Glow in the Dark Gel Nails

I have a really quick post today, and if you follow me on Instagram (and if you don't, go follow me @onemorecoat) you would have seen this already, but I made the most amazing discovery that I needed to share. So I bought some glow in the dark powder off eBay with the intention of mixing it with polish. I did try mixing it with polish but was a little underwhelmed with the glow pay off, so I thought hell, why bother with the polish at all? So I painted my nails with a white gel polish, and with the sticky layer still on, I dipped my nail straight into the glow powder and HOLY GLOW BALLS it's amazing! Like glows in the shade kinda amazing. Seeing as I can't leave my nails alone I did stamp over the top.

Here is a linkylink to the glow powder that I bought. And I have since bought a bunch more colours - so expect an update when they arrive.

Applying nail foils

Hi all! I've had a few people contact me in the past for help applying nail foils, and as it has taken me a long time and a lot of trial and error I thought I would write a post on exactly how I do it. Please ignore my nubs - I broke a nail and am still sulking about it. If you haven't mastered this yet, I suggest starting with a foil that doesn't have any images or complicated patterns. Simple holos are the easiest in my opinion. Let me know if it helps or if you have any other suggestions!

 Step 1: Paint your nails in a colour that is similar to the foil you want to apply. This is Gold Rush Fever from Ulta3.

Step2: Cut your foil into small squares the size of your nails. This is the most important step - you won't get a smooth application if you try to use is straight from the roll.
Step 3: Apply a layer of the foil glue. You want a thin enough layer to dry quick, but you need to apply enough to ensure you have full coverage.
Step 4: Place one of the squares of foil in the middle of the nail, then rub from the middle to the outside of the nail. This will ensure you get as few wrinkles as possible.
 Step 5: Apply another layer of foil glue.
Step 6: Apply another layer of nail foil, top coat and you're done! Be sure to use a top coat that won't wrinkle the foil, so no fast drying top coats! Gel polish works the best for this.

Below are some manis I have done using foil. The first 2 are using this method, the 3rd one is just using one coat of foil, and the last one was done as a distressed mani, which was achieved by applying straight off the roll and not applying the glue all over the nail.

Born Pretty Store Stamping Polishes

I've mentioned before that I've had good experiences with the Born Pretty stamping polishes, so I thought  I would put up some stamping swatches done on white and black paper for you so you can see yourself. Seeing as I am a bit lazy I only did one take of each so some are a little smudged or haven't picked up properly, but I assure you that's a reflection on my crappy stamping skills, not on the product themselves. Considering these are even cheaper than my old go to, the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes, they really are worth picking up for your basic colours. The polishes don't actually have colour names or numbers written on the bottles, but I'm sure you can work out which colour is which.

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy

I recently got sent a bunch of Revlon products to play with, including some of the Colorstar Gel Envy polishes that I've been eyeing off for awhile. So I thought I would give you some swatches of the colours and I did a bit of a road test to see how long they would last compared to gel.  All the swatches are 2 coats and coated with the Gel Envy top coat.

Win Big- this is a super shimmery copper polish with pink tones. It's very shiny and pretty.

Long Shot- a red creme that leans closer to a burnt orange.

High Roller - a very deep purple creme.

Dealer's Choice- a pretty green/blue with a small amount of silver shimmer.

Vegas, Baby- a pretty pink with a blue shimmer

Wild Card - a vivid blue creme

So I painted my first and middle fingers with a gel polish, and the ring and pinkie with Vegas, Baby topped with the Gel Envy top caot. I prepped both the nails in an identical way. Seeing as I normally change my polish every single day, I was purposly hard on my nails to see what would happen. So I washed dishes with no gloves, did some gardening and cleaned the appartment. Normally doing this normal polish would only last a day before I got some kind of chipping so I was actually really impressed with how it held up. If I was a bit more caredul I think I would have easily gotten a week of wear out of it. Even so it held up well until day 4 when  I got one bad chip and I just had to take them off.