Holiday Sparkle 2014 gel polish collection
What’s the difference between UV and LED Nail Lamps?

What’s the difference between UV and LED Nail Lamps? 133

I receive a lot of questions about UV and LED lamps for curing gel polish, and thought it might be helpful to provide a brief comparison of the two. UV LED Cost More affordable Generally more expensive, though prices are starting to come down Typical Curing Time 2 minutes 30 seconds Efficiency Use more energy(…)

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Colorful Animal Print Nails

Colorful Animal Print Nails 5

Bright glitter polish, animal print and studs all in one manicure!  I had some fun this weekend creating this funky spring nail design.  I used four Gelish nail colors; High Voltage, The Great Googly Moogly, Black Shadow and Oocha Coocha Bing Bang Bam.  I used Konad black stamping polish and stamping plate M57 for the(…)

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Orly Gel FX Shade Shifter Color Changing Polish

Orly Gel FX Shade Shifter Color Changing Polish 23

Can’t… stop… staring… at… my… nails!  Wait until you see this.  Orly Gel FX Shade Shifter is a color changing gel polish that goes from clear to black based on the temperature of your hands.  You apply two coats over top of any base color and it goes clear to show the color underneath when(…)

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Smitten Polish – Hocus Pocus

Smitten Polish – Hocus Pocus 5

This is an indie by Smitten Polish that I purchased a while ago. I’m not sure why I waited so long to try this polish – it’s really stunning. It has a purple jelly base with really fine fuchsia holographic glitter. Application was very smooth and it built up well. It was mostly opaque with(…)

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VIDEO: How to Apply Soak Off Gel Polish

VIDEO: How to Apply Soak Off Gel Polish 13

I made a video that demonstrates how I apply gel polish. You can also read my written instructions here, and see a list of supplies needed here.

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Gelish Ocean Wave Swatch and Blue Comparison

Gelish Ocean Wave Swatch and Blue Comparison 1

This is Gelish Ocean Wave, a very fun, bright blue!  I applied three coats for full opacity.  Below you can see a comparison of this color with some of the other dark blue shades from Gelish.

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Gel Manicure Safety: Anti UV Fingerless Gloves

Gel Manicure Safety: Anti UV Fingerless Gloves 8

There has been a lot of buzz about the safety of using UV and LED lights for gel manicures and whether the exposure is enough to cause cancer.  The media has definitely put a negative spin on the topic and is creating a bit of a panic.  Studies have shown that there is very little(…)

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