Post # 46
- Wedding: March 2015 - The Lodge at Mackenzie Place
Professionally applied gel/shellac, it lasts about 14 days. I am super rough on my hands because of my career. I also can’t put nail polish on my hands for $!*% without screwing it up before it dries. I also have the annoying habit of peeling/ripping my nails off when I’m nervous. I noticed the quality of the gel polish is very dependent on the prep work, nails must be buffed and cleaned, and alcohol must be brushed over the nails before the gel is applied to get all oils and impurities off. If any step is neglected, the gel lasts maybe 7 days and will start to peel around the corners. Definitely do not peel the gel polish off! Made that mistake once and wrecked my nails for months!
Post # 47
Ari530: I think it’s called birthday suit!
Post # 48
yea I think it must be the acetone…there’s gotta be a better way to remove it. last time I ended up peeling them off myself but thanks for the suggestion- I’ll def ask next time I go.
Post # 49
If you’re shopping at Ulta, Red Carpet Manicure products are exactly the same as Gelish. They’re made by the same company. I’ve used both.
Post # 50
yeah I have peeled them before and my manicurist told me that I peeled off layers of my nails because of that.
Post # 51
I used to get gel nails every 3 weeks or so, but it was getting way too expensive. I continue to get gel nails, usually solid colours (I don’t like french tips much) and then when I’d usually go in to get them filled, I instead sand down the gel so it’s level with my actual nail and paint over it. I used to just paint my nails, but I found, even with a great top coat, that my polish always chipped. For some reason, the polish sticks extremely well to the gel base. I get the gel redone every 2-2.5 months. This way I can still have long nails (my natural nails are really brittle) and after the initial gel application, I change up my polish colour every week or so. When I paint my nails I always make sure to push back my cuticle, lightly buff the tops of my nails, and wipe them with polish remover.
Post # 52
What color of gel polish is that? I love it!
Post # 53
Thanks! It’s called birthday suit, sally hansen miracle gel
Post # 54
Have always done my own nails, but I tried gel years ago and felt it damaged my nails. Here’s my method: OPI chip skip base coat, 2 coats of polish, then Nailtiques formula 2 as a topcoat. Have used Nailtiques since high school and can’t find anything better to make my nails grow and to keep them strong.
Post # 55
always do LIGHT coats. I use opi nail envy to strengthen my nails. And I use the brand Gelous as a base coat and a shiny fast drying top coat. Either Out The Door or Seche Vite.
This is what I do step by step and wait 5-10 minutes between each coat.
1. A light coat of Gelous.
2. A light coat of the color of your choice.
3. Repeat steps 1&2 two more times.
4. Apply a light coat of the top coat of your choice.
5. Clean up around the nails (I usually dip a small liner brush in acetone and just clean up)
Post # 56
I get sculpted gel nails once a every 30-45 days, depending on how well they’ve kept. I manicure and file them every week so they stay looking fresh until about day 30. I’ventaken breaks from fake nails and let mine grow out, but I just don’t like the look of natural nails. One always breaks!
Post # 57
I do my own nails, and even do designs with nail polish. I like to change my nail color too often and don’t want to weaken my nails, which is why I don’t go the gel route. I use Seche Vite dry fast top coat and it works well. I’ve practiced a good bit to get to this point.
Post # 58
ummm… That’s just impressive. 🙂