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Red Carpet Gel Manicure System Review

5 Jun

Hi Guys,

I have completely abandoned my blog while learning what working full-time life and traveling is like. Having a job where my computer is always in front of me makes it hard to switch off from work mode.

Anyway, I finally got an at-home gel/shellac manicure system. I used it for the first time a few days ago, with pretty low expectations…

Red Carpet Manicure Professional LED Light

The lamp itself is super light, small, portable. I followed the directions the best I could, first applying a light swipe of the ‘Prep,’ which just soaked up any excess water/oil whatever could be on your nails, this literally evaporated in a second.

Next, I applied a light swipe of the ‘Structure,’ which was almost a goopy texture, but spread easy enough. I personally chose to paint and place under the lamp my first four fingernails, then both my thumbs, then the other four fingernails, since the lamp is small. So after I applied the ‘Structure’ coat, I placed my nails in the above order under the lamp for 30 seconds each.

Next I applied my color. I have a heavy hand, and have always been guilty of applying way too thick of coats of nail polish in general, that doesn’t fly so well with this system, which I learned. You are supposed to apply a THIN layer, then place your nails under the lamp for 45 seconds, then do a second coat. The few nails that I applied too much onto dried a bit like a mountain on my nail, but it actually smoothed out pretty well. I learned my lesson, though.

Finally, after you’d applied your polish color, you apply the ‘Brilliance’ coat, then place your nails under the lamp for 45 more seconds. Then you’re supposed to use one of their products and take a tissue or wipe and brush it across yours nails. This was scary to me, because they still seemed sticky (which they were, thats what you’re wiping off) but reluctantly I did, and the polish stayed in place! I personally just used a kleenex since I don’t have the formula from Red Carpet and it worked just fine, it just seemed oily at first.

The ladies at Ulta said you don’t necessarily need that formula to remove the stickiness, just use a Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover.

Red Carpet Its Not a Taupe

So how did it turn out? I love it!!  This color is ‘Its Not a Taupe’ which is a pretty, neutral grey color.

My nails are incredibly brittle, they peel so much and just bend backward, as weak as possible. When I paint my nails with a nail thickener, numerous coats of polish, and a top coat, it will have chipped/peeled off by the next day.

The picture above is a few days after I did the manicure (try to look past my own lack of nail painting skills) and they are so strong and thick and no chipping, which is a feat in itself.

Red Carpet Gel Manicure Review

You can see in this picture on my pointer finger there is the little mountain of polish from me applying too much at once, but I can’t get over how well this works and how much money it’s going to save me.

I will update in a few weeks with how it held up. I’ve seen from other blogs it stays fully for about 2 and a half weeks, which would be unheard of for my sad nails.

Do you have a gel polish system at home? What brand of gel polish do you prefer, I’ll be stocking up.


Muji 5 drawer acrylic case review

25 Apr

Hi Guys,

I’d temporarily abandoned my blogging duties due to a new full time job, traveling to California, and doing a lot of house/dogsitting and various other things.

I’ve been waiting to order the MUJI 5-drawer acrylic cases, and they came in a stock a few days ago, so I ordered them immediately to make sure I snagged at least two.


Muji 5 drawer acrylic case review


 These drawers are really pleasing and fit makeup really well. They have a rubber type material on the bottom so they don’t move around and are really easy to stack. Muji 5 drawer acrylic case review

The drawers seem nicely made and it’s awesome to be able to see all of my products, making it way easier to find what I’m looking for, or just browse. Muji 5 drawer acrylic case review



I’m waiting for the two drawer acrylic cases to come in stock, so there will be a part two to this review. The two-drawer cases will fit my larger items. It would be awesome to get all of my makeup into this system.

As for packaging, The drawers come wrapped really well, so you likely don’t have to worry about them breaking or anything. Also, they got to my doorstep in about 3 days of ordering. 

Muji 5 drawer acrylic case review





Just don’t be dumb like me, and go hacking at the bubble wrap with your scissors, causing this beautiful scratch…Muji 5 drawer acrylic case review

On a side note, I’m really enjoying Shellac manicures. I have extremely fragile, weak, thin nails, and this makes them sooo much stronger. This picture was a couple days after I got them done.

shellac gel polish


housesitting these puppies:


I was only home for a limited amount of time, but was overly excited about getting some makeup into the drawers, but once I have more time to organize them more to look more appealing, I’ll update, and tempt everyone to need these drawers as well.