Hi there ! It’s me again :) I may not post AS often as I used to but I will try to post at least once a week! Now on to the meat of this post!..

Something that I had never had  done before, and now I wonder WHY- is this “Gelish” manicure ( the company that makes the colour is called Gelish, but they seemed to refer to it as a Gel manicure at the salon that I went to) that my sister MsEpiphany treated me to on my recent vacation ( not so recent now..sigh:(  ) to LA:

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(Gelish manicure #164)

I’m also obsessing about that little Kimmidoll key chain that’s just so darn cute, but that’s  beside the point.   I’ve always hated getting a professional manicure. Part of the reason is because I just can’t sit still for that long , but more importantly it generally lasts about 1 – 2 days on me before it chips and starts to look ugly again ( no different than if I had just painted them on my own to start with). My sis has been telling me about these Gelish manicures for a while now  but I never realised how magical they really are.  To give you a quick idea here are my nails  ( & the manicure)  when freshly painted, at one week and  at 2 weeks

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I am NOT careful with my nails by ANY means  and you can see that the tips aren’t even the SLIGHTEST bit chipped AND the shine has colour have also lasted superbly  – in fact there’s no change there.  Well colour me impressed – I like this..I love this!  The steps involved for a Gelish manicure are here for anyone who’s interested. The polish itself is apparently a hybrid between polish and gel, so while it applies like a polish, it gives the appearance of gel nails and  wears flawlessly for however many days ( minimum of 2 weeks) ! 

It didn’t take much longer than a traditional manicure and the results are well worth it because more than the colour lasting and the tips not chipping, I did not have the urge to peel this!! MsEpiphany had warned me about the pain that can ensue from trying to peel it so I was careful but after a while I didn’t even feel like peeling them …they looked so pretty..and shiny! I wanted to preserve them! So my nails are also WAY stronger thanks to this. Another factor that won me over – you can paint over these just like you would over your bare nails!!

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And when you remove your regular nail colour, the Gelish colour stays underneath and you can just keep painting over it till it grows out ( or you can just get it redone). Easy Peesy!

In Canada (at least here in Montreal) they use nail colours by Shellac for this, so they call it a Shellac manicure . It’s not as quick here and costs 40$ here vs. the 20 something $ that it costs in LA, but it’s very worth it at either price and  I won’t ever get a traditional manicure again!

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