GEL NAIL POLISH: WHY I LOVE IT AND YOU COULD TOO



It seems I always find at least one damaging beauty habit to indulge in. It used to be eyelash extensions from what my lashes came out in a tragic state, and now it is gel nail polish. It started small, like it always does, with me getting my toes done in the salon. The experience was exuberating, albeit also a little scary letting someone touch my feet (it's a thing I have, I don't know). Someone pampering you for an hour, scrubs, masks, perfectly shaped toenails... I didn't even know it could be done.
So then I was back the next week, getting my nails done and again walking out with a lighter wallet but a great feeling and confidence. It was then, I realized, it is possible to have your cake and eat it too - nails that don't chip, last for three weeks, grow out beautifully without breaking - needless to say, I became obsessed. I never knew my nails could look good, because they're always breaking, peeling and looking awful in general. This newly found nail bliss was such a confidence booster for me.

Tundub, et minu jaoks leidub alati vähemalt üks kahjustav iluharjumus. Kunagi olid nendeks ripsmepikendused, hobi, mis mu ripsmetele traagiliselt mõjus, nüüd aga geelküünelakk. Asi algas tagasihoidlikult, nagu sellistel juhtudel ikka, kui lasin salongis endale pediküüri teha. See kogemus oli uskumatult mõnus, kuigi natuke ka hirmus (jalgade katsumine mõjub mulle nii). Keegi hoolitseb su eest terve tunni - maskid, koorijad, täiusliku kujuga varbaküüned - minu jaoks midagi uskumatut. Niisiis läksin järgmisel nädalal tagasi maniküüri - järjekordselt lahkusin küll kergema rahakoti, kuid enesekindluse ning positiivse meeleoluga. Mõistsin siis, et ka minul on võimalik saada ilusad küüned, mis kasvavad probleemideta ja murdumata, millel küünelakk ei pragune ja kestab erilise vaevata kolm nädalat. Ma ei teadnud, et mu küüned nii ilusad välja võiks näha ja see uus välimus andis mulle palju enesekindlust juurde.  
THE GOOD
I still love going to the salon, but I made an investment in a home gel nail polish set, so that I could have that confidence and look great without breaking the bank. I pay 20€ in the salon and this kit cost me 39,99€. The starter kit contains of a LED-lamp, Before & After cleanser, a step 2 gel coat and a step 4 gel coat. I had to get the polish remover (3,50€) and individual colours (5,50€) separately. All together my kit cost 71,05€, which is just three and a half salon visits. I love going to the salon, but it's impossible to do where I'm currently living and I want my nails to look good through the whole summer. The best thing about owning this kit is that it's long lasting (promises to last up to three weeks), the result is a high gloss beautiful look and the gel keeps the nails from breaking easily. That way they grow a lot longer (this is an issue I personally struggle with a lot). It lasts two weeks maximum on me, but it's still the longest a nail polish has gone without chipping (regular nail polish starts chipping in 2-3 days, no matter what I do). 

