Red Hot Shine

Hello and welcome back!  Hope everyone survived their second week of 2018.  For my mani this week, I knew I wanted to use one of the new reds from my mom, but I couldn’t quite decide what to do.

So I went through my Pinterest and Instagram accounts, and dug through all of the red nail designs until I found something that I really liked, and that I could actually do.  I used a post from @mari_nails_nsk as inspiration, with the black/dark red to lighter red gradient.  I knew I wouldn’t do any of the jewel bits, but it’s beautiful to look at!

What I used:

  • Base Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Base Coat
  • 1st Color:  Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – Rapid Red
  • 2nd Color:  Sally Hansen Miracle Gel – Can’t Beet Royalty
  • Glitter:  UNT – SY070
  • Top Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Top Coat
  • Bliss Kiss Simply Peel latex barrier
  • acetone nail polish remover
  • Twinkled T clean up brush, size #2
  • makeup sponge

The start of this mani was extra easy. I used my usual base coat, and one coat of Insta-Dri – Rapid Red.  I absolutely love the Insta-Dri line.  Mostly because I hate waiting for my polish to dry, but also because they’ve got a decent formula.  I just wish they had more colors. Then, I added Simply Peel around all of my nails.  My bottle is still really chunky, so I’ve been looking for another brand or type of barrier. But I know that liquid latex dries so quickly, I might just have to stick to cuticle tape. If you have any recommendations, let me know.

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One coat of Rapid Red, and Simply Peel around

Next, was the gradient.  It was pretty easy since there were only two colors involved.  I was hoping I would only have to do one coat of the gradient, but it just wasn’t dark enough.  So I let the gradient dry completely, and did one more coat.  Even with two coats, it’s not the darkest, but that’s due to the polish color.  It worked out, but I probably could have added black to the end of the gradient to make it look more complete.

I accidentally flooded some of my cuticles because I got a little over zealous with how much polish I put on the sponge. And it was a nightmare to clean up.  And this clean up was probably what took me the longest amount of time.  Then once it was all dry and somewhat clean, I decided to add some glitter and give myself something more fun to look at.

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Added a subtle glitter accent

I’m not sure if it’s just because I got used to looking at my matte nails from last week, but these nails seem extra glossy.  I love it!  And as an extra perk, they didn’t take very long (maybe two hours).

Have a great week everyone!  My next mani will be a day early because of vacation.  So expect a fun theme.


Well this week I had quite a few chips, but I actually had time to repair them before they got out of hand.  By Sunday night I had chips on my right hand.  Which was pretty surprising because I was starting to think that my right hand’s nails were indestructible.  I filled the chips with polish and covered the line in top coat, and everything was fine.  But then on Tuesday, while I was packing for my trip, my left thumb nail started to chip.  Since it was still attached a bit, I just put some base coat on underneath and stuck it back down.

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