Gel Nail Polish Gift Ideas Under $10, $100 and beyond

So you want to give someone a gift and you know she likes to do her own gel manicure. What would you give? Here are some gel nail polish gift ideas to help you finding great and useful gifts for her beside gel nail polish.


Under $20

1. CND Holiday Lotions

CND Scentsations Holiday Set Hand & Body Lotion

Price $8.99

Restore essential moisture and captivated your senses this holiday season with a charming collection of limited-edition CND Scentsations Hand & Body Lotions. The set includes 3 bottles of lotion with holiday scents such as Veiled Plum, Cranberry, and Wicked Ivy. Size is 2 oz/59 ml each.

Packed in beautiful red retail box, the set is ready to go.

2. UV/LED Lamp Gloves

UV/LED Lamp Gloves

Price $5.95

Anti UV Fingerless Gloves protect hands while curing under UV or LED lamp. Very useful for avid gel polish user. Put them on before having a manicure with uv gel polish. One size fits most. Great for stocking stuffer.

3. Cuticle Oil

CND SolarOil

Price $6.50-8.50

Keeping your nails and cuticles moisturized is very important especially during this cold, dry season. Have some bottles and scattered them in your handbag, cars etc, will help you to oil your cuticle. Also it’s recommended to use cuticle oil periodically after gel manicure to strengthen your nails. CND SolarOil is one of the most popular cuticle oil out there. Grab some for gifts.

4.  Gelos Gel Soak Off Polish Thinner

Gelos Gel Polish Thinner

Price $10.99

This product is a must for avid gel soak of polish users. Gel polish will get thicker over time. So keep it handy in case your gel polish is getting too thick. Gel polish that is too thick can lead to wrinkling problem. Thin it with Gelos Gel Thinner out for longer shelf life.

 5. Christmas Nail Stickers

Christmas Tree Nail Stickers

Christmas Nail Stickers

Price $2.50

Beautiful Christmas Nail Stickers with various designs such as snowman, christmas trees, presents, snowflake, etc. Make beautiful Christmas nail art design in no time. Just peel and stick to your prepared nails. Choose from glitters red and green or gold and silver designs. Great stocking stuffers especially for nail art lovers and kids.


Under 100

1. Gelibility Fix Stick It Set

Gelibility Fix It Stick It Set

Price $37.95

With Gelibility, you can turn any regular nail polish into your own custom gel colors. You no longer need to purchase many gel polish colors. Gelibility gel polish nails have a beautiful shine, no dry time, and can last 2–3 weeks. Cured under UV, LED or CCFL light. The set includes 1 Gelibility Fix It, 1 Gelibility Stick It and 1 mixing palette.

2. CND Shellac Starter Kit

CND Shellac Starter Kit

Price $86.95.

CND Shellac Starter Trial Kit has all the essential products to start your Shellac manicure or pedicure with great saving. So you don’t need to worry about what you should buy individually. However, this pack doesn’t include a UV lamp, which is sold separately. Packed nicely in a retail box. Perfect for a gift.

3. Gelish Complete Starter Kit with LED Lamp

Gelish Complete Starter Kit with LED Lamp

Price 88.99

Gelish Complete Starter Kit includes all you need to make your at-home gelish manicure successful. The starter kit contains Gelish gel polish, base and top coats and a mini personal LED lamp as well. With this kit you’re ready to go. (Read our blog post about the lamp in this kit)

Over and Beyond

1. OPI Starter Kit and Professional LED Lamp

OPI Starter Kit and OPI Professional LED Lamp

This OPI Complete Starter Kit includes 1 unit of OPI LED Lamp and 1 New OPI Starter Kit. All you need for gel manicure. The starter kit has a base, top coat and 6 gel colors and other accessories. The lamp is a big professional LED lamp. A high quality, versatile LED lamp.

2. Gift Certificate

The best gift ever….a Gift Certificate. No need to worry if she will likes the gift or not, and easy to give. Purchase online and gift certificate will be emailed to the recipient. Very easy and no hassle.

I hope this guide is helpful. Have a nice and safe holiday season!

Esther’s Nail Center Giveaway

Hello all! It’s time for Esther’s Nail Center Giveaway! One winner will win a set of 4 Rainbow Honey Nail Polish full size.

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It’s easy! Just enter here.
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The details:

  • Contest begins 10/2/14 at 12:00 am PT and will end on 10/12/14 at 12:00 am PT.
  • Contest is open in the US only
  • Winners will be contacted via email within 48 hours of the end of the giveaway. The winners will then have 48 hours to respond and accept the prize. If the winner does not respond to claim the prize by 48 hours after notification, a new winner will be selected for that prize.
  • The prize will be shipped to the address provided.
  • Only entries through the Rafflecopter widget below will be counted.
  • All entries will be verified. Invalid entries will be thrown out.

Good luck!

CND Shellac Vinylux ‘Gilded Dreams’ Holiday 2014 Collection

Just arrive! CND Gilded Dreams Holiday 2014 Collection. This collection offers 3 alluring, glittering, limited edition shades for your very special occasion this winter:

  1. Grand Galabeige chrome.
  2. Chiffon Twirlrosy metallic beige in foil like finish. 
  3. Dazzling Dancesheer iridescent lilac blue glitters. Great for layering.
CND Shellac Holiday 2014

Left to right: Grand Gala, Chiffon Twirl, Dazzling Dance

These colors are available in Vinylux, Shellac and Vinylux/Shellac Holiday duo set. One set comes with 1 0.25 oz Shellac and 1 matching 0.5 oz Vinylux. For swatches, visit, where Karen Falcon shares her experience with this collection.

CND Holiday 2014 Gilded Dreams

Please note that Vinylux Dazzling Dance is darker in real than the one in the photo.

With these rich, shimmering colors plus pearls, diamonds, and nail art gems, you can create many glittery nail arts. Check out this link from for some festive nail arts.  

CND Holidays 2014 Nail Art

CND Gilded Dreams Holiday 2014 Collection is available at Check it out.

How To Make Gel Nail Polish Easily with Gelibility

After amassing over 150 expensive gel polish colors from numerous manufacturers, nail technician Brandi Hensley found her clients still asking for more.  “What new gel colors do you have?”, “Can you match my favorite nail polish color in gel?”. These were just a few of the requests Brandi would hear daily.  Looking at the hundreds of regular nail polish she already owned, Brandi thought “if only there was a way I could to turn all those nail polish colors into gel polish, I would have every gel color imaginable”.

gelibility fix it stick it set

From there was born the idea of making custom gel polish. Brandi developed Gelibility Gel Polish to make her own custom gel polish from regular nail polish, thus providing unlimited colors for her clients while saving money at the same time. Compared to buying more gel polishes, top and base coats, creating custom gel polish would save hundreds of dollars.

So, do you want to make your own gel nail polish? With Gelibility you can do it easily.

What You Need


How To Make & Apply

  • Apply a thin coat of Gelibility Stick It! bonder to clean, dry nails. Cure in a UV, LED or CCFL light for recommended time.


  • Using alcohol on a lint-free wipe, cleanse the tacky layer from the nails.

Remove tacky layer with alcohol

  • Put equal amounts of Gelibility Fix It! gel and your regular nail polish on a palette or in a small dish. Wipe off nail polish brush.  (Some nail polish is thinner than Gelibility. It’s not always an accurate 50/50 ratio if you can measure 1 drop to 1 drop. When placing the drops onto the palette, put them next to each other so you can be certain you are mixing the proper amount of polish with your gelibility. If too little polish is used, the color may be a bit lighter than expected).

put equal amount gelibility and regular polish together

  • Using the regular nail polish brush, mix the GeLibility Fix It! and the nail polish well. Caution: Do not use Gelibility Fix It brush to mix or apply so your Fix It stays perfectly clear.

mix gelibility and regular nail polish

  • Again, using the brush from regular nail polish, apply a thin coat of your mixture to the nails.


  • Cure in a UV, LED or CCFL lamp. Apply a second coat of the mixture and cure again. Do not remove the tacky layer after curing.


  • Apply a thin coat of GELibility Fix It! as is to seal and shine. Cure.


  • Remove the tacky layer with alcohol and a lint-free wipe. Nails be shiny, strong, chip free and completely dry.


Curing time: 60 seconds LED, 120 seconds UV. Discontinue use if irritation occurs.

Gelibility Stick It! is a universal gel polish base coat/bonder. It is acid free and can be used with other brands of gel polish. However, Gelibility Fix It! is comprised with a unique formula, made to work specifically with Gelibility Stick It! bonder. Results cannot be guaranteed if a different brand base/bonder is used.

Gelibility’s unique dual-purpose formula has been thoroughly tested with every possible traditional nail polish. It works incredibly well. Gelibility manicure is beautiful, strong, shiny, long lasting, remarkably durable and dries immediately with zero drying time.

Gelibility Stick It and Fix It are sold at Esther’s Nail Center as a set or per bottle. So, what do you think about this brilliant product? Have you tried it out?

NEW CND Shellac Nail Kit

CND recently released a new CND Shellac Nail Kit to replace its discontinued CND Intro Pack  Kit. The new Shellac nail kit, known as Shellac Trial Pack, has two color options: Trendy and Chic collection.

The kit has almost all the essential products to start your Shellac manicure or pedicure with great saving. It’s less than $15 per bottle. This pack doesn’t include a UV lamp, though.


Shellac Nail Kit


What You Get In The Kit

CND Shellac Nail Kit

The Chic Collection kit includes:

  • 1 x CND Shellac Base Coat .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Top Coat .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Cream Puff .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Romantique .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Tropix .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Wildfire .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Scrubfresh 2 oz
  • 1 x CND CuticleAway 6 oz
  • 1 x CND SolarOil .25 oz
  • 1 x Pure Isopropyl Alcohol 2 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Nourishing Remover 2 oz
  • 1 x Kanga File
  • 1 x Orangewood Stick
  • 1 x Brochure
  • 1 x CND Shellac Certification Flyer

The Trendy Collection kit includes:

  • 1 x CND Shellac Base Coat .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Top Coat .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Electric Orange .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Tutti Frutti .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Blue Rapture .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Tango Passion .25 oz
  • 1 x CND Scrubfresh 2 oz
  • 1 x CND CuticleAway 6 oz
  • 1 x CND SolarOil .25 oz
  • 1 x Pure Isopropyl Alcohol 2 oz
  • 1 x CND Shellac Nourishing Remover 2 oz
  • 1 x Kanga File
  • 1 x Orangewood Stick
  • 1 x Brochure
  • 1 x CND Shellac Certification Flyer


Why Purchase a Kit?

If you want to start doing Shellac manicure or pedicure at home or salon, this nail kit is an easier way to choose. It has all supplies you need with great saving. It costs less than $15 per bottle compare to buying Shellac separately. Saves you money and hassle.

Also it’s perfect as a gift. The nail supplies are all packed in a nice retail box. Easy to carry and to give.

The CND Shellac Nail Kit is available at, your online source for gel nail supply offering CND Shellac, Vinylux, Gelish, OPI and Daisy.

So what do you think about this new kit from CND?

CND Fall/Autumn 2014 Modern Folklore Collection

CND Fall/Autumn 2014 Modern FolkloreNew CND Fall/Autumn 2014 Vinylux and Shellac are now available at Esther’s Nail Center. The new collection called Modern Folklore, features 6 rich fall colors that make your nails stand out.

The new collection is all about rich, romantic shades, embellishment, decoration, modern and traditional mix.

Shellac and Vinylux Modern Folklore Collection Colors

The six rich shades are:

  • Locket Love  #128

  •  Fine Vermilion  #172

  • Rose Brocade #173

  • Crimson Sash  #174

  • Plum Paisley #175

  • Indigo Frock #176

Available in Shellac and Vinylux polish.

Also for adorning the polish, use the new CND Modern Folklore Additives set. The set contains 5 new limited edition, pigment effects.



Gelish getColor-Fall Fall 2014 Color Collection

gelish getcolor-fall 2014 collection

BREA, Calif. – (April 2014) – When you think of Fall, what images come to mind? Gelish Soak-Off Gel Polish sees the brilliant colors of nature: changing leaves, crisp red apples, warm mulled cider and colorful sunsets. Just in time to see the seasons change, Gelish offers Get Color-Fall Fall 2014 Color Collection, a warm autumnal palette to get you excited for all that Fall has to offer.

“Rich colors for the Fall season are beloved by all,” remarked Gelish Founder & CEO Danny Haile. “Our Fall 2014 collection takes the classic Fall hues up a notch with wearable glitters, stirring neutrals and bold takes on traditional shades.”

If it’s time for an autumn escape, take a page from Gelish’s color almanac and get polished with a new collection of colors.

gelish fall 2014 colors collection

The collection features six brand new, fall-inspired shares – each formulated and named to make you crave cooler weather and warm sweaters:

  1.  Clean Slate: Blue/grey crème
  2.  Rake In The Green: Grey/green crème
  3.  Berry Buttoned Up: Purple pearl
  4.  Hello, Merlot!: Berry crème
  5.  Whose Cider Are You On?: Brown pearl
  6.  Do I Look Buff?: Nude crème

The behind-the-scenes video for the Get Color-Fall Collection is expected to release August 2014 on YouTube and

The Get Color-Fall Collection will be on-shelf August 2014 and will be available as a 6 piece display, 12 piece display and as open stock.

Source: Gelish Official Press Release

Gelish Fall 2014 will be available at Esther’s Nail Center, your online source for at-home gel nail supplies.

Nail Harmony Gelish LED Lamps Comparison

Are you thinking of upgrading your UV lamp to an LED Lamp? Nail Harmony offers many types of Gelish LED Lamps to suit the different needs of different users. Yes, these LED lamp can cure any brand of gel polish as long as it’s LED-cured (To know if a gel polish is LED-cured, contact the manufacturer or read the product description).

