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Witches' Brew: Brew Beauty: Colored Gel Nails

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Brew Beauty: Colored Gel Nails

You know we love a good nail trend around these parts, so I was delighted to stumble across a review of OPI’s Axxium Gel system. Now, I’m no stranger to the gel overlay. I rocked a clear gel overlay over my silk wrapped nails for years in college and afterwards, ‘til the real world hit and shelling out $20+ for a manicure was not in this ole girl’s budget. So, now I just slap on 2 coats of polish and keep it moving with my natural nails. But, now that nail companies are making “colored” gels, I’m kinda intrigued and ready to give it another try.

Here’s how it works:
For about $15 more than a standard mani, the gel overlay is “painted” on your natural nail with a brush, then you place your hands under a UV light so the gels can cure, or dry. The manicure lasts for about 2-3 weeks so you’d better like the color you select. The up sides are the polish doesn’t chip and you’ll save yourself from carving out time or money on salon visits for those three weeks. The down side is you have to use an acetone nail polish remover to soak off the overlay. Hey, beauty is pain, right?


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