Everything You Need To Know About Gel Manicures
Jul. 30, 2020
We all know and dread the moment our manicure starts to chip or smudge – usually within a few days of laboring over painting them, but sometimes, within just a few hours. Luckily, with a gel manicure you can wave goodbye to chipped nails and hello to a manicure that looks as flawless in two weeks as it does the day you got it. It's the perfect option if you’re going on holiday, getting married, or simply want a few weeks off the constant manicure maintenance.
What is a gel manicure?
Gel polish is formulated so that when it’s exposed to UV or LED light, it bonds into a hard and durable coating which is chemical resistant. This process is called ‘curing’. The result is a manicure that is much stronger than one done with regular nail polish, and is more resistant to chips caused by daily wear and tear. Gel manicures present a good opportunity to experiment with nail art, since they last longer so are worth the time spent on a more intricate design.
Can I do a gel manicure myself?
If you have all the equipment – a UV or LED lamp and gel nail polish, then yes. But getting this kit can be expensive – most people head to the salon for a gel manicure. Remember that gel polish is different to regular nail polish and UV and LED lights won’t cure regular nail polish.
How long does a gel manicure last for?
On average, a gel manicure should last for around two or three weeks before it starts to chip or look grown out. It can depend on the technique used to cure the polish, the brand of nail polish used, how fast your nails grow, and how much you use your hands.
How do I remove gel nail polish?
Unlike regular nail polish, you can’t easily wipe off gel nail polish with acetone and a cotton pad. We’d recommend visiting the salon where you had your manicure painted to get it professional removed without damaging your nails. Alternatively, and as a last resort, you can soak it off by wrapping acetone-soaked cotton pads around each finger, sealing it in with tin foil, and waiting for around fifteen minutes. You should never pick or bite off your gel nail polish as this can seriously damage the nail bed.
Will gel nail polish damage my nails?
Wearing gel nail polish won’t cause any damage to your nails but removing it incorrectly will. Picking at the polish will remove layers of your nail, causing your nails to be weak and thin.
There’s a reason why gel manicures have become such a beauty mainstay. You’ll save time and money and won’t need to worry about the upkeep! It’s time to treat yourself
My Farewell To Cherie
Follow me on Ig for more skincare since Cherie is leaving 😭 @naturedskinv This has been an amazing journey and I’ve made soo many amazing friends. Thank you for all the love, conversations, and just overall happiness I’ve experienced on this app. I’m definitely sad, a little upset, and a dash of confused, but thank you @cheriefor giving me such an amazing confidence boost and guidance. The way the app shaped my thoughts on skincare has been insane. I’m still willing to forget this and call it a joke if y’all are! 😭 Anyways thank you again and hopefully we can stay in touch 🙏🏾
Drunk Elephant- The Littles 🐘
I won this cute little kit in a raffle & I couldn’t be more thankful! I have always wanted to try these products but never wanted to spend the money on all of them incase I didn’t like them! Inside this kit are the following products: DRUNK ELEPHANT - Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser Deluxe Sample DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil DRUNK ELEPHANT - Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 That’s literally a whole skincare routine! So far I started out my day with one of Drunk Elephants infamous “Face Smoothies” I washed my face with Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser & then combined C-Firma Day Serum, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, & Protini Polypeptide Cream together on my mixing trey with a disposable skincare spatula! I applied it all over my face & neck. Once that absorbed, I applied Umbra Tinte Daily Defense SPF 30 over my face & neck & was done! I love how the kit comes with steps to walk you through different routines you can use in the morning or at night! I will do a follow up review after I have used all the products for a few weeks! But so far, my skin feels & looks great! I have been breaking out lately & haven’t felt the best about my skin so I really needed this pick me up!! Thank you for reading! You guys are the best!! ❤️ @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
Clear skin the gentle way?
Thank you @cheriefor this amazing gift 🤩 “buh-koo-chee-all” HERBIVORE - Bakuchiol Anti-Aging Serum I’ve already become a diehard Herbivore lover. So to receive this beauty was super exciting. When I started my acne journey on Cherie I was (and still am) a Differin Acne Gel stan. This was my choice of retinol and I wanted it strong to treat acne and boost my cellular turnover. Now that my acne is currently under control and it’s getting hot again, I definitely want something smooth and gentle. Bakuchiol is a gentler alternative to the very popular ingredient retinol. So essentially you’ll get overall youthful results for your skin. I haven’t tested this on my acne theory yet, but overall my face has been smooth and irritation free. This serum does not have a smell which I love for products of this caliber. I also love that it’s light and not drying at all. I use this at night and since i have a tolerance to retinol I use it every night. I haven’t been using it long enough to see results (about 12 weeks) but I definitely can’t wait to finish this. Have you tried Bakuchiol?
A Journey of Self 🌹
I figured Black History Month was as good as any opportunity to talk about my self finding. Growing up in a small yet old family, I always had questions about my roots and family history. I also struggled with self conscious doubts about my appearance. Why is my nose this big? Why is my hair this curly? Why am I taller than average? These weighed heavy on my mind growing up because honestly, sticking out sucked. So, I finally dove deep into my family’s origin and decided to do an Ancestry DNA analysis. I immersed myself with every corner of the site. I only got the chance to finish my maternal grandmas side of the family tree, but even that has plenty of gaps. Yet, when I received my DNA results I was stoked. Then I realized, I don’t know much about any of these places. So I dug even deeper. I have a little journal of things I’ve learned and want to know, but this was quite the experience. It was heartbreaking and satisfying at the same time. I highly recommend for every race and background to do this DNA Test. The best part of this was scrolling through photos of the people of the respected countries I was DNA matched to. I swear I saw a girl who looked like me, but everyone else thinks I’m tripping lol. In the end, I’m satisfied with my results and findings. Relatively speaking, this way of self discovery has been the most effective.
We’ll Miss You!
To our cherie fam who has inspired us deeply over the last year and a half: thank you. We are so grateful to have been a part of your beauty journeys and the community you created with us was nothing short of amazing. It's with sadness that we announce that cherie will be closing our doors on April 8, 2021, and your posts will no longer be available. While our platform will no longer be available, we encourage our community members to continue finding ways to create and allow their authentic voices to be heard.
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