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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

 

Hello lovelies,

It has been sad few days...sad days in a life of a nail blogger because I had to say goodbye to a 'friend' :( Some of you have already seen my posts on social media where I've shown you my 'fallen' index finger nail that I broke doing some gardening. How I hate gardening! So yeah, I'm really bummed right now because I finally had a lovely almond shape. I've sculpted a new nail but it just isn't the same (I'm not that skilled at sculpting yet) and I can't wait for Christmas, when my nail will grow back.....geez, that is so depressing - my nail will grow back in time for Christmas!!! That is if I don't break another one :( On a happier note, it's not the end of the world, I know ;)

Luckily, I managed to take pictures of my latest mani so I can share it with you...

Abstract Nail Art with Models Own Dare to Bare Collection
Abstract Nail Art with Models Own Dare to Bare Collection
Abstract Nail Art with Models Own Dare to Bare Collection
Abstract Nail Art with Models Own Dare to Bare Collection
Abstract Nail Art with Models Own Dare to Bare Collection

 

I have used three polishes from the new Models own Dare To Bare collection. This collection has the HyperGel formula and consists of five shades in total.

 

First, I've used Suede* - a muted pink creme as a base. I've painted all nails with two coats of Suede (I've only left three small negative spaces). Then I've used a small nail art brush and painted lines, dots and other shapes with Models Own Skin Deep* and Emperors Clothes*. All sealed with Seche Vite top coat.

 

And as I mentioned earlier, this happened the next day...

 

Abstract Nail Art with Models Own Dare to Bare Collection

 


This manicure was a bit of an experiment and I'm definitely not happy with it but there's always a space for improvement in all my work :) But what do you think? Have you tried the Dare to Bare polishes yet?

 

My rings are from Luna Pyxis, an online store that sells jewellery handmade in South Korea. I've already received my new order so soon I'll show you some new rings I bought!

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

*PR samples