(Closed) The “Gel.”

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1192 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I want to get fake nails for my wedding in November but I havent had them in a long time, I might try the gel ones in a month or so just to try them out. They look really good tho.

Post # 5
1999 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

is this similar to shellac?  I did this earlier in the summer and loved it, until it came time to take it off when I had to go into the salon and soak my nails in acetone and have them scrape the polish off (which of course they charged me for..)

but I guess it was better than fake ones!

Post # 7
1313 posts
Bumble bee

Wow! Love these! My mom does this, but I don’t think she has ever gotten the French. They look amazing.  I will defnitely be doing this for the big day. Thanks for sharing a pic 🙂

Post # 8
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@MrsNerdy: Shellac is just a brand name for gel.  Like saying Kleenex instead of tissues.

Post # 9
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

They look gorgeous! I just got them done for the first time too, the OPI version. They lasted without peeling for over a week (and I’m really hard on my nails so that’s good for me). My nails are a little more brittle right now than they might have been if it was just a regular manicure, so I won’t be doing this all the time but will definitely do it for my wedding.

And I think you’ve inspired me to go with the French manicure, it looks so good.

Post # 10
11172 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@LadyCheri: Soaking your nails in Acetone to remove the Shellac/Gel won’t ruin your nails right off the bat but it will over time. However, it will dry out and make for some really ugly cuticles.

I have pink and white “fake” nails and have had them for years. Mine typically last about 3 weeks before I need to go in again.

Post # 12
973 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@LadyCheri: taking them off is definitely terrible for you nails, they have to soak them in acetone and then scrape and file the tops. I just got mine off ugh. but the plus side is that it will last and look decent for almost a month!

oh the uv lamp they use in order to set the gel burned my hands after a while 🙁

Post # 13
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I tried them for my future twin-in-laws wedding last month and loved it!  I did the French too, since it lasts so long your nails start to grow out and i didn’t want there to be a defined edge from a color as opposed to the clear.  Mine lasted almost a full month without really growing out (but more than that I just watned to get my nails cut).  Although I’m sure the acetone isn’t good for you nails, mine didn’t look bad after it was removed; in fact, it looked exactly like the did before (so much better than after getting acrylics taken off).  Love them and will definitely do again for my wedding!

Post # 15
973 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@LadyCheri: oh yea you’ll be fine! I did it about three times in a row and I was fine. The trick is to ask them to make the white line fall a little below the line of your natural nail bed in order to hide nail growth. I just cant stand when I get that little line of light between the pink and white.

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