Monday, January 23, 2012


I am OBESSED with Gel manicures.  I have tried them all Shelac CND, Gelish by Harmony and now I'm on to OPI GelColor.

Although gel has become super popular in the Bay Area  I have found it hard to find a sheer "natural" color.  I have this thing about "no color" color on my nails.  Maybe it's from growing up in Jersey and seeing all the long red acrylic lacquer nails, or maybe it's because my Mom never liked it.  I'm not sure.  But for whatever reason you will NEVER see me with colored finger nails.   So, I have been on the search for the perfect "natural" gel color, and I've finally found it.  Leave it to OPI! In the photos here I am wearing  OPI's GelColor, Bubble Bath. 

I hope by now many of you have tried a Gel manicure and if you haven't you should!  For those of you yet to jump onto the gel trend here is the skinny......

Gel polish is a new kind of nail polish that is “cured” under a UV light to dry.

Why ROSEystyle Recommends...

Speedy quick dry time! The UV light dries the polish within minutes.  This means when you leave the salon your nails are completely dry.  No dry time =  no smudging and no dents.

This stuff lasts! Gel polish lasts from 2-3 weeks with no chipping. And it stays SUPER shiny.

Won't damage your nails like acylics! Unlike traditional enhancements you don’t have to fear the drills or filing down of your nails.

Works on natural nails. While you can add length if you want, Gel Polish can be used over a natural nail like traditional polish.

ROSEystyle Warnings....

As usual, beauty comes with a price! Gel Polish can only be applied by a professional and the service is more pricey than a traditional manicure. If you are really skilled, you can buy a UV light and gel polish online but it’s not a cheap set-up.  A Gel mani will set you back aprx $25-$35(plus tip), here in SF.

It takes some patience. Getting a Gel manicure can take longer than a traditional manicure and removal adds time. Gel polish must be soaked off with acetone.  This is done by soaking a piece of cotton in acetone, applying it to the nail with aluminum foil and waiting aprx 5-10 minutes for the stuff to soften and peel away. Even after soaking, some polish needs to be scrapped and filed off. Give yourself 45-30 minutes for the whole process.

The pro's clearly out-weigh the cons in my book.  So what are you waiting for?  And don't forget to let me know you favorite color too!!!  

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