Naudin ikka ilusalongis käimist, aga otsustasin kodusesse geellakikomplekti investeerida, et saaksin ka rahakoti raudu kangutamata enesekindel olla ja kaunis välja näha. Salongis maksab maniküür umbes 20€, see starter-komplekt maksis 39,99€. See sisaldab LED-lampi, Before & After puhastajat, aluslakki (step 2) ja pealislakki (step 4). Eraldi pidin ostma lakieemaldaja (3,50€) ja individuaalsed värvilakid (5,50€). Kokkuvõttes läks minu komplekt maksma 71,05€, mille salongikülastustes teeksin tagasi kolme ja poole korraga. Praeguses elukohas pole ilusalongis käimine minu jaoks võimalik, aga tahan, et ka suvel saaksin endale ilusaid küüsi lubada. Kõige parem osa selle komplekti kasutamise juures on selle pikk püsivusaeg (kestvusajaks lubatakse kuni kolm nädalat), tulemuseks on ilusa läikega kaunid küüned ja geeli tugevus hoiab küüsi murdumast (see punkt oli minu jaoks eelnevalt eriti muret tekitav). Kolm nädalat on minu puhul natuke optimistlik, olen õnnelik ka kahega, aga sellegipoolest on see kõige pikem aeg, mis küünelakk minul ilma pragunemata peal on püsinud (tavalise küünelakiga hakkab murenemine juba 2-3 päevaga, olenemata sellest, mis imeabivahendeid kasutan).
You use the Step 2 gel polish, cure it under the LED-lamp for 30 seconds, use your choice of colour and then finish off with Step 4 gel polish, curing after each step under the lamp. You also have to use the Before & After cleanser after each step. Esimesena kasutatakse Step 2 aluslakki, hoitakse sõrmi 30 sekundit LED-lambi all, siis kasutatakse valitud värvilakki ja viimase kihina kantakse peale Step 4 aluslakk. Iga kihi vahel käivad küüned 30 sekundit lambi alt läbi ja iga etapi vahel pühitakse sõrmed Before & After puhastajaga.



These are the individual colours I chose. I ordered four colours and two were sent to me with the kit. I chose G349 Desert Sand, G350 Plum Rose, G317 Neon Fashion, G316 Scarlet and the one given to me were G1019 Foggy Moor Glitter and G345 Aqua Glitter. Värvilakid, mis enda jaoks välja valisin. Toonid G349 Desert Sand, G350 Plum Rose, G317 Neon Fashion ja G316 Scarlet valisin ise ja G1019 Foggy Moor Glitter ja G345 Aqua Glitter saadeti koos starter-komplektiga.
THE BAD
It's always a bad idea to apply chemicals on your body. The process of a manicure can lead to dehydration and thinning of the nail plate, leaving the nails more brittle in the long run. To remove the polish, you essentially have to soak your nails in acetone, which can again leave your nails dry and brittle. It's important to moisturise your nails often when getting gel nails done. There is another controversy related to specifically this brand - Depend - that I never knew about before I got my kit. Some people complained of having an allergic reaction to the polish (or the process) with blisters and wounds appearing on their skin. It happens when the acrylates in the polish have contact with skin (for example the skin on the base of your nails). Depend has since updated it's instruction leaflet emphasising (a lot!) that it's dangerous getting the product on your skin. I was a little worried and doubted using this kit at all, but I've been extremely careful with not getting the product anywhere but my nails (if you do, you have to wipe it off with the cleanser before you put your nails under the lamp) and I think the controversy has come from people not using the products correctly. 

