Pink smoothie

After an all important internal wrangle regarding Gelish versus Regular Manicure - I went for Gelish.

Gelish is basically the same as Axxium, Shellac et al - it's all the same concept and a similar process - and that means a 2-3 week manicure that should remain shiny and chip free.

I first got this at the beginning of the year at a place called Vy's in Earls Court - the best nail place in London FYI :) - and have a few things to say about it:

a) It makes acrylics look like a relic from the past - this new generation gel treatment is kinder to nails and in my opinion, looks a lot better than acrylics. And we all know that I used to love acrylics ;)

b) It's a slightly tedious application process - maybe it's just me but after a while the whole UV curing process gets a bit dull....1 minute under the light here, 1 minute under the light there....time seems to pass soooo slowly when you are waiting for the gel to cure. The removal process is also tedious - soaking the stuff off and then preparing the nail for more...good job it's worth it! :) 

c) Don't have it all the time - I know quite a few people on Twitter and Blogger have said that it's not damaging and I do agree but I have also been told by various manicurists not to wear the gel all the time. It's great for a a couple of applications but then give yourself 2 weeks off before you go back for more. I think that seems sensible.

d) It (sort of) lasts 2-3 weeks - when my nails were a little longer, the Gelish quickly chipped away. I batter my keyboard and am quite...active?....with my hands (that sounds weird) and whilst it does strengthen the nail it does not make it invincible. In my experience, it tends to last longer - and look better - on short nails. Also, as a sidenote - Gelish seems to last longer than Shellac - at least on me.

e) You will feel guilty - the guilt will only hit those with a decent sized nail polish selection. If you do then you will feel like you are being disloyal to all those pretty bottles. I had such guilt that I even went on ebay to buy my own UV lamp and UV Seche Vite - enabling me to use my collection and get some benefit of a gel finish. That didn't last long - all the tools in the world don't disguise the fact that I am cack-handed when it comes to applying polish.

f) The colour range on offer is a bit pants - this is one of the most frustrating elements of the whole gel genre. It expands all the time but the salons that I have been to have, at most, 20 colours. Compare that to regular manicures with the likes of Essie and you start to feel a bit hard done by.

g) When you do choose your colour, choose wisely - I once got Go Girl applied to my nails: an obnoxious pink. The technician at Vy's really didn't want to apply it and I think she had a sixth sense because her warning rang true - it really started to piss me off after a few days. If something is on your nails for 2-3 weeks then make sure it goes with your skin tone, your clothing shades and your mood.

For that reason I went for a safe and lovely pale pink called Pink Smoothie this time. And I am not yet bored with it.


 Another colour recommendation is below - this (I think - it's been about 6 months since I had it applied) is Taffeta and was my first sojourn into Gelish. I just loved this natural cream. It's pretty sheer but that helps it remain non-offensive:




As I mentioned I get this done in Vy's in London and Tips and Toes in Dubai.

Phew - that was a lot of nail chat, wasn't it?! :)

48 comments:

  1. It's a massive shame that the places you've been have had such a limited colour range when there are so MANY Gelish Colours! I work with Artistic colour Gloss which is the same, even made int eh same factory, but the colours are designed by the Chanel guy, Tom Bachik, if you ever find a salon near you that does it, check it out! Also, it shouldn't be damaging to your nails at all! I'm surprised anyone thinks this... can only presume those whose nails have been dry after haven't been using their cuticle oil day and night! You dye your hair, and use conditioner and so when you put stuff on your nails, you should use conditioner then too (cuticle oil!).

    I appear to be going on a bit... can you guess what I do for a living? haha SOrry! x

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  2. Looks really lovely and natural on you! I love short nails. Whenever I let my nails longer.. it always decide to rip itself off. Maybe my hands are also the active type of hands. LOL!

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  3. Looks lovely! What price range is a gelish mani usually? You really got me curious xx

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  4. @Charlie - haha they probably know I am crap at applying cuticle oil so they are giving some friendly advice :)

    @Myrted - I think this is the reason my nails only get so far :)

    @Heartcore - in London I have paid up to £30, in Dubai about £15. Expect to pay about £20 I would say:)

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  5. Pink Smoothie is too cute!

    www.boscy.blogspot.com

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  6. I would be one of the "guilty" ones. One of the main reasons I haven't tried gel is that I can't bring one of my own nail polishes from my collection to the nail salon.

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  7. looks really nice , too bad their colors were limited on these case I always get the safe neutral colors, they always look good :) have a great day Laura xx

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  8. do you mean you used normal polish with a gel top coat? because they need to be gel polishes, they're not just normal polishes! x

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  9. I love that color! Maybe I would actually be able to wear that for classes since it's so delicate... (I have classes in hospitals and the doctors don't like us wearing nail polish :( )

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  10. Oooh, I work near Vy's so will have to check them out! I love how they look but I would also be one of those guilty ones!

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  11. i like the idea of it but like you said my polish collection is pretty big and i love the variety, i like being able to chqange every couple of days so i think i would get bored with the same colour for a couple of weeks... i have pretty short nails but i imagine the regrowth is really annoying... personally regular polish is for me but my mum swears by Gelish, she just wants presentable smart nails...

    www.missmathful.blogspot.com

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  12. That's the same stuff as Bio-gel I'm guessing?
    I loved that stuff.

    I love the look of tidy nails, but hate acrylics (now that I've discovered bio-gel).I like it to look as natural as possible.

    I know Bio-Gel has a pretty good range of color for this type of nail application, maybe check it out? Not sure if it's available in the UK though...

