The Gelish Experience

Well, i want to talk about my gelish experience since i have tried it recently, it is the new generation of gel/acrylic nails but this one might be a bit simpler. I havent tried the gel/acrylic nails ever in my life, simply because i didnt feel like i ever needed it, my nails grow long in no time and most of the people who had gel/acrylic nails have short and non-growing nails.

Anyways, let me tell you simply what a Gelish is, it is a gel nailpolish that is cured by an LED lamp or UV light, it stays way longer than a usual nailpolish, and it applies in too many steps. Also it cannot be removed simply, again too many steps which i prefer to do it at a professional salon.

Those are described steps on how to apply a Gelish nailpolish:

  1. Sanitize the nails and your clients hands.
  2. Push back the cuticle and clean the surrounding nail plate.
  3. Shape the natural nail using your Hand & Nail Harmony file of choice     (recommended:  Hand & Nail Harmony Wooden File)
  4. Gently remove the shine using the  Hand & Nail Harmony 100/180 Buffer.
  5. Remove the dust and Wipe the nail with Hand & Nail Harmony Cleanser using a lint free wipe.
  6. Apply Hand & Nail Harmony PH Bond to the nail plate.
  7. Apply GELISH FOUNDATION GEL – in a thin application and seal the edges of the nail.
  8. Place hand in the LED 6G or LED 9G Light for 10 seconds or UV Light for 1 minute.
  9. Apply GELISH SOAK OFF GEL POLISH of Choice – in a thin application from cuticle to free edge.  Be sure to seal the edges of the nail.
  10. Place hand in the LED 6G or LED 9G Light for 20 – 30 seconds (10 seconds for light colors) or a UV Light for 2 minute for lighter colors or 3 minutes for darker colors.
  11. Apply GELISH TOP IT OFF GEL SEALER from cuticle to free edge using a thin light application.
  12. Place hand in LED 6G or LED 9G Light for 30 seconds or UV Light for 3 minutes.
  13. Wipe off the tacky surface with HAND & NAIL HARMONY CLEANSER.
  14. Apply HAND & NAIL HARMONY NOURISH cuticle oil to the skin surrounding the nail.

Now comes on what i think about it:

The good:
1. It dries out in no time! I was really amazed, i hate applying nailpolish and then just when i wear my shoes or dig into my purse to get out the cash i have to ruin it, its either i have to wait too long at the salon to dries out really well or mess it up in my one of movements. With gelish this doesnt happen at all, as soon as you finish the last step it is completely dry with no worries.
2. The colors lasts for up to 3 weeks! This is also pretty amazing, the result looks exactly like a regular nailpolish except that it stays perfect for 3 weeks. Regular nailpolish usually chip of within 5-7 days if not less if you used your hands in various activities, but this doesnt happen with gelish at all.

The bad!:
1. First of all keeping a nailpolish on your nails for 3 weeks is really bad, just like any exposed part of the body it needs fresh air to breathe, wearing nailpolish for a long time can tire the nail and therefor it will lead to its breaking and turning into a yellowish color.
2. Taking it off is a bit of a hassle, it cannot be removed easily with a nailpolish remover like a regular nailpolish, it can be done but its better to be done under a professional hand.
3. This is the most important part of getting a gelish done, the removing part makes me think twice about doing it again. To be able to remove the gelish the top layer has to be scrapes by a nail file, they website like to gentle the process and called it “lightly file over the entire nail to remove the shine” but this is not the case. Removing the gelish is so cruel for the nail, to much filing and scraping, my heart fell in my stomach during the process.

Final Thoughts:
If your nails are in good shape and too precious to damage it then dont do the gelish at all, the final finish is like a regular nailpolish and nothing more, getting a regular nailpolish color and maintaining it will be much healthier on the nail than doing the gelish. And just if you felt like doing it, you can do it like once in a life time or just when you have a really special occasion that might take days, or you have just too many parties and occasions in the same week or month and wont have enough time to visit the salon to do your nails every time.

Gelish can be done at professional beauty salons, it comes in various shades just like a regular nailpolish. For more information you can visit the website.

