Revamped Daisy Duo Gel Polish for Fewer Step Manicure

UPDATE:  We’re looking for bloggers to try out the new Daisy Duo Gel Polish, write and post a review and share the pictures with us. Interested? Just send your email to [email protected] Thank you!

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So recently Daisy released their new Daisy Duo Gel Polish line. And we were all excited with the new bottle, packaging and a free gift of nail polish.

Daisy duo soak off gel polish

About Daisy Duo Gel Polish

To start off,  the new Daisy has all-in-one formula, means no bond and no base needed.  The color has base coat included in it.  So, fewer steps for longer wear. And it would last to 21 days. Compare with the old one, the new bottle is more modern. It’s thick with its UV-protection coat and a black cap. It comes with a nice and sturdy plastic box packaging to protect it.

Daisy Duo is LED and UV lamp cured as well. It’s 2 minutes under UV Lamp and 60 seconds under LED Light. And it’s made in USA.  I think all these improvements are impressive.

What Blogger Said about Daisy Duo

The Daisy polishes applied with ease, only required two coats for full coverage and I had no issues curing in my LED lamp. The removal process was also a dream… the soak-off only took a few minutes. ~ Andrea from Chickettes.com

How to apply:

  1. Gently remove the shine from nail bed with 180/240 buffer and clean the oil/dirt from nail bed.
  2. Apply 1st thin layer of Daisy soak-off Duo gel color. Be sure to seal the free edge foe each step.
  3. Cure under UV Lamp for 2 mins or LED for 60 seconds
  4. Apply 2nd layer Daisy soak-off gel color. Cure under UV Lamp or LED lamp with the same time as step 3.
  5. Apply Daisy Top Gel. Cure under UV Lamp or LED with the same time as step 3.
  6. Use a lint free pad/nail wipes with nail cleanser to remove the tacky residue on the nail.

Color Swatches

Just like the old color collection, the new Daisy Duo has many beautiful glitter toppers to offer as well as vibrant neon colors. On the the other side, the nude and taupe colors also enhance the swatches to balance it.

daisy duo gel polish swatches

 

Daisy Duo Gel Polish Swatches

Promotion

For now, whenever you buy a new Daisy Duo Gel, you’ll get a free matching nail polish. This is great for matching your toes with your hands.

daisy duo with free nail polish

 

Daisy Duo and the old Daisy are available at Esther’s Nail Center, your online source for gel nail polish such as CND Shellac, Daisy, Gelish and OPI Gelcolor. Daisy Duo is retailed for $13.95 and the old Daisy is on clearance sale for only $8.99 (Reg. $10.99). Visit the website to discover more.

With much to love, I think Daisy Duo is a winner. It’s really worth to try.  What do you think?

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End of Year 2013 SALE

Check out Esther’s Nail Center latest sale on Gelish and OPI LED Lamp, Daisy and Adoree nail polish!  Limited time only. No coupon necessary. Visit www.EsthersNC.com

LED Lamp Sale

 

END OF YEAR SALE

- Gelish 18G LED lamp $215. Reg $259.

- OPI GelColor LED Lamp $209. Reg. $249.

- Gelish Fantastic Four Pack- $32.95. Reg $36.95
It’s like buy a Base Coat & a Top Coat, get FREE phBond & Nourish Oil.

- Gelish Matte & Gloss Duo Top Coat – $23.95. Save $3.95 compare to buying separately.
Get a Matte and a Gloss top it off coats.

- Daisy Gel Polish Clearance Sale – $8.99 each. Reg $10.99. While supplies last.

- Adoree Nail Polish – Buy 1 Get 1 FREE. Purchase at full price. We’ll refund the free items accordingly.

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Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit – CND, OPI Gel Color And Gelish

You’ve read a lot about gel manicure and ready to be a do-it-yourself gel manicurist. Or maybe you are looking for a gift for a gel polish fan this holiday. Whatever your reason is, this article will let you know about three Gel Nail Polish Starter/Intro Kits from the most popular brands in the market. They are CND, OPI GelColor and Gelish.

For starter, buying a kit will cost less than buying individually. The kit also has all (most) everything you need to do gel application. It helps you starting your gel manicure without getting panic because you miss something important in the middle of your manicure.

CND SHELLAC NAIL STARTER KIT

shellac nail starter kit

CND Shellac Intro Pack contains all you need to start right away. This is the only kit packed in a retail box, directly from CND. So the colors are pre-selected. Don’t mistake it with many Shellac kits that are custom selected by seller, for example on Ebay.

The starter pack doesn’t include a Shellac UV lamp (Shellac is only cured under a UV Lamp). The lamp is sold separately.

What you get in the pack:

  • 1 CND Shellac Base
  • 1 CND Shellac Top Coat .25 oz. ea.
  • 4 CND Shellac Color Coats .25 oz: Cream Puff, Negligee, Wildfire, Fedora
  • CND SolarOil .5 oz.
  • ScrubFresh 2 oz.
  • Pure Acetone 2 oz.
  • Pure Alcohol 2 oz.
  • Shellac Remover Wraps 250-pk.
  • 240/240 grit Kanga Files 20-pk.
  • Orangewood Sticks 20-pk.
  • Shellac Brochure
  • Salon Registry Card

Price is $124.99. With a Shellac UV lamp, your start-up cost comes to total of $273.99.

 

OPI GEL COLOR KIT

OPI has 2 kinds of kits, one with an LED lamp and one without.

opi gel color starter kit led lamp

The complete kit (picture above) includes 1 unit of OPI LED Lamp and 1 The Icons Intro Kit. Both LED lamp and Kit come with the original OPI retail boxes.

OPI LED Lamp features:

  • Lightning-speed services with Full Five-Finger Curing
  • Hand sensor-activated
  • Spacious, comfortable interior for all hand sizes & nail lengths
  • Adjustable “feet” for convenient pedicure use
  • 15,30,45, & 60-second memory settings
  • 32 silicone encapsulated LEDs
  • Mirror-finish interior for even light distribution
  • 50,000 hours of LED performance
  • Durable metal construction
  • 2 easy-access power ports
  • 1-year manufacturer warranty
  • World wide power adapter 110-240V 50/60Hz with 2 thin prongs (for North America). You just need a proper power plug adapter for other countries.

The Icon Kit has everything you need to start a gel manicure. It has the iconic OPI nail polish colors such as I’m not Really a Waitress, Cajun Shrimp and Bubble Bath. It is the only kit from OPI that includes a Base and Top Coat while other kits have none.

opi gelcolor the icons kit opi gel color icons complete kit

The Icons GelColor Intro Kit includes:

  • 6 OPI GelColor polishes:
    • Lincoln Park After Dark (0.5oz),
    • I’m Not Really A Waitress (0.5oz),
    • Passion (0.5oz),
    • Cajun Shrimp (0.5oz),
    • Strawberry Margarita 0.5oz)
    • Funny Bunny (0.5oz)
  • OPI Gel Base Coat (0.5oz)
  • OPI Gel Top Coat (0.5oz)
  • Blank Nail Palette with Chain
  • BondAid (1 oz)
  • GelColor by OPI Tabletop Instructions
  • GelColor by OPI Instructional Brochure
  • Expert touch Remover (4 oz)
  • Expert touch Remover Wrap (20ct)
  • Window Cling
  • Instructional DVD
  • Reusable cuticle stick

OPI Gel Color also has 6-gel colors kit that  has no LED Lamp. Usually the kit has 6 seasonal gel colors but without Top and  Base coats. For example, the Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Gel Color Kit has  6 limited edition holiday colors.

OPI Holiday 2013 Mariah Carey Gel Color

The OPI Gel Color Starter Kit with LED lamp is $329. The Icon Kit itself is $99.

