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My Experience with Powder Coated Gel Nails

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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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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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Three Days in Seattle

Fashion, Travel, Photography, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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Top: Target (similar here and more options below) // Skirt: Amazon (identical here) // Shoes: Sam Edelman (on sale and super comfy!) // Sunnies: Free People

As I am sitting at the airport wrapping up a three day trip here in Seattle I am surprised by how chilly it's been up here. I flew in on Tuesday from Houston and it was sunny slightly warm. Fast forward three days and I'm chilly and it's super gray outside. Seattle has so much to offer and I am thankful for getting a chance to explore. I had a HUGE itenarary but ended up spending most of the week exploring instead. I am so excited to share some of the places I visited with you guys in this post! 

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One thing I really like about this place was how clean the city is. I was so surprised. Houston is not always  the cleanest despite how much I love living there. Seattle on the other hand was sustainable, clean and has so much to do outside. I arrived early Tuesday and immediately toured the city. You can easily take the train from the airport to downtown using the LINK rail. It was so simple and I found really easy to navigate even with my luggage. 

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The first stop I made was to see the bay at the Victor Steinbrueck Park near Pike's Place Market. It had tons of people and colorful art everywhere. I made my way after a quick stroll to Mercato Stellina where I had the most delicious organic mixed greens salad. The staff couldn't have been kinder and gave me a few recommendations of places to visit while I was in town. The atmosphere of the restaurant was so elegant I really wanted to bring home one of their exquisite chandeliers.

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Afterwards I trotted over to Pike's Public Market which is full of fresh foods, flowers and just about everything else in between. I was astonished at how inexpensive a bundle of flowers are compared to what we pay here in Houston. I love markets and this one was bustling with people. I highly recommend visiting for souvenirs, lunch and you can have them ship seafood home for you!

That evening I headed over to Kirkland where I was meeting one of my longest running friends after she was out of training. Both of us were ready to grab a drink and some food so we settled on a local restaurant that was around the corner from our hotel called the Big Fish Grill. After a few glasses of wine, oyster shooters and delicious Baja Fish Tacos we decided to call it an evening.

The next morning I arose and headed downtown for another day of exploring. One thing to note about Seattle is that everything opens a little later than it does in the South. Many restaurants do not serve until the evening and brunch is more of a weekend thing. So if you are traveling during the week, I found the best places to grab something to eat where restaurants part of hotels. I began at The Thompson Hotel and ate at Scout. Their avocado toast was heavenly. After lunch I stopped at the Chocolate Box which serves wine flights paired with chocolate (can I say heaven?) It was so delicious. Since it was sunny that day, I made sure to spend as much time as possible touring downtown. The city has so many different eclectic flavors and I was surprised at how many Italian restaurants there were. 

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On the last day I decided to start off the morning grabbing delicious greek yogurt and berries at Shaker and Spear in the Palladium Hotel. This place is perfect if you want to leisurely take the time for a bite and even get work done. Afterwards I headed over to the Bookstore Bar which had the most charming interiors. They serve a delicious sparkling flight that donates to local causes. The last restaurant I visited was call Floret where they serve vegetarian food and handcrafted cocktails. I ordered their goat cheese crostini which was whipped goat cheese served with olive oil and spiced bread. Needless to say it was devoured. Floret is located right in the airport and felt like I was immediately transported out of a terminal and into a modern cafe. 

After three days I was ready to be on my way home, but would love to revisit when I can do more outdoor exploring. The one thing I wish I had known was how much chillier the weather is. I brought this adorable jacket, but could have easily worn something heavier. On Wednesday I opted for a lemon print linen shirt, midi skirt and the best ballet flats (seriously, no blisters!) I picked up a new pair of sunglasses while I was there and this cute hat I'll be wearing this summer. Another thing to know is the sun sets later there. In fact, sunset in June is slated for 9pm so you can get a lot more done if you are looking for outdoor activities. 

Do you guys have any Seattle recommendations?

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