My Picks: Anna Dello Russo at H&M

Those are some of the pieces i got from Anna Dello Russo at H&M collection that i posted at my  instagram account, i went a bit crazy over this collection and also bought gifts for my family and some friends. What do you think of this collection? and how far did go with it?

You can follow me on instagram @TheJulyBloom

 

First Look: Maison Martin Margiela at H&M

Ok..!! I am not a big fan of Maison Martin Margiela designs but i cannot deny that there are certain beautiful pieces, so i kind of expected the collaboration with H&M to end up with those designs. Have a look at the first released images of the MMM at H&M collection. What do you think of it?

“It’s a pleasure to present these re-editions of Maison Martin Margiela to a new audience, to those who were too young to buy the original pieces and those who didn’t have access to Maison Martin Margiela before the days of internet shopping,” the house said. “Put more simply, our designs will now be available to those who can’t afford our mainline collection. With this collaboration, some of our most iconic archive pieces can become modern classics.”

The collection will be released very soon, on November 15th, are you excited about it?

James Bond – SKYFALL

I am a big fan of the current “blonde” James Bond, i think Daniel Craig snatched the role with flying colors, and Casino Royale was the best James Bond movie ever! Watch it if you havent..
Skyfall is coming out soon, on October 26th, that i believe is going to be in the first day of eid? Cinemans might be crazily crowded during this weekend.

I even love the theme song also called Skyfall performed by Adele.

Current Favorite Blushes by MAC

Recently MAC launched a Limited Edition Collection called StyleSeeker, and i got those two blushes that instantly became my top favorites right now as soon as i used them.

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The bronzy one is called Worldly Wealth and it has a frost finish. I like to use this just like a regular blush and apply it the same way and pulling it a bit down to the hollow of my cheeks, but i avoid the apple of my cheeks.

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The peachy color is called Supercontinental and it has a satin finish, i like to apply this color on the apple of my cheeks only just to give a pop of color with the bronze (Worldly Wealth).

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Garnier BB Cream

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Good news, Garnier BB Cream is now available in the UAE Market. This BB Cream is an immediate skin perfector, that will evens out skintone, blurs lines and imperfections, boots healthy glow, works as a 24 hour moisturizer and has UVA/UVB-SPF 15 protection, in addition to Vitamin C and Mineral Pigments.

Garnier BB Cream only comes in two shades (Light and Medium). I used both of them, Medium is really dark, will work great on tanned and dark skintones. The Light isnt that light, so dont be afraid to use it if Medium is too dark on you.

Summer Concealer

With the summer heat and high humidity, thick and creamy concealers tend to streak or look cakey after a while, and the best way to avoid looking so is to using lighter ones.
My two favorites are Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser and MAC Select MoistureCover, both are light weighted and give really good coverage.

 

MAC Haute & Naughty Lash

If you love a super “drama mama” lashes then this mascara is for you, the Haute & Naughty Lash mascara is a double effect wand, like it has two wands but it works in a really weird way, one to volumize and the other is to lengthen lashes. It is super black and gives amazing results in just one coat.

The mascara is a bit funny when you really look at it, it is the same wand but it looks different from each opening, the smaller one which is the pink will make the mascara have less product and will give a lengthening effect, as for the glittery purple it has a bigger opening that will allow for more product on the wand and will give a more volumizing effect.

I know alot of people loved and praised the FibreLash, honestly i tried to love it, like really love it, it worked well with me for a while but later on whenever i look at the two wands and think that i will go with all those coats and fibre and feel irritated afterwards, i just change my mind and go for a regular mascara, it is just too tiring to deal with on a daily basis. The Haute & Naughty has a double effect wand  and it works so fast and gives me amazing results in no time.

The mascara is very black, it takes me a little bit more eye makeup remover solution and time to remove it, but nothing serious or too dramatic, i am talking about an extra cotton pad and few more seconds.

My final words..This mascara is no joke!

(ps. I always stress on using a lash curler before applying any mascara to have more amazing result)