Every woman should look at her nails as adoringly as silver screen darlin’ Lupita N’Yongo does, especially if she’s using gel nails products that don’t suck – really, from China Glaze, Nails Inc and Cutex – products that set the stage for long-lasting, glistening manicures.
Why Gel Manicures Got A Bad Rap
The initial popularity of gel nails was it’s ability to extend manicures long into the future, but, then an ugly thing happened on the way to chipped-free happiness – the removal process and the aftermath of weak nails left behind.
No UV Lamp Required
If you don’t want to fully commit to a gel manicure that requires an ultra-violet light, but want the same level of adhesion with a high-gloss finish, try nails inc. Gel Effect Polish ($14, nailsinc.com). Gel Effect is a highly-pigmented gel polish with a plumping effect that leaves every nail with a super glossy finish that doesn’t chip and all without a UV lamp! 12 gorgeous shades in all.
An option for taking off gel nail polish that won’t have you cursing throughout the process is Cutex Gel Polish Removal Kit ($9.95, cutexshop.com) that doesn’t have the harsh side effects of acetone, leaving your nails strengthened and feeling conditioned.
Your Nails Don’t Have To Suffer
…and then came China Glaze Gelaze Nail Polish ($10, sallybeauty.com) and China Glaze Gelaze Necessities Kit ($34.99, sallybeauty.com) – the best gift a woman could ever receive because it’s an all-in-one gel polish and base coat that shaves minutes on your personal grooming duties. While you do have to use a UV lamp to cure the nail polish, your nails get their pretty in 30 second increments. These nails don’t come off until you soak them off with a remover that doesn’t ruin your nails. To get started on your new gel nails journey, pick up the Necessities Kit which includes: 33 fl oz Ruby Pumps nail color, Clear Top Coat, Pre-Soaked Cleansing Wipes (26 ct), Bonus Items: Nail File, Orangewood Stick, Nail Pusher, 2 fl oz Remover and Instruction Booklet and Instructional DVD.
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