Monday, September 22, 2014

Nubs to Nails-A NexGen gel dip story

Hey guys! I told you that I would tell you all about my experience with NexGen gel dip nails.  This is that post!  I'm going to tell you and show you the steps that took me from peeling nubs to gorgeous nails.

I had done my research and my mom had tried a similar gel dip nail product where she lives and loves it. It looked like it was something I definitely wanted to try.  I made an appt with Diana at Kim Nails as I was told she was the expert at this process.  This happens to be the only salon in the entire area that even does NexGen nails.  There are other gel dip salons, but I wanted specifically NexGen brand.  It looked like it was the best.  Diana told me that people come to see her from hours away just to get this brand and have her do their nails!  How cool is that?

As I told you, I took my camera with me to the salon.  People looked at me funny, but they do that anyways, so it didn't phase me.  HAHA!

Here is what my nails looked like after Diana had removed my polish and the nail glue that was holding my peels together.  I told you about that experience a post or two ago!

OMG how awful is this??  See the peels on my pointer finger?  Yeah they are usually this bad.  I've tried so hard to get them healthy and my genetics just suck I guess!

The first step was to buff them up a bit.  This is the part I dread as I know it's this part that does the most damage to the nail.  It actually wasn't as rough as when I've tried acrylics before.

Next Diana glued on those super long tips.  You know the ones that curl down?  I promise you, I tried so hard to take a picture of that, but I just couldn't even get my camera out of the case!  It was pretty funny trying.  How do people with nails that long do their daily chores????

The tips were cut down a bit.  Here is that step.

See that the buffing wasn't too intense.  Next came the really cool part. For those who've had acrylics before, you know that pot of powder that they dip the wet brush into to make a bead and put that on your nail?  It was like that pot of powder.  Oh and you can pick any color you want.  As in the gel dip product is colored so NO chipping polish!!!!!  Why someone would want to wear the same color for a month I've no clue! HAHA.

So here's what happened next.  Diana applied a prep base.  I'm assuming this was pure alcohol like most nail preps we know and love.  Then she applied something like a base coat.  Then she took my nail and dipped it in the powder tapping my finger to get the excess off my finger.  This process was done three times per nail.  She told me normally you do two but I am super hard on my nails so she wanted to do three. Between each dip, she did another layer of the base coat product.

Here is what that looked like after the three dips per nail.

I chose to just do a sheer pink as I knew I'd be putting my regular polish on top.  My mom when she did hers, did a pink and white one.  But see the powder on my fingers? That's what my nails were dipped into.

Next came the electric file and hand filing.  After that was done, I washed my hands. The very last step to this process was the top coat.  You don't need the UV lamp, you can just fan your nails, but you can't be sure when it's really dry.  I'm not afraid of the UV lamp so I chose to do that to finish off my nails.  There was a bonus step of the paraffin wax, that I love to do!

Here is what the final nails look like.

See the super shiny?  That's the final top coat and is supposed to always stay that shiny.

How gorgeous are these nails?  I am in love with them! As I write this, I have had these on for 4 days now.  They feel natural whereas when I had acrylics before, I always felt like there was something on my nail. It was a weird feeling.  These I don't even think about.  I haven't been babying them at all. I've just been doing what I normally do.

I did do a mani on top of this, which will be my next post.  I'm curious to see what these will look like after removing the polish.

Some points you may be wondering.  I'm told these should last up to a month depending on whether you can "ignore the gap" at the cuticle as the nail grows out. You cannot use acetone as that is what removes this gel dip.  Let me just say that doing cleanup with non acetone sucks! It takes twice as long and is tedious.

I have noticed that on one nail, that either my nail is separating or something but I have super wonky nails on my right hand and until the point where I don't need tips, it may just be from that. I have another appointment in two weeks to remove these and start over.  Diana says not to do fills as it just gets too thick.  In the future, I think I will most likely do three week intervals. Where I live, the price was $40 for one color, $50 for the pink and white.  My mom lives in a rural area and paid $31 for hers.  I do not know what brand she used, but she said it was the same process.

I've already decided that next time I want to go a bit longer and more square.  I do think that I will keep these for a while.  I'm sure they will do some damage to my nails, but you saw how they were to begin with! It's not like I was sporting pretty nails to begin with!

A before and after picture for you.

What I do know, is so far, I love these! I would recommend these to others to try. Diana did a fabulous job and I look forward to having her do my nails for a long time to come!

What do you think?

