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My Experience with Powder Coated Gel Nails

beauty, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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I've always had nails that were weak. Didn't matter what vitamins I took or how good I took care of them they've always broken. On top of that, regular nail polish doesn't stick to them after two days. After trying several options from acrylic coatings to gel manicures I decided to just give up for a while and go with a basic manicure while changing polish every three days or so. About a month ago I came across Brighton's Instastory and she talked about how she just gets a powder coat over her regular nails. About a week and a half ago I decided to take the plunge before vacation. I was going to be out of town for eight days and didn't want to worry about reapply polish or dealing with getting another manicure. Here's a little about my experience.

The Process

I recommend getting manicures regularly (every two weeks to a month) regardless of whether or not you decide to continue getting a powder gel manicure. I had been at the same salon two weeks prior so my cuticles were in good condition. They start by filing, buffing and making sure the surface of your nail is prepped. They used a dremel tool on my nails for the buffing process. 

Then they follow by adding a clear coating similar to a regular gel manicure. Once that is complete they follow by adding two layers of the powder gel with a brush. Although they used my regular length (I don't like tips), they did shape them into a square on the ends. From there they have you wash your hands and then use the dremel to smooth the face of the nail and remove any excess both on top and underneath.

Once that was complete they added a clear coat since the powder is more of a matte color. Finally, they have you put it under a UV light for 60 seconds. The entire process takes about 30-45 minutes and once completed you do not have any more drying time. 

The Aftermath

For the first 24 hours my nails were sensitive. They weren't incredibly painful, but they did feel tight and a little sore. Once that first 24 hours was complete, I awoke the next morning and no longer noticed the tightness or pain. From there I went to the pool, did housework to include cooking and dishes, and worried very little about messing them up. A week and a half later they still do not have a single chip or blemish. The coating is much harder than a regular gel manicure and for myself lasted double the time. To give you a better idea of the durability take a look at this:

  • Regular manicure with polish: 2-3 days maximum

  • Gel manicure: 5-7 days
  • Powder gel mancure: Currently sitting at 10 days without any problems or chips

The Final Verdict

Although I have not gone through the removal process I would highly recommend getting this treatment if you are going to be traveling or in need of something durable. I also think this is a better option than the others if you are looking to go swimming or the beach for a few days. It was great to not look down and see a chip or worry about changing out my color. I opted for something more neutral like this soft white sparkle since I'd be wearing it for an extended amount of time. My goal is to go back next week and change it out for a new color (which I'll share those results with you guys then!)

I hope you found this helpful! I love writing reviews about experiences and this one is so far a winner! If you have questions or would like to share your own experience please comment below! I love hearing from you guys.

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Three Editing Apps for Instagram

How To, Lifestyle, PhotographyCrystal JacksonComment
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Since I opened an account back in 2011, I fell in love with Instagram. It's hands down my favorite social media platform. When I first began this visual journey I started with pictures I took on my cell and just edited them with the Instagram filters. I soon realized as the platform grew with popularity, my photographs started looking like everyone else's. Being a creative gal, I couldn't stand this. I wanted mine to have a cohesive yet unique to me look and feel. After following many other very successful influencers, watching their stories, reading online and a multitude of trial and error scenarios these are the three things I use every day to edit my Instagram posts:

Snapseed

This app is free and the best part about it is the way you can easily brighten or heal a picture. Usually I will go in and lighten my picture using the bright feature then clean up any unwanted debris or blemishes by zooming in and using the healing feature. It's super easy to use and can all be done on your cell phone.

VSCO

VSCO allows me to quickly apply filters that look and feel soft. I use almost exclusively C1. I've tried others, but honestly I keep going back to C1. The app is free but if you want to purchase a filter pack it's just a couple of dollars. I also will sometimes sharpen the photo or increase the contrast depending on what is needed. It's also in this app I go ahead and crop it to the dimensions I'm looking to use.

Instagram Edit

Once I bring a photo over to Instagram I click the edit button and increase the Lux filter slightly. I've found it gives a little more definition that just using the VSCO C1 filter. After that, I'm pretty much done and add my tags, filters and handles to publish the photo. 

All in all, this entire process takes just a few minutes for a photo. Once you get a good system down, editing is almost mindless. Another quick tip is to really understand the features on your cell phone camera. If you can switch to manual it's always best so you can control aperture. If you have an iPhone I recommend getting used to the way it auto adjust to lighting and being able to click on where you want to focus. I hope this is helpful! You can follow along on both my personal account and the one for Three Heel Clicks for more inspiration!

Getting Out of a Creative Slump

Fashion, Inspiration, Lifestyle, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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Dress: Marchesa Rose (pink sleeveless version here and on sale here!!!) // Shoes: Amazon find (similar here) // Purse: George Gina & Lucy (almost picked up this red one!) // Sunglasses: Free People (only $25)

It's been 16 days since my last post. I have to admit these past two months I've felt a little halt on the creative energy for the blog. It's hard sometimes to constantly come up with new content every week. I have so many ideas, but lately the execution of some of them has been daunting. I thought about what made me start Three Heel Clicks. I began this journey as an outlet for inspiration and creativity. From snippets of interiors to outfits or places to visit, it all revolved around being creative. 

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Earlier this month I was lucky enough to travel to the Northwest Coast (you can read about that here). I enjoyed my trip, but realized I took minimal style photos and mostly travel ones. When I came back I had enough for one post, but no more. Then it started raining here. Which makes it even more difficult to find locations around town with good lighting. After that I decided to do some reorganizing and decorating in my home which took away from the time I usually spent on blogging. 

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All in all I decided that enough was enough. I needed to get back to a routine no matter where I was working from. I needed to bring those ideas I have swimming in my head back to life. I needed to just get back into a groove. Don't we all face walls sometimes that need to be torn down? It's so hard, but someone once told me to just "put your shoes on."  At the time I was complaining about not feeling like a workout that day and they said... "You don't have to workout, just put your shoes on. Then, get your keys and walk to the door." 

Every time I've followed that advice I've fulfilled what I set out to do. Once I get started it's hard for me to stop. So today that's what I'm doing. I woke up, uploaded pictures, and decided it was time to just put my shoes on. I'd love to hear about some of the ways that you guys overcome walls of creativity. Please, share with me!!! We all need as much help as possible!

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Anyways, on to today's outfit. This dress is from Marchesa Rose and the quality is unbeatable! I love the craftsmanship put into it! I decided although it's longsleeved, the material is sheer and really breathable. Pairing almost any dress with espadrilles is such a win for a summer look. It's almost effortless and gives a fun twist on an otherwise dressier look.  I've rounded up some of my favorite Marchesa Rose looks below for you to shop!

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