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The first company to pioneer gel nail polish was CND and they called it “Shellac.” Gel nail polish is brushed on like a normal manicure, however it cures under a UV light after each coat. The result is a manicure that can last up to two weeks, is nick free and stays shiny. I loved it, especially because after the manicure you can reach in your purse and grab your keys since it dries instantly. Over the two weeks, though, the nail polish does grow out resulting in a small gap between where the polish once met the cuticle. My manicure lasted about 6 days due to my hands constantly being in water as a hair stylist. This, however, is a huge step up from the 2 days a normal manicure lasts in my world.
More recently, OPI came out with their own gel nail polish and I can honestly say it lasted a LOT longer. I was also happy to see they had all my favorite OPI colors in the gel option. In order to get the gel nail polish off, it needs to be soaked in acetone, which can be a bit harsh on your hands. Personally, I was able to just lift the polish off my nails in one giant piece, which was fun, as I have a sunburn peeling fetish. The condition of my natural nail underneath stayed healthy. It costs $35+ and is can be found at salons such as Neroli, Azana, Carenza and many others in Milwaukee.
The shatter nail polishes came onto the scene about two years ago, with OPI and China Glaze leading the trend. You first paint on your desired color of polish (this acts like a basecoat that will “peek through”) and then you paint a thick coat of your desired shatter color over the top and watch the magic happen! I personally like to use the white shatter over a gold polish – it’s soft with a little shimmer. I liked it, though if you love glossy nails be aware that the result of this technique is matte, even with a clear coat. Cost is only $9 and can be found at most nail salons.
Sally Hansen has a product line called Salon Effects. They’re basically stick-on nail polish strips that advertise to last up to 10 days. It was incredibly easy to use and adhere very well. Just press the strip to your nail, file the access off and you’re done without any dry time. There are 40 different colors/patterns to choose from. I got the lace ones, and they lasted about a week for me. To remove just use nail polish remover. For $8, you get 16 strips in a box and they can be found at Walgreens and Target.
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I saw this trend populate my Pinterest account recently and I LOVED it! Newspaper nails. This blogger gives a step by step how to create it for yourself. If you’re careful enough they turn out very well. A little tip though: Make sure your clear top coat is new and not thick and sticky or it will ruin the newsprint.
Half moon nails. This isn’t something new – they actually made their debut in the 1920s known as the “reverse French manicure.” Instead of having a white or colored tip, the half moon shape by the cuticle is exaggerated. The photo above is by the UK version of Sally Hansen polish strips called Nail Rock and can be ordered online. You can also use regular polish to get the effect.
My favorite nails are still the classic red/orange polish! I love either OPI’s You Rock-ulpco Red or Essie’s Fifth Avenue. Will you try any of these trends? Let me know what you think.