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Hello lovelies,

 

How have you all been? I can't believe another month had passed and it's time for the Paint All The Nails nail art challenge again! In two, months it will almost be New Year's! Crazy!

 

This month's theme is GILDED so I obviously had to reach for some pretty gold foil and I paired it up with some gorgeous blue and a hint of white lace inspired by various russian nail techs (for the love of me I can't find them because I don't remember their names :(

 

Paint All The Nails Presents Gilded | Gel Polish Nail Art with Semilac
Paint All The Nails Presents Gilded | Gel Polish Nail Art with Semilac
Paint All The Nails Presents Gilded | Gel Polish Nail Art with Semilac
Paint All The Nails Presents Gilded | Gel Polish Nail Art with Semilac

 

For this look, I've been using a new to me brand of gel polish, Semilac. It is a very popular Polish brand and it is now available in the UK too.

"Semilac is a hybrid nail polish which combines gel, UV and nail polish properties to create a high performance, long lasting product."

 

I've used a shimmery blue colour called Shooting Star (#114). Two thin coats were perfectly opaque and applied very nicely. I've cured it with the 6W UV LED lamp that I got in the Semilac Starte Kit*. Once cured, I've used the inhibition (sticky) layer as an adhesive for the gold foil and just pressed a piece against the nail in random places. It created the gold distressed look I was after. I wasn't happy with the look because it was a bit boring and plain so I added a freehand white lace. I've painted it using a white acrylic paint. I think it would have gotten a better result if I'd use a white nail art gel because the acrylic paint was a bit patchy and uneven even with second coat. Well, live and learn!

 

Lastly, I've sealed the whole design with a coat of Semilac Top Coat from the same Starter Kit.

 

Paint All The Nails Presents Gilded | Gel Polish Nail Art with Semilac
Paint All The Nails Presents Gilded | Gel Polish Nail Art with Semilac
Paint All The Nails Presents Gilded | Gel Polish Nail Art with Semilac

 

So what do you think?

 

I'm pretty pleased with the whole look, and enjoyed wearing it. If you'll recreate it then tag me @lucysstash and #lucysstash so I can see your recreation :) You can also see other nail artists' interpretation of this theme by searching the #paintallthenailsgilded or check out the link-up widget below.

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

 
 

 


*PR sample

 

Hello lovelies,

Today I want to show you a gel polish manicure that I wore on my 2-week holiday in August. I've opted for a gel polish again so that I wouldn't have to worry about my nails for the whole time. You know how it is - nail polish chips in a week if you're lucky and with no time to re-paint your nails you walk around ashamed of chipped nail polish :D I was still in process of growing and shaping my nails so I know the nail shape isn't perfect.

I opted for bright neon nails with vertical colour gradient and fine mermaid glitter gradient over the top. This is the finished result:

Summer Gradient with Mermaid Effect Glitter | Gel Polish Nail Art
Summer Gradient with Mermaid Effect Glitter | Gel Polish Nail Art
Summer Gradient with Mermaid Effect Glitter | Gel Polish Nail Art
Summer Gradient with Mermaid Effect Glitter | Gel Polish Nail Art

 

So how I did these nails? I've done the regular nail prep including cuticle removal, wiping nails with alcohol, applying a gel bonder and Color Club Foundation+Primer Gel Base Coat. Then I've applied a coat of Color Club French Tip, a white creme gel polish. It's always a good idea to apply neon colours over white as it helps them get brighter. Next step was to create the vertical gradient. For this I've used three IBD gel polishes in Head-to-Toe Gelato, Parisol and Ingénue.

 

I've painted each half of the nail with different colour and blended it with the brush in the bottle. It's not ideal but it worked just fine. I wasn't after a perfect gradient so using a brush straight from the bottle was okay. Besides, it's not very easy to do a gradient with gel polish (thicker gels are better) and a brush. Once I was done with the gradient and cured the nails, I've applied Indigo Nails Mermaid Effect glitter with a fluffy brush. I didn't put the glitter on whole nail but as a gradient so it looks like the glitter fals down the nail. Lastly, I've sealed the nails with Color Club Seal+Shine Top Coat. The nail lamp I've used for this was Melody Susie LED Violetili lamp because I don't have Clor Club nor IBD lamp.

 

Summer Gradient with Mermaid Effect Glitter | Gel Polish Nail Art
Summer Gradient with Mermaid Effect Glitter | Gel Polish Nail Art

 


And this is how my manicure looked after more than two weeks...

 

Summer Gradient with Mermaid Effect Glitter | Gel Polish Nail Art

 

I was very pleasantly surprised that the gel manicure lasted perfectly like this considering I was combining products from different brands. The removal was a bit of a pain because the longer you wear gel and gel polish, the harder it gets. But I managed and now I'm back to regular nail polish!

 

So what do you think of this simple yet fun nail art? Would you wear it? Let me know in the comments ;)

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x