CONGRATULATIONS TO TARA M! THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.
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.
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!