Sunday, 12 August 2012

Nails of the Week: Red Carpet Manicure Plum Up The Volume with Gelish Ali Baba's Sim Sala Bam


I've spent the past week in the Bay Area of San Francisco on a work trip, and as always, I applied an LED-cured gel manicure before I went.  I used my Red Carpet Manicure home gel kit, and decided to pair up my cream finish RCM Plum Up The Volume shade (which is more of a slightly purplish pink to my eyes) with a couple of coats of Gelish's Ali Baba Sim Sala Bam.  A bit of a mouthful, that last one, although with it's multi-dimensional pink and blue shimmer on a purplish sheer base, it definitely made a worthy addition to my manicure.  I didn't know that the Gelish colours actually layer well with the Red Carpet Manicure base/top coats - apparently not all gel polishes are alike, but Gelish and RCM are close enough that you can mix and match the colours.

This photo was taken after a week and a bit of wear.  My nails have grown a fair bit, leaving a reasonable sized gap between them and the polish, but the finish is still incredibly smooth and glossy, with no signs of wear at all.  Impressive stuff.

Disclosure: Original Red Carpet Manicure kit was a PR sample.  Ali Baba's Sim Sala Bam and Plum Up The Volume were purchased by me.

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