DIY Hard Nails Gel Polish in Blue Velvet & Pink Frost Review & Giveaway

by Lisa Heath


Gel polish isn’t an every day thing for me, but if you want long lasting manicures, they are definitely the way to go!  Usually I change my polish daily, but if I go on vacation, I prefer gel polish since it lasts the duration of most of my getaways!

Today I have DIY Hard Nails Gel Polish to show you.  I wanted to test drive it as well, so I used both gel polishes I received in one mani!

I am pretty much a complete amateur when it comes to gel polish, but DIY Hard Nails was easy to apply and much easier to control than others I have used.

I received a DIY Hard Nails Base Coat, Top Coat and the 2 shades you are about to see for this review.  I provided my own LED light, which are easy to pick up at your local drugstore.


The gorgeous shimmery blue is Blue Velvet and the sheer frosty white with glitters, that’s Pink Frost.

Blue Velvet is a beautiful deep blue base with blue and purple micro shimmer within.

Pink Frost is a color changing gel polish!  This goes from a beautiful sheer white with white and silver glitter.  It’s GORGEOUS.  When cold though, it turns a bright, bold pink.  Really stunning change.

Application process was simple.  I had my LED light set up and applied the base coat, then cured the base for about a minute and a half.  Then I applied 2 coats of each color (curing in between coats for another minute and a half) and then added a top coat, and again cured it for a minute and a half.  Then I used a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol and swiped it over each nail.  After that I was good to go and hard shiny, chip free nails for a week!



And here is Pink Frost mid transition.  Its been fairly hot here in California, so getting it to change was difficult because it is SO hot.  It instantly changed though with the assistance of ice water!

Full Change

Look at that bold color!  Love it!

And instantly transitioning back when it realizes how hot it is…

Color Mid Change


I’m a beginner at gel polish, and this set was simple to use.  The coats were easy to control, and I used 2 coats of each color for these photos.  The pigmentation were great and they both had an “indie polish” feel to it with the mix of glitters and shimmers!

Removal wasn’t too bad.  I used my glass file and filed away at the top coat layer, then soaked my nails in acetone remover to loosen them up.  Once done, I used a metal cuticle pusher and gently lifted the gel from my natural nails.  Like one would expect, I did need to buff the top of my nails lightly to smooth them out completely, but nothing too horrible.  Overall a good experience and one I wouldn’t mind doing again.

I’m about to head to Connecticut for over a week later this month, so I will be putting Pink Frost back on for that journey!

Price: $14.99 – $16.99 per polish

Where To Buy: Your Beauty Secrets Website

Check out their website for even more swatches!  They use real swatches on their site so you can get a feel for what they have to offer, and from the 2 polishes I received, the swatches are incredibly color accurate!

The Giveaway

DIY Hard Nails was generous enough to offer one of my readers a chance to win DIY Base Coat, Top Coat and 3 colors of the winners choice!  If you are a seasoned gel pro, or completely new to it, this is a great way to test them out!

Giveaway will end August 15th at midnight.

Must be 18 years or older to enter.

DIY Hard Nails will provide the winner with 3 Gel Polishes of the winners choice from the DIY Website as well as a base coat and a top coat.  Winner will need to provide their own LED or UV light to “cure” the gel polishes.

Good Luck and Have Fun, and as always, thank you to DIY Hard Nails for such an awesome prize!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer New

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Heather USA (Rafflecopter Rosie Areola) July 31, 2014 - 7:42 pm

Clearly Natural, Sky Blue, White Out, Pink Crystal and Gel Top Coat

laurence July 31, 2014 - 8:06 pm

Blue Velvet for sure :)

Ashley Nicks July 31, 2014 - 11:00 pm

I’ve never done gel nails myself. The shades I like are: -pink galaxy. heartbreaker. coca cola float. pink hottie. red carpet. sky blue. whiteout.- My rafflecopter name is Ashley Nicks. THANX!

