Hi, my name is Eleanor and I am a gel polish newbie. There, I said it out loud…phew. I have never given gel much thought mostly because I am not too keen on putting anything on my skin, hair & nails; that I am not 110% certain of. Well that is what I thought 3 weeks ago.
I love vanished nails. Thinking about it now, I have way too many bottles than I can use (Yard sale anyone?). My only problem though is that on Day 1, literally my nails are chipping away and that frustrates the life out of me. So while having drinks with some girls and talking all things beauty, Atsoko was recommended as the best place to break my gelginity.
I don’t need to ramble on about how awesome gel vanish is. I mean, it lasts 3 weeks (mine did), looks glossy the whole time and there is no smudging. That is major if you have seen me do my nails and how they look after **facepalm**. But for those that are like me, here’s the low-down // you have the usual 3 coats: base, color & top coat …. like duh, the only difference is after each application you pop your nails under UV light for it to harden and dry up STAT!!
This is how I know I am sold on this stuff, last Saturday, I went back to Atsoko (which btw has some of the nicest staff & great make-up selection from Sleek. But that’s a story for another day) to get another color done. Now removing it is not your usual remover & cotton 5-minute step. Nah ah, it’s a whole process. The salonist placed acetone onto cotton, filled my nail with it & wrapped the nails and cotton with foil for about 10 mins // he then used a nail tool to scrap the softened vanish off, cleaned them and repeated to put on another color.
I am no doctor but I would say that the UV light stings when it does, remember that this is a small price to pay for beauty. Now that I have experimented with my nails. Skin, hair let’s do this…
Have you tried out gel vanish? What has your experience been? Let me know in the comments below.
// Top – H&M // Jeans – Zara // Sandals – Ted Baker // Bag – Zara