SensatioNAIL Product Review

One of my favourite things to do is go to a beauty salon and get my nails done. This little bit of pampering gives me a mood boost and I love the look of manicured nails.

For the last year and a half I was periodically getting Shellac manicures, a gel enamel that lasts for around two weeks. I’ve recently cut my spending habits to save for a few things.
Ironically it was after I decided to stop getting my nails done that I received an email from the PR team behind SensatioNAIL – a company providing kits to achieve salon standard gelnamel nails at home.

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SensatioNAIL sent a starter kit which includes everything you need to achieve nail look {pro LED lamp, gel cleanser/primer/polish/base and topcoat, lint-free wipes, nail buffer, manicure stick} as well as a detailed but simple to understand instruction card.

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This card has instructions to prime, paint, set and then remove the gel, with handy pictures in case you need an example.

I was also sent a removal kit, {so I can remove and continue to maintain manicures at home} and two extra colours.

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I set aside Thursday afternoon to play around with the kit. I settled on a silver glitter enamel as it complemented the dress I planned to wear to a concert that night. I found everything easy to use and the instructions easily understandable. The finished quality feels exactly like salon finish. I followed the provided instructions exactly, as a result my nails were completely dry. I went on to curl and style my hair, plus put makeup on and my nails stayed perfect!

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One aspect that wasn’t explained was how long the lamp stayed on for {has an on/off switch for power and then a button on top that turns the lamp on}, this information is needed because at different stages nails are cured for 30 or 60 seconds.

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It isn’t a huge dilemma, just good information to have. I timed it myself at 30 seconds.

I am excited to try the other colours provided, and will update this post with how long the enamel stayed on for. Product states up to two weeks. When using the glitter polish, if a heavier cover is required, I would recommend a third coat or to put it over another gel polish for extra depth.
Although I am currently enjoying the splash of sparkle two coats gave!

Have you tried this product? Is attending to treatments at home something you’d consider? I highly encourage you to try it!
The information I received states each bottle is enough for ten manicures. There are a range of different kits from starter, essentials and removal {view kits here} with a variety of colours {I received Silver Glitter, Kitten Heel and Scarlet Red}.

I found that from setting up, attending the manicure and packing away took just over 20 minutes, which is ideal to fit into an at-home-routine.

I hope this review was helpful, I am thrilled to have beautiful, good quality nails that I can do myself {I’m also going to treat my Mum to a Mani this weekend!}

Kooklah xo
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Gradient Ombre Nails-Part One…

Hello style lovers. Yes, another mention of Ombre, are you sensing a trend too? I think it is pretty captivating looking at colours gradually turn from one to the other. The trend has taken a huge surge forward and can not only be used on your hair but also with clothing, shoes, makeup and nail art.

With nails I find this style a step inspired by the use of one colour for the base of nails and another colour for the tips. It isn’t so harsh and should definitely have a blurred transition line!

For the last couple of months I have had a picture of a gradient nail design as the background for my phone… I have been calling it ‘sunset nail’, here it is…

For a very clear and easy to follow tutorial (with pictures step by step) from Nailasaurus please click here.

The Basics – why:

  • You don’t have to be an expert – but the more practice the better (and the steadier your hands will be)!
  • This look will not cost you alot of money
  • It is a very individual style – meaning you can use soft, complimentary colours but also use bold, contrasting combinations. Which makes it easily adaptable to your life, for example, use soft pinks/nudes for professions or workplaces that don’t condone vibrant makeup or fashion
  • You will get your nails noticed, receive compliments and get asked questions as to how you achieved the look.
For Gradient nails created with sponge applicator
The Basics – to use:
  • Nail polish remover
  • Two to three nail polishes in colours appropriate to the gradient style you are trying to achieve. Can compliment, contrast or completley clash.
  • Top coat for good finish (consider using a layer as base coat – provides a smooth surface for application of polish)
  • Sponge pieces – there are many different types, and all work to some degree. Most common types found when looking into this effect are – foam sponge (such as used when washing a car), ones used in the kitchen/bathroom for cleaning, eyeshadow applicators, foundation sponges
  • Cotton tips/brushes for cleaning cuticles and/or nails
The basics – technique:
  • Clean your nails with nail polish remover
  • Apply base coat of clear polish                  *optional tip*
  • Depending on the technique you are following either:
    • paint your nail the ‘base colour’ – the main colour/the colour that forms the basis of the ombre effect
    • paint your nail with a white polish (opaque or block), then dab/paint the colours you want onto the sponge and apply to nail
    • apply sponge with paint directly onto nail (no base or white colour)
  • Apply 2-3 coats of top coat – may need to be heavily applied to provide an even, smooth finish
  • Allow to dry very well

 

Nail Gradient from ‘A Polish Addict
– Becky used the tutorial from Nailasaurus

 

The Nailasaurus gradient manicure



The basics- tips:
  • Try out the sponge options if you are considering more then one.
  • If you settle with a dense sponge, such as a foundation sponge, dip quickly in water, squeeze excess water out and allow to semi dry – this prevents the nail polish from been soaked into the sponge.
  • When applying the sponge, it doesn’t need to be perfectly aligned, you can dab and/or move the sponge back and forth – helps to blend the colours well (meaning NO transition line)
  • The white nail polish creates a ‘glow’ type effect, making nails seem brighter.
  • You can paint the polish in lines onto the sponge, as per Lainie Fingers or use Nailasaurus’ swirl technique and then ‘stamp’ the sponge)
  • Using a brush to dip in nail polish remover and then wipe/clean cuticles and sides of nails can assist in not accidently removing any of the nail polish
  • Some techniques suggest applying chapstick, paw paw ointment, moisturiser or oil to the skin and cuticles surrounding the nail (but NOT the nail).
    • this should mean, once you have finished and the polish has dried on your nails, that you can wash or wipe your hands and the nail polish resting on the skin will come off easily.
  • For a deeper result apply layers – just make sure the last layer is dry first!
  • Don’t think you can’t do it, give it a try! Some techniques I looked at use off centre, diagonal gradients – which makes it easier to make a mistake look intentional.

        Left & Above: Lainie Fingers
Left & Above: Nailasaurus swirl and sponge technique
For something extra, you can pair this look with additional nail art or stamps, such as this picture featured on Miss Jonie Tumblr

I will be trying the sponge technique on my days off and will do a follow up post on how it went! Pretty excited to try this! Please let me know if you try it too, and if what you found here helped.. Also any issues please let me know and I will try to find a solution. Part Two will be the gradient effect without using a sponge.

Kooklah Xx

Abit of Girly-ness

This is just a little short post.. I was planning to publish my post on romantic style but I am not yet finished! So I thought I would post up a picture that I found, and loved.

I believe there is always a way to put a feminine, girly twist on an outfit or an item of clothing. Could be your accessories, colour choice, makeup or shoes. Keeping well looked after nails  is something that I think is so important- even just moisturised hands, filed and nail protectant covered nails can help achieve a flawless finish. I know I notice people’s nails, think about it- you shake hands, use a pen, hand over money. Our hands do so much, they are really in the limelight, five minutes of effort can take jagged, half-chipped nails to glossy or coloured perfection.

I love the playfullness of the nails below, and I can imagine them teamed easily with a floaty, romantic dress as well as a tour shirt and jeans type combo….

Girly, Unique, Fun!

Add a cocktail ring or a decorative bangle and you are set for an amazing outfit.
You don’t have to be perfect but I love it when I see girls who have made the extra effort to look alittle put together and classy.

Abit of girly-ness can never go wrong,

K, Xx