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.

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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Perfect Landing!

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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?

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.

Gelish “A Very Naut-ical Girl” Collection

For summer 2016 Gelish has once again released a special, smaller collection, in conjunction with Morgan Taylor and other brands sold only at CosmoProf.  (This collection is therefore only sold to professionals and only comes in the full size bottles.) The theme this year is “Nautical Chic.” About a month ago, when we first found out about this collection, I posted the ad… and now I have all four colors in my hands! I was able to find them all in stock at my local Cosmoprof.  I have photos of the swatches from my nail wheel, since I am still wearing spring colors from the Kung Fu Panda 3 collection on my nails.

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Catch My Drift, which looked like a royal blue shade in the ads actually looks more purple in real life.  It’s gorgeous!  I like it much better in person than I thought I would when I saw it in print.

Girls Love Buoys is a vivid pink/purple color; I would call it magenta.  This will probably be a hot color for summer 2016.

My Yacht, My Rules is probably the most unique of the colors in this collection. Though it reminds me of My Secret Santa, it is not a glitter but is iridescent. This is the color I’m probably most excited about. I think it will make for some really cool French manicures.

Wish Upon a Starboard is your standard red for this collection. There are so many Gelish reds now that likely it’s only a shade or two from being just like the others. However, it’s a great summer red and worth having at the salon for clients who aren’t brave enough to deviate from the safety of a standard red color.

As usual for Gelish products, the colors applied nicely in two thin coats.  I had no curing issues, as you can see, even with the darker colors.  What do you think? Will you buy any or all of this collection?