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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

NOTD: Lemon, Lime and UV Gel Nails

Hey everyone! I mentioned in my previous post that I had my nails done at Freyja Day and Nail Spa. Here's the outcome.


Nails of the day (more like nails of the month) care of Orly in Lemonade and Green Apple.

L: Lemonade
R: Green Apple
I wanted it to not be just yellow and boring all over so I had the green accent done.

With flash 
Without flash
One thing about this manicure is that the top coat used was actually a gel polish. I've been really interested in the theory of gel nails lately and wanted to try it out for myself. Gel polishes are said to be longer-lasting than regular nail polishes. They don't chip easily and can stay on your nails for 3 weeks or more.

How to apply gel polish? Well, this one's interesting.

First you apply the polish using a brush. Of course, you 're gonna need a thicker brush because the gel is, well, thicker in consistency compared to regular polishes. Then for the cool (but scary) part - you let the gel dry on your nail under a UV nail dryer. The gel will be dry to the touch in seconds! I was able to rummage through my bag after my manicure without ruining the polish, which I couldn't do with regular nail polishes. It also doesn't have that "good" ol' paint smell. Pretty cool, right? As cool as it sounds, it also can be a bit scary. We know that too much exposure to UV radiation may cause DNA damage and also skin cancer. Here's a really interesting video by Dr. Schultz of Dermtv.com. This goes to all those who regularly use UV gel nails.


If you want to read more about UV gel nails, like pros and cons and other stuff, you can check out this post *here* by Michelle of All Lacquered Up.

Removing gel nails is also a bit of a hassle. You'd have to go back to the salon to soak the gel off your nails or you can do it yourself at home (not as simple as slapping on some nail polish remover). Mine's just a gel top coat so I guess removing it would be a little bit easier. If you read my blog, then you know that I usually change my nail color every week. Hihi. But I have to admit, I do like the idea of gel nails being more chip-resistant. Oh, and one more thing. I find that gel nails tend to attract small particles like lint-like dirt 'coz the surface is gel-ly. So yeah, maybe gel nails aren't for me.


So there. Just wanted to share to you my gel nails experience. Gel nails are becoming more and more popular nowadays, especially for gradient designs.

Have you tried UV gel nails? Share your experience! 

36 comments:

  1. wow fresh color =D
    i like it!

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  2. I've seen gel nail polishes at various nail supply stores...but never really got interested in them since I like plain, simple polishes. But this post is very helpful! Your nail colors are cute!

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  3. you're really a nail polish addict!i haven't heard of gel nail polish though! but i love the nail colors! yay

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  4. do they sell orly nail polish there as well? :)

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  5. so cute. I love the idea of a gel top coat. =))

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  6. I love the colours! I've been trying gel and uv dryer and it's alright I still prefer a fast frying topcoat instead.

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  7. @Nisa, glad you like it! :)

    @Tiffy, I prefer regular polishes too, since they are easier to remove. Although gel nails also have lots of advantages. :] Thanks, btw!

    @Kikaysimaria, hahaha! thanks sis! :D

    @Fashioneggplant, that I don't know. The owner didn't mention if they were eh :]

    @Jackie, it's really interesting but I guess gels aren't for me. Hihi

    @Che, I think I prefer the regular polishes too. Thanks dear! :)

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  8. I have read in japanese nail magazine before this gel type nail color, but really, i can't get it here in my country, soo sad! :(

    http://cominicablog.blogspot.com/

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  9. i've never heard of gel nail polishes before..seems interesting..:)

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  10. very fresh and easy on the eye! love it!

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  11. love your NOTM! :D looks fun and fresh! :) love your choice of colors.

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  12. @Cominica, aww I'm sure it'll be available there soon :)

    @Gie, it really is. I remember thinking that the first time I heard about gel nails :)

    @Hollie, thanks dear!

    @Catmare, thank you!!! :D

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  13. Does it really last for more than 3 weeks? I wonder how it looks like after :)

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  14. @King, I wouldn't know. I removed it last night. HAHAHA they say it could last for up to 3wks or more without chipping as long as you don't trigger the chipping or something. The growth of your nails would show though :/

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  15. as i said on your other post, this mani looks so refreshing! :) i love the bright colors dea.

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  16. I like the color combos! so fresh =)

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  17. i love it! your nails are really cute! hehe i love them! by the way im your new follower, you can visit my blog too if you have time :) i have lots of nail designs too :) http://neelai14.blogspot.com/

    thank you! :)

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  18. @Sugar, thank you! I took advantage of the orly nail polishes. Haha nandun na lang din ako, sulitin na. Haha

    @Lina, thank you! :DDD

    @Neelai, thanks for following dear! Checking out your blog now <3

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  19. btw Aya, please re-follow me dear :(
    I've changed my blog url and ppl can't see my update post, really appreciated!
    thanksss :)

    http://cominicablog.blogspot.com

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  20. ooh I really really like the color of your nails! it's very pretty!

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  21. Who says that you have to paint all of your nails one color? BORING. I prefer more variety in my life. :)

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  22. so pretty!!! i love the two tone tropical color!!!

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  23. So nice and bright~

    You have a nice collection of Orly polishes!

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  24. That's true sis. i Think sally hansen has one too...

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  25. This does remind me of lemon and lime hehe :) Love it!

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  26. love the combination.. it is so cuute!! pretty and fresh!

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  27. @Lisa, thanks!!!

    @PopBlush, those aren't mine. Hihi they're from the salon where I had my nails done :)

    @Sweet, you mean the nail dryer? :)

    @Ava, hihi thanks!!!

    @Diane, it is! But I had to take it off after a few days :(

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  28. WOW! i wish we got orly in india!! :( i absolutely LOVE it

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  29. @CandF, aww, but yeah the shades are really nice :D

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  30. Who says that you have to paint all of your nails one color? BORING. I prefer more variety in my life. :)

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  31. as i said on your other post, this mani looks so refreshing! :) i love the bright colors dea.

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  32. I have read in japanese nail magazine before this gel type nail color, but really, i can't get it here in my country, soo sad! :(

    http://cominicablog.blogspot.com/

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  33. Wow, you have a lot of nail polish..:D

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  34. Those aren't mine. They're from the nail salon :)

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  35. I love gel polish kit when I have the opportunity to read blogs as interesting as this. Really thanks. I’m going to have to try that.

    - Cindy xx

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