Monday, 30 September 2013

New Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish!

The other day, my friend Izzy and I went a-wandering around London after work and somehow ended up in a beauty hall...however did we manage that?! She decided to get a manicure at Nails Inc in House of Fraser on Oxford Street and I decided to watch.

Nails Inc Gel Effect in Porchester Square
The new polish in its element
Izzy went for the new Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in Porchester Square. She'd already picked out the colour in the normal nail varnish range, but then decided to go for the new formula, because, hey, why not?! Also, according to the Nails Inc website, Beyonce has worn this nail varnish, so that's some flawless taste right there.

The nail technician, whose name I unfortunately didn't manage to catch was chatty and very helpful and even let us into a few nail secrets, such as how to remove gel nail varnish at home. I've always been put off getting it done at a salon because then you have to go back for them to remove it and it ends up costing twice as much, but here's her mehtod for how to do it, although shhh...don't tell anyone.

Nail Technician at Work
I'm trying to be arty here, but how artistic can a shot of a manicure posisbly be?!

How to remove Gel or Shellac polish yourself!

1. File the polish to break the seal. Do this enough so that the bulky bit of the polish (usually in the centre) goes, but not so much that you file your nails. You need to be pretty rough with this, in order to shift the polish.

2. Soak cotton wool in nail varnish remover and put it over you nail. You need to then wrap your nails in tin foil quite tightly to keep the cotton wool in place. Yes, you will look like a weirdo, but it really works. It's the same method for removing glitter polish, or any tough nail varnish. I personally like to twist the tin foil to look like claws, but that's entirely optional...

3. Leave this on your nails for about five minutes and then twist and remove. Hopefully that should have taken off all the polish, but if not, you can go over the last bits with a cotton bud soaked in nail varnish remover. And you're done! No more paying £25 for a salon to remove your Shellac :)

So, there we have it! Happy money saving!

Izzy's new nails
One happy customer!
On Izzy's nails, the nail technician used the A & E Base Coat to repair any damage to the nails, the gel effect polish and then the popular Kensington Caviar Top Coat, which gave a shiny finish. She also used a Cuticle Oil Pen. Izzy was very pleased with the results and I was also impressed that the polish did in fact look like gel nails, but it was nowhere near as damaging.

Nails inc in House of Fraser Oxford Street
Grease was on in the background- what a film!
Afterwards we made our way to Laduree cafe in Covent Garden and had a spot of tea and I had some bread rolls. I had the Laduree special blend and Izzy had the Marie-Antoinette tea. Both of which were delicious.

Bread at Laduree Cafe
I just want to eat it through my screen...
I enjoy trips like this, where you're heading out, but don't know what's going to happen. Especially if it ends with tea and chat!
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