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Hello lovelies,

We're finally having more and more sunny days here in England (YAY!) so I'm taking out holographic polishes! But today I won't be reviewing regular holo polish, I'll show you holo gel polish! That's right, they are out there and who better to make holo gel polish other than Color Club! I'm sure most of us have their Halo Hues polishes in our collections so I was very excited to see they created gel polish version too.

I've tested two Color Club* shades in a marble nail art on my non-swatching hand so please excuse my super short nails...

Holographic Marble Nail Art with Color Club Gel Polish

 

What I was looking for was a strong holographic effect and a full rainbow - I think I got it :)

 

I started with a coat of regular base coat and Bundle Monster Gel Off, peelable gel base coat because I wanted to test if it really works with gel polish (more on it later in the post). Then I've preceeded with a thin coat of Color Club Foundation + Primer. I hear you ask - why did you use it when you've already applied the peelable base coat? I think that you should always apply the gel polish system's base and top coat because the product has been deveoped like that. The coloured gel polish works best in between base and top coat. The base coat acts as a protection for your natural nails and as a sticky layer for the colour to adhere to. Without it, the colour might not apply as smoothly, might not last as long etc.

 

Next step was the colour application. Normally I would just apply two coats of gel polish but I knew what nail art I wanted to do so I painted half of the nail with Eternal Beauty (lilac holo) and the other half with a coat of Cloud Nine (pink holo). I've used just the brush in the bottles, the line where the colours met didn't have to be perfect. Then I cured the first layer and applied second coat of colour in the same half and half way. Do not cure yet! Then I've used a small brush and applied a white Colour Club French Tip gel polish in the middle of the nail as a line between the two holo polishes. Next I've taken a regular pin and marbled the middle section of the nail in an 8 pattern. Then I've cured the nails again and applied the Color Club Seal + Shine Top Coat. The description might make it sound intricate but this was very simple to do so just try it! ;)

 

Holographic Marble Nail Art with Color Club Gel Polish
Holographic Marble Nail Art with Color Club Gel Polish
Holographic Marble Nail Art with Color Club Gel Polish
Holographic Marble Nail Art with Color Club Gel Polish
Holographic Marble Nail Art with Color Club Gel Polish
Holographic Marble Nail Art with Color Club Gel Polish

 

The gel polishes were easy to apply and I haven't had problems with curing or anything else. They were well-pigmented and opaque in two coats, especially the white French Tip gel polish (the nail polish version is my go-to white creme polish).

 

And the PACKAGING! The boxes that the gel polish duos come in are holographic and so are the gel polish bottles! My lamps don't show the holo effect but trust me, it's amazing, especially the boxes.

 

Now let's have a look how the Bundle Monster Gel Off peelable gel base coat worked. I've bought it back in November 2015 but didn't get to try it till earlier this year. I've followed the instructions and applied regular base coat and then the Gel Off base coat. I've peeled the gel polish off after about three days (I was so curious). It was a bit difficult to remove it because I had to find a place where it would lift up and I think I've done too good job of sealing all edges. After I managed to lift up a bit I started to lift up the gel polish around it. Unfortunately some places were stuck more than others and I've ended up with some nail damage. Sometimes the top layers of my nails peeled off with it and here you can see the final damage:

 

Holographic Marble Nail Art with Color Club Gel Polish

 


It is safe to say that I probably won't be using it again and I'll stick to the UNT Ready For Takeoff which works a treat (only for swatching though).

 

On the other hand I was very happy with the Color Club gel polish system because the holo effect was very strong and beautiful and opaque in two coats. If you'll be purchasing anything from Color Club UK, you can use my discount code STASH15 for 15% off (not affiliate).

 

So what do you think of the holo polishes? Have you tried Color Club gel polish or the Bundle Monster Gel Off base? What are your thoughts?

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

*PR sample

 

Hello lovelies,

 

Today is the second day of the Nail Art Fashion Week and the theme is SHOES! I've chosen to take an inspiration from Derek Lam shoes modelled at this year's New Yor Fashion Week. There weren't that many shoes that caught my attention but these ones are fun!

 

Model photo credit: http://www.imaxtree.com

Model photo credit: http://www.imaxtree.com

NAFW 2016 Day 2 - Inspired by Derek Lam Shoes
NAFW 2016 Day 2 - Inspired by Derek Lam Shoes
NAFW 2016 Day 2 - Inspired by Derek Lam Shoes

 

I chose these shoes because I liked the use of negative space and partially raised surface and the overall filigree look. It was a clear choice for me because it allowed me to do kind of a 3D look using gel.

 

I started with Unt peel off base coat because I will be using gel that I don't want to wear for long. Then I've painted on all the white filigree with white acrylic paint from Crystal Nails. Once that dried I have used a small nail art brush and Bela Forma Mat White gel paint 23 and painted inside the filigree pattern. I've left a white border around it so it looks like the surface is rising in the middle. Lastly, I've sealed it all with Gelish Top It Off gel polish top coat. For this experiment I've used the new Mylee PRO Elite LED lamp (will be reviewing it) and it seemed to have worked a treat!

 

So what do you think of my shoes inspired nails?

 

NAFW 2016 Day 2 - Inspired by Derek Lam Shoes

 

 

Don't forget to check out manicures from all the other co-hosts: Maria from So Nailicious,  Victoria from

Manicurator, Emily from Very Emily and Anja from Lieve91.

 

You can follow the challenge and see all the manicures created each day by checking out the #NAFW2016 hashtag on Instagram and Twitter. We will be reposting our favourites on our Instagram accounts so join the challenge, create some amazing looks as suggested by the schedule, include #NAFW2016 and maybe you'll be the one featured on my IG account! If you'd like to know more, check out the announcement post with all details and how to join!

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x