*PR sample

 

Hi everyone,

 

I got an offer recently to review MelodySusie LED lamp. As a blogger I'm always open to trying new products and this was to be my first LED lamp. I was very excited to try it because the 2 minutes wait with UV lamps seems like forever, especially when I'm painting my own nails and can't do anything else until the polish is cured. Today I will be reviewing new model of the lamp called Violetili in black colour.

 

What MelodySusie say:

The MelodySusie Violetili is the upgraded version of Violetilac, including 12W LED light to cure your LED gel nail polish, more efficient. It's especially designed to efficiently cure Gelish Soak-off Gel color and products from the Gelish MINI System for a beautiful manicure that lasts up to three weeks. Also, it can cure ANY LED GEL polish. With the preset timer function, you can choose the time as you wish. This Nail Dryer is very efficient and you can dry your most LED Gel nail polish in 45 seconds.

 

Review: MelodySusie Portable LED Lamp 12W
Review: MelodySusie Portable LED Lamp 12W

 

 

The lamp comes in a box with AC adapter and user manual. It has chic round design with four timer settings on top of the lamp for 30, 60, or 90 seconds and for 30 minutes. I find it to be comfortably big enough to cure all five fingers at once but it's not massive like some UV lamps so it can be a good lamp for travelling. It's quite lightweight and the AC adapter is detachable.

 

The lamp is 12W - without going into too much details and science I just want to point out that you shouldn't buy lamp based just on wattage because that is not an indication of how well it will cure the gel polish. There are many factors to consider like UV output and photo initiators in the product (read more here). The safest option is of course to buy the recommended lamp for the product you're using. But given the very often high prices that is not always an option. That's where MelodySusie lamp can come handy. It is very affordable and it claims to cure any LED compatible gel polish.

 

I have tested this lamp with three gel polish brands - OPI, Bio Seaweed Gel and Gelish.

 

Review: MelodySusie Portable LED Lamp 12W
Review: MelodySusie Portable LED Lamp 12W

 

 

I found it to cure all three brands with no problems, even multiple layers of nail art were fine. I've also done classic one-colour gel polish manicures and all were just fine. I always cured them for the recommended time on a bottle or a bit longer in case of dark colours. So far I can't fault the lamp in any way, it worked really well for me and the price is very good for LED lamp.

 

Availability:

US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AXSQCGK/ currently on sale for $39.99

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00MVQR4FU/ for £56.99

 

I'd just like to say that if you order from Amazon US to save some money and you live in UK or other European country, you will probably receive an AC adaptor for US market so you would need additional converter for UK/Europe. That's all from me but if you would like to know anything else just leave a comment :)

 

Have a nice day! Lucie x

 

*PR sample

 

Hi everyone,

 

Bio Seaweed Gel has released a new collection for Fall/Winter 2014 called In Too Deep and I got a chance to show it to you! In Too Deep collection consists of seven shades with creme and subtle shimmer finishes and the names suggest that it was inspired by the sea and everything around it. I like that the colours are really varied but still very much suited for the Fall & Winter season. Let's have a look at them:

 

Review: Bio Seaweed Gel - In Too Deep Collection
Review: Bio Seaweed Gel - In Too Deep Collection
Promotional shots by Bio Seaweed Gel
Promotional shots by Bio Seaweed Gel

Promotional shots by Bio Seaweed Gel

 

 

I won't be swatching any gel polishes on my nails unless I'm doing some special nail art so I hope the swatches on nail wheel will give you a good idea of the colours.

 

Review: Bio Seaweed Gel - In Too Deep Collection

 

 

All shades were good to work with and I've applied two thin coats of each for the nail wheel swatch. Siren had a bit thicker formula then the others so I had to work it in a bit more but on the other hand it was more pigmented. I would have liked Shipwreck to be a bit better pigmented. If I was to apply it on the nails I would use three coats for the deepest possible colour.

 

Mother of Pearl is definitely one to own, it is elegant by itself and great as a base for nail art if you don't want to use white.

 

I also really like Marina and Oceania. Marina is light raspberry colour which I would expect rather in summer collection but I like it anyway. Oceania is darker berry shade that is indeed great for the Fall season. They were both opaque in two coats but Marina is a tad less pigmented.

 

Treasure Chest and Are You Shore? are both brown shades which I consider quite conservative. Are You Shore? is a good office-friendly colour.

 

I've also played around with the colours and created few nail designs just to test them out.

Review: Bio Seaweed Gel - In Too Deep Collection

 

This is the first whole collection from Bio Seaweed Gel that I was able to try and play with and I'm really happy with it. All of the shades are from the 3Step Colour range which means they need to be used with Bio Seaweed Gel base and top coats. It also means they will last up to two weeks on the nails.

 

Bio Seaweed Gel polishes are available at http://bioseaweedgel.co.uk (official UK distributor) and at Bio Seaweed Gel Canada.

 

I'm sure I'll be doing even more nail art with Bio Seaweed Gel colours in the future so stay tuned!

 

Have a good day! Lucie x

 

*Products sent for review

 

Hi everyone,

 

I wanted to all let you know about exciting opportunity to join an online workshop with Neiru! It’s a totally free online nail art workshop challenge specifically focused detail fine line work with nail art, one of the most challenging skills. Here's all the information you need to know:

 

Neiru, which teaches current Japanese nail art designs and techniques through their exclusive membership program, is pleased to announce an upcoming free workshop. The new workshop, which will take place over the span of two weeks, will teach guests three of the newest line nail art designs and techniques coming out of Japan.


Specializing in teaching the most contemporary nail art design coming from Japan, the world’s mecca for nail art design, Neiru offers training on the latest nail art designs through their membership program. The upcoming two-week workshop, however, will be available at no cost for anyone. The workshop is open for 1000 people, and it will commence once the 1000 seat limit has been reached.


During the two-week workshop, students will learn about the newest designs and techniques in the nail art industry. Also, students will be presented with a fun challenge. Each student will be asked to recreate each workshop’s design and to also create an original nail design incorporating the designs and styles learned during the workshop. At the end of the workshop, participants who submit their results through e-mail or Instagram using #neiruchallenge hashtag will have a chance to have their submissions featured in Neiru’s wrap-up video compilation.


Jasmine Oshima, Neiru founder and Japanese Nailist Association Certified nail artist, looks forward to offering the highly educational workshop. Neiru’s membership program has gained incredible traction, and the workshop is expected to be a success. One recent client of Neiru’s educational membership program said, “Neiru is an amazing resource for anyone who wants to learn Japanese style nail art. Jasmine Oshima does the best tutorials hands down! I’ve learned so much in a short time!”


The free workshop will be scheduled once 1000 people have signed up. Nail professionals and anyone who would like to participate are encouraged to spread the word about Neiru’s workshop. More information and sign-up forms can be found at www.neiru.me/workshop.

 

Free Nail Art Online Workshop with Neiru!

 

 

I'm definitely taking part and I wanted to let you know about this opportunity so you can book your place too! You can sign up for your free Workshop at www.neiru.me/workshop.

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x