Happy Friday and Happy Halloween!
After a 3 or 4 week sabbatical from manicures of any type I was WAY overdue…it’s gel time! I was looking for a proper fall color and my manicurist suggested the mood gel so I said what the hey.
Perfect Match gel polish in color Moonlit Eclipse.
It applies as light grey and stays as light grey when body temperature is warm or room temperature and turns dark grey when hands are cold. It’s pretty fun!
What do you think?
Since I had to get a manicure a week sooner than I expected (Just Gel Polish experience) this week will be a gel break week (haha that sounds like jail break if you say it fast) especially since I noticed that a layer of my nail bed came off when I peeled off my last gel manicure. I walked in the salon with intentions of getting just a clear top coat but this color was calling my name, I think it’s an old color because I had a hard time finding it on the website but saw that it can be purchased on off sites like beauty.com. Just consider this a gel break week with a little umph!
Essie: Tuck It In My Tux
Welp here I am a week later posting about my latest experience with a gel manicure. I’ve got 2 words for you no bueno. So far I’ve tried the Perfect Match gel polish brand and the Just Gel Polish brand with an accent finger in the Gelaxy brand. Now the gel manicures promise to last up to 14 days but I know for me that’s probably unrealistic as I seem to spend more time than I’d like with my hands in water (also I’m a mild germophob sooooo there’s that). My mission is to find the gel polish with the nicest colors that’s lasts the longest for me. Perfect Match was pretty good, I had a good 8-9 day run with a flawless manicure and on their website that have some fall/winter colors that I’m excited to try.
Just Gel Polish brand however I’m totally disappointed by, I got my nails done on Thursday and by the following Tuesday they were peeling off. Before I was able to just peel it off it started to lift at the tips of my nails allowing dirt to get under them which made for gross looking nails and led me to just pull the shit off (excuse my french), I was completely over it! Not my idea of a good time that’s for sure. Needless to say although they offer super cute color options I won’t be giving Just Gel Polish another go round. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
No Worries…I Got This!
I’ve crossed over to the gel side ya’ll.
I tried gel polish for the first time 2 weeks ago and I’m sold! For the first 3 days I just stared at my nails amazed at the fact that they hadn’t chipped or cracked. For me that’s super important with all the housework and water that my hands are in. I’ve heard that gel weakens your nails so I intend to take breaks in between gels to let my nails rest.
This weekend Mr. Grumps and I have some functions to attend so I went with the gels again, I tried Just Gel Polish in color Jupiter Blue with Gelaxy Vase of Hearts.
How do you like my color combo?
Have you tried gel polish before? Are you pro/con gel?
I expressed in one of my previous posts OPI: You Are So Outta Lime that a lot of Essie’s and OPI’s summer neon colors need at least 3 coats to look like something and since then my frustration has grown. I gave up the fun, bright in the bottle neon and moved on to the pale almost white looking colors. I’ve always loved white nail polish but with my complexion it gets tricky and can sometimes look like I painted my nails with White Out (do people still use white out?).
This is my second time going to the salon in my neighborhood aka the hood salon and using this color. I liked it so much that I’ve been searching for it in Target, Walgreen, Duane Reade and beauty supply stores to buy it (you know I really love a polish when I purchase it) and I kept lucking out. Last week I went back to the salon and used the same color again, I even told the technician how much I loved the color and how I was having a really hard time finding it. She said I may be having such a hard time because it’s an older color and the stores usually sell the most recent collections. Viable explanation right? Wrong. As I’m sitting here on the Essie website looking for an image of the color I thought was “Nice is Nice” I see that the actual Nice is Nice looks nothing like what is on my nails. Nice is Nice is lilac and this color is a pale, faint green. My trust has been breached. I’ve been bamboozled, run amok, led astray. I wish I could quit this salon but they do really good pedicures. I feel so vulnerable at this moment. I don’t know what’s worse that they have a custom color in an Essie bottle or that the technician gave me a straight-faced lie that was so believable.
I digress. Anywho, let’s not deviate from the topic at hand. I will not let the deceitfulness of the salon take away the fact that it’s a really cute color on me and that I love it so.
What do you think?
(excuse the chip. hashtag human dish washer problems)
After a month of my nails going through a chipping like crazy phase and not growing as quickly as they usually do, I decided to give my nails a break (no pun intended). Instead of getting a manicure with a new color every week I’ve been alternating with color and just top coat. I take it the break agreed with me as my nails are back to tiptop conditions.
I’m especially loving the many fun shades of purples and blues nail collections have to offer this summer. Last week I chose Essie’s “In the Cab-ana” and broke up some of the blue with Essie’s “Luxeffects Set in Stone”.
In the Cab-ana
Luxeffects: Set in Stone
What are some of your summer favorites/go to shades?
I went into Sephora to pick up one thing and of course I walked out with a bag filled with goodies. By far my favorite purchase was Formula X by Sephora’s explosives top coats in “chaotic”
It can be an easy way to spruce up naked nails or an accent to already painted nails and you’ve got yourself fun/funky nails.
I accented my Essie French Affair manicure with chaotic and am absolutely in love with the end result.
Is it amazeballs or what!!!