15 Mar

Nail Review: SNS Gelous Collection

Hi loves!

Hope you are staying warm! New York is getting over a foot of snow, so I am staying nice and cozy indoors.

So.. for about a year now, I have been getting acrylic or gel extensions on my nails. I know there is this stigma behind acrylic that it ruins your nails, but I don’t find it any more damaging than a gel manicure. However, the other day when I went to the nail salon I decided to soak off my acrylics and give my nails a rest. The nail technician was trying to up-sell the hell out of me…and she won. I decided to try the Signature Nail System Gelous Color.

You might know SNS as the pink and white powder. It is a much healthier alternative for your nails because it requires no glue or UV light, and lasts two to three weeks.

The colors are in powder form, and in different little jars. Each color is a series of numbers instead of a name, so I went with a slate gray with a hint of glitter (SC15).

First, Amy applied the gel base coat on my bare nails.

Then she dipped my nail into the powder, and tapped off the excess.

After she went through all my nails once she repeated the process by adding more gel base coat and dipping the nail into the powder.

This was the finished result after three coats of powder. Not too pretty.

Amy then applied the sealant to lock in the powder, and started filing like a mad woman. The filing is the most important part to ensure everything is smooth and even.

Once Amy finished filing, she applied the gel top coat and I went to dry for about ten minutes.

Voila!

Overall, I would give the product a 3.5 out of 5. The main aspect of this product that I love is no glue or UV light, which makes this is a much healthier alternative than gels or acrylics. I also like that there are hundreds of color options.  Most new products have limited colors so I appreciated the selection. In general, the whole process was very different, so that kept me entertained during my manicure. Lastly, because this is a powder I am expecting this manicure to last a couple of weeks without chipping (I will update this post in two weeks to show how the product wore over time).

Now, what I don’t like about the product is the whole filing of the nails. I feel like if you get your nails done somewhere that the technician isn’t trained well, or used to doing the powder often, it could leave the finish product looking bumpy. Also, since the powder is layered my nails look a little thicker than I would normally like. To sum it up, I am a perfectionist and even though this is a much healthier alternative the neatness and symmetry of a regular manicure can not be beat.

I will probably try the SNS Gelous manicure one more time, just to see if the product grows on me. If you have tried SNS before, please comment below and let me know about your experience!

Thanks for reading!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie <3

**Disclaimer: This product review was done without coercion or payment from Signature Nail System. This post is my personal opinion and I have no affiliation with this company.**

07 Apr

Nail Biters Anonymous

Hi loves!

I have been thinking for a while to write a blog post for my nail biters out there. This post is a little wordier than normal, so bare with me :). Nail biting has been an issue for me all of my life. I sucked my thumb as a kid, and once I moved on from that, nail biting was my thing. To this day, nail biting is still an issue for me, and I wanted to share my journey with all of you.

Nail biting for me is 60% anxiety related and 40% out of pure boredom.  It is tough to tell you guys what I have done to stop nail biting, because I am still working on this habit.  But, my main way of stopping my obsessive nail biting was and still is…. getting manicures FREQUENTLY! It is amazing how far I have come with my nail biting, but I have to chalk it up to the fact that I became obsessed with nail polish. The compliments I would get from people seeing my nails are alot more rewarding then people cringing at my bleeding cracked fingertips.

I personally have tried every thing on the market to stop biting my nails, and nothing has worked better then just getting a manicure weekly. But, there are a few tricks and tips I want to share with my fellow nail biters.

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Nail Treatments: I have mentioned in my previous posts REJUVACOTE by Duri is AMAZING! With all this wedding planning stress, I find my self picking and biting at my nails often and this has saved me. REJUVACOTE is a nail treatment that makes your nails grow longer, stronger and faster.

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Anti- Nail Biting Polish: I personally have tried a ton of them! And if you want to bite your nails, you most likely will just deal with the nasty taste. But, this product I have used up completely, and if my nails aren’t going to be polished. I will put a coat of Rejuvacote on my nails, and then a coat of Orly No Bite polish to hold me over until my next mani.

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Hair/Nail Pills: Any hair or nail vitamin that contains biotin or vitamin D makes your nails healthier from the inside out. I personally use Hairfinity and let me tell you, THIS STUFF WORKS! I have always been skeptical about hair pills, but I have tried a variety of different brands, and I see results! Who doesn’t want strong, long nails and hair?!

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Gum: Nail biting is an oral fixation issue too. In the beginning of me trying to stop biting my nails, I always ate peppermints or gum when I got that sensation to put my hands in my mouth. So, I recommend finding something to do when you get that urge to bite. A friend of mine would put a rubber band on her wrist, and popped it everytime she got the urge to bite. That didn’t work for me personally, but it might work for someone else out there!

Cleanliness: I don’t think I realized how disgusting it was to have my hands in my mouth until I toned down my nail biting. When I used to bite my nails frequently, I ALWAYS had a cold. But, I mean DUH! my dirty hands were in my mouth all day. Also, no one wants to shake your hand when you just drooled all over it LOL. So, overall its just a good idea to keep your hands out of your mouth.

Nail biting is a bad habit, but we all deserve beautiful nails! I hope I could shed some light on my journey through nail biting. It’s a work in progress, but I have come a LONG way and  if I can do it, I know you can too.

Thanks for checking out my post.

Love you mean it!

Ashlie