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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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January Beauty Picks

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1 - Angels on Bare Skin - This s a new product I have been trying out over the past few weeks. I will say that after using it everyday for a week I will scale it back to 2-3 times a week. It acts like an exfoliator and since my skin is on the dry side I need something more gentle for everyday usage.

2 - Fomo Jelly Mask - This facial mask is so soft and smooth. It's made out of a really unusual texture and helped remove redness from my skin. 

3 -  Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner - I've talked about how much I love Kiehl's acne control lotion and spot treatment on the blog before. I was given a few samples of other products to try out and I love their toner. It was gentle and did not leave my skin feeling tight.

4 - Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream - I've been a big fan of First Aid Beauty's Ultra Cream but this one from Kiehl's has become a new favorite. It really hydrated my skin and I've been using it morning and at night.

5 - Supersmile Professional Whitening System, Small Kit - This product was one I stumbled across after doing extensive research about teeth whitening. It takes a few weeks to show a difference, but it removed most of my surface stains! I have pretty sensitive teeth and I found that it didn't bother my gums. Also, it says the small kit is a 30 day supply but has actually lasted me a few months.


6 - Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash -  For anyone with skin issues this is hands down the best body wash I've ever used. It's scentless and really gentle on the skin. 

7 -  Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Moisturizer - Another great product from Cetaphil. I've been using the body wash and this moisturizer since last Summer and have no intentions of switching. The lotion is lightweight and not sticky. I also like it's scentless so I can pair any parfum with it. 

8 - Wiccy Magic Muscles - This body bar smells heavenly. I love all of Lush's products and this one I bought a few years back. The coffee beans act like a little massage bar and it's scented like coffee and cinamon.


9 - Essie Polish - This shade of nude blush is such a staple all year round. Essie polish is one of the best I've tried and I've found if you let it glide on in thin layers it lasts longer.

10 - Estee Lauder Double Wear Make-up To Go - Outside of bareMinerals this is one of the only foundations I've found doesn't create blemishes. It's really smooth, great coverage and seems to last all day. I rarely use concealer anymore.

11 - Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer - Up until recently I've always been more of a blush gal than a bronzer gal. Lately though I've been changing my tune. I recently started using Ciate's products which is an English brand. This particular color gave me a really realistic looking tan.

12 - Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick - Bite Beauty made my previous beauty post and since I've picked up more shades. This one is perfect for a neutral and I love the way it smells. If you've never used their products, I highly recommend them! 

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Four Beauty Products I Recently Fell In Love With

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Wow! I am so surprised we are a week away from Christmas. This month has raced by for me. I just finished wrapping up all of my purchases and will be excited to photograph a few things around my home to share with y'all soon! In the meantime, I've attended a few festivities over the past month which required updating a few of my makeup products. I thought I'd share my current favorites with you today.

Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara - I am so excited I finally bought a tube of this. I am a mascara snob and have pretty long lashes. The problem is that they are white blonde and can barely be seen if I don't wear mascara. Previously I've worn Bare Minerals Lash Domination and Chanel's Inimitable Intense (both of these are winners too). After reading several reviews about Bobbi Brown's product I decided it was time to fork over $30. To date this is the best mascara I've ever worn!

L'Oreal Infallible 2-Step Lip Color in Mesmerizing Merlot - If you are looking for a burgundy shade that won't rub off I highly recommend this product. A coworker and I were talking about some of our favorite products when she shared she picked this one up. I wore it most of the night without reapplying! It really stays on! Plus it comes with a conditioner to help hydrate your lips!

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment - I tend to have dry skin, hair, and lips so when I came across this product I was excited about the fact it comes in different tints. I picked up the Rose and immediately noted it has a slightly minty flavor to it. It's perfect for a day where you want just a little color on your lips.

Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Cayenne - This is one of my favorite reds! It's a great choice for Christmas since it's a true bright red and a good choice for day or night since it's matte. I also like how it stays on for hours. You can buy it alone or in a little kit with three other colors on sale for $19 at Sephora!  

I love getting product recommendations and learning more about different things that work for my friends and readers. What are some of your favorite products?

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