(Closed) Gel Manicure yay or nay

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Gel barely lasted a week for me, but Shellac lasted a good 2-3 weeks for me. It barely lasted 2 weeks through our honeymoon, because we had a lot of water excursions and salt water is not a friend to nails.

Gel and Shellac come off clean and did not beat my nails up. They felt like regular nail polish to me, but I generally put 2-3 coats of nail polish on.

I have heard that the way it’s applied does affect how long it lasts though.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

LOVE IT! I have gotten the OPI gels done twice now and they are amazing. I experienced very little damage after the first time and it was because I picked it off after 9 days.. oppps.

They stay shiny and perfect for quiet a bit and are a treat for someone who doesn’t like nail polish cause it chips (like me). Sometimes living social or groupon will do coupons for them too that will cut the cost.

The only thing I can recomend it that you make sure they clean around the nail between every coat because any gel on the skin will lift and then go to the nail.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve heard Shellac is the best way to go. So many people have suggested it. I think I’m going to try it out for the big day.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I got Gelish French manicure. It was beautiful day of (which was the day after I got it), but the colors had changed by the end of my 7 day honeymoon. I’m still glad I got it because it looked so great on my wedding day and didn’t chip (whereas regular nail polish French chips and cracks so fast), but I’d recommend Shellac instead if you can or a solid opaque color.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am a huge gel/shellac proponent! I only get a regular manicure if it’s a social activity. I just don’t think regular manicures are worth it. Your nails may not look nice afterwards if you pick off the color yourself, but otherwise, they should look fine.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d try the shellac! Gel only lasts me about a week, where I’ve heard shellac can last 2-3.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I love it!! It lasts me 2-3 weeks! If you get it done only for this one time, make sure you still get it removed at the salon, don’t remove it by yourself! You might ruin your nails that way. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t know much about manicures, but if it really will be longer-lasting and look better, I’d go with it! Your nails will grow out, and you could always go back for a manicure where they just make them look healthy. I’ve got to get my nails done four days before my wedding b/c we’re getting married in Santorini where it is ridiculously expensive to get them done. So I’m just gonna have my manicurist do what will last!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Mrs.LaFountain:  I am dreading doing that gel manicure again, but yes it does hold up perfect for one week.  But what I noticed was the white part started looking dirty!  And it sucks getting it off.  I still to this day see gel on my natural nails, and I got mine done in Jan!

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@Miltie:  I had no problem getting mine off by soaking a cotton ball in regular nail polish remover and then putting it over my nail and wrapping the finger in tin foil to keep it in place for 30 minutes.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

Gel is amazing! Mine lasted me 3-4 weeks. I’ve never had Shellac but I’ve heard good things about too.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

If you do choose the Shellac manicure, please be aware of the “laws of shellac”

It is NOT a gel, it is a hybrid polish, using components of both acrylic gel and polish.

Go to a CND certified salon and request to SEE techs training cert.

Tech must use a CND brand lamp (white, CND printed on top)

Tech must not soak your nails at ANY point (this will lead to weak nails and increased risk of fungus)

Tech must not buff/ rough up/ and or file nail plate (shellac does not require this and this WILL damage your nail)

You MUST use CND brand solar oil 2x daily, applied over shellac and massaged in for a longer life of manicure and healthy nails when removed.

 

I am a CND trained nail technician,

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@mrsSonthebeach:  I will definitely have to try that.  Thanks! Smile

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I love the way gel manicures look, but they start peeling off within a few days on me. 

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