 

GELISH COMPLETE START KIT

complete gelish starter kit

gelish complete starter kit

Like its name, this kit has the most complete set including a mini (pretty small) LED lamp.  The whole kit comes in a small box that weighs only 2 lbs.

It contains:

  • Mini Pro 45 LED Light 110V
  • pH Bond (9ml/.30 fl oz)
  • Base Foundation (9ml/.30 fl oz)
  • Top-it-Off (9ml/.30 fl oz)
  • Nourish Cuticle Oil (9ml/.30 fl oz)
  • Nail Surface Cleanse (60ml/2 fl oz)
  • Gel Nail Remover (60ml/2 fl oz)
  • Orangewood Stick
  • Mini Wooden File
  • Plastic Pusher
  • Prep Tabs
  • Gelish Soak-Off Gel Polish in Gossip Girl and June Bride (15ml/.5 fl oz each)
  • Brochure.

The Gelish MINI Pro 45 LED Curing Light

It is especially designed to efficiently cure Gelish Soak-off Gel color and products from the Gelish MINI System for a beautiful manicure that lasts up to three weeks. Its compact design cures 4 fingers at a time. Cures faster than regular uv lamp.

Features includes:

  • a preset forty-five second timer and three 2 watt LED bulbs that never need to be replaced.
  • The compact ergonomic design allows for both comfort and to save table space.
  • The MINI Pro 45 has consistent power and performance from the first second out of the box through to the 50,0000th hour.

The kit we have at EsthersNC.com is suitable for North America 110V only. International customer needs a voltage transformer and a plug converter.

The Gelish Complete Starter Kit is $115.99. That’s the lowest among the three. What makes the other two cost more because the LED/UV Lamp they have are professional, bigger lamps that cures 5 fingers a time and for OPI LED, it cures faster.

All starter kits mentioned above are available at Esther’s Nail Center, your online source for gel manicure  offering brands such as CND Shellac, Daisy, Gelish, and OPI Gelcolor.

So which one would you choose among the three if you want to invest in doing gel manicure yourself? Please leave your comment below. I would be happy to read each one of them.

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FREE Glow In The Dark Water Decal

free glow in the dark water decal

Get a FREE Glow In The Dark Water Decal with any purchase. Valid until October 31, 2013. No coupon needed.

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Top 10 Gel Nail Polish Brands

Since the renaissance of gel soak off/hybrid nail polish a few years ago, lots and lots of gel nail polish brands are flooding the market  We used to be able to count just by hand. But now we lost count already on how many brands of gel polish are there.

So in effort to help the new/old gel polish fans on choosing the top ones,  we are making this poll to know which brands get into the list of the top 10.

Therefore, WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please fill out the poll below with all gel nail polish brands you are aware of.  You can add your answers as well. Please share with your friends as well.

By end of this year, we’ll post the result in our blog and Facebook.  Thank you in advance for your participation!! Comment below if you have any comment …

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Glow In The Dark Nail Stickers

There are a lot of Glow-in-the-dark stuff around us, from toys to nail polish.  Take the idea into nail art and we have Glow In The Dark nail stickers.

The new Glow In The Dark water nail stickers are now available at EsthersNC.com. These stickers are super fun to wear. They glow green in the dark while look white or colorful in the light. Perfect for Halloween or any night events.

Since they are water transfer decals, you need water to apply.  Expose them to light for a few minutes before seeing them glow in the dark. Otherwise, they won’t glow brightly or won’t glow at all.  Repeat if necessary.

How to Apply

  1. Clean the nails with nail cleanser.
  2. Apply nail polish as a background. Wait until it dry.
  3. Select your choice of sticker and cut it out. Remove the film from it.
  4. Place it into water 10-20 seconds. Use warm water in winter. It does not matter if you place it face-down or face-up. Wait until the paper backing is wet.
  5. Moisten the fingernail. Place the sticker in position.
  6. Let’s wait for 1 or 2 minutes to let the sticker fully set.
  7. Dry nail with paper towel.
  8. Apply top coat to seal the nail art.

