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Friday, February 14, 2014

I'm Gellin.......

I've been talking for a bit now about trying a clear gel layer on my nails to see if it helps my nails grow.  This is the review of the placing of said gel.

First though, I'm back on the Proactiv wagon.  I was a failure with the original, but now they have Plus. Supposedly reworked from the ground up.  More moisturizing, more techno, more everything.  Do you know how embarrassing it is to be almost 46 and using teen acne products??  I'm so plagued with this crap and it seems to get worse the older I get.

I am so fair and yes I pick at my face which doesn't help the situation and now I have so much acne scarring on top of the active acne that I've decided it's time to do something about it.  Be proactive as it were.  I got my new Plus kit and so far I really like it.  My problem before, was it dried the hell out of my face.  This has a nice moisturizer that seems to be nice so far. It's only been two days, so I can't tell you anything more at this time.

I have, however, made an appointment for a consultation at a Medispa.  This is a type of spa where the technicians are degreed and trained.  I'm not looking for just a facial, I want to do something to help diminish the acne scars.  I will be meeting with one for a free consultation to see if they can help me.  I hope so.  If they can, I plan it to be my birthday present to myself along with the Proactiv, hopefully I can feel better about my appearance.

Now back to the review at hand.  I'm warning you though, there are naked nails beyond this text.  So be forewarned!

Here is what I bought.  It normally costs $60 or so, I found it for $32.

As I said before, I wanted to do a clear layer so I can protect my nails and be able to do my regular polish mani on top.  This is the lightest I could find.

Here is a picture of what's included in this kit.

You get the LED lamp which holds four fingers at a time.  Then from left to right, color polish, base & topcoat, gel primer and gel cleanser.  Then lint free wipes, an orange stick, file, instructions and at the very bottom are white stickers if you really wanted a french mani.  I do not plan to use those ever.

I was so focused that I didn't take pictures of each step.  Here's what I did.

You start by making sure you have no cuticles on your nail.  You then use the gel cleanser with the wipes and let that air dry.  I did the four fingers on my right hand first, then my left hand and finally my thumbs.

The next step is the primer.  Now I am new to this so I kept touching my nail to see if it was dry yet.  It stayed tacky and it looked like I put too much on, so I did the cleanser and the primer step over.

Next, I did a thin layer of base coat and cured for 30 seconds.  Your nails look white and glowy under the LED. It was freaky.  As I said, I had to do four fingers at a time.

Then a thin layer of the pink, which really is so sheer, you can't see that it's pink.  Now I'm always guilty of doing thick polish layers, so it was weird for me to do such thin layers with an almost dry brush.  This cured for 60 seconds.

After that was done, you used the cleanser again to clean off the tack on the polish.

Then you finished with another layer of the topcoat and a final 60 second cure.

The last step was the cleaner again.  I have to say, I was getting loopy and high sniffing these chemicals.  It's not for the faint of heart!  If it weren't winter, I'd definitely have opened the windows.

I wasn't very careful about not getting it on my cuticles and when wrapping the tips.  So I do believe I got some on my skin and cuticles.  I'm also not sure I got enough on my nails.

Here are my naked nails.

See? It just looks like I have clear polish on.  I did warn you to watch for the naked nails!

Time will tell whether I did this right. This was my first try and it was easier than I thought.  I am dreading the removal, but if this helps my nails, it'll be worth it.

I did proceed right to a normal mani on top.  I haven't taken the normal mani off yet so that story to come.

Have you tried gellin'?????  Did you like it? Did it help?

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?