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NOTD: RCM Midnight Affair

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It has already been a long day for me today, the day after the snow storm.

Early morning shoveling in the wind to dig myself out of the 40-cm snowdrift sure woke me up. But now I am yawning :)

They even cancelled school today for snow cleanup (so yeah, we got lots of snow), boo for Squirt!

Back to the topic, I dived into the pool of Red Carpet Manicure LED gel nail polish last week with Midnight Affair, a beautiful deep navy blue.

This is 2 coats, paired with all the treatments from the Must Haves kit - Prep, Structure and Brilliance. On my thumb is I Can't Believe It on its own. I didn't mean to steal the thunder from Midnight Affair, but I Can't Believe It is quite breathtaking :)

My LED lamp only has 30 and 60 second settings, but I managed to cure each layer for 45 seconds as suggested.

Purify on a cotton pad wiped away not only the stickiness at the end but also some blue colour, so I might do full 60 seconds next time.

Ignore the uneven application on the nails here, partly because I did the mani at 10pm :) Also, I tried not to bring the colour close to the cuticles to avoid it being cured on my skin. This for sure will take practice, I hope to be better at it as I do more NOTDs.

This mani is going on to day 6 and still looks brand new, all shiny and there is no chip at all! No nail breakage either. My nails have been breaking randomly with regular polishes and OPI Nail Envy as a base coat, so I am happy to see they are still in good shape after a week with gel polishes.

I am not thrilled with having to cure so many layers, but for once, I appreciate the effects :)


  1. Hello! I had the same problem the first time I did a LED polish. The solution for me was to be very very careful to get the topcoat everywhere, areas I didn't touch on as much (easy to miss!) seemed to have a bit of the colour come off. My issue is getting the corners and the tips just right so they don't start chipping there. *sigh*

    1. It is really hard not to get the top coat everywhere lol but I know what you mean :)

  2. What a beautiful shade!

    I guess they cancelled school again today here too. 3 days straight! Cray-cray.

    1. That was excessive, but the kids loved it, I guess :)

  3. Do you generally find that the bottle colour matches the actual gel polish colour?
    I think that is a huge factor for me, when buying gel polishes. Nothing annoys me more than buying something and POOF...totally different finish or colour -___-

    But it is a nice dark blue~ And yes it is hard to tell, that's why a good light source really helps (lamp).

    1. With lighter shades, yes, darker shades, no. I couldn't tell this shade was a blue until I applied it, thought it was black by the look of the label. I am annoyed too, standing in front of the display and having no idea what colours I am getting