Plumette with Excitement

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These two lovely pinks are from the Gelish Beauty and the Beast Collection. The lighter pink is Plumette with Excitement, and the darker is Be Our Guest. I love these colors! They pair together well, and application was so smooth. If you have clients that like Gelish Pink Smoothie, I highly recommend you purchase Plumette with Excitement, as anyone who liked one will probably like the other. Plumette… is a a bit lighter, but a similar shade of pink.

The glitter is actually Born Pretty silver chrome powder. I haven’t yet achieved the look I want with this powder, which is pretty frustrating. But here it looks very good with these two lovely pink polishes. I hand-painted the white designs on top using acrylic paint.

Have you used any colors from the Beauty and the Beast collection? Which ones are your favorite?

Tips for applying Gelish to short nails

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This is Gelish Flirt In A Skating Skirt on the fingers and Lace ‘Em Up on the toes, from the Gelish Winter collection called The Great Ice-Scape. I thought the two colors went really well together!

Applying Gelish, and getting it to stay, on short nails can be a challenge sometimes.  So here are my tips for a successful Gelish manicure on short nails – inspired by my own nails, which are currently the shortest they have been in a long while.

  • As usual, prep work is key. Be sure you’re giving the product a clean and well-prepped surface to adhere to.
  • If at all possible, cap the edge of the nail with base, color, and top coat.
    • This will likely require you to pull back the skin; don’t be afraid to firmly pull the skin away from the nail each time you do this step.
  • You probably will get a little product on the skin, so use a bit of cotton wrapped around the end of an orangewood stick to pick up some acetone, alcohol, or gel polish remover to carefully wipe it away before curing.
    • On small and short nails, painting from sidewall to sidewall is also an option. This will allow you to seal the free edge without a lot of cleanup.
  • For extremely short nails with no free edge, you can flip the brush around so it pushes product toward you, ensuring that you’re getting product on the free edge.

These are the strategies that have worked for me.  Do you have any? Leave them in the comments below!

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!

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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?

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

Potts of Teapotts-of-tea

Be Our Guest be-our-guest

Plumette with Excitement plumette2520with2520excitement

Days in the Sundays-in-the-sun

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.

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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