Everything You Need To Know About Gel Manicures
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
A Year in review!
This year has definitely been a wild ride. I’ve learned so much more about my hair and skin in this last year than I ever thought I would or needed to know! All the way from using witch hazel and not paying attention to my curl pattern, to staying completely fragrance free with face products and staying away from harsh toners and paying attention to what my hair was trying to do! Using this app has really opened doors for me that I wouldn’t thought possible for my beauty process! I can’t wait to see what more years bring me, and us! Thank you @cherie!
Cul Skincare Challenge with Dr. Cula
Hi guys! I am Dr. Cula, a dermatology resident in New York. I am here to debunk all skincare myths but more importantly, here to foster excellent skincare practices. November is National Healthy Skin Month! So, I thought to kick off my page with a skincare challenge to promote healthy skincare habits among Cherie users. Join me on this 6 week skincare challenge for healthy and more beautiful skin. The challenge consists of three main steps to be done in the morning and evening (swipe to see). I added the HA serum to the evening regimen to minimize skin irritation and dryness from the retinoid, which can be exacerbated by the colder weather. So, why join me on this skincare challenge?...Because: 🥰 skincare routine is self-care. 👯♀️To slow down aging, consistent use of retinoids will help take the years off 💅🏽Healthy, glowy skin is a great confidence booster! How do you monitor your progress? A picture if worth a thousand words!! 🤳Take a selfie at day 0, week 3 and week 6 and share your progress on cherie! 🤳Use the Topic Tag 'Cul Skincare Challenge' and tag me so I can be sure to check out your posts! Pro tips: consistency is key to reaping the benefits. Your skin may get worse before it gets better if you are new to retinoids. Key is not to stop and to keep pushing through it! Here is my current skincare regimen: 🔆Morning Cerave cream-foam cleaser Skinceuticals vitamin C serum ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless ultralight tinted mineral sunscreen 🛌 Night Cerave cream-foam cleaser Vichy Mineral 89 hayluronic acid serum Altreno (my retinoid) LaRoche Posay Toleriane double repair face moisturizer It is OK to use any brand you want, as long as they are non-comedogenic. Good luck! And keep me posted with any questions/concerns!! Stay tuned as I will be reviewing the products that I use currently in my regimen. IG: @theculderm
Join the trending topic 🏷 Beauty Thanks
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, cherie would love to know what you are thankful for this year! 💜 Whether its your full cheeks that remind you of your mother, or your curly hair that expresses your personality, share it on cherie <3 What beauty item, goal, or experience are you thankful for this year? Tell us in the trending topic 🏷 Beauty Thanks ✨What is something new you learned about beauty this year, whether it is a beauty aesthetic, an innovative product, a skincare ingredient, or a wellness habit? 💫What is your experience? Do you have a routine to achieve the beauty goal?
Dry Shampoo white residue? Don’t worry I got you
I love a dry shampoo with a lot of powder because it is what is absorbing the oil to make your hair look less greasy. However, sometimes there is a little white powder residue that I can’t seem to rub into my dark hair. Simple solution 💡!! Shine spray! It makes it all blend away! Using: KLORANE - Detox Dry Shampoo With Organic Aquatic Mint REDKEN - Shine Flash 02 Shine Spray
🌟Creator Spotlight 🏷Beauty Year-in-review
Check out@jassintadoepost on her exploration on balancing family, creative work, and self-care in 2020. Share your own journey in 🏷 Beauty Year-in-review “From starting 2020 with a seven day old newborn baby and all the crazy hormones and changes to my body, skin and hair which goes with a new baby (yes, this is why I look exhausted and have something spilt on my top in the February photo 🙈😂) to a global pandemic which resulted in my husband working from home and suddenly needing to learn how to homeschool my older daughter this year has been crazy and challenging to adjust and find the right balance.”
Self-Expression, Beauty Rituals, and Uplifting The Trans Community With Mariana MarroquinLearn about LA's Trans Wellness Center and how to become a better ally for the trans community.Jun. 24
How Cherie's Skin Report Can Help Users Get Advice from their PeersCherie's beauty community offers solutions to all of your skincare questions!Jun. 18
The Eczema Edit—Your Eczema Starter Kit We just concluded Eczema Awareness Month! Here are my tried & true favorites for treating my eczema.Nov. 2