Thursday, February 6, 2014

Paint Splatter Nail Art

Hey guys,

I was kind of struggling with these but they came out okay. Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Gelish Soak-off Gel Polish in "Up In The Blue"

Hey guys,

This is a swatch of a new gel polish I got. It looks like a periwinkle blue. Since it is a cream color, I added a little bit of silver glitter to my ring finger. I used craft glitter from Michael's, a craft store.

Here's how I did it: I applied Finger Paints bonder to the tips and then applied a Soak-off Base Coat, That cured for 30 seconds in a LED lamp, then I applied 4 coats of Up in The Blue curing in between each coat and then top coated and cured that as well. For the accent nail, I did two coats of top coat to get a smooth texture.
 Below is some sample pictures of the glitter I used. According to the package, its the extra fine kind.

Hope you enjoyed reading!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Review: Finger Paints Gel Polish Soak-Off Gel LED Curing Light

Hey guys,

In nail school, I was taught how to apply gel polish and I wanted to share with you my review of this new product on the market. I got mine from Sally's Beauty Supply and it was around $60 which is an excellent price for a lamp since the professional ones can run up to $500. It comes in a little box as shown below.

 The lamp itself has a compact design which makes it much easier to travel with than with other professional brands that I've used. It's also not as heavy. Artistic Color Design makes one with a fairly compact design but that one is a little heavy to me. This Finger Paints lamp feels flimsy at times when you're moving it around but it is much more lightweight. As long as you don't intend on moving it around like crazy at a salon, it is a good household lamp.

When the LED is turned on, it emits a warm feeling on your nails/hands but it doesn't produce this intense sensation like the Artistic Design one. The Artistic Design lamp has much stronger bulbs which can be very painful if your nail tech does not know how to apply gel properly but I haven't experienced any burning with this lamp. If there is any sensation at all, it is temporary and not a big deal.

Finally, the care instructions and technical specs of the lamp if you're interested. For any additional information on the Artistic Color Design lamp, check out this link:
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I would recommend this lamp for someone who is fairly skilled at doing their nails at home and hates the drying time that it takes and when it smudges on you. I hate when that happens! It's also really convenient and portable. If you have any questions for me, leave them in the comments below! Thanks for reading.