I'm not necessarily a princess, diva, what-have-you.
But I do LOVE sparkles! I'm a sucker for anything with sparkles.
My wallet has sparkles.
I love a good fake diamond solitaire earring!
I have more shirts embellished with sequins than a woman my age probably should...
I'm not a diva. I'm not.
But I must admit, I've become addicted to manicures.
My dear friend has invested in a gelish nail system. It's like shellac.
It's a gel polish that has to be cured with a UV lamp.
It all started back in September. She suggested I buy her a color and she'd get practice by giving me manicures. It's the closest to a pyramid scheme that I've ever invested in.
I've been a bit hooked ever since. I've had the first manicures since my wedding. (see those old hands? they look just like my grandma manwaring's hands!!!)
The best parts?
It lasts for up to two weeks. Seriously.
No chipping, unless a rookie like me tries to help out by putting on the base coat (seriously shortened the life of my last manicure)
It's shiny and pretty.
The above crappy iphone pics with my lovely evening living room lighting are actually the pink color below. Seriously.
But this color below? Good gossip?
It's my current favorite! It was the perfect Christmas color! It was like wearing Dororthy's ruby red slippers on my nails!!
What I've learned?
cuticle oil is worth your time.
Taking the gelish off the right way is worth your time.
a UV lamp someday may be worth my time. :)
The downfalls? It's a whole system so it's quite an investment, between the base coat, top coat, colors, lamp, etc. it adds up. But once you've done all that, you're hooked!
(ps-these opinions are my own, but wouldn't it be lovely if gelish noticed and decided to thank me with my own system? :)