This is going to be a two part post: today I will tell you about applying gel nails (which I did for the first time right before my Israel trip) and doing simple designs on them. On Monday, I will return with how well they held up, and how removal went.
I was hesitant to try gel nails, both because I didn’t know how to control gel polish, I didn’t know what clean up would be like, but mostly because I really didn’t trust the gel polish to stay on and protect my nails. But, I was going away for almost two weeks, and planned to hike, climb rocks, climb down crazy tunnels, and float in the dead sea. My nails needed help.
I turned to the Nailsation kit that I received from the Rite Aid nail art contest 7 months ago, and went with the color “wine.” I was hoping for a deep glittery red, what I got was a bright glittery magenta. Although it is not what I imagined, I do like the color!
How this worked: I removed all my previous polish, and gently buffed my nails (basically went over them with a nail file…it was a weird sensation). I then cleaned the nails with the provided cleaner and added a thin coat of primer (it is very sticky). After that turned tacky, I added a thin layer of base coat on my thumbs (cure for 1 min) and then the 4 fingers of my right hand and then left hand. The small UV light that came with my kit only does 4 fingers at a time! After that had dried (aka cured) I started adding color. My thumbs each got two coats of Wine, while my fingers all got 3. I wanted the color to be darker! After curing each coat (for 30 seconds) I was surprised to see that the color pulled back a bit from where I had put it, so the lines at the base of my nail were fuzzy rather than nice and sharp. The other important thing is to REALLY wrap your nails. I did wrap, but not enough!
Finally, I finished with one coat of top coat (cure for 30 seconds) and cleaned off the residual gunk with the cleaner. My nails were hard and shiny! I had thought that this would be a quick process, but between being VERY careful not to get anything on my cuticles and having to do everything in stages, this took over an hour. That being said, there was no dry time!
The next morning, I settled on adding stamps in silver to my accent nail and thumb, just to spice things up a bit. I grabbed Excalibur by A England (my favorite stamping silver) and bundle monster plate 314 and got to work. It was actually really simple…i just stamped, cleaned with acetone, and then added and cured the gel top coat. Voila!
I did get quite a few compliments on these over the course of my trip.