nail polish underneath starts to kind of melt and smear. I don't know why but it happened to me more than once. With gel polish you can play with the ink and layer it as much as you like.

 

Also I wasn't able to create that perfect marble effect over nail polish. The ink doesn't seem to move and seep into each other etc. just like it can do on gel polish. But I will definitely keep trying to translate the beauty of alcohol inks on nails! One thing I want to point out though - alcohol inks nor Sharpies are NOT made for cosmetic use so technically we shouldn't be using them. But unless you get too much on your skin you should be fine.

 

Here's a tutorial of how I did this gradient marble manicure. I have used all 7 inks I own in Espresso, Ginger, Cranberry, Red Pepper, Raspberry, Purple Twilight, Denim and Pool.

 

 

 

I hope you've enjoyed today's post and don't forget to let me know what you think and what is your experience with alcohol in nail art.

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x