Red Carpet Manicure Power of the Gem Birthstone Collection

This month Red Carpet Manicure released their Power of the Gem Birthstone collection, with a gel polish to correspond to each stone. I have swatches of Peridot (August) and Opal (October and my birthstone!) to share.
From Red Carpet Mani – Known for their powerful connection to zodiac signs, gemstones have long been revered as a jewel that evokes certain feelings and attributes when worn during its correlating month. Each shade in the collection has been carefully crafted with the finest pearls,
pigments and real genuine crushed gems to reveal brilliant color and shine. Whether you’re partial to your birthstone, or are looking to evoke wisdom or strength, the collection offers these radiant hues:

Garnet (devotion) Capricorn – deep merlot glitter
Amethyst (positivity) Aquarius – dark purple glitter
Aquamarine (courage) Pisces – light blue glitter
Pearl (sincerity) Aries –luminous white pearl
Emerald (harmony) Taurus – dark green glitter
Diamond (truth) Gemini – holographic glitter
Ruby (energy) Cancer – deep red glitter
Peridot (tranquility) Leo – lime green glitter
Sapphire (wisdom) Virgo – dark blue glitter
Opal (confidence) Libra – translucent pearl glitter
Topaz (strength) Scorpio – yellow-gold glitter
Zircon (compassion) Sagittarius – dark turquoise glitter

Peridot is described as a lime green glitter. It definitely has some gold tones to it. Personally, I feel like it is an antiqued greenish gold. Opal is gorgeous, with its milky base and fiery multi colored flecks. Much like a real opal! I have swatched it alone, but I think it will really pop when layered over a dark shade. I plan on trying it over a blackened teal or navy! I can’t wait to try a few more shades from this collection. The Garnet, Diamond, Sapphire and Zircon are calling my name!

Teal & Sparkle! RCM Trendsetter

RCM Trendsetter Red Carpet Manicure’s Trendsetter is a gold and teal shimmer packed aquamarine from RCM’s Dazzling Gems collection. I haven’t seen the Dazzling Gems in stores since last Spring, but you can find them online. I love this polish, and wish I’d grabbed the entire collection! I’ve also been testing out Perfect Formula Daily Moisture for my nails and cuticles. This jojoba based nail and cuticle conditioner will strengthen, prevent splits and breaks, and maintain moisture and flexibility in brittle nails. I like that it’s a non greasy oil, with very few ingredients. It’s also colorless and unscented, if you are sensitive to fragrance. It also contains no parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, GMOs or triclosan. I’ll keep you posted as to how the formula works on strengthening my nails!

Red Carpet Mani Trendsetter sun
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Summer Gel Polish Manicures

I wear gel nail polish most of the time in the summer. It’s so durable, and this summer it’s really helped me strengthen my nails. I thought I’d share a few of my most recent manis with you! I’d love to hear what polishes you are loving this summer!

Gelish You Glare, I Glow is my favorite bright purple gel nail polish. This is the only purple gel polish that I have that doesn’t fade at least a little. It stays vibrant for 2 weeks, if you actually wear polish for that long! The Summer 2013 collection, All About the Glow, is my favorite Gelish collection to date. I love brights, and every polish in that release is fantastic, color and formula wise. The eyeshadow I’m holding is Prestige Total Intensity Color Rush in “The Chase.” This is a gorgeous blue based purple with micro glitter. I have been using it as eyeliner, just smudged on my upper lash line. These shadows are SUPER long lasting and great for summer!


Red Carpet Manicure Sapphire and Ice was part of the Holiday 2013 duos, and is no longer available. I really love this deep blue shimmer, but the formula is a bit of a pain. There is major shrinkage, and I had to cure my nails two at a time. It also doesn’t have the opaque coverage that I hoped for. Aside from that, it’s really pretty, so I will use it occasionally.

Gelish Gossip Girl was one of my first gel polishes, and it remains one of my all time favorites to this day! This true hot pink creme formula is so easy to work with and smooth. There’s no fading and I’ve had the same bottle for over 2 years.

Red Carpet Mani Sorbet Soiree and Pineapple Premiere

As promised in my last nail post, with Red Carpet Mani’s Ravishing Raspberry, I am back with more from the Summer Collection, Sweet Indulgence. Sorbet Soiree is a teal creme and Pineapple Premiere is a yellow creme. Yellow is the only color I hesitate to wear on my nails, because it doesn’t always look good with my skin tone. It seems to enhance the redness of my hands.

That said, I am really liking this super wearable shade! It’s between a pastel and a neon, and just beautiful! The formula, however, leaves a me a little disgruntled. First of all, my brush bristles were coming out, and some were bent. I’m guessing this was just a fluke because I’ve never had that happen with any of my Red Carpet Mani collection. The polish was really patchy and thin the first coat, the second coat was still a little too thin, the third coat was opaque but a bit too thick and streaky at this point. It wasn’t the worst formula, but I probably wouldn’t want to use it on all my fingers. Using it for nail art or accent nails worked out ok.

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