Marian Sheridan August 1, 2014 - 2:46 am

I’d love Pink Galaxy or Pink Frost as I don’t have any color changing gel polishes.

Melissa August 1, 2014 - 3:33 am

I am just coming around to gels as I’m now in a place where I don’t have time for a new mani every other day -I love trying any “new to me” base and top coats more than anything because if all else fails I know I can use whatever color of regular polish on top, so a good base/top coat are what I’m always searching for! :) just curious though, why the long cure time? Does it help it to last longer? Most of the brands I have tried have 30-60 second cure times. Thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa Heath August 1, 2014 - 4:53 am

I think it’s just the cure time I used. Wanted to make sure it was done :)

Amanda Leigh August 1, 2014 - 4:38 am

I’m also curious about the longer cure time. I’ve only ever done two gel manicures for myself using RCM, which has 30-45 second cure times with the LED light I’m using. I really like that DIY Hard Nails offers color changing polishes and a good selection of glitters. I’d want to win Coca Cola Float, Pink Crystal, and Golden Starlight. Thank you!

Lisa Heath August 1, 2014 - 4:54 am

The longer cure time was just me being new to it and wanting to make sure I did it right:)

BeautyJudy August 1, 2014 - 5:36 am

I love the concept of the color-changing gel – so much fun!!! Enjoy your trip!

Allison @Never Say Die Beauty August 1, 2014 - 6:23 am

Color-changing polish? Amazing! I haven’t done gel nails at home. I think it’s beyond my limited skill set lol, but I love these shades!

Lindsey August 1, 2014 - 7:44 am

I love the sky blue!

Jess Scull August 1, 2014 - 10:20 am

I’m not a gel girl, but these look so great!

Cosmetics Aficionado August 1, 2014 - 10:56 am

These are so pretty! I haven’t used a gel polish yet.

Brooke @ Blushing Noir August 1, 2014 - 10:57 am

I love Pink Frost!

Leelo R August 1, 2014 - 12:14 pm

I´ve never used this kind of gel polishes.

Phyrra August 1, 2014 - 12:24 pm

Blue Velvet!

Destany August 1, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Wow – sounds so simple to use! I haven’t made the plunge into gel nails yet.

Toby August 1, 2014 - 4:29 pm

I would love to win coca cola float, pink galaxy and white out :)

Eugenia August 1, 2014 - 4:44 pm

I love how you used all the colors! I am on a blue polish kick lately and that one is so un!!

Laura Martinez August 1, 2014 - 5:47 pm

I really like Pink Frost, Blue Cocktail, and Sky Blue :p

Cindy (Prime Beauty) August 1, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Pink Frost is really pretty!

Miranda August 1, 2014 - 9:03 pm

I love the accent nail!

Laura MyNewestAddiction August 1, 2014 - 10:36 pm

great shades! all of them!

Joanne August 1, 2014 - 11:03 pm

I’ve never tried an at home gel mani, and I’d love to. Coca Cola Float looks gorgeous, as do Pink Galaxy and Sky Blue.

Kath TheFabZilla August 1, 2014 - 11:30 pm

I always scroll down for your accent nail, there’s a pattern now :-) Awesome giveaway!

Nidia - Lit From Within August 2, 2014 - 4:52 am

I would love to win Coca-Cola Float, the Clearly Natural, and Whiteout. I’m just starting to dabble in gel nails – so far, I’ve only done a top coat over which I can change my polish as often as I like! I still haven’t mastered removal, though.

Kendra August 2, 2014 - 5:33 am

your nails are AWESOME!

Dana Starr August 2, 2014 - 3:51 pm

So so cute, luve the gradient look. Definitely gives me a new idea!

Shala August 2, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Black Cat (didn’t see on their website, but have seen some great swatches/heard great things about it), Coca Cola Float and Heartbreaker (or any of the Color Changing, really – I’m such a sucker for a gimmick! XD) Thanks!

teresa koedyker August 2, 2014 - 5:56 pm

Pink galaxy and pink frost! Thank you for the giveaway!

