A quick story from a recent personal experience: At the salon where I currently work they store nail polish on a wall shelf. I typically bring my own supplies, but one client asked for a color off the shelf. I had no idea how long this polish had been there, but decided it would probably be fine to use. I proceeded to perform the manicure and sent her on her way. She was my list client of the day, so I headed home a couple hours before the salon actually closed.
Less than an hour after I got home the salon called to tell me that the client had called complaining that her manicure had become gritty. She wanted to know if I could re-do her nails right away, before the salon closed. So I headed back to the salon to see what the problem was. Long story short – the polish I had used was very old, and the manicure had developed tiny bubbles over the hour or so after it was done. It looked like I had used a texture polish!
So I applied a different color of polish and apologized profusely to the client. I also tossed the bottle of polish in the trash while the client was there, so she could see that we would not be risking this happening again. After I was done, I thought “How can I prevent this from happening again?”. Not only had a I lost time but also money, and caused frustration for myself and the client.
The answer I came up with is simple: inventory the nail polish on a regular basis. Did you know that the shelf life of Gelish is 18 months?
On cosmetics there is a symbol indicating the product’s shelf
life, which usually looks like this:
The number will change depending on the number of months of good shelf life. I’m not saying that your gel polish won’t last longer than 18 months, but the expiration date is the recommended length of time in which you should use the product. After that amount of time it’s important to check them before you sit down to use them on a client!
If you find this information useful, here are some ideas for inventorying your nail polish:
- Record the polish brand, color name and/or item number, and the date you purchased it, into a spreadsheet or notebook. Some people like to do this on paper so they can include a swatch.
- At predetermined intervals, say every 6 months or 12 months, go through your collection and personally test all the bottles that are approaching expiration.
- If you don’t know when you bought a polish or other cosmetics, you can try checking the database at checkcosmetic.net or similar sites to find out what the shelf life is of that batch.
If you have any experience with polish expiring or with inventorying your stash, let me know in the comments below!
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!
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.
This design was done with the color Perfect Landing by Gelish, from the Fall 2016 Sweetheart Squadron collection. I stamped the nail art using Fingerpaints Still Life – Is Good! and Born Pretty stamping plate BP-L 003 for the background, then Fingerpaints Calligraphic Calico and stamping plate BP-L 008 for the leaves on top.
Note that this design is over a week old: a testament to how well Gelish stands up to everyday life. Over the week plus that I had this manicure, I did all my normal daily housework as well as some painting on the outside of my house. In the end, the only reason I wanted to take it off was the growth at the cuticle, which is visible in this photo.
So far I’ve used three of the six colors from this collection and they’re all beautiful. What do you think? Have you used any of the colors from this collection?
This design is done with Gelish From Rodeo to Rodeo Drive topped in an ombre style with Plum Tuckered Out. Both of these colors are from the Urban Cowgirl Collection.
I stamped using plate BPL003 from the Born Pretty Store, first with silver stamping polish, then black.
On these nails: 2 coats of Look at You, Pink-achu! from the Hello Pretty! collection by Gelish + BLE/M5 water decals from the Born Pretty Store.
The decals looked great when first applied, but did not last long at all. Within a couple hours they began to wear away from the tips of my nails, as you can see in the photo. I had only used one coat of Top It Off, so perhaps I should have used two for better protection. Next time I will keep the design closer to the cuticle and leave the tip open. I had no trouble with wear issues near the cuticle.
For these nails I started by applying Star Nail Deep Smile Well Less Tips, which I’ve had sitting around for a couple years and never used. I wasn’t sure I would like the deep smile line. They applied nicely, though it took some finesse to get the tip to lay flat (parallel to my short free edges). Then I shortened the length and filed the shine off so I could apply the Gelish Pink Builder Gel. I have enjoyed using my ASP Form-A-Nail nail forms in the past, so I decided to give those a try again. As you can see, they did a great job forming the nail over the tips. It takes a bit of practice when using these with gel because you have to press and hold them still on the nail while they cure to prevent air bubbles. It’s a bit of a pain, but less so than sculpting and filing.
Side note: I don’t have a photo of it, but a few days later I did a fill using the nail forms. First I filed in the cuticle area that needed to be filled, and removed the shine. Then, I used the nail forms to do the fill, this time using Gelish Clear Builder Gel, since I planned to paint over them with Gelish gel polish.
So there you have it – a quick and easy, perfect French manicure. Honestly, it might have been too easy using these products! I felt lazy not having to sculpt the pink and whites!
This is two coats of Gelish Ivory Coast with Snow Bunny sponged on the tips to create the fade effect. On the top half of the nail I also added a coat of A Moment of Magic from the Gelish Cinderella collection. After I did this set I got really busy and didn’t take a picture. This is after 8 days!
This is Gelish Deep Sea, with Arabesque water decals and silver flat back studs from the Born Pretty Store.
Stay tuned for a review of these embellishments soon!