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Hello lovelies,


I'm back with the promised Halloween nails! My goal was to do (now classic) pumpkin faces that have been done hundred times already but I added something extra - Morgan Taylor Glow  in the Dark polish. So now I'm walking around with scary pumpkin faces on my nails and glowing nails at night. Don't you just LOVE nail art?!


Here's how the final manicure looks:


Halloween Glow-in-the-dark Pumpkin Face Nail Art + TUTORIAL
Halloween Glow-in-the-dark Pumpkin Face Nail Art + TUTORIAL


The nails glow in the dark very nicely but my camera just refused to capture them so I ended up taking picture under UV light so that I could show you how they look at night. Awesome, right?


This look is an intermediate skill level but you can easily modify it so that it's suitable for beginners. Just don't do intricate pumpkin faces. Here's how to do this mani:



Halloween Glow-in-the-dark Pumpkin Face Nail Art + TUTORIAL


How to:


  1. Apply base coat. I've used UNT Ready For Takeoff peel off base coat for this one otherwise my go-to base coat is OPI Natural Nail base coat
  2. Paint the nails with two coats of orange nail polish. Here I'm using Zoya Thandie
  3. Paint to curved stripes using darker orange/orange brown polish and nail art brush. The stripes don't have to be perfect, you'll see why, later. I've used Barry M Paprika and Whats Up Nails Pure Color #9 Liner brush*
  4. Paint another stripe in between the darker stripes with lighter orange colour. I've used Barry M Mango
  5. Now it's time to add the glow-in-the-dark polish. I've applied three coats of Morgan Taylor Glow  in the Dark*. I went to check the level of glowing after each coat and I was happy after three. I suspect that if I applied the glow in the dark polish over white base it would be even brighter or I might need just two coats. But the three coats were just fine and it covered and blended any imperfections in the stripes
  6. Paint the eyes of the pumpkin with black nail polish or acrylic paint. I've used acrylic paint because it gives me more control and precision. The brush I'm using for painting the pumpkin faces is Whats Up Nails #10 Detail brush*
  7. Paint the nose
  8. Paint the mouth and don't forget that you need to think about where the black space will be so that you leave out any 'carved out' teeth ;)
  9. Seal the design with top coat. I've used Revlon Colorstay Diamond top coat



Halloween Glow-in-the-dark Pumpkin Face Nail Art + TUTORIAL


So that's my take on the pumpkin faces nails! I'm not big on Halloween and gory looks so I'm pleased I got myself to do at least two looks this season. I took an inspiration from different cartoon pumpkins that just came up on Google and combined different elements for their faces. What do you think?


I've noticed that Natasha Lee has filmed a similar pumpkin face nail art tutorial so if you'd like to see a video and more Halloween nail art, go check out her channel, she's awesome!


Have a lovely day! Lucie x


*PR sample


Hello lovelies,

Have you tried anything and everything to make your nail polish last more than 2 or 3 days? Well, maybe I have a solution for you! I have been testing the new Morgan Taylor REACT duo (base and top coat) promising prolonging the wear of your polish by 50% in the past few weeks and today I can finally reveal the results. Let's have a look at the products first...


Review: Morgan Taylor REACT No Light Extended Wear Base & Top Coat
Review: Morgan Taylor REACT No Light Extended Wear Base & Top Coat


"The innovative REACT range consists of two varnishes; the Morgan Taylor REACT No Light Extended Wear Top Coat and the Morgan Taylor REACT No Light Extended Wear Base Coat, both of which work with any polish colour and brand transforming it into an extended nail polish.


Once applied, manicures last up to 50% longer than average, and with no need to use an LED lamp or to soak for removal either, this ten day long wear range makes a great investment to any at-home nail kit."


  • With REACT your manicure can last up to 50% longer
  • Works with any lacquer system
  • No LED light needed
  • Up to 10 days of wear and soak–free removal
  • Gelish infused technology with base radical colour adhesion


These claims left me very curious and I wanted to test this new 'system' myself. Since the Morgan Taylor REACT duo can be used with any brand of nail polish, I've painted my nails with A England Polovetsian Dances and Morgan Taylor Berry Contrary to test it.


I've started with one coat of Morgan Taylor REACT Base Coat on clean and dry nails - I like to wipe nails with isopropyl alcohol and no lint wipe before painting. Then I've applied two coats of the A England and Morgan Taylor polishes and sealed them with one coat of the REACT Top Coat.


Review: Morgan Taylor REACT No Light Extended Wear Base & Top Coat


Morgan Taylor REACT Base Coat has a thicker consistency than regular base coats - not watery/runny but little bit thicker. It was still nice to apply and it had bit of a ridge-filling effect.


Morgan Taylor REACT Top Coat is a bit different to other top coats too. It's thicker and it also smells differently. Almost like it's made to smell flowery but with a mixed chemical taste. When I was applying the top coat I was very sceptical of the whole system because it was smearing polish underneath a little and I had to use thicker coats to avoid patching. I literally had three good strokes to finish the nail otherwise it would drag the already drying layers. So advice - work fast and have enough product on the brush! On the other hand the top coat dried fast and glossy. In 15 minutes the coat hardened quite well and I could do light work like typing on a laptop.


Each bottle holds 15ml of product and has a wide flat brush with clear bristles. This is how my nails looked 5 days in:


Review: Morgan Taylor REACT No Light Extended Wear Base & Top Coat


I've had only minor tipwear and some scratched surface after 5 days which I think was quite good result so far. Next up is the photo of a 10 days wear:


Review: Morgan Taylor REACT No Light Extended Wear Base & Top Coat


As you can see, the polish doesn't look that great anymore but it still held up quite good. My long nails are quite flexible so I've had my nails bent few times which caused the cracking in the polish. The tipwear was still quite minor (I accidentally dipped the tip of my index finger into acetone which caused the lack of polish on the tip).


So does this system really extend the wear of polish by 50%? I think it does! I've deliberately used two different brands since the system is supposed to work with ANY brand and it passed the test. So now you know the result and it's up to you to try this duo. 


Morgan Taylor React duo is available from Sally UK stores nationwide and for £12.95 per bottle. For US and other countries - these should be available where Morgan Taylor products are sold.


So what do you think? Will you be trying this new duo and test the longevity for yourself?


Have a lovely day! Lucie x


*PR samples