Unboxing: Gelish Polygel

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Check out the Smoke & Mirrors YouTube channel for a new Gelish Polygel unboxing video!

In the video you’ll see what is in the Polygel Trial Kit, including:

The video also features the new PolyTool, created by Gelish for use with the Polygel.

Thanks, Gelish and Gelish Mini!

Smoke & Mirrors would like to thank Gelish and Gelish Mini for the Facebook mentions these past couple months!

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Thank you for creating all your great products for nail techs and nail enthusiasts! I always enjoy testing new Hand and Nail Harmony products.SMMentions2

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Gelish list updated for Fall 2017

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It’s August, students are heading back to school and there’s a slight breeze in the air…and  the Gelish Matadora fall collection has hit the store shelves! Which colors will you buy? I think my clients are going to love them all, so I’ve ordered the full collection from Cosmoprof.  Meanwhile, check out my list of all (US) Gelish Gel Polish colors here, updated with info. on the Matadora collection. I’m looking forward to swatching these beauties for you as soon as they arrive.

My, Myself-ie and I

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As we enter the final weeks of summer 2017, I felt some neon pink nails were in order. This is Gelish Me, Myself-ie and I, from the Selfie collection, with some hand-painted nail art. Some nails are topped with All That Glitters Is Gold from the original Gelish Trends collection. I used black and white acrylic paints, a striping brush and a dotting tool to paint the design. This design was done on enhancements (tips) done with Gelish Dip, and not only do they look pretty good but they’re holding up very well!

Check out how beautifully all the colors work together in this collection:

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Here’s a photo of my entire Gelish Mini Selfie collection. I rarely buy the mini sizes any more, but decided to purchased them in the smaller size for this collection because neons don’t see a lot of use from my current clients.

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This summer I’m loving the corals and pinks in this collection. What about you? What’s your favorite Selfie color?

Nail Tech Event of the Smokies 2017 Wrap-Up

As you read previously, Smoke & Mirrors attended the Nail Tech Event of the Smokies earlier in July. Here’s the wrap-up!

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The Nail Tech Event of the Smokies is held every summer in the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Gatlinburg, if you have never visited, is the play place of the south. It has every activity imaginable – from whitewater rafting and ziplining to shopping and spas, and all kinds of tourist attractions.  Although I have lived in the southeast for most of my life this was my first time visiting, and I was blown away.  If you come to this show there is no shortage of activities for you to choose from outside of show hours.

The convention center itself is small but well-kept and clean. It was hot outside but the temperature inside the venue was comfortable. There were friendly show coordinators stationed just inside the doors, ready to answer questions about the venue, show schedule or classes.

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Billed as a three-day show, this is primarily a one-day show with an early check-in day before, and a workshop/classes day after. (Unfortunately no Continuing-education credits are given for any of the classes.)  I arrived on Saturday for early check-in and ready to begin shopping, only to find that Saturday was vendor setup day. The only thing you can do at the show on Saturday is choose from a couple early workshops or check-in. So I checked-in and went back out into Gatlinburg for some sight-seeing fun.

During check-in we received a nice gift from Nail Art Elegance.com, whom I had never heard of before that day. They carry a great selection of “Nail Charms, Decals, Flatback Swarovski Elements and Rhinestones, Glitters” on their website, at great prices! And, Rock Bottom Soap Company provided a trial size of their Lavender Body Polish, which smelled great! Rock Bottom Soap sells hand-made goat milk soap in London, Kentucky.

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On Sunday, the show floor was packed! Every major nail product company had a booth, and some re-sellers and consultants were there, too. They all had representatives available to discuss and sell product, and some were doing product demos on show guests.

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I stopped by the Gelish booth to pick up some of the products from my wish list and was disappointed to find that they were not doing Polygel demos (they were too busy selling product to a line of customers). The booth attendant explained that they would later, as time allowed.

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Here’s that I bought at the Gelish booth:

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Check the Smoke & Mirrors YouTube channel later for an unboxing video for the PolyGel Trial Kit. It was my understanding that show vendors usually sell their product below MSRP, but the items I bought were pretty much full price. I paid MSRP for the PolyGel kit, and the Gelish was $13 per bottle. All of my items were wrapped in a nice reusable plastic bag with the Morgan Taylor logo on one side, and Gelish logo on the other.

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I also stopped by the OPI booth and picked up some fun items:

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Actually, I didn’t even buy the bottle of nail polish. The booth attendant just handed it to me. I bought the t-shirt to wear at the salon, and it has been a great conversation-starter so far!

