A Manicure That Goes The Distance

Monday, November 8th, 2010


When was the last time you got a manicure at a salon and managed to have it last more than 2 or 3 days without chipping, cracking or peeling, regardless of how careful you may have been once the manicure was done?  Can’t remember when or if that’s ever happened  to you?  Me neither.  Until now!

Gone are the days of needing to have artificial nails applied in order to have a manicure that goes the distance.   Colored gel nail polish can be applied to your own natural nails and can provide up to 14 days of wear, chip free!  Not only are pre-made gel polishes such as Shellac, Gelez or Rock Star (and more) an option, you can also have custom created colors that include glitter or glitter flakes in them.

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I visited Pinkies Nail Studio in Abbotsford to see what the gel polish fuss is all about.  Not only is the newly relocated salon adorable, spacious and pleasantly Pink, but the experience with owner Christine Turner was both fun and informative.

While the preparation of the nails is slightly different than a regular manicure (there is no pre-soak to soften the nails and cuticles first) the application of the actual polish is the same, with base and top coats applied prior to and after the color. The additional step is a UV lamp that is used to cure or harden the gel polish.  Once it’s time for the polish to come off, the soak-off formula allows removal of the color without damage to the nail.

As soon as the manicure is done, you are ready to carry on with your day, which is so fantastic for all of us busy people on the go.  Your nails will feel firm, yet still pliable, so there won’t be any cracking or peeling at the edges if you bend a nail by accident. So far, my nails have passed the test of the dreaded key grab from my purse, as well as surviving my jeans zipper!

Check out Pinkies’ website for information about many of the commonly asked questions about the differences between gel and acrylic nails, and more. Christine debunks some of the myths floating around about nail treatments in general and helps us to be informed customers.

With the holiday (and party) season just around the corner, it’s a great time to head to your favorite nail salon and ask for a manicure that will go the distance with you! To be entered to win a Mini Mani with Shellac polish at Pinkies Nail Studio, please leave a note below. A great way to treat a friend, your wife, Mum or of course YOU for the holidays. Good luck!

Contributor: Chrissy Lambert

Chrissy Lambert is a freelance Makeup Artist and owner of Makeup Infusion. She is a proud Auntie of two adorable nieces and loves a night out “on the town” as much as a quiet night at home.

33 Responses to “A Manicure That Goes The Distance”

  1. Amy Mihal says:

    Sounds fabulous!!!! :)

  2. Rebecca says:

    Would love this – thanks for the great info!

  3. Tara McNeill says:

    Would love to have one! I have driven by the new store several times

  4. Lindsay says:

    This sounds fantastic! With 2 little boys I am constantly putting my hands in water and my regular polish never lasts more than 2 days!!! I would love the opportunity to give this a try.

  5. Jamie Gee says:

    Finally!!! Thanks, great article!! Can’t wait for invincible nails!!!

  6. Melanie Smith says:

    This sounds amazing! Two weeks with polish on, Wow!

  7. Joan B says:

    I think I have to try this for the festive season.. Nothing worse than chipped polish over the holidays when we have so many functions to attend

  8. Tania says:

    This would be awesome!

  9. Gabrielle Murphy says:

    Oh yes please..housework takes a toll!!! With the festive season coming up, not having to worry about my nails looking good would be a time saver!!! And there is nothing wrong with a bit of pampering!!! :-)

  10. Becca says:

    Ooh, that sounds great! My nails are always the last to be pampered :)

  11. Alisa says:

    I so need this! Thanks for the great info!

  12. Bimy says:

    I so would love a manicure of any kind and polish that lasts more than one day on my nails would be a miracle:) Love to try it!!

  13. Dilara says:

    I’d love to give this a try!

  14. Blodwyn says:

    I’d love to try something that would outlast the “standard” option available now… My hands are very visible at the job I do and it’s always nice to have them looking good!

  15. Willetta says:

    sounds awesome!

  16. Heidi says:

    What a great idea!

  17. Dorothy says:

    I would just love to win the new nail colour and mini mani!

  18. Meredith Miller says:

    This sounds like a terrific solution! I can hardly wait to try it!

  19. Chrissy says:

    4 days and counting, with no chips, nicks, tears or peeling. My manicure still looks as fresh today as it did the day I got it. This makes me VERY happy. :)

  20. Chelsea says:

    I have the WORST looking nails and would LOVE the treat of a manicure! What a great name for a nail salon – looking forward to checking out Pinkies!

  21. Faith Murphy says:

    Will definitely be checking this out – will be needing some holiday glam, one way or the other!

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  23. Michelle says:

    Sounds Great – I’ll be checking this out for sure :)

  24. Lianne says:

    Please, please, please!!! Diaper duty does not allow for nice nails! Thank goodness that time is coming to an end and with it, raggedy nails! I would love to try the new gel polish, pretty please?!

  25. Jan says:

    Sweet Baby Jesus…I related with every word in your first paragraph! Thank you so much for letting us know about this wonderful find, I think a trip out to Abbotsford may be in my near future :)

  26. Caree Bray says:

    I could definately use it!

  27. Carole says:

    I definately want to try Shellac! I type at work all day and am always looking for a way to extend my nail polish.

  28. Krista Weatherford says:

    This sounds like the perfect answer to us Mom’s on the go! Looking forward to treating myself and my mom one day.

  29. Kelly says:

    I’m looking at my own sad chipped manicure right now. I’d love to win this

  30. erin says:

    wow 2 weeks. thats impressive!

  31. Kerry says:

    I’ve never had polish last longer than 2 days, so it would be interesting to see what the gel polish could hold up to!

  32. Lorie says:

    Thanks, will have to check it out, great idea with the busy holiday right around the corner.

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