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Monday, August 8, 2016

EZ Dip Gel Attempt #3

Hey guys-today we have the third attempt at my doing EZ Dip gel nails at home.  In actuality, I've already done them again since I took these photos.  I'm behind in my posts.  So these photos are two weeks old. The ones I did yesterday, I did not take pictures of as I figure three times is enough and don't want to bore you!

Yesterday's nails got cut down to the quick.  Not intended, but I ripped two when removing the gel and didn't feel like gluing tips on.  So in future posts, you will see much shorter nails.

Now first this attempt- I was going to go back to the pink gel.  I just felt that three dips of the clear made things too thick.  The craziest thing happened when I was soaking off the clear gel.  I got all this "stuff" stuck to my ring and my fingers and when I dumped the leftover acetone down the sink, all this crud stuck to the drain.

It was like sticky cotton candy.  I could not get it off me and had to get tweezers to pick it out of my drain as I didn't want it going down to my septic.

My thoughts are that maybe I didn't use enough acetone? I try not to waste any and I think the combination of the melted gel and the cotton mixed to make an awful substance.

The set I did yesterday I used more acetone and while the crud still happened, it wasn't to the degree of this past one.  I also made sure that I "stayed within the lines" as it were and attempted to keep as much off my cuticles as possible.

I think I did pretty good.

This is two dips of pink gel.

As you can see, I pretty much kept it off my cuticles.

Here is the side view so you can see it's way thinner than the three dips of clear.

I was way happier with this set than the set before.  See how much thinner it is? Of course I was terrified I'd break a nail with it being this thin, but I didn't-until soaking these off two weeks later!

My thoughts so far? I have GOT to stop using acetone for my polish cleanup.  What is happening is the gels are lifting from the cuticle area.  I know part of this is that I am still getting gel on my cuticle itself and part is using acetone for cleanup and it is getting under the gel.

My other issue is the longer my nails get, they curve down add this to the lifting at the back and I was doing some damage to my nail bed itself.  I was using nail glue almost every day of the second week wearing these. Not cool.

When I soaked these off, my nails were super duper long.  While I liked them, I don't like the curve down thing. Where they curve combined with the gel lifting, I had a weak area of bendyness.  So that's why I cut them down so much as I needed to clear out the damage and start over.

Am I going to stop doing this EZ Dip process? Oh hell no.  Not right now anyway.  I love the length I do get too much.  Plus my polish lasts oh so much longer without chipping.

So in closing, I am still loving this process and the more I do it, the more I learn and the better I will get. If you have any questions, ask away!

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?