On Monday I wasn’t scheduled for any classes, so we went home on Sunday night. All-in -all, it was a good but tiresome weekend.  If you are looking for a NAILS ONLY show that is more intimate than the larger beauty shows, NTES is the one for you. The venue was just right for this show, and you can have a great time in the Gatlinburg area. Also, be sure to check the workshop schedule because I’m sure they have some useful classes that can help build your career.

I’m so glad I went, but I’m not sure when or if I’ll go back. I was looking to stock up on some supplies at below MSRP, and I didn’t really get to do that. I also would rather visit Gatlinburg when it not high season – too hot and too many people there in July! I actually felt bad for a couple of the vendor reps at the show because they were clearly exhausted from a week at another beauty show out west, and had flown straight in to work NTES. Too bad NTES couldn’t be held at least a couple weeks before or after the other show.

Have you ever attended the Nail Tech Event of the Smokies? Are you thinking of going next year? I tried to give a feel for the show in this post, with some things I wish someone had told me before I went. If you have any questions or comments about the show, please leave a comment!

 

Gelish Dip Review – Part 3

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Above is a photo of my natural nails, which I have been growing out using the Gelish Dip system for 90+ days. The free edge is over 1/2″ long now and they still look healthy!

In my experience with the Gelish Dip system so far I’ve found that it’s lightweight, and easy to apply.  It does have a heavy chemical smell during application, however.  I usually get 2-3 weeks of wear before I do a soak off and new application. I’ve found that I get better results applying a new coat rather than performing a fill, and that’s mostly because the acrylic does yellow a bit over time.

The Gelish Dip has kept my nails so strong that they have not broken in a very long time. Actually, right before this photo was taken I was wiping my kitchen counter and managed to hit my right pinky nail hard enough to break it off. But, otherwise, no issues and they’ve grown so long that I need to trim them! (I sculpted a nail extension on the broken nail.)

Soak off takes about 15-20 minutes using an acetone-soaked cotton ball.  Usually I will remove the first cotton ball and the first layer of product, then reapply a freshly-soaked cotton ball. This seems to speed up the soak-off process, as it allows the acetone to reach all the acrylic.

Have you tried the Gelish Dip system? Do you like it? Or if you haven’t tried it, why not? Let me know in the comments!

2017 Nail Tech Event of the Smokies

Smoke & Mirrors is very excited to be attending the 2017 Nail Tech Event of the Smokies next weekend! This is a fairly new show on the circuit – this will be the tenth year – and I hear more and more good things about this Nail Show each year!

If you are are licensed nail tech who lives in the southeast, you still have a couple days to buy tickets online. Let’s make this a well-attended event!

I’m looking forward to visiting the Gelish booth, and here’s my shopping list so far:

  1. Selfie Collection
  2. buffer_100-180-ccPolygel
  3. buffers and files
  4. Matadora Collection (if it is available)

Smoke & Mirrors will be away for a long weekend celebrating the 4th of July holiday, then on to the Nail Show.  But hopefully I’ll be back after that with some awesome new products from the show, ready to demo for you.

 

Gelish Matadora Collection for Fall 2017

Thanks to the Italian NailPro site and press samples provided to The Daily Nail, we get a sneak peak of the 2017 Fall Collection from Gelish! The collection is called Matadora, “inspired by the impressive landscapes of Spain and it’s vibrant traditions.”

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You can find swatches at The Daily Nail. The colors are:

  • All Tango’d Up – burgundy cream
  • Danced and Sang-ria – dark plum cream
  • Don’t Break My Corazon – warm red cream
  • I’m Drawing a Blanco – a glittery white
  • Mauve Your Feet – mauve cream
  • Olé My Way – shimmery dark blue

Orange Cream Dream

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This summery design was created using Gelish Orange Cream Dream from the Candyland collection, with a marble design in the corner made from the following Gelish colors:

I applied and cured two coats of Orange Cream Dream first, then added a third coat but did not cure.  In the corner of the nail I laid down two lines of My Yacht, My Rules.  In between the lines I put the blue or purple color, and marbled the lines using a liner brush. Then I cured for 60 seconds, since the polish was 2+ coats thick in the corner. Finally, I topped it off with Gelish top coat. Easy-peasy!

Have you tried marbling gel?

 

 

Bashful

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This design was done with 2 coats of Bashful topped with one coat of A Moment of Magic, both by Gelish.

Then, in white stamping polish from Born Pretty, I stamped a design from the Morgan Taylor Designer Plate 3720201-2. I used the scraper and the clear stamper that came in the Designer Plates Flirty Florals kit.  As you can see, the stamper transferred the design beautifully. The design on the plate easily provided full coverage on these long nails.

When the stamped design was dry, I added dots in the centers of the larger flowers using Tinsel by China Glaze. Though I stamped these nails, I used Gelish Top It Off as I would for any gel polish manicure. It works very well for sealing stamped designs like this!