    To give you an idea:
    http://www.atelier630.com/2010/10/post-21-new-nails.html

    http://www.atelier630.com/2010/09/post-14-healthier-alternative-to-fake.html

    Cheers!

    Yaya,
    http://www.atelier630.com

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  13. I like how they look so clean and polished!

    cheers

    jacqlibrawrites.blogspot.com

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  14. They look lovely! Did you use the UV seche over normal nail polish and if so did it make it last any longer? I've got loads of darker coloured nail polishes that I hardly ever wear because of chipping issues!x

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  15. OOh never heard of this before now, might have to try it now :) xox

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  16. @emma - yes! it made my polish last for about 5 days without chipping (on average). and that's not bad for me!! :)

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  17. I definitely couldn't keep one nail varnish on for 2 weeks!! I would feel so disloyal haha
    xxx


    http://angiebeautybelle.blogspot.com/

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  18. lovely colour but i don't think i could make a commitment to one colour for such a long time! X

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  19. I love this look, I do the same thing with my natural nails and a Boots Natural Collection nail polish.

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  20. They look so delicate! Maybe I should consider these instead of acrylics! x

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  21. Looks lovely, I haven't had Shellac yet exactly for the reason you stated. I have so much nail varnish that I would have to neglect all my favourite colours. I do miss Vy's for the mani pedi though....

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  22. That is sooo nicely applied. Normally when I get shellac the nail is actually exposed by the cuticle... thought that was part of the package! Think its time to have a nail sesh again soon, cant decide on shellac or acrylics... still recovering from my previous acrylics so might try gelish this time..

    http://prettyaesthetics.blogspot.com/

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  23. They look fab. I am not a fan of painting my nails (also kack handed) so these are the best solution for that IMO. I think the price is pretty good too.

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  24. Great color. I need to find a good nail place here in Munich

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

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  25. thank you for the recommendation! now that i live in london i have to refind all the "places" i had back home :) this salon is deff going on my list :)
    xx

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  26. I just get clear gel and then paint over it with whatever polish that I'd like - as long as I use an acetone-free remover it's fine, and the polish lasts far longer on the gel because the natural oils aren't affecting it.

    I can't go for more than a few days with the same colour, so this way works for me. I mostly wear them natural, but they're always shiny. I get so many comments on them, it's lovely!

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  27. your nails look flawless in the last photo. i love nailks when they are short and bordering on square. i just painted mine with multi colour glitter from OPI for a trip to vegas on friday!!

    http://i-want-doesnt-get.blogspot.com/

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  28. Ooh so pretty! Your perfect nails reminds me that sometimes an at home manicure just doesn't cut it.

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  29. First off, I totally miss your videos on Youtube. Just wondering if you could drop the name of the eBay store(s) you mentioned in an old video, where you could get O.P.I polishes way cheaper than in regular stores? Thanks! :)

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  30. such a pretty colour, how much do they normally cost? I really want to get some done because I love have colour on my nails however I am not aloud to have chipped nails at work, working at links of London we have to look pristine all the time and working with split rings and clasps can chip nails very quickly.

    xxx
    http://tinypollypocket.blogspot.com/

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  31. Love the last picture, your nails look perfect! That's the colour I would choose too x

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  32. I really like the gel nails! I've never got them before! Would they do gel nails in a nail polish of your choice like Chanel's Graphite! That would be pretty cool!

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  33. Look pretty :) Thanks for the post x

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  34. I got the gel nail polish a couple months ago as french tips. It really did not last that long before it started chipping and peeling away. I would say like a week. :( I did a post about it here..
    http://foxyladybeauty.blogspot.com/2011/07/french-tip-shellac-nail-polish.html

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  35. I really like nude nail colours they look chic and go with everything! (:

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  36. I want to try Gel nails so much! But it's true, I dont' know if I could stick with one color for 2-3 weeks haha!

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  37. Nude square nails are gorgeous and timeless! love it.

    Please check out my new blog http://umi-beautyandotherthings.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for the post!

    LotsofLove

    Umi x

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  38. love your nails. i remember getting mod about you, vodka and caviar and van dgo only because you liked it so much. i really do trust your sence of style &heart;

    anialoves.com

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  39. Your nails look gorgeous! I love the natural look on you - so pretty <3

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  40. I love that you Chose a Natural Colour, I can't Stand people to get these Grazy colours with Gell/Arcrylic/Shellac/Gelish and it never seems to match there outfit right! this is a really good job to! love all of your posts.

    Zeeta x

    http://justlamode.blogspot.com/

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  41. very informative! that is a nice shade on you.

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  42. lovely colour!!!
    Question.. I was interested in getting some shellac colours.. do you really have to buy a uv light thing to set it? I've heard you have to by some people and some others have said you don't that it can dry just like normal nail varnish it just takes a bit longer.
    The colour you chose looks really nice on your nails! :)

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  43. Such a simple and understated color. Looks clean and pretty.

    www.thisis-splendid.blogspot.com

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  44. Looks amazing, I went and got Shellac'd this morning, not great results, see my post here http://ishinelikejewellery.blogspot.com/2011/10/shellac-nails.html

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  45. Ooooh! Laura!
    Does the Seche UV top coat mean you can put it on on top of normal polish???

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  46. Lovely color reminds me OPI Samoan Sand, which is my absolute favorite.

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  47. Such a pretty color, love the effect and its really just awesome! thanks for sharing:). I've got one of the gel polish kit at Runway Professional. Its really nice and perfect for me. I strongly recommend checking them out.

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