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.**

12 Feb

The Best Red for Valentine’s Day!

It’s Valentine’s Day and no matter what you have planned its always great to have a fun festive mani.

I’m not a big fan of my nails in pink for some reason, so red usually is my go to color.

Here are a few of my favorite red’s ♥ !

The Spy Who Loved Me by OPI

This is an oldie but goodie. This bright red is from the 2012 Skyfall Collection, but it is still one of my favorite red’s. It is very opaque so you can really get away with one coat. So… it’s the perfect color when you need to cut down drying time and run!

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Christian Louboutin – Rouge Louboutin

This highly publicized polish really lives up to the hype. It covers well, and I really like the consistency of this polish. Besides the fact that the long stilletto handle makes it a little awkward to apply, it is def one of my newest faves!

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Mystical Mystique by Color Club is a nice deep red and was the inspiration for this Valentines Day theme manicure by Cassandra. (On Wednesday’s, We Wear Polish)

The colors used for this manicure are:

Red – Mystical Mystique by Color Club (Special Edition Color)

Black – Black Swift 23 by Milani

Glitter – Sky Diamond by Hit Polish

White – WHITE by Milani

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My thumb, middle, and pinky finger were achieved by marbling colors with a makeup sponge over a white base. And the nail art was achieved by stamping with Moyou London plates.

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Thanks for checking out my blog!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie