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Friday, February 14, 2014

Gelly Polish

So this is an at home gel manicure starter kit. I have no experience with gel polishes at all so this is all new to me. I received this kit as a gift and was wondering why I never thought to try out a gel polish. Then I checked the prices of them. They are crazy expensive! I didn't know what all the hype about them was, but apparently they have this super tough no chip formula that lasts up to 2 weeks. But the price of this kit alone is crazy! It's about $60.00 at the drugstore price, but it was on sale (which is awesoommmee). But why so expensive? I'm not sure about nail salon prices since they vary by area, but it costs about $30.00 to $50.00 to get a gel manicure by a professional. This kit offers enough supplies for that same manicure ten times. So I guess if you think about it that way, you're saving money by buying this kit once and using it over and over again. But for me personally, I feel like you're really just paying for the fancy schmancy lamp it comes with. It's an LED lamp (not a UV one!) that cures your polish and treatments in as little as 2 minutes. The color my kit is in is "Pink Chiffon," but there are other color choices available.

Let's open it up and see the stuff!

So, the lamp runs off of a power cord to plug into the wall rather than batteries, which is pretty neat. It also it full of tiny light bulbs and apparently they never run out. You never have to replace them, BUT, it does have to be maintained after each manicure. You have to clean it to keep the mirror walls clean otherwise it could mess up your next manicure.

These are the essential pieces to the kit: cleansing gel, gel primer, nail color, and the gel base/top coat. These are so tiny! I thought they were full sized, but I guess it makes sense that are mini sized since they are for 10 manis. How many would a full size bottle last? These are available in full size (all of the pieces) on the SensatioNail website webstore or where SensatioNail products are sold. This way you don't have to keep repurchasing the kit just for these pieces.

And a close up of the lamp. It's like a small mirror box. It beeps at the 30 second mark since it takes 30 seconds to cure some parts and 60 to cure others so you don't have to have a stopwatch around, it basically times itself. Also I don't think the brand of the lamp matters. Any gel polish will work with it as long as it is LED approved, which it should say on the box of the polish. Something like "Use With LED," or "LED Approved."

Oh, so another thing - removal. You have to purchase a completely different set for the removal of this stuff! Well, you don't have to, but it's recommended. Otherwise you just soak your nails in 100% acetone for like 20 minutes and then scrape the polish straight off of the nail. Talk about yikes for your nail health. And you have to completely avoid skin and cuticles when applying gel polish. Why? Because if you leave it on then cure it under the lamp, it will harden onto your skin and feel really tight and uncomfortable. So steady with those hands!

So! Have any of you ever used one these at home? Or have you had one done professionally? What do you think of them?

Friday, February 7, 2014

China Glaze - Wish On A Starfish

My first texture polish, ahhh! I picked up three from the Sea Goddess collection from China Glaze: Wish On A Starfish, Tail Me Something, and Seahorsin' Around. Tried out this lovely pink first that has gold flecks throughout it. Application took 3 coats for full opacity.

The feel of it really does feel like sand or fine grainy salty texture. I think it's really neat! I know they released their original texture line, but I personally like these because of the glittery. The "creme texture" ones I was not too fond of. These pictures are without top coat. You do not need to apply one to these polishes because of the finish.

However, I did apply one to see what would happen. I used one thick coat of Out the Door and let it dry. It still gives off a gloss shine, but the texture is still visible and it does not feel glossy or smooth. The texture feel is still there, which I like. I didn't want to remove the finish, I just wanted an extra layer of protection from chipping. So this is what it looks like with one layer of top coat:

Oh, my cuticles may look like they have a bit of blue around them because I was previously wearing Pure Ice's All Night Long which is a deep navy blue with shimmer, and it stained.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Colorful Chubby Penguins

I now present: completely unoriginal nail art!! *fanfare noises*

Yes, this is once again a recreation of a design by youtuber CutePolish. I've been trying to stay away from popular creations so that I can create my own individual work, but when I get artist block, I usually browse until I find something I like. Now, I chose this particular design because I'm obsessed with penguins. I have so many around the house, it's ridiculous. Even my iPod case is a penguin, I love it. So of course I had to paint them on my nails! I used the colors Monte Carlo and Playful Princess by Pure Ice. The orange is Sally Hansen's Crushed, and the black is Hot Black to Go by Rimmel London.

2014 Update

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile, I try to find time to post. Anyway, I've got a couple of designs coming up, along with swatches from different collections, so I'll be on here! I'm definitely planning on picking up a good majority of the China Glaze spring 2014 City Flourish collection once it's released. It may be released already, but I keep checking my local Sally's and they have not stocked them yet. Buttttt, the new Sea Goddess collection is in! So while I'm not a huge fan of textured polishes, I plan to get at least 3 or 4 of them. But the swatches of the City Flourish collection are so lovely! I've heard a lot about how poor the formula is for them, but I really want these colors, so I'm disregarding that...

Also coming out is the Sinful Colors MOD Spring collection which I have not spotted yet. I also want some/most of these colors. Every year it's always the spring collections I want and I hate spring! Mainly due to severe allergies, but still. Those are the colors I usually go for. Summer collections are okay, but I don't particularly go for bold neon colors all the time, so I only get a few from summer collections. Fall collections are usually vampy and bold, and while I do go for a lot of those, spring colors still win. As for winter, I love the holiday collections, but I never know what colors to wear that are wintery. I guess the fall ones just kind of carry over into winter for me.

So I'll be posting more once I get a hold of these new colors from these new collections.