Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The BEST thing to happen to manicures!

So, here is how it all started. My toes were just embarrassing. I mean, who knew the nail polish could actually chip off of your TOES??? This is one of the many things I have learned my first year of motherhood, hee hee. So, when MiMi came to watch K for a few hours, I headed to the nail salon. When the esthetician asked me if I wanted a manicure, I said no, as it never seems worth it. She asked if I had ever had the 'gel manicure'. She said 'its different than the old gel nails.'

I simply stated, 'if it came out in 2010, I can assure you I know nothing about it. That year was a mommy blur.'

She tells me that it is made by OPI and that my nails won't break or chip for 2 weeks. WHAAAAAAAAAT????

I'm in. But I ask, if its so great, why isn't everyone in here getting one?

She looks at me and says, ''um, they are."

And thus my gel nail manicure addiction was born. I have been every 2 weeks since. I have had COLOR on my nails for the first time in YEARS, literally. It's awesome. Sometimes I have on sweats and my hair hasn't been washed in days. But MAN, my nails look GOOD! Ha!

As for my horrible pedi polish chipping, I learned that I can get gel polish for my pedicure and I'm gonna try it this week (I'll let you know!)

So, I took this pic with my iphone quickly (excuse the poor quality) but this is my gel nails at the 2 week mark. Not too shabby! This was Strawberry Margarita for my trip to Mexico! I think tomorrow I am going to get Cajun Shrimp (see pic below!)



There was an article on the gel nails in this month's Real Simple Magazine:

http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/makeovers-tips/timesavers/time-saving-beauty-ideas-00000000052655/page3.html

THE FYI:
-Not all nail salons carry the gel nails. Call first to make sure.
-Opi's Axxium Soak-off Gel lacquers and Creative Nail Designs' Shellac are the two brands
-The cost is around $40, but some nail salons offer a polish change only for $25 which you can do every other time to lessen the cost
-You don't have to get your credit card out before your mani, because with gel nails, they are COMPLETELY DRY when you are finished. No messing up the polish!


4 comments:

  1. thanks for leaving a comment over on my blog! I have heard a little about these, but never tried them. I haven't been to the nail salon in forever... maybe it's time! Happy Saturday!

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  2. Shell - I'm an addict too! I love "You Don't know Jacques" and "my private jet" :) It's amazing - you can wash your hands a thousand times a day and clean with clorox wipes, and they never chip!

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  3. Thanks for sharing this, I'm definitely going to try this!

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