Gelish DIP has finally arrived!

Last Thursday I ordered my Gelish DIP system, and it arrived in the mail yesterday.

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How I organize my nail supplies – Part 3

This will be the third and final installment in my series on organizing nail supplies, but the subject of this post is more centered around troubleshooting.

As I mentioned in my previous post, it’s really very important to keep your supplies out of the UV light. This is true particularly for gel polish since IT WILL cure in the bottle over time. While you might have stored your regular polish on a rack on the wall, that shouldn’t be your go-to storage space for Gelish.

But let’s say you go to use a bottle of Gelish and, for whatever reason, it’s become thick and globby.  What can  you do to rescue it? Here are some troubleshooting ideas, based on my experience.

  1. First, is your polish bottle cold? Has it been in a cold room for weeks? If so, try warming it up to room temperature naturally, with the lid closed. You can do this quickly by placing the bottle in warm (not hot!) water for a few minutes. If you’re in the salon, it’s a good habit to allow the client to pick a color as soon into the service as possible (or better yet, while they are waiting). Then you can put the bottle they chose in a bowl of warm water or even on your chair, under your thigh, to warm it up while you are removing the old polish and doing your prep work. DO NOT microwave the bottles o411-2_mediumr put them on an oven or broiler.
  2. Try agitating the bottle of polish for several minutes by hand (roll it between your hands; shaking only adds air bubbles) or with a paint shaker.  I have a Robart Hobby Paint Shaker at home that I ordered from Amazon, and it seems to work really well.
    If the issue with your polish is simply that the formula has begun to separate inside the bottle, this should fix the problem.glst01-main-415x640
  3. Finally, you can try a gel polish-specific thinner. The brand I have tried is a couple times is LeChat Gelös Gel Thinner, and it does thin the polish by adding more clear gel, it seems.  However, I was only able to rescue 1 out of 4 bottles of Gelish that had become too thick so I can’t give it an honest review yet.

What problems have you had with organizing or storing gel polish? Comment below!

Gelish Beauty and the Beast Collection Swatches

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Here are my swatches of the Gelish spring collection for Beauty and the Beast. They are gorgeous in person, and the photos don’t do them justice!  I have a feeling that people are going to LOVE The Last Petal. These colors are unique within the Gelish lineup, though I think The Last Petal is close to some other reds.  The above swatch of Enchanted Patina is two coats, and you can see that this polish works on its own and as a topper.

What do you think? Which is your favorite?

Gelish Summer 2017 Collection: Selfie + Other Exciting News!

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Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE Gelish? This brand continues to amaze me. Check out the beautiful summer 2017 collection we have to look forward to! It’s called Selfie.

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I was flipping through the March edition of NailStyle, and insert in Nails Magazine and there it was! We’re not even into March yet and already talking about summer colors and I am so excited about that. Thanks, Gelish, for brightening my day!

In other Gelish news, the Gelish Official Facebook page posted a teaser of a new, as yet unnamed product:

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Lots of people are speculating that this is a gel removal product, but based on what I’m seeing from Creative Academy Ireland, it’s called Polygel and it’s a brand new gel system.  We’ll have to wait for the official U.S. unveiling at America’s Beauty Show in Chicago next month to find out what this is all about.

And the final piece of Gelish news is….

gelish-dip…a Gelish Dip system!?! I’m pretty pumped about this because I’ve been looking for a new dip system recently.  The acrylic dip method is the first enhancement method I started with 20 years ago. It’s very cool to see this method now modernized, and coming full circle.

Hand and Nail Harmony has not posted any information about this new system in the U.S., but you can check out a promo video posted by a nail tech in South Africa for a bit more information. And then we’ll wait for Gelish to give us more official news in the future… hopefully soon!

Gelish Collections List Updated!

I just updated the master list of Gelish polishes to include the Beauty and the Beast spring collection.

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Photo Credit: Esther’s Nail Center

And, stay tuned over the coming weeks for updates to that page – I’ll be linking all my collection photos and nail design photos to that page so you can not only reference a color name, item #, or release date, but also see the color sample or a nail design using that color.

InCoco Nail Strips review

A couple weeks ago I tried InCoco Nail Strips for the first time, and was pleasantly surprised at how well they worked.

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I bought the full kit of Runway Ready print on clearance (I believe this design now only comes in Accent Finger packs) at Walmart just to give the brand a try. I cleaned and prepped my nails as usual – a key step before applying any nail color or enhancements. Then I applied the strips as directed on the package, which is pretty much the same for any nail strips.  When I peeled these strips off their backing I was happy to find that they’re very pliable and curved with my nails.

After application I added a coat of Gelish Top It Off, and the strips stayed in place for over a week. There was no excess wear and tear when I removed them; I simply had too much growth and was ready for a new set.

What do you think? Have you ever tried these? What was your experience with them?

 

 

Rocking My Stocking

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This is Gelish Rocking My Stocking, of course, from the Wrapped In Glamour collection. I used a light gray from Apple Barrel Paints to hand paint the stripes and dots.

As usual, I loved this Gelish collection when I bought it, and love it even more now that I’ve experimented with the colors. Just a beautiful collection, and it holds up even past the holidays… I can totally see a client requesting this color for Valentine’s Day.

Gelish Beauty and the Beast collection

ICYMI, Gelish (and Morgan Taylor) have once again teamed up with Disney to create a polish collection for their live action movie Beauty and the Beast coming out this March.  The colors, according to Gelish, “reflect the beauty that comes from within.”

The colors are:

The Last Petal the-last-petal

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Be Our Guest be-our-guest

Plumette with Excitement plumette2520with2520excitement

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Gaston and On and On gaston-and-on2520and2520on

This collection also comes with a shimmer topper that Gelish is calling “patina”.

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You can add a coat over the collection’s other polishes to create more unique colors:

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Beautiful!  I can’t wait to get my hands on this collection. It should be available in February 2017.

Let’s Get Frosty!

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Happy new year!

This is Gelish Let’s Get Frosty over Nailite’s UV gel polish called Sand (which I believe is a retired color).  I used ASP Form-a-Nail nail forms to add a protective layer to my natural nails using Nailite’s Sand, then applied 3 coats of Let’s Get Frosty.  (Note that Let’s Get Frosty is more silver than you see in the photo above; applying it over the colored gel altered the final shade a bit.)

The photo was taken after about a week, so you can see how well these held up. I was really happy with these; I kept them on for about a week and a half, and the only reason I re-did them is that I wanted to have time to do a new set before I go back to work in the new year.

I love my Gelish! What about you? Are you wearing any colors from the Gelish winter or Holiday collections?

Fade to black

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For this design I used the following Gelish colors:

  • Black Shadow – for the tips
  • Fashion Week Chic
  • Let’s Hit the Bunny Slopes
  • Clean Slate – for the base

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