Sheila August 3, 2014 - 12:49 am

I love that gel nails last so long!

Kim P August 3, 2014 - 6:54 am

I really like the classic and pink galaxy polishes, as well as the galaxy twilight!

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Melody August 3, 2014 - 4:31 pm

That blue is really pretty. I like it.

Mai August 3, 2014 - 9:58 pm

That blue is beautiful!

Amber August 4, 2014 - 7:27 am

I love Electric Raspberry and the Galaxy shades. I love that they are using real swatch pics on their site! I’ve wanted to try this line since I saw Andrea from Chickettes review them. I love gel polish and it’s nice to have a new brand around! Thanks for the great swatches and giveaway. :)

Colleen Boudreau August 4, 2014 - 11:32 am

I love Pink Frost!

Jasmine Thomas August 4, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Definitely Sky Blue, Whiteout and Classic Galaxy! Thank you for the chance!!

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Alexia H. August 4, 2014 - 3:00 pm

They are all so pretty but I really love Pink Frost and Pink Crystal.

Christine S August 4, 2014 - 5:06 pm

I’d pick Coca Cola Float , Blue Velvet & either White Out or Pink Crystal

Leslie S August 4, 2014 - 8:31 pm

I’d love Sky Blue! And I’m not really into color changing polishes…..but that Coke Float is so pretty!!!!

Dawn August 5, 2014 - 2:16 am

Pink Hottie

Cathy L August 5, 2014 - 4:37 am

Classic Galaxy is stunning! I love thermals with glitter in them. <3

Tricia Graf McBroom August 5, 2014 - 3:15 pm

LOVE the pink frost!

Varsha Bhola August 5, 2014 - 4:51 pm

I would choose Heartbreaker, Pink Galaxy, and Coca Cola Float (I love the color changes lol)!

Meika August 5, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Sky Blue and Classic Galaxy are probably my favorite :D

Sonya Parks August 6, 2014 - 6:34 am

Pink Galaxy WOW!!!

Kelsey August 6, 2014 - 8:52 am

Classic Galazy, Pink frost and coca cola float.

Sara Kover August 6, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Coca cola float, heartbreaker and pink frost. I’ve never heard of this brand before cue the colors of the polishes just look amazing. I’m a nail polish hoarder and I NEED THESE for my collection, lol!

Amanda Lawson August 7, 2014 - 8:27 am

Heartbreaker, Pink Galaxy and Classic Galaxy are calling my name, so pretty! Thanks for the chance!

Linda August 7, 2014 - 2:20 pm

I like Heartbreaker Color Changing (Ombre), Pink Frost (Color Changing), Coca Cola Float (Color Changing), and Blue Cocktail! i hope i win!

Becca HIbbard August 8, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Heartbreaker, Pink Frost, and Pink Galaxy!!

veronica torres August 9, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Classic Galaxy , Coca Cola Float, Heartbreaker, Pink Galaxy, and sky blue are my favorites

KC August 10, 2014 - 8:20 pm

Coca Cola Float :)

Ashley August 13, 2014 - 7:29 am

The Heartbreaker Color Changing color looks really interesting! I’ve never heard of color changing nail polish…I might have to start collecting…

Andrea Darst August 13, 2014 - 10:12 am

Electric Raspberry, Pink Hottie and Sky Blue

Ramsha August 13, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Sky blue for sure!!

Amber August 13, 2014 - 3:28 pm

I would love to try these colors: pink hottie, heartbreaker and electric raspberry.


Danelle Hennings August 13, 2014 - 8:11 pm

I love your color changing coca cola float && heartbreaker gel polishes!

Tina August 14, 2014 - 1:33 am

I love Classic Galaxy (Color Changing)

Mirjana August 14, 2014 - 2:16 am

I love Sky Blue

Rachel Beltz August 14, 2014 - 7:29 pm

I like Coca Cola Float the most! Runner ups may be Heartbreaker color changing, Pink Frost, Pink Galaxy, and Classic Galaxy!


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