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Hello lovelies,

 

The next letter in the ABC Challenge is K and since I didn't have a manicure ready that would be associated with something begining with K, I kind of butchered the word 'colour' and made it a 'kolour'! I hope you'll forgive me :D

 

In the previous post I showed you swatches of Sienna Byron Bay polishes in Grace and Blush and today I'll combine both into a simple and elegant nail art.

 

I chose these two colour deliberately because I thought they would look gorgeous together and I don't think I was wrong! I've created a very simple negative space design that is wearable for all ages. Let's check out the final look:

 

ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL
ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL
ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL

 

Here's how you can recreate this design:

 

Step 1 - Start with clean and dry nails. You can leave out the base coat like I did and just apply a straight nail vinyl to where you'd like your negative space to be. I'm using nail vinyls from What's Up Nails. You can use base coat but you'll need let it dry properly.

ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL

 

Step 2 - Paint the cuticle area of the nail with Sienna Byron Bay in Grace. leave the nail vinyl in place.

ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL

 

Step 3 - Paint the rest of the nail with thin coat of Sienna Byron Bay in Blush. Wait about 30 seconds to a minute and then paint second thin coat. Remove the nail vinyl.

ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL
ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL

 

Step 4 - Clean up lines and glue. Now is the time to do any clean up around cuticles and in the negative space eg. if the polish leaked into the negative space or if the nail vinyl left a glue residue. I've used flat angled brush and acetone to clean the lines.

ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL

 

Step 5 - Apply a coat of Sienna Byron Bay Lightning Top Coat. If you don't want and uneven surface on the nail, firstly apply the topc coat only into the negative space to fill the void and let it dry. The apply top coat over the whole nail.

ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL
ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL
ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL
ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL

 

So those are my new nails - what do you think? I really enjoyed working with Sienna Byron Bay polishes, even the top coat is nice and you should definitely check this brand out. And the beautiful rings I'm wearing are from Luna Pyxis (just received my order of loads more!) - I'm wearing X Criss Cross Ring which is an adjustable ring with lots of crystals. The other one is Rectangle Cubic midi ring in rose gold colour and it features one big crystal.

 

Sienna Byron Bay nail polish range is 7 Free (No Formaldehyde, No Toluene, No DBP, No Synthetic Camphor, No Formaldehyde Resin, No Xylene and No Tosylamide), vegan and cruelty free - that's quite impressive. They can be purchased on their website and at international stocklists.

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

Hello lovelies,

 

In this second part of Evixi Gel review I'll show you a nail art manicure I did for my short visit to Czech Republic and tell you more about the experience with this brand. If you've missed the first part with the review of Evixi Gel starter kit, check out the previous post.

 

Firstly, I'd like to just say that I just love the Shattered Glass trend (which you probably can tell from the previous posts I did) and I wanted to wear it again and test how well it works in gel polish. Let's have a look at the final look:

Shattered Glass & Negative Space Gel Polish Nails with Evixi Gel
Shattered Glass & Negative Space Gel Polish Nails with Evixi Gel
Shattered Glass & Negative Space Gel Polish Nails with Evixi Gel
Shattered Glass & Negative Space Gel Polish Nails with Evixi Gel

 

 

For this gel polish manicure I've used Evixi Gel in Garnet, a berry red creme colour. It's my favourite if all the colours I got to try and it worked well with all my outfits for the trip. As I said earlier, I've been testing the shattered glass look again because I was very curious if it will last longer with gel polish. Well, it does but it still isn't perfect. I spiced it up a bit with few accent nails with diagonal negative spaces near the cuticles :)

 

I'd like to say few words about the application and formula of Evixi Gel. The base and top gel are pretty much the same as with other gel polish brands so I'll take a closer look at the colour - Garnet. Unfortunately for me, I've picked the only colour that was pigmented less than the rest but I still made it work. But I had to adapt my application a little bit. In the previous post I've said that Garnet would probably need three thin coats as opposed to two for all the other colours. That's somewhat true but I pushed it a little bit and got away with two slightly thicker coats. The disadvantage of that was that in one place the gel polish pooled and once cured it crinkled. This just confirmed to me that these gel polishes (like all the other) need think coats. The Second coat masked the crinkly place so all was well in the end. Otherwise the application was easy and the final result looked beautiful.

 

Shattered Glass & Negative Space Gel Polish Nails with Evixi Gel
Shattered Glass & Negative Space Gel Polish Nails with Evixi Gel
Shattered Glass & Negative Space Gel Polish Nails with Evixi Gel
Shattered Glass & Negative Space Gel Polish Nails with Evixi Gel

 

 

I've worn the manicure for total of 10 days and then I soaked it off. The cellophane pieces started to bother me after third or fourth day when little corners started to peel off and it was so hard to resist not peeling the whole thing off. The gel polish itself looked great after the 10 days apart from the growth and a little nick on the thumb (my fault for trying to open an eyeshadow with my nail) so I'm sure it would easily last whole two weeks. I took it off because the cellophane started to look awful and I peeled few pieces off by then. Here are photos of both of my hands after 7 days:

 

Shattered Glass & Negative Space Gel Polish Nails with Evixi Gel

 

 

The biggest hurdle with the whole manicure was to make the pearlescent cellophane shards stick flat on my annoyingly curved nails. The ends kept sticking out so I had to use end of cuticle nippers to stick it down to the nail while curing it under lamp for it to stay flat. I was sticking the cellophane to the sticky layer after curing two coats of colour but it just wasn't always strong enough. I would definitely recommend embedding them under layer of gel for them to last nicely 2 weeks otherwise in nail and gel polish they won't last more than 5-7 days (in my experience).

 

Where to buy the cellophane/shattered glass? You can buy different shades in Born Pretty Store which ships worldwide. You can also use my code LUHH10 for $10 off your order. For UK customers I can also recommend www.lucysmylarandcrafts.co.uk

 

Here I've recorded the whole process of creating this manicure. It's not meant to be a tutorial but I thought it would be a shame to waste the footage. I've added some text direction to explain what to do but as I said, it wasn't intended like a proper tutorial. If you'd like to see a detailed gel polish application tutorial, check out my Gelish video.

 

 

 

The last thing you're probably wondering is about is removal. Even here Evixi Gel didn't disappoint. It removed just like any other gel polish, no extra work. I've used foil and piece of acetone saturated cotton pad and soaked my nails for about 15 minutes. Then I gently scraped off the softened gel with orange wood stick and if there was anything left I re-applied the pad and foil. In the end I didn't have damaged nails at all which made me quite happy. I think it's all about the right application and removal ;)

 

So there you have it - my experience with Evixi Gel products. It worked really well for me and I think the Full Starter Kit is an amazing value at current offer for £49.99. Other gel polish colours can be purchased for £9.99.

 

What do you think? Have you tried gel polishes yet? Have you tried Evixi gel in particular? Share your experiences with all of us, I love reading all your comments :) Have a lovely weekend! Lucie x

 

 

*Evixi Gel products sent for review