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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.
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 fromChickettes.com
How to apply:
Gently remove the shine from nail bed with 180/240 buffer and clean the oil/dirt from nail bed.
Apply 1st thin layer of Daisy soak-off Duo gel color. Be sure to seal the free edge foe each step.
Cure under UV Lamp for 2 mins or LED for 60 seconds
Apply 2nd layer Daisy soak-off gel color. Cure under UV Lamp or LED lamp with the same time as step 3.
Apply Daisy Top Gel. Cure under UV Lamp or LED with the same time as step 3.
Use a lint free pad/nail wipes with nail cleanser to remove the tacky residue on the nail.
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.
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 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?
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
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.
Lightning-speed services with Full Five-Finger Curing
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.
The Icons GelColor Intro Kit includes:
6 OPI GelColor polishes:
Lincoln Park After Dark (0.5oz),
I’m Not Really A Waitress (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)
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.
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.
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)
Mini Wooden File
Gelish Soak-Off Gel Polish in Gossip Girl and June Bride (15ml/.5 fl oz each)
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.
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.
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 …
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
Clean the nails with nail cleanser.
Apply nail polish as a background. Wait until it dry.
Select your choice of sticker and cut it out. Remove the film from it.
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.
Moisten the fingernail. Place the sticker in position.
Let’s wait for 1 or 2 minutes to let the sticker fully set.
Dry nail with paper towel.
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.
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.
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.
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
Is Vinylux similar to Shellac? No, these are totally different type of polish.
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
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.
The colors are:
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.