An honest, brief history on gel polish–Gelish, Shellac, Gelez, Gelac, Axxium, you name it!

Gel Polish review

Gel Polish in 2019!

This is by far my most popular article on my blog! I wrote this article back in 2011 not too long after I had been licensed as a new nail technician. Times were so different in so many ways. Shellac was the first gel polish I bought and it was a game changer for me! I started researching like crazy and found Axxium by OPI and Gelish, which wasn’t available locally yet. Instagram hadn’t come out yet, so beauty products were only discoverable through trade shows, internet …

Creative Nail Design Shellac Aurora Collection

The Shellac Aurora Collection from Creative Nail Design is so gorgeous and perfect for winter manis! With names like Tundra, Winter Glow, Glacial Mist, and Nordic Light these shimmery rich colors are definitely reminiscent of the aurora borealis and frosty glaciers. It’s amazing how something as simple as a name can stir up memories…when I saw this collection I was immediately taken back to the summer after my senior year in high school where I worked in Glacier Bay, Alaska for three months.Β So many good memories.Β πŸ™‚

Here’s a great post from …

My Mothers Day Nails

Mother’s Day is right up there at the top of my favorite holidays. Not because it’s a day where I get spoiled, but it’s a day that reminds me of the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I’ll never, ever forget the first time I laid eyes on my son…I know it’s super cliched…but it was the best day of my life. Becoming a mother. I never knew I would love it so much.

Now we have another little boy about to join our family and I can’t be more …

Festive and Merry Nails!

I’ve had a fairly busy week and created some cute stuff! A major accomplishment being I did my own nails! I sculpted out a super short tip with hard gel which I was dreading but turned out not being too horrible πŸ™‚

Anyway…here’s a few new photos for you!

And here’s a before and after of my new hands :)))

And the finished product!

All the colors and nailart are done with gelpolish. I used Axxium by OPI to sculpt my new set. I really like OPI hard gels but there are a few …

Some Fun, Stylin’ Holiday Nails!

Check out these cute nails!

My friend Nicole scheduled her Thanksgiving appointment and said she wants silver, gray, black, and white colors but I get to choose the design. I had a couple days to get ready which I’m not sure is a good thing because I got slightly obsessive about it! Eek! I spent hours on Instagram looking for those colors and I really couldn’t find anything I loved…so I got out the sketch pad and went to work. πŸ™‚

I told Nicole when I started to reign me …

Brisa Lite Smoothing Gel—I bought it and can’t wait to try it!

I can’t wait to try my new Brisa Lite Smoothing Gel! I was supposed to do my sister Mandy’s nails tonight but she passed up her chance for hot yoga….what gives???? πŸ™‚

I’m really excited about the Brisa Lite system and am really crossing my fingers that it’ll perform as described. It claims that your gel polish will hold up for three weeks with the the new system. And the removal is supposed to be fairly easy.

So for professionals—you will use the new Brisa Lite base coat, cure, then the smoothing …

Cancun nails! Acrylic overlay with Shellac Tropix and Turquoise Young Nails Mani Q Green 101

 

I totally forgot to post a pic of these cute nails I did for my awesome, gorgeous, fun friend Kendra!

Kendra’s Cancun Nails

 

Pink acrylic sculpted nails with Shellac Tropic and Mani-Q Green 101 with Gold Studs

 

I love how they turned out! I do a light pink acrylic sculpt with Kendra because she is a nail biter (I was once a biter too!) and then I finish the design with gel polish. Kendra wanted coral and turquoise nails to match her bikinis she is taking with her to Cancun, …

Nails!

Oh my goodness it’s been a crazy year! But I’ve been busy doing some super cute nails. Here are some of my favorites

My whole family just got back from a five day camp out at San Clemente state park in California and I’m gonna leave you with a picture of my favorite beach because all I can think about is being at the beach! πŸ™‚