Gel manicures

19 Jul

Summer sort of calls more attention to nail color.  I usually get a little creative with my mani-pedi’s, but the cracks and chips and color-swaps each week add up, so yesterday I tried my first gel manicure.  The result?  Flawless nails.
This is a Shellac gel, “a UV-cured ‘hybrid’ nail color that brushes on like polish but holds up like a gel so its naturally, glossy ‘wet look’ finish can last up to two weeks without chipping and doesn’t require power tools for removal.”  Calgel and Minx both file and buff for adhesion and removal, therefore damaging the nail.  I was told, to remove Shellac, simply soak my digits in an acetone wrap for 10mins — easy!  And to maintain the gel, apply any ol’ top coat every two, three days.  Its fresh look can actually last three weeks!  Note to self: now is not the time to be capricious.

Etoile Isabel Marant SS 2011. CND Color Shellac Strawberry Smoothie.

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