With every brand and their mother putting out a product with “GEL” in the name, nail world is becoming a very confusing place. The introduction of CND Shellac started a gel nails craze that has prompted more traditional polish brands to jack its style, producing products that promise gel-like results.
But here’s the problem. Gel Polish, Gel Hybrid, Gel Effect, Soak-Off Gel, UV Gel. What do they all mean? All this terminology makes it hard to decipher how a product applies and performs so I’m here to break down the differences for you.
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At my core, I’m a drugstore diva. I love my Sunday ritual of hopping from Rite Aid to ULTA to CVS to Walgreens and finally the beauty section of Bed, Bath and Beyond, searching out the latest and greatest in the world of mass beauty. I partially blame Nouveau Cheap for posting deals and the latest collections. Knowing there’s a sale gets my blood moving.
This bright dotticure was inspired by the little girls who live on my street. A couple of them like to pop by when the boyfriend and I are dining on our deck and they’ve become fascinated with my nail polish room and constantly changing manicures. In fact, one held her arms out wide and declared, “Your obsession is this big,” when looking into my office. She’s totally right, ha!
Anyway, last night they came over and I invited them in to see all the Helmer drawers of color, swatch wheels and random nonsense in my room. And together, they decided that my nails needed polka dots in these two colors so I went with it. The 4-year-old who LOVES pink, as most little girls do, was adamant that this new L’Oreal Colour Riche shade go on my nails.
I used the L’Oreal Neons shade, Punchy Lychee, with Rimmel LONDON Salon Pro shade, BritPop, for the dots. And even though Punchy Lychee is more orange-coral than pink-coral, as the bottle color inferred, I love this combo and may need to consult with them from now on. I mean, I have the same taste in music as the 10-year-old, so, why not?
What’s on your nails today? Have you tried the L’Oreal Neons or new Rimmel Salon Pro formula?Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for L’Oreal. I bought the Rimmel shade. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.
It’s never too late for a #ManiMonday look, right? I was all indecisive about what to put on my nails today and then the L’Oreal Miss Denim Summer 2014 nail polish collection arrived and inspiration struck. This mix of five denim shades and one rosy pink, all in a textured finish, were just begging to be worn together.
If, like me, you tend to stalk your local drugstores for the latest and greatest in the world of nails, you’ve undoubtedly seen displays popping up for this new line of lacquer from L’Oréal. Though, in my area, the displays are cleaned out. Like I’ve said in the past, you include the word “gel” in a nail product and it flies off the shelves.
L’Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque 1-2-3 is a new three part system that claims “the high-shine of a UV-Gel and the perfect nail shape without harmful UV rays.” Now, you know how I feel about these gel-like claims (I call shenanigans) but I’m always game for being proven wrong so I put Gel-Lacque to the test.
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