 

Below are some cool patterns that are available at our store. Left picture shows stickers in the dark. Right picture shows stickers under normal light.

chanel dior logo glow in the dark nail stickers chanel dior logo-glow-in-dark-stickers

faces glow phosporescent stickers faces-white-fluorescent-stickers

zipper glow in the dark nail stickers zipper glow in the dark nail stickers

hello kitty glow in the dark nail art sticker hello kitty glow in the dark nail art sticker

gid009-glow-dark-stickers gid009-glow-dark-stickers-light gid019-hello-kitty-glow-dark-stickers gid019-hello-kitty-light-stickers gid020-glow-hello-kitty-luminous-stickers gid020-light-hello-kitty-luminous-stickers

These stickers are available at Esther’s Nail Center at $2.50 per sheet.  There are many stickers in one sheet to last for a long time.

So what do you think? Do you like it or not? Share your comment below.

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Does Shellac Damage Nails?

No! According to CND, when used as directed, Shellac doesn’t damage your nails.

This claim is something new that I noticed recently on CND Shellac’s newer retail box. You can see it on the left side of the box. This new addition is not available on the older box. I believe this claim is to answer the often asked question whether Shellac is safe for nail.

Shellac doesn't damage nails

Buffing the nail bed, drilling the shellac on the nails or soaking nails with acetone for removal are among the improper ways and can ruin the nails. You should stay away from these steps or nail tech who does that to your nails.

So what is the proper instruction? Visit CND.com to find it or you can click “ CND Shellac Application Removal”, downloaded right from CND website.

Any thought or comment about Shellac damaging nails? Please share your experience with Shellac below.

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Fall for Vinylux Forbidden Colors

This fall 2013, CND has released a new CND Vinylux Forbidden Collection  in mini bottles. The colors are more to the darker shades, which are pretty for fall.

What is CND Vinylux

cnd vinylux nail polish

Before getting deeper in the color, let’s talk what CND Vinylux is.

VINYLUX™ is a breakthrough polish system that endures a week of fashion perfection…without a base coat! Exposure to natural light secures the patent-pending Pro-Light technology, creating an enduring, long-lasting polish. While ordinary polishes become brittle and deteriorate over time, VINYLUX dries naturally to a flawless finish and strengthens its resistance to chips over time. VINYLUX is available in 62 fashion-forward polish colors and 47 colors that match popular CND Shellac™ shades. Quotes from CND.com

For more about Vinylux read “New Manicures Last a Week with CND Vinylux

Is Vinylux similar to Shellac? No, these are totally different type of polish.

CND Shellac:

  • is a hybrid gel polish
  • needs UV Light to cure the polish
  • needs a base coat
  • stay for up to 2 weeks
  • long lasting shine till the end of the 2-week
  • longer application and removal time

CND Vinylux:

  • is air-dry just like regular nail polish.
  • no need of a uv lamp
  • no base coat needed
  • stay for up to 1 week, hence the name ‘weekly polish’
  • getting dull or dents over the week
  • shorter application and removal time

 

CND Vinylux Forbidden Collection

For you who are interested in trying out CND Vinylux, Vinylux Forbidden Collection Mini set is a perfect starter kit. It comes with 6 colors and 1 top coat. No base coat, as it’s not needed.  The polish comes in mini bottles of .125 fl oz / 3.7 ml size.

cnd vinylux forbidden collection mini nail polish

The colors are:

  • Burnt Romance
  • Tinted Love
  • Dark Dahlia
  • Blue Rapture
  • Night Glimmer
  • Steel Gaze

This set is also perfect for a gift. It includes all you need to do Vinylux manicure or pedicure.

Most Vinylux colors match Shellac colors. So if you need matching polish for pedicure, you can dig into Vinylux color collection.

So where to buy CND Vinylux? You can go to www.esthersnc.com for CND products (including Shellac) and Gelish and other nail supplies.

What do you think about CND Vinylux? Have you tried it? And what is your Vinylux favorite color? Please share in the comments.

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