website] 2. Annie applying the coloured Gelish gel. 3. Curing the gel under the UV light. 4. The final result!
On Saturday, I went to The Long Weekend salon in Cheltenham for a Gelish manicure. If you're not familiar with Gelish manicures, they involve applying a coloured gel to the nails like a normal polish, then curing the nails under a UV light to set the gel and make it last, chip-free, for up to 3 weeks!
Annie, from The Long Weekend started off by prepping my nails with a de-hydrating polish. This ensures that your nails are clean and free-from oil which could cause the gel to peel away from your nail. The clear, base gel was then applied and set using the UV light. Annie then applied a layer of coloured gel, I chose a purple colour called 'Rendezvous', cured it then repeated the process until the colour was solid and even. A clear top coat was then applied and cured the same as the base coat, to seal the whole lot. The final result is a very shiny, smooth nail which feels amazingly strong! Hopefully keeping this on for a couple of weeks will help my nails grow longer as they're so supported by the gel and unlikely to break.
As mentioned before, Gelish manicures are meant to last for up to 3 weeks, so I will be updating this post on the progress of my nails every week. I'll do an update after 7 and 14 days, then see whether they'll last to the full 3 weeks!
Overall, I'm really impressed with Gelish polishes so far. They'd be great on your toes if you're going on a beach holiday, as I think the strength of the gel would minimise the chipping caused by sand. The only downside is that you're limited to the same colour for a couple of weeks, as the polish has to be removed by the salon using acetone. However, I'm going to test out some glitter polishes over the top next week and see whether they work! (I may, or may not, have bought some Models Own Mirrorball polishes... oops).
Have you ever had a Gelish manicure? What did you think? Would you try them out? x