Category Archives: Gel

Classic Mani Game Changer…?


Natural nail manicures can last up to 7 days if they are properly tailored to the client. But realistically, if you have weak nails like myself, they rarely last a day without chipping. That is just my reality.  So most times, I like to opt for a gel mani.  However, I hate the time it takes to remove a gel mani. So now enters Essie, with this new gel setter top coat.  It is supposed to take your natural nail mani to a new level, giving you gel longevity and shine, but the quick removal time of a natural nail mani.  Personally, I want to get my hands on this one and see if it lives up to they hype.  Read the Nails Mag article below.

Essie Gel Setter is a gel-like top coat that will reinvigorate the classic mani without added curing or removal time. Now in the hands of nail professionals, Gel Setter creates a new gel-like service opportunity and works seamlessly with Essie’s 250+ shades. Its innovative formula features acrylates copolymer — a technology that provides a thick,…

via Essie Gel Setter Keeps Nails Shining — NAILS Magazine

ManiMonday: Monique Lhuillier for Essie


Designer Monique Lhuillier has teamed with Essie for a new gel polish line. The colors are very neutral and spring, and perfect for bridal season. Essie’s gel polish line is perfectly smooth, and always shiny. They even have a vitamin strengthening base coat for those of us, like myself, whose nails can get weak from even the lightest filing. I used to love that treatment by itself.  Check out the post by Nails Mag below.

This Essie Gel Couture collection marries the designer’s famed and luxurious attention to detail with Essie’s renowned color authority. “I created shades fit for every bride, a perfect complement to unique bridal couture and natural beauty,” says the designer. Colors include Blush-Worthy, Dress is More, Berry in Love, To Have & To Gold, Sage You…

via Essie Gel Couture by Monique Lhuillier — NAILS Magazine

CND Gilded Dreams Holiday 2014- Shellac Vinylux Swatches


CND Gilded Dreams Holiday 2014- Shellac Vinylux Swatches.


THE CND ADDITIVES THO!!!!!!!! I want to get my hands on those!!




Do you want to try them?



Stylist Aeriael’s Tiffany & Co Inspired Set

Stylist Aeriael’s Tiffany & Co Inspired Set

Here is a gel polish short set I did for Aeriael! She is a stylist in Waldorf, MD, specializing in braided styles.

Some items used to achieve this look:

· Color: LeChat Moon Dance
· 5ss Genuine Crystals in Clear
· 16ss Genuine Crystals in Clear AB
· Silver Dots
· Silver Holo Glitter
Aeraele picked a gel polish for its lasting durability. Because she is constantly doing hair, her nails are exposed to a lot of conditions that may cause regular nail polish to chip. I picked a cute design that wasn’t too much for her conservative nature but still a bit of bling for her. She absolutely loves it.

Here are a few examples of her work:\




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Creative Nail Design (CND) obtains patent for “Removable Multilayer Nail coating System”


United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a patent to CND for “Removable Multilayer Nail Coating System and Method” on Sept 24.  Prior, CND introduced VINYLUX, a two part weekly polish system that guarantees a chip free wear for up to 7 days and is easily removable. The color polish includes the base coat. I know a lot of nail techs swear by the CND base coat ‘Stickey’.  This system eliminates the need for that.  The top coat in this system is a patented technology. It allows for the brilliance and durability of a hard, UV-cured top coat, but it is removed by nail polish remover or acetone quickly. 


The patent goes on to explain the two types of nail coverings: artificial nails and nail polishes. Nail polishes are easily scratched, and tend to peel away from the natural nail in one to five days.  They are also easily removed with a solvent such as nail polish remover or acetone. Artificial nails, on the other hand, require a chemical reaction (either mixing the liquid mononer and power polymer to create an acrylic nail or exposing the oligomer gel to a UV light and curing) to create a long lasting, highly durable nail coating that is difficult to remove.  Artificial nails possess increased adhesion to the natural nail plate and are scratch resistant.  But these characteristics make them incredibly difficult to remove – most require the artificial nail to be soaked in acetone or other solvent for up to 90 minutes or filing down the artificial nail. Further artificial nails require the nail plate to be etched or ‘roughed up’ which is a required step for the best adhesion. 


CND looks to bridge the gap between durability and longevity when it comes to a nail polish for natural nails.  They want the polish to have great adhesion to the natural nail and therefore last for at least a week, but still allow wearers to remove the polish with ease. Their product Shellac can last for two weeks, but it requires soaking to remove.


According to the patent, in a chemical test the top coat can be cured with a UV light, and in chemical tests it remained intact after being rubbed with a cotton saturated with acetone over 150 times.  For comparison, a regular top coat was completely removed It did dull however.  In pencil hardness tests, it was torn by a 3H and 6H pencil. A regular top coat was dented and torn by 3H and 4H pencils. 


Another thing about the VINYLUX system is some polish colors match the Shellac colors.  So in theory; you could get a shellac manicure, purchase the matching VINYLUX shade and your manicure could last for well over a month if you polished the part of nail that grows out.  Currently the VINYLUX weekly polish comes in 62 shades. 


When I was in Nail Tech School, my professor was a CND lady. She LOVED CND. I didn’t always love CND; but I must say after using a few of their products, I love them as a company.  They are one of the most well rounded nail companies out there.  They test their products over and over, they have their own scientists, their own nail techs, they are at every fashion event and even create new looks for the runway shows. The product works, they are innovative, and they can cater to any woman’s style. Overall, the company just looks like a fun place to work. 



I am currently in the process of purchasing a few bottles to review for you guys, but my finals are coming up so that may very well come in December…


If you have used the VINYLUX weekly polish system, what do you think about it?


Zoya’s Willow with a Junk Nail


Quickie Post today. I’m just returning from vacation and Im sick today 😦

I wanted to share my nails from my trip. They aren’t that neat as I was rushing to get everything done at the last minute before I left. But here it is. It’s the Light Elegance Diamond Glitter polish on my thumb, middle, and pinky fingers. Then I have Zoya’s Willow on my index and ring fingers. I did a ‘junk’ accent nail on my middle finger using some different shaped rhinestones, and multi colored flat backed pearls (cabochons).


Picked Willow because I was going to warm climate, so I wanted something that would embody warmth, but still be soft in case when I got back, I didn’t feel like wouldn’t have the time to change the polish color.  And she did her job perfectly.  The coral color reminds me of a warm spring day, but still maintains her spring coolness.  It has a tinge of frost in it and I think that is why I love it for late spring/early summer. Even though Im still wearing it in the dead of winter.

What do you think?

Light Elegance Diamond Glitter


Hi everyone! I got a few pot of Light Elegance Gels a couple of days ago. Im pretty happy I did because I was invited to a grand opening of Pampered Look Nail Salon in Temple Hills MD. Do I have a booth to work out of on weekends?!?! I dont know. More to come […]