This guide covers 3 most popular Gelish LED Lamps, which are Gelish 18G, Gelish 5-45 and Gelish Pro 45 Mini.

Gelish 18G LED Lamp

gelish 18g led lamp

gelish 18g led light

gelish led 18g lamp back

Gelish 18G LED Professional High Performance Lamp has protective cover to protect the eyes, variable timer and compact design for working table. It cures 5 fingers and toes at once. So there’s no need to cure the thumbs separately.


  • Cures all five fingers and toes
  • Motion Activated – It will be on automatically when you slide your hands into the opening
  • Preset Cure times button: 5, 20, 30 seconds with an LED Display Timer with Countdown
  • (18) 2-watt LED lights [=36 watts]
  • Patented eyeShield™ to limits light exposure
  • Magnetic tray for effrotless, through sanitizing
  • High Intensity Diamond Reflectors
  • All unit light space is utilized
  • Acetone Resistant
  • Client comfort pad
  • Never need to replace bulbs
  • Gelish 18G lamp has consistent power and performance from the first second out of the box through to the 50,000th hour
  • Adapter input is 110 to 240 volts. This is great for any customer around the world
  • One-year US warranty
  • Meets standard safety compliance world-wide

Curing Time with This Lamp

  • Gelish Foundation Gel – 5 seconds
  • Structure Gel – 30 seconds
  • Top It Off – 30 seconds
  • Gelish colors – 20-30 seconds
  • Gelish Hard Gels Foundation Gel – 5 seconds
  • Hard Gel Clear Gel – 20 seconds
  • Hard Gel Builder Gels – 30 seconds

Power Requirements

Input 100V-240V AC, 50Hz-60Hz. Power consumption: 40W.
For international buyer: you need a plug converter. The lamp we have has a 2-thin-prongs plug for North American consumers.


Gelish 18G lamp is the most expensive but also the most sophisticated among the three. This lamp is geared toward professionals. But of course a DIYer can use it as well. Check out Andrea’s review (from to read her experience with this lamp.


Gelish 5-45 LED Light

Gelish 5-45 LEd Light

gelish led light 5-45

Gelish 5-45 is a high performance LED gel-curing light. It’s smaller and lighter than Gelish 18G, with dimension 7.5 x 7.25 inches. Even though, it’s smaller it cures all five fingers as well.


  • Cures all five fingers and toes
  • Pedicure friendly
  • Only 1 preset, 45-second cure button
  • 18 LED bulbs for cool, safe curing
  • High Intensity Diamond Reflectors
  • All unit light space is utilized, ergonomic design
  • Never need to replace bulbs
  • It comes with an adapter that has input source 110-240V
  • Gelish 5-45 lamp has consistent power and performance from the first second out of the box through to the 50,000th hour
  • 90-Day US warranty

Curing time with this lamp

  • Gelish Base, Colors, and Top Coat:  45 sec.

Power Requirements

adapter for gelish 5-45 light

Input 100V-230V AC, 50Hz-60Hz. Power consumption: 18W.
For international buyer: you need a plug converter. The lamp we have has a 2-thin-prongs plug for North American consumers.


Gelish 5-45 costs much less than 18G, making it more popular among home user. It still cures 5 fingers though it cures longer than 18G version.  It has less features than 18G but works just the same.


Gelish Mini Pro 45 LED Light

gelish Mini Pro 45 led lamp

The Gelish Pro 45 Mini LED Curing Light is especially designed to cure Gelish Soak-off Gel color and products for a beautiful manicure that lasts up to three weeks.


  • Compact ergonomic design
  • Cures four fingers at a time
  • Not pedicure friendly
  • Three Two watt LED bulbs
  • One Preset forty-five second button
  • The Gelish Pro 45 Mini has consistent power and performance from the first second out of the box through to the 50,0000th hour.

Curing time with this lamp

  • Gelish Base, Colors, and Top Coat:  45 sec.

Power Requirements

Input 100V-240V AC. 50Hz-60Hz.  As you can see from the photo above, this lamp has 1 cable and 1 usb-to-wall adapter. International customer can use this lamp by using a plug converter.


This lamp is usually packaged together in the Gelish Complete Starter Kit for beginners. This lamp is the smallest with just 6 inches wide only.  Please beware of the size as some people may find it too small. Perfect for personal use.

A little Note

Nail Harmony just recently introduced a new Gelish Pro Starter Kit with 5-45 LED light instead of the Pro Mini 45. This is great for people who want a bigger lamp. If you want to know more, just read the kit information here.

I hope this guide will be helpful in guiding you to purchase your next LED Lamp. Have you used any of these lamp? Feel free to share your experience in the comment below.

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