Navy nails

A couple months ago I read about this an amazing manicure process on one of my favorite blogs, cupcakes and cashmere, called a gel manicure. I am typing this post while staring at my new shiny gel manicured hands and I want to share the process with you all.

Let me set the scene for you: you get a manicure, your nail polish is shiny, it's hard set, and the color looks amazing. Cut to 2 days later, and if you're like me, it's chipped, smudged, and not looking shiny and fresh any more and you're seriously debating going back to the nail salon to get a new one. And, if you're like me you can't afford a daily manicure every day. I used to get acrylic nails but they were painful to get on, annoying to get filled, and they totally trash your nails if you want to have them taken off. So what do you do?

After reading about this gel manicure process I was totally stoked that something like this existed and I set out to hunt for a nail salon in Indy that did them. It's actually a healthy process for your nails. The gel will help your nails grow stronger and longer and the color lasts up to 3 weeks. Instead of just a bottle of liquid nail polish it's this thicker gel and 3 coats of it are set with the use of a UV light. The top coat seals it all in and you're left with this harden shiny surface that is reminiscent of an acrylic nail but you didn't use any harsh chemicals on your nails. The best part, this manicure lasts up to 3 WEEKS!

(color: OPI's Russian Navy)

Your nails grow out naturally and you can either soak them off and get a new color or you can get color repainted in the part that has grown out.

I am so happy to have pretty painted nails that will last! Guarantee in 3 weeks I'll let you know how mine have held up.

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