Time to do a little update on the Gel Nails.
You can check out my "tutorial" on the gel nail system I used, here.
I have to say that they were FANTASTIC, especially for the cruise!!
Here's a quick comparison of the 14 days.
From first glance, they appear lighter, which may be true, but that could
also be the lighting of the picture.
I felt that the shine really held up for the two weeks.
The edges were worn a bit, but no chips. I also thought it was great,
that I didn't break a nail either!
My nails always seem thin and brittle, which means they tend to break a lot.
In the close up, you can see nail growth, which is normal and good!
Growing and not breaking!
Now that's what I'm talking about!!
So, I wanted to re-do my nails, but I got called into work and when I work
at the school cafeteria, it's a no nail polish rule.
This would be my first attempt at removing the gel nail polish. I did my reading up on this, and I got out the cotton balls, foil and nail polish remover.
Putting the soaked cotton ball on each nail and wrapping them with foil, was harder than I thought it would be. Sorry, no pics here of that.
When I removed the foil and cotton balls, the polish was still on. It doesn't come off like regular nail polish. I got my orange wood cuticle pusher and began "scraping". Yep, I actually had to scrape it off. It kinda just flaked off. It was strange. But it worked and I didn't feel like it affected my nails at all.
It felt like some of the base coat was still on, so I used a 3-2-1 nail buffer to smooth it all out. Then they felt fine.
I worked for 3 days at the school and no broken nails. (yay!)
So, then I was finally was able to re-paint my nails. I bought this sweet pink color. I was in the mood for spring! I did the whole system and was extremely pleased with them.
Then 2 days later....
Are you kidding me???
Ugh! Nail Fail!
I think I know what happened. For one, I was working at the apartments
and was heavily sanding cabinets and walls... yada yada yada...
Second, I did one thing different when I painted them. I "capped" them differently. (Capping is basically painting the tip of the nail edge.)
The very first time, I capped them before I painted the nail. This time, when I painted the pink I capped after I painted the nail.
Look, at the picture closely. Don't the ends appear a bit thicker? The thicker the polish the less it "cures". I think I painted them too thick in general.
So, after that peel. I decided to re-do all of my nails.
This time I just soaked them and scraped. It definitely was easier. They peeled more than flaked, I think because of the thickness of the polish.
This time, I painted much quicker and thinner, and capped first. The results were much better!
Even after the nail fail, I am extremely happy with my nails. I love that the polish doesn't come off easily. I've continued to sand, paint, do dishes, clean house, type, etc. and no chips and no breaks.
Here's the quick compare again, I love it!
This make me smile!