Does anybody else get into really specific moods after watching certain TV shows? Well, I do. And it’s almost always after watching one of the Kardashian shows. Seriously. They may not be everybody’s favorite entertainment, but they’re some of mine. It’s shallow, I know but it’s such mindless TV that sometimes it just makes my day a little brighter. When I want a really relaxing day off pampering myself, I watch the Kardashians.
And honestly, I don’t abhor them as much as some people do. I feel like I should but I don’t. I also don’t take them super seriously though so there’s that. They’re entertainment, and all the people that hate them seem to fail to realize that they’re just entertainment. 
Anyways, going back to that mood thing, I tend to get into super makeup and nail mode whenever I watch them because they always look so made up all the time. I’ll tell you this, I think the makeup industry was sort of blessed by the Kardashians because the increase in people wanting to figure out how to do their own makeup has definitely increased since they’ve arrived.
There’s a point to all this, I promise. Over the summer, and in the last few seasons of the Kardashians, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie have had really long, beautiful nails. I know Kendall tends to have just naturally grown out nails, but Khloe and Kylie definitely get some sort of extension, whether it be acrylics or gels. It’s been years since I had a full acrylic set, and I’ve been wanting to grow out my nails and have them look long and awesome so I went into the nail salon, asking what my options were. I didn’t want to damage my natural nails, but wanted length, so I eventually just got talked into a gel manicure, so my nails can grow out with minimal chipping and they wouldn’t be filed down with a drill like with acryclics.
The color I chose was OPI’s Suzi Says Feng Shui in their Gelcolor line. I wanted a color that I wouldn’t immediately get tired of, so obviously I went with teal lol.
UV setting gel anis like this are meant to last on your nails for about two weeks before you’ll have obvious signs of growth. I didn’t last all 14 days, but I did last 8 days before I finally just needed a color change.
I tried to make the 14 days but I really just couldn’t. I needed something new on my nails!
The process of the UV gel manicures is basically just painting your nail, then setting the coat under a UV light, over and over and over again. I thought about how it can’t be great for your hands to be under a UV light like that after the 3rd coat of color and especially after the top coat was set but I guess it hasn’t been around long enough for there to be definitive results. 
The results I got was a rock hard manicure with super glossy color immediately after they were painted. The real immediate benefit for me was that there was basically no drying time, and I could dig through my bag for my keys and wallet without worrying about my nails.
As the 8 days passed, there was really absolutely no chipping, just evidence of nail growth. The color stayed glossy and really actually looked great on day 8. I can also see the benefit of this type of manicure for those that just don’t have time to paint their nails during the week because this manicure won’t chip and is hassle free for 2 weeks. 
The picture above shows day one on the left and day eight on the right. The picture below shows how my nails fared for the 8 days – I didn’t take these with my DSLR btw, just with my iPhone 5 so they’re not the greatest photos but the point gets across.
As for removal, in the salon they say you have to come in and get them removed. But honestly, I just googled and found that 100% pure acetone will remove it just fine. I did the same process as the glitter removal method, which is just wrapping your nails in an acetone soaked cotton ball and sealing it on your nail with aluminum foil. I let that sit on my nails for close to 15 minutes. what happens is the gel will basically just start to peel and flake off your nail. You may need to encourage it a bit with some pushing back with an cuticle stick or toothpick or something. If it doesn’t budge, then soak some more. Removal really wasn’t all that hard.
Overall, I did like the manicure and it’s something I would do if going on vacation for sure. For just daily life, since I like removing and repainting my nails all the time it’s not all that convenient for me. However, it did help the process of growing my nails without my nails breaking so that was a plus, and really that was the whole reason why I did this in the first place.
Gel manicures like this usually cost between $30 and $40 depending on where you get them done. 
Have any of you gotten gels? Did you like the process?

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