About two years ago the lovely girl who paints my nails introduced me to this wonderful stuff. I used to have my nails painted every six weeks or so but by the time came around for my next treat my nails were often broken and damaged. Since I have been having a gelish manicure my nails look good all the time and I only have them done every six to eight weeks.
WHAT IS GELISH?
There are a number of these special cured varnishes or gels, Gelish is one brand and another is Shellac which I have also tried but not found to be quite as good as Gelish. Both of these applications are applied like a varnish so they do NOT extend your nails or get stuck onto your nails. They are far better than acrylic false nails as they don't damage the nail bed the way false or acrylic nails do.
Both Shellac and Gelish are painted on like a nail polish but they both need curing with a specila UV lamp a bit like when you have acrylic false ones. They both require a few layers but the difference is that Gelish lasts slightly longer and is more resistant to acetone or nail varnish remover so if you want to paint a colour over the top then Gelish is the better choice.
This does have to be cured under a lamp and because of this if you don't have a lamp and all the various layers then you will have to have this done in a salon or by a professional.
MY GELISH EXPERIENCE
As I said I have mine done regularly but only every six weeks or more as it costs around £20. As it costs around £7 for a file and polish I feel I get better value from my Gelish.
My young lady first removes my old Gelish by applying a remover and wrapping the nails in tin foil. Once it is soft she then uses a metal implement similar to that for pushing back cuticles and the stuff comes off in sheets.
Once the main stuff is removed she then trims my nails, pushes back the cuticles and files them to the right shape as well as buffing them so that they are smooth and ready to receive the Gelish.
The first layer is a base coat which has to be cured under a UV or special LED lamo ( the LED only works with Gelish not Shellac). Next is the first layer of the polish which again must be cured under the lamp, another layer of polish or in my case one layer of white for my French polish, then a second white for French both need curing in between. I then have another layer layer and a top layer once again both cured. Finally I have the top coat which gives the shine.
Once all this is done the young lady wipes my nails with an isopropyl alcohol. as this top coat leaves a sticky later which needs to be wiped away . She usually finishes my nails off with a brush painting some cuticle oil onto my cuticles to help condition my nails.
THE BEST PARTS
I can use my hands as soon as the process is finished and not have to wait ages for the varnish to dry and set. I can get my money out of my purse and drive home knowing that my nails will still look just as good when I get home with no smudges or chips.
My nails stay shiny and un chipped for the six weeks.
My own nails grow underneath and yet are protected so I never have a break or split in my nails now. I can do the gardening and clean the floor and so much more and not bother with gloves to protect my nails. I come in , scrub them and they look as good as new again.
By choosing French polish with the clear base I find as my nails grow I can buff the join and apply clear varnish over the top and no one can even see the new growth. This also works if you have a varnish the same colour as your Gelish colour.
Gelish does not damage my nails and in fact has given them extra strength and stopped them splitting and breaking.
Gelish gives me a good six weeks of nail protection and four weeks without having to do anything to my nails.
Gelish have a huge range of colours around seventy I believe and of course you can mix and match with alternate colours or adding stripes etc if you are clever.
I can type and not worry about damaging my nails or my manicure and I do type quite a lot, every day.
Another bonus I have found is that varnish lasts much longer of the gel as the oils from my nails don't affect it. I can get a goo week out of a varnish application with no chipping at all providing I don't actually do any gardening or silly manual work like decorating.
The Gelish does not stain your natural nails like some varnish does.
It doesn't lift,chip or peel at all.
If you want to remove the Gelish at home then all you have to do is soak your nails with an acetone remover. Dip cotton wool in the remover and then wrap that around your nail with tin foil and leave it to soak for about 1 minutes and it then will rub off or you can strip it with a cuticle pusher back implement gently so you don't damage your nail.
DO YOU HAVE TO DO ANYTHING ELSE
They do suggest you wear gloves doing damaging nail type of jobs and apply a bit of nail oil daily but I NEVER wear gloves for doing jobs as I hate them . I do apply a bit of nail oil when I remember and lots of hand cream which also has benefits to the nails but that is all I do.
The only other thing I do is file down my nails when they grow longer which means the white of the French polish does get a bit thinner but I sort that by painting over with a varnish of a colour of my choice.
A wholehearted yes. It might seem expensive but in the long run it is an economy as I have nice nails all the time and only have them done every six weeks. Prior to finding Gelish I would have my nails done, they would last a week at most and then I would have to try and do it myself , my nails would break and look ugly and I would have them done every month with then looking awful for the last two weeks and breaking so that they didn't actually look good even after the new manicure.
I will never go back to having normal varnish.
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