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5 Reasons why I Won't Become a Gel Nail Addict




What are my 5 reasons why I won't become a gel nail additct you may wonder.


Having said this it's not as if I've had hundreds.  No siree.  No, I have had one. I just  dabbled recently in the departure lounge of Gatwick Airport.  This was a 15 minute turnaround, (many a low cost airline would aspire too this).  The gel was applied and dried in quater of an hour. I was truly impressed at the immediate driededness (should be a word) and I loved the colour, OPI 'I Eat Mainly Lobster'.  Oooh it's a gorgeous deep coral with a subtle shimmer. It is available as a  laquaeur too. Think iconic Cajun Shrimp with a bit of shimmer.  

Back to gel nails.

1. Within 1 week I had some chips in the polish at the tips and found myself judiciously filing my nails.  Then by day 10 I lost 2 complete nails of gel.  I had to do some hasty camouflage by lacquering. It was a this point that I had a visit from  the Goddess of Nails, for I found that I had 'I Eat Mainly Lobster' in my collection anyway.  Go figure.  




2.  After 12 days or so I could see regrowth of new nail at the cuticle.  Along with the chips and my poor efforts at infilling with lacquer my nails began to look like a demolision site.  One gel had come off at work by day 16 too so I had one nail uncoloured!  A colleague asked my if it was the new fashion.  I was out of control of being able to repair my nails myself.  All of my attempts at plastering over the damage failed and I had several days looking a total mess.


my gel nails
A demolision of nails (new collective noun)

3. Then there's the cost.  £18 to remove or £35 to apply with remove thrown in from my local salon.  And this seems standard pricing.  On the other hand DIY lacquer at home, cost is not doing chores.  Hey don't judge if I say to hubs I can't make a cuppa as my nails are drying.  I bet I'm not alone! Do I want to give up being waited on in exchange for splashing out £35 for immediate driededness.



removing gel colour from my nails
foils are used to remove the gel


4. You are advised not to use mineral oils, or products with mineral oils in, as this lifts the gel.  Well this rules out having gel nails when going on holiday then as apparently many suncreams contain mineral oil.  To be honest, I don't know which of my products that I use routinely at home do contain it in order for me to avoid.  

5. On top of all of this is the health warnings I've now seen splashed over the Internet.  Everything from the light used to set the gel to the acetone for removal being harmful in some way.  I'm not linking these warnings as I don't know how much is true or how much is scaremongering but they are easy enough for you to tap into the search engines yourself. 


If you are thinking of expermienting let me pass on a tip. Colleagues who are fans of gel admit to being, in their words, addicted, so who better to provide some advice.   Go  for natural colours so as if they chip it isn't so noticable.  



My therapist at my local salon tells me that the success of gel nails is down to the preparation. 15 minutes at the airport would not have provided enough good preparation for a successful gel application.  

So  mostly I will continue to  love my old fashioned lacquer, especially I Eat Mainly Lobster, oh and Lincoln Park after Dark, and Malaga Wine, oooh and Cajun Shrimp, but I have booked another gel nail appointment to see me over Christmas.  This time an hour's application with my therapist and I will let you know how I get along.  In the meantime I now have had a normal manicure from my therapist with my non gel polish, Lincoln Park After Dark.  Yes I took it with me to the salon. 



OPI nail varnish


But before I leave you there is another snippet to think on.  OPI Infinite Shine range provides a  gel shine without the light and specialist removal.  I don't have any infinite shine in my collection but the next varnish that I buy will be from that range rather than the OPI traditional range. Infinite shine is in the bottles with the silver lids.

having my manicure
Happy that my nails are back in my control and if they chip then I can use my own remover and reapply the varnish.  The contraption is heating the foils to remove the gel



Comments

  1. Interesting post, I knew nothing about gel nails. I love Opi polishes, good tip about their range that gives a gel shine. I used to have acrylic nails done (a few years ago) and they completely ruined my nails

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    1. I was aware of acrylic being bad but not gel. That surprised me.

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  2. Well, how lucky was that to have THE shade for the touch ups. You've had a bad introduction. I became an gel addict this year and I've already learned the hard way that you get what you pay for. And yes, 15 minutes would not give good results. A good gel gives perfect nails for about three weeks.
    I actually enjoy monitoring nail growth as the bare nail appears, I have competitions with my nails. Yeah, sad!
    Have that Christmas gel and sit back and admire the results. Mr Him won't know it's gel if you don't tell him so you can still get all the pampering at home 😉. Hugs, x.

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    1. This blog has been a big learning experience. I may not actually have the second session now having read from others that even twice ruined their nails.

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  3. I think the most important factor is not to let the therapist file the nail bed. This happens a lot in salons, it's to help the lacquer sit on the nail bed. Imagine how thin those nails are after a few sessions? I use rimmel Gel Polish with a top coat and it's fantastic xx

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    1. I imagine its similiar to the OPI infinity range.

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  4. Thanks for sharing your experience, Anna. I'm not a mani or pedi girl. I'm terrible with my nails and everything chips on me. I'm also slack at maintenance.

    I'm just going to focus on my many other beauty interests...

    SSG xxx

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    1. I might now but actually enjoy doing my nails, when I do.

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  5. I have had gel done a few times. It did stay nice for a long time, but I was guilty of leaving it in until the growth was getting out of hand, because it is a pain to remove. After having it a few times in a row my nails became thin too. I think I will stick with the regular version, unless it’s for a special occasion that I want to make sure it looks good for.

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    1. Thank you for letting me know. It has prompted me to not have the second attempt.

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  6. I am in total agreement. I just have to much fun changing nail polish and like a large selection to choose from. About three years ago, I did buy a home gel nail system and admit that the shine was fabulous but even following their exact preparations, it didn't last as long as I would expected and after four days, I was bored with the color anyway. And getting it off is worse that getting glitter off! If you ever want to support a British indie try Sarah's Wikkid Polish at https://www.wikkidpolish.co.uk/.
    She was starting to just dabble in making polishes just as I stopped blogging about nail polish but now her polish is even distributed in the US but it's really expensive here.

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    1. Thank you Terri. I will look her up and see what else she has on offer.

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  7. This was so interesting to read, Anna!! I always thought that once I retired, I'd have the chance to paint my nails again, but it hasn't been the case. It never lasts, and I'm trying to be less maintenance (not more...ha ha)
    Thanks for this!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. I'm glad you found it interesting. Its prompted a lot of comments over on the former FF fb group too.

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  8. Yep ! so right on. I had not gotten gel nails in about a year and then out of need (it was late and I had a business dinner and could not wait for my nails to dry) got them again... I immediately remembered why I quit them a year ago !

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    1. Another one who has convinced me now not to have the second attempt. Thank you.

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  9. I haven't had great luck with gel nails either. Lincoln Park After Dark is still one of my favorite colors!

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  10. Hi. This is a bit late in commenting but I've had a very good experience with gel as it seems to heal my flaking nails. I go to a very good beautician, pay the money, it stays on for 3 weeks and in that time my nails grow and get over their tendency to split and flake. If I say I'll have a break, the nails deteriorate big time. That's my experience, but the beauticians all say gel won't suit everyone.

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