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?

 

 

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?

B-Girl Style

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This is Gelish B-Girl Style, which is a beautiful pink that reminds me of bubble gum.  On the two middle fingers I used Born Pretty Store Mirror Powder in silver.  It was supposed to have a mirror-like finish, but it didn’t really work for me.  As you can see, it looks like packed glitter rather than chrome, and it left pigment in my Top It Off brush which then transferred to other nails.

This photo was taken a few days after application and you can see it’s already beginning to chip.  I was ready for a new manicure by this point.

With all that said, I do plan to give it another try. I only paid $2 for the powder, so it is worth it even if it only lasts for a couple days.  I also need to practice getting the chrome finish and cleaning off the leftover pigment before top-coating.

On a side note – are you like me, wondering what “B-Girl” even means?  I guess I’m old, but I had to look it up. In this case the B stands for “break”, as in break dancing.  I kinda assumed that’s what it meant, but needed confirmation from the ultimate authority (the internet).

Glow in the Dark Gelish

To celebrate Halloween and Dia de Muertos Gelish is releasing Glow In The Dark gel polish.

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Am I the only one who’s been hoping for some glow in the dark Gelish for years?!?! FINALLY!  This would have been awesome back in the day when I did spinning classes. haha!

I haven’t found this for sale anywhere yet, but I assume Cosmoprof will have it in the next couple weeks. If you find it, please let me know where!

Wish Upon a Starboard

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This color is Wish Upon a Starboard from Gelish’s A Very Nautical Girl collection, which was released in May. I did this set then didn’t get around to taking a photo of it for about a week and a half.  But I wanted to show you how smooth and shiny it still is after over a week.  The color held up so well that I would have left it on if it weren’t for the growth at the cuticle area.  If you are in the market for a tomato red polish, I highly recommend trying to get your hands on this one!

The lines for the French-style nails were hand-drawn with Chain Reaction, from last fall’s Urban Cowgirl collection.

Sweetheart Squadron Swatches

Here are the swatches of the Fall 2016 Gelish collection, Sweetheart Squadron.  Introduced in my post last month, these beautiful colors were released around August 1st and I finally got mine ordered.  When they arrived I was stunned by how pretty the peach and coral polishes are in real life.  I don’t know if you can tell in the photo, but Put a Wing on It has some subtle shimmer to it.

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They’re all perfect fall shades, but I feel like Perfect Landing and Put a Wing on it will make great polishes for that transition time between summer and fall… where you’re not really ready to give up your summer polishes but fall is already in the air…

What do you think? Will you buy the entire collection?

Give me a Break-dance

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This polish is from Gelish’s summer collection, Street Beat, and it is called Give Me a Break-dance.  For some unknown reason I thought adding glitter would be a good idea, so I sprinkled a little of Paradise (by Recollections brand) on top of three coats.  In the end I was unhappy because this polish, like others from the collection, has a really pretty shimmer to it, and all I did was mask it.

The stamp is from Born Pretty Store, XL rectangular plate BP-L003, and I stamped with white Konad stamping polish. This plate works really well, especially for the price. Highly recommended it!

I’m getting some Born Pretty store brand stamping polish soon, so stay tuned for a review of that.

Fuchsia stained glass flowers

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For this design I used Kung Fu-chsia from the Gelish Kung Fu Panda 3 collection. I hand painted the dots using Chain Reaction from the Urban Cowgirl collection. I made decals for the middle fingers using the Born Pretty Store plate BP-07 and clear stampers.  I simply stamped the image, and allowed it to dry on the stamper head (I have several stamper heads on hand so that I can keep working while each one dries), before coloring it in with regular polish. Then, once it had thoroughly dried, I peeled it off the stamp head and placed it on the nail. Then I top coated with Gelish Top It Off. The design has lasted beautifully for more than a week now!

Jamberry Review – Part One

I thought it might be a nice idea to do a Jamberry review from a nail tech’s perspective. I’ve been able to find plenty of reviews from at-home users and Jamberry consultants, but none from a professional nail tech.

Background: I received the small Jamberry samples in two different patterns – one floral and one blue snakeskin.  They were given to me by a co-worker, who got them from someone else who knows a Jamberry consultant.  So this is an honest review, as I don’t even know the person the samples originally came from, and I did not pay for anything.

Here’s the nail art I did with the floral sample.

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On the other 8 nails I used Gelish Po-riwinkle from the Kung Fu Panda 3 Collection.

To apply the Jamberry wraps I first trimmed them to fit my pinky nails, then rested them next to a hot bulb for about 30 seconds to make them pliable.  After completing my normal nail surface prep,  I peeled the wraps from the clear base and applied them to the nail.  They applied very easily, adhered well, and had only a couple of wrinkles at the sides of the nails. I put one coat of Gelish Top It Off over the wraps.

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Stay tuned for part two of this review, which will be an update on how the wraps are holding up after 1 week. I’m taking the 7-day challenge!