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Monday 9 December 2013

RCM Red Carpet Manicure Professional LED Kit Review: Easy Gel Nails At Home

I never thought that I'd be able to do my own gel nails at home, but I couldn't believe my luck when I found out about RCM (Red Carpet Manicure) at home Gel Polish Pro Kit. I always assumed that these 'at home' gel polish kits would be difficult to use, they wouldn't look as good and they'd cost a lot, but this little set proved me wrong so I needed to talk to you about it.

I was really excited when I received this cute little box in the post (thank you very much RCM for sending me it to try - as always though, this is my honest opinion!), priced at £89.95, this sounds expensive to begin with and I did actually think woah, that's expensive but when you consider that one gel manicure will cost around £20-30 at a salon, this is actually very well priced. Beauticians pay hundreds for their own UV lamp so I couldn't believe my luck to see that one is included in this kit, again, all for under £90.00. Obviously though, I didn't really think the kit would be half as good as going to the salon to get gel nails but I honestly cannot believe just how good it is.

I thought that it would be really difficult to do, I'm not the most patient person, but actually, I managed to easily give myself a gel manicure, first time, within about 15 minutes. The instruction manual is really easy to follow. 

The accessories kit is your new best friend when it comes to gel manicures, if you've ever had your nails done at a salon (I'm guessing that's most of you) then you'll notice that they really do buff your nails down, I guess it's so that the manicure lasts longer and I was surprised at how good this buffing kit was, I did get a bit bored of buffing though so probably should buff my nails for a little bit longer next time. I'm also impressed with how many accessories are inside the box, enough to last me a lifetime I hope.

I went for the winter polishes which I absolutely love, so Christmassy. I'm planning on painting my nails both red and green over Christmas so that I can look like a Christmas tree, oh how festive haha.

I painted my nails with the standard red first which comes with the kit and then put the glitter over the top.

The kit comes with 5 different nail varnishes, I'm not even going to try and explain what each one does because the instructions are so good, you literally just follow the numbers. Basically, you clean your nails, buff your nails, prep them, make them sticky, add colour, make them glossy. There are quite a few steps involved, but even me, who gets confused quite easily, found the instructions fool-proof and very easy to follow.

The kit includes everything you need to give yourself a gel manicure at home.

Obviously it comes complete with its own UV light, the most exciting part of all, don't worry about knowing how to use it, the instructions manual explains it all. 

The finished result? Well I think they look pretty good! It's now, two weeks on and they're still in perfect condition, apart from the tiniest little bit missing at the top of my third nail as you can see but only because I snapped that nail. These really are genuine gel nails, just like you get in the salon. Mine may not look as neat as they do when the beauticians have done them (I'm working on that) - I know that they're not the tidiest, but to say that this is my first attempt at gel nails, I'd say they look pretty good, they took me about 15 minutes to do too so half the time that it takes in the salon. I absolutely love this gel manicure kit and I'm quite scared that now I'll never go back to normal nail varnishes again. Uhoh! It's such a weird feeling that I now never need to go to a salon to get gel nails, I can just do them myself at home.

Have you ever had gel nails? Have you ever tried gel nails at home? Do you like the look of this?
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  1. Wow i love those shades! So Christmassy!
    I'm very tempted by this as I love gel nails.
    Also congrats on the opening of your shop! :D
    I look forward to seeing what you choose for it. xx


    1. I'm all for christmas nails so these are the perfect shades haha! Me too, i just need some more colours now! eek aw thanks so much xxx

  2. oh my goddd, i need this little kit in my life! It looks so easy to use and your nails look gorgeous! xxx

    Grace | Glitter and Carousels

    1. i couldnt believe how easy and good it was to use! x

  3. these look fab Em!! love it!



  4. They look fab and love the sparkly red!

    Greetings from London,


  5. These are lovely- perfect colour for Christmas too!


  6. I had had gel nails before, and although I really like the way that they are no-chip, I found it really hard to get the nail polish off afterwards. I'm not sure how they do it where you live, but here you have to fold your nails in aluminum foil or something and wait ten-fifteen minutes for it to soak off the color. I just found that personally that's way too much work for me!

    Your nails look amazing though and I'm really glad that you enjoy the kit!

    Shree | porcelainshree.blogspot.com

    1. Yeah i completely agree, i will let you know how i get on with getting these off! hopefully i just wont have to take them off for quite some time haha X

  7. Wow everything looks great ! Love it !

  8. What a lovely kit and great I colour, I have sensationail which is a similar at home kit. So much easier than going to the salon!
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

    1. Ahhh ive heard of sensationail, I will check that out. Yeah, doubt i'll ever go to the salon for gel nails again, cant believe how easy this is x

  9. Nice kit... with good accessories
    Buy ladies accessories online

  10. Wow, this kit looks amazing! Definitely saves money on going to the salon!

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

  11. These look so good, this kit would be perfect for a Christmas pressie! x

    1. Yeah an incredibleeee christmas present eeek! x

  12. Your nails look fabulous, xoxo.

  13. Wow this looks so good!

    I'm terrible at re-doing my own, so something that lasts a couple of weeks sounds perfect to me. Those colours are gorgeous too.

    Hmm maybe...

  14. Brilliant :)

    http://lights-colours-sounds.blogspot.co.uk/ x


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