Gelibility Review – Day 1

I bought the Gelibilty duo from Rainbow Connection not long before Christmas, but with Christmas nail art, I’ve only just got the chance to test it out! As a nail technician just starting out with a mobile business, the cost of gel polish is very expensive, even at trade prices, on top of all the other equipment, it wasn’t something I wanted to buy a lot of, when I have around 500 bottles of normal nail polish! I saw a review of Gelibility, and I was very excited when Rainbow Connection stocked it! I think it is perfect for nail techs who already have a large polish collection, especially having indie brands, being able to turn them into a gel is fantastic.

I’m not a huge fan of gel manicures myself, I like to change my nails too often, I would probably only use it for holidays or something where I wouldn’t have the time/opportunity to change my nails. I’ll be testing out Gelibility for 2 weeks to see how well it lasts for me.

It’s very easy to use, you apply the bonder first, cure it, then remove the tacky layer. You then mix equal parts of the polish you want to use with the soak off gel, apply that to the nails as normal, cure, and repeat if necessary. You then add the soak off gel as a top coat, cure, and remove the tacky layer, done!

I used Models Own Lilac Dream, and W7 Cosmic Purple, both have three coats.

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Have you tried Gelibility? What do you think about it?

Lyndsey 🙂

Christmas Decals

I know I’m a week late with this, but never mind, better late than never!

I got these cute water decals from Born Pretty, and decided to save them for my main Christmas nails.

I started with a snowy looking base, using Nails Inc Royal Botanical Gardens and Models Own White Light HyperGel.

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I hope everyone had a great Christmas!

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Lyndsey 🙂

Elf Nails

I have had an absolute disaster with my nails this month, I managed to break 3 at once shutting my car boot at the start of the month! They’d just got back to an acceptable length for some Christmas nail art over the last week or so, and then I broke another yesterday, on my car boot again!

I’ve also been so busy trying to get everything sorted for Christmas of course!

Last week I had Elf nails, my inspiration was a Pinterest pin, by Adelis Lebron. I kept the design pretty much the same, but decided to do a glitter placement tree, with a star stud.

I used Models Own White Light HyperGel and Nails Inc Notting Hill Carnival and Seven Dials.

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Lyndsey 🙂

Dress Your Nails

A couple of weeks ago, Jessica from Quiz Clothing contacted me about a nail art competition they were running, which involved designing some nail art based on one of their dresses.

I originally chose the Navy Sequin Zig Zag Split Maxi Dress, which I think is gorgeous, but my first attempt, the glitter was too dark and didn’t stand out against the base, and my second attempt the striping tape was against me, so I scrapped that one, and started again!

I decided on the Pink and Blue Flower Print Crepe Midi Dress, and used Nails Inc Sugarloaf Sunset, Kensington Park Road, and Models Own In The Navy.

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Make sure you check out Quiz Clothing if you’d like to enter, the competition closes November 30.

Lyndsey 🙂

Spatter Tutorial

I really loved the blood spatter nails I did for Halloween last week, so I thought I’d give them another go, and do a quick tutorial as I did it.

Start off with your base colour, I used Models Own White Light HyperGel (I found the HyperGel’s are great for this as they’re quite thick.) Wait until it’s completely dry. Don’t worry if it’s a little messy, because it gets messier!

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You will need a straw, some scissors, tape, polish, and something to protect the surface you’re working on. Cut the straw down to size, I found cutting it into quarters was perfect. The polish I used was Models Own Blue Glint and Cerise Shine, and Pukka Purple.

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Tape off around your nails to help with clean up. I didn’t do this for the blood spatter ones, and I wish I had because this one was so much quicker to clean up!

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Drop a dollop of polish onto a piece of paper (plastic, foil, whatever you like to use) and dip the straw into it, so it creates a film across the hole. If your polish is quite thin it won’t work.

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Hold the straw above your nail and blow hard. The closer you hold the straw, the larger the spatter!

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Repeat until you’re happy with the results. I like to mix up the order, so for example I started with pink on a few nails, purple and blue on others, then the same for whatever colour I used next.

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Add top coat, clean up with acetone, use some moisturiser or cuticle oil, and voila!

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Have you tried spatter nails before?

Lyndsey 🙂

Blood Spatter Nails

Happy Halloween everyone!

I haven’t had much time to do Halloween nails this year, the last couple of years I’ve gone for more detailed designs, but this year I needed something a bit quicker, so I decided to try some blood spatter nails.

I actually did these whilst watching Dexter, which was quite appropriate! I’ve attempted the splattered look before, but didn’t get it to work, so I wasn’t sure how it would go, but thankfully it turned out well, despite how messy it was!

I used the Models Own White Light and Red Lustre HyperGels.

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Lyndsey 🙂

Sweet Shop

A few months ago, Models Own released their Sweet Shop collection, 5 sweet scented polishes! I definitely have a sweet tooth, so I was quite excited about these.

Rhubard & Custard is a red jelly base with silver glitter. I think this had the weakest smell, it wore off quite quickly too. Picture show three coats.

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Pear Drops is a coral with a fine silver shimmer (my camera has picked it up a bit more orangey.) Again, like Rhubarb and Custard, the scent isn’t the strongest. Pictures show three coats.

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Fizzy Cola is a beige creme with a gold and silver shimmer. Pictures show two coats.

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Gumballs, my favourite! A bright pink creme, which of course smells like bubblegum (amazing!) The formula was a little thick, and I only needed two coats.

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Liquorice Allsorts is a glossy black creme. I thought I’d hate the smell of this one, as I can’t stand the smell of liquorice, but it actually wasn’t too bad. Like Gumballs the formula was thick, and I only needed two coats.

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What do you think about the Sweet Shop collection, or scented polish in general, love it or hate it?

Are there any other sweets you’d like to have a scented polish for?

Lyndsey 🙂

Colour Me Crazy – Pastel

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For pastel week I decided to got for a rainbow gradient. I was originally going to do full nail rainbow gradient like I did last year, but instead went for a gradual rainbow across my whole hand.

My gradient tutorial can be found here

I started off with Models Own White Light HyperGel as a base, then used the entire Ice Cream Sundae collection for the rainbow (Fuzzy Peach, Lemon Meringue, Jaded Stone, Beth’s Blue, Lilac Dream and Pastel Pink) then topped it off with two coats of HK Girl.

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Lyndsey 🙂