Saturday 22 October 2016

Gelish Glow In The Dark Polish + Halloween Nail Art

Hey everyone! I'm so glad it's the weekend. I'll soon be on my way to Sheffield to go pretend I'm a student again for the weekend, and I can't wait! I haven't actually been back since my graduation, so it will be great to be there again. Today I'm showing you my first Halloween nail art of 2016. Each year I struggle to come up with new ideas for Halloween and Christmas. Most of the designs have been done 5 billion times so it's hard to come up with something original. So whilst this isn't a particularly new design idea... it is glow in the dark! Glow in the dark nails are one of my favourite things about Halloween, and so when I saw Gelish were bringing out a glow in the dark polish* this year I jumped at the chance to review it. 

I wasn't really sure what to expect from the polish, I didn't know whether it would be a standalone colour or a topcoat-type polish. It turns out it's more of a topcoat type polish. When applied it looks kind of cloudy, but once cured it goes more see-through. I put two coats over the whole design below, and as you can see in the glow in the dark images, it shows up a lot brighter on the white but it is also still visible on the dark blue. I always feel a bit childish in my love for glow in the dark things, I used to have glow in the dark stars on the ceiling in my bedroom and it always reminds me of that. So glow in the dark nails will always be a win for me, especially when they are gels. I was worried when I first applied it (before curing) as it didn't seem to glow, however curing activated the glow and it was bright enough that I could see them glowing even when not properly in the dark. 

For the base colour I used Gelish - Live Like There's No Midnight, which is a gorgeous glitter navy shade which worked perfectly for the starry backdrop look I was going for. I then used Gelish - Arctic Freeze for the details, I cured each nail individually after applying the white so that the design didn't run, which meant it was quite time consuming but it was worth it in the end. I then applied two coats of Gelish - Glow In The Dark* and finished with a final coat of Gelish - Top It Off.

Unfortunuately I didn't have my new camera so I had to use a combination of my old camera (above) and my new iPhone 7 (below), but the colour balance on my phone was a bit out which is why I chose to use both sets of images. 

The glow in the dark pictures were taken using my phone, and I was really impressed with how well it picked up the glow as I've struggled to photograph glow in the dark polishes in the past, but one of the main reasons I got the phone was that it is meant to be very good at taking pictures in the dark, which these pictures prove. 

What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

*some of the products in this post were provided to me for review but all opinions are entirely my own and were not influenced in any way


  1. That is such a fun and spooky design!!!

  2. I love the little ghost! Very very cool design. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with loving glow-in-the-dark stuff! I put up over 200 stars in my son's nursery, and I daresay I enjoy them more than he does. ^.^

  3. These are totally awesome Alice! I too had those stars on my ceiling, I will always love glow in the dark manis. You captured the effect so well!

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  5. Oh my gosh, these are so cool! I think you absolutely nailed that ghost on your pinky and I really love how you captured the glow in the dark effect.

  6. The glow effect is so strong! Don't feel childish, I love glow-in-the-dark things too girl! The design you did is world class, great job.

  7. Oh my gosh, these are so cool! I think you absolutely nailed that ghost on your pinky and I really love how you captured the glow in the dark effect.
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