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Enchanted Polish Dream On, The Devil Wears Polish Browns

It's T minus 2 hours before I try the new to me dip gel mani.  Trust that I will take pictures of the process-if they let me that is, and show you what it's all about.  I can rock the nubs, and I do proudly, but damn do I hate that no matter what I do, my nails are crap. How did I find out about this new technique???  My mom of all people. Yup, the same one who thinks clear is a color, and doesn't quite get my polish addiction has gotten a gel dip french mani and LOVES it!

Stay tuned for that post-oh and don't tell my job as it's illegal.  HEHE.

I'm back to the regular grind.  Day to day existence.  Not as much fun as being on vacation with not a care in the world.  Can a handsome bazillionaire contact me and whisk me away from the doldrums and support me the rest of my days?

If that happened to you, do you think you'd get bored?  If you never had to work again, could do whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted.  Would you then miss the work schedule and that responsibility from that life?  I think I might.

It's not like I wouldn't want to just never work again, it's that I would miss some parts of my job.  But then again, I could just get on my private jet and fly to Paris just for lunch and that would most likely make me feel better!  HAHA.

What would you do?

I'm continuing on with my new brown holos from the set of 8 I recently got from The Devil Wears Polish.  It was very hard trying to decide which ones to wear first.

Here is your silly bottle shot.

OOPS! Who is that creeping in on my bottle shot?  HAHA! That's my baby Checkers-who is officially 12 and cured of her bladder stone!

This is TDWP White Chocolate Cheesecake and Dark Chocolate Torte with Enchanted Polish Dream On.

I started with skittles.

Indoor Sun

Indoor Sun
Swooooooon people!  Look how amazing these are!  I am in love!  Hopefully this will be the last post with the nubs! Cross your fingers!

Next I simply used my nail vinyls and did this.

Indoor Sun

Indoor Sun
How awesome is this???  When did Blogger update things again?  I just wrote a post on Sunday, now it's Wednesday and things are different again.  What the hell?

I am LOVING these brown holos, plus this purple EP is gorgeous! I just got 6 new EPs and I can't wait to show them off!

All right, I'm off to get some nails!

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hayride, Pumpkin Carving and the Equinox

Quite the mysterious title eh?  Stirs up images of the Fall weather coming doesn't it? Well, I just had to put on sweatpants because it's a glorious chilly morning here and my shorts just weren't doing it.

My betta's house is a tad bit cool at 76F whereas, he likes closer to 80F, but he'll have to deal as I like my house cold.

Spent three hours yesterday on the computer uploading pictures to Pinterest.  I had been seriously slacking in that department since the App pissed me off and wouldn't upload in a timely fashion. Seems not ONE person even gives a crap as there is no activity on there at this point in time.

Ah what I do for the nonexistent.

Have you see the Louboutin nail polish? You bet I bought the red one.  I've yet to wear it, but the fancy bottle sits proudly on my dresser in my bedroom for decoration. There are now 30 other colors released.  The bottles are similar, but not quite as fancy.  The different collections have different colored handles.  From silver to steel grey to rosy.  I want them all!!!!

Here's my thought.  I want to sell off ALL my non holo polish, buy up all the Louboutin polish and just use those gorgeous pretties from here on out.

Anyone want to buy my stash?  Let me know.  I am semi not kidding here.

I am planning on selling off some more of my polish, but I still have SO much on my blog sale, that it worries me that things aren't going to sell.  I need to open a Store Envy and go from there.  But damn that's a lot of work.  All those pictures, all that cropping and uploading and info.  Meh.

Not happening any time soon.

Let's talk a brand new to me called The Devil Wears Polish.  She just put out a set of EIGHT brown holos.  EIGHT people!  You know how I love my browns.  Yes I bought the set.  I have yet to show them as I just got them in the mail!

Today though, I will be showing you three of her Fall colors not in this set.

Here is the silly bottle shot.

As the title states, this is Hayride, Pumpkin Carving and Equinox.

Before we go on, I will warn you the super nubs are back.  I spent a lot of time yesterday filing them all the way down then gluing the peeled areas. I subsequently glued my nails to my skin and had to remedy that before polishing.  By this time I was in no mood for anything fancy.


Normally I don't point stuff out as you wouldn't notice if I didn't, but at the point of picture time, I got this weird rash on my middle finger.  It's gone now of course.

These holos are gorgeous. My kind of colors.  I wish the sun had been out to see what would happen there.  Next time for sure.  I simply did some dots.


I need to wear this green alone.  I'm betting it's a stunner for sure!

Have you tried this brand before?

Another random thought-did Blogger change the HTML font?  Seems totally different to me.

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?

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