ProcrastiNails: Bio Seaweed Gel Soak-Off LED Polish Review and Summer Nail Art

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The lovely ladies in the Canadian Beauty Bloggers network have teamed up with Bio Seaweed Gel to share a look at their Summer 2016 Unity All-in-One Colour Collection Uptown Lights! This collection is based around fun and vibrant Canadian cities and includes a range of shades from brights to neutrals to neons.

I have two shades to show you along with a look at Bio Seaweed Gel’s No-Wipe Top Coat, a tutorial of how to use your Bio Seaweed Gel polishes (without an LED light!) and some simple and fun summer nail art. Let’s get right into it!

One of the things I like the most about Bio Seaweed Gel Unity polishes is that you can cure them without a light – not having a light is one of the main reasons I have yet to try gel polishes! So if you’ve been in a similar position of wanting gel staying power without the expense of buying a light, you might want to try these ones out. They’re also 5-free and don’t need a base or top coat unless you want to use one! (And wow do I sound like an infomercial right now… Haha. Unintentional!)

Here’s how their Solar-Cure process works:

  1. Clean and file your nails – you don’t want any oils left on your nails or the gel might not adhere properly and you’ll get lifting! So wipe down with acetone or alcohol.
  2. Apply a thin coat of your polish shade. Make sure you clean up any polish on your skin or cuticles before you cure it! 
  3. Expose nails to the sun and leave for 3 to 4 minutes. I found 3 minutes in a beam of sunlight coming in my bedroom window at 10am was just fine for this. 
  4. Repeat layers of polish and curing until you’ve built up the colour to your desired opacity. 
  5. If you want apply one coat of BSG’s No-Wipe Top Coat. You just need a bit as it will spread quite a bit! And then cure in sunlight for another few minutes. When it’s dry you won’t have to deal with any stickiness like you would with a regular gel topcoat!

And that’s it! I found removal super easy as well, I just soaked a cotton ball in acetone, placed on my nail, wrapped some tinfoil (or nail tip covers) around each nail and then left it for 5-10 minutes. The whole thing almost pops off, and the rest just takes some firm wiping pressure.

Now let’s take a look at the two shades I picked up from the Uptown Lights Collection…