Negatiivse poole pealt ei ole vist kunagi hea idee ohtlike kemikaale endale peale määrida. Maniküüriprotsess võib ühtlasi muuta küüneplaadi õhukeseks, mis muudab küüne hapramaks ja murdumisele vastuvõtlikumaks. Geellaki eemaldamiseks tuleb küüsi atsetoonilahuses leotada, mis võib samamoodi küüsi kuivatada ning need õrnaks muuta. Seetõttu on geellakki tehes väga oluline küüsi ja küünenahkasid tihti niisutada. Selle konkreetse firma geellakikomplekte ümbritseb veel üks probleem, millest mina enne enda komplekti soetamist ei teadnudki. Mõned inimesed kurtsid, et allergilise reaktsiooni tõttu tekkisid neil kätele villid ja haavad. See juhtub siis, kui akrülaadid satuvad naha pinnale (näiteks kui värvid hooletult ja lakki satub ka küünenahkadele). Depend on oma infolehele lisanud 300 hüüumärgiga hoiatust, mis paluvad alati enne LED-lambi alla asetamist kontrollida, et lakk poleks nahale valgunud ja sellisel juhul Before & After puhastajaga see sealt eemaldada. Olin esialgu mures ja mõtlesin, kas üldse sellise toote kasutamisega riskida, aga olen aplikatsiooniga ülimalt ettevaatlik olnud ja loodan, et allergilised reaktsioonid on seotud toote valesti kasutamise, mitte lakikomplekti endaga.  
The two types of nail polish removers. The first method is removing the polish by soaking it in an oil solution. This is gentler for the nails but is effective only when the polish has lasted a long time (over 2 weeks). The second method is the traditional acetone soak, which will get rid of the polish faster but the acetone is not as healthy for the nails. Kaks viisi küünelaki eemaldamiseks. Esimene meetod hõlmab küünte leotamist õlilahuses. See mõjub küüntele õrnemalt, kuid on sobilik vaid siis, kui lakk on kaua peal olnud (üle 2 nädala). Teine meetod on traditsiooniline atsetoonilahuses leotamine, mis võtab küünelaki küll kiiresti lahti, kuid pole küüntele eriti kasulik. 
THE VERDICT
I wasn't sure I'd want to keep using the kit after I read about the reactions some people had to the process and it's certainly not something to take lightly. After all, people study for a long time to be nail technicians and playing with chemicals like this is something to think hard about. However, when following instructions seriously and being aware that it's not a process to fool around with, gel manicures are a beautiful thing! The pros definitely weigh out the cons for me and I definitely encourage everyone struggling with keeping nail polish intact to try it! Following the instructions accurately of course! It's a great way to keep your nails looking on fleek and not having to worry about them most of the time. It's a win for me! Have you tried nail polish? How do you feel about it?

Pärast hirmsate lugude lugemist ei olnud ma kindel, kas soovin komplekti kasutamist jätkata. Selliste kemikaalidega mässamine ei ole miski, mida kerge südamega võtta ja inimesed õpivad kaua aega, et adekvaatsed küünetehnikud olla. Otsustasin siiski komplekti kasutamist jätkata, kuid ainult väga täpselt instruktsioone järgides. Kui teil ei püsi tavaline lakk mitte mingi hinnaga peal nagu minul, soovitan geellakki proovida, aga investeerida komplekti, mida ei saada selline vastuolu. Stardikomplektidest teeb oma varianti veel Alessandro ja Tradehouse'ist saab osta teisigi komplekte (seal peab aga lambi eraldi ostma). Geellakk iseenesest on aga väga mõnus variant küünte korrashoiuks! Kas olete ka geellakki proovinud? Mis sellest arvate?
I'm using the shade Plum Rose on my nails - it's such a lovely neutral plum shade. I've been trying it out so that I could see if it would be neutral enough to be appropriate for work. What do you think? Kasutan värvi Rose Plum küüntel, mis on tõeliselt armas neutraalne ploomitoon. Proovin seda, et näha, kas sellega sobiks ka tööle minna. Mis arvate?

Ew, feet. Sorry! This is the colour Scarlet. It came out a little see-through, but it's really hard doing your own feet. I still love it and it looks like I've made an effort. Those feet revealing months are coming soon and I have zero concerns for my pedi. Yay! Öka, jalad! Sorri! Esindatud on toon Scarlet, mis jäi küll veidi läbipaistvaks, sest enda jalgu on nii tüütu värvida. Näeb siiski koguaeg hea välja ja paistab nagu oleks enda nimel pingutanud. Suvekuud on tulemas ja mina enda varvaste pärast ei pea muretsema! Jee! 

2 comments

  1. Kasutan ise samuti sama komplekti ning olen väga rahul.
    Otsisin täna Internetist inimeste arvustusi ning sattusin siia blogisse. Mõtlesin, et vau, kui ilusad ja kvaliteetsed pildid (oletasin, et raudselt mõni välismaine blogi). But that moment, kui ma nägin siin EESTI KEELT! Sul on ikka nii tuus blogi! Keep up the good work! :)

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  2. Vau, sellist tagasisidet on rohkem kui rõõm saada. Aitäh heade sõnade eest! Will keep up the good work! :)

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