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Old 04-30-2019, 06:05 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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What is the difference in shellac and gel? I was doing acrylics then the last two times I did the dipping stuff which lasts a long time and stays shiny. However it's $40 where an acrylic fill is $16. What I don't like about the dip is having to soak the nails in acetone to remove it. I usually go every 3 weeks but really should go every other week because my nails grow fast and the new growth is very noticeable. I also like to change the polish color (I only use OPI) in that 3 weeks as I get tired of the same color very quickly unless it's a French which apparently is "dated" {rolling my eyes}.
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Old 04-30-2019, 06:41 AM
 
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What is the difference in shellac and gel?
They're essentially the same thing ... Shellac just refers to a specific brand (CND)
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Old 05-02-2019, 12:20 PM
 
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I've learned to always bring my own polish (I use OPI) as well as bottom coat and top coat products, because I began to notice too often that when the polish at the salons were getting low, I would see people add some sort of liquid to them to make them last longer - to get more out of the bottle. I don't want to pay for a mani or pedi using watered-down polish.
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Old 05-02-2019, 02:37 PM
 
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I've learned to always bring my own polish (I use OPI) as well as bottom coat and top coat products, because I began to notice too often that when the polish at the salons were getting low, I would see people add some sort of liquid to them to make them last longer - to get more out of the bottle. I don't want to pay for a mani or pedi using watered-down polish.
I believe I would stop going there altogether. If they're watering down their polish, I can't help but wonder what other short cuts they're taking?
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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I've been really happy with ILNP polishes, but they primarily sell holos, chromes, and shimmers.

I like that brand, too (I Love Nail Polish, for those new to the brand). I'm particularly fond of "Juliette," a shimmery rose gold shade. I use two coats, and it's perfect--looks beautiful under restaurant lighting and our chandeliers lol, and in the sunlight. I get it on Amazon.

I also like Sally Hanson and OPI.
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Old 05-03-2019, 05:21 PM
 
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I believe I would stop going there altogether. If they're watering down their polish, I can't help but wonder what other short cuts they're taking?
Well I mainly go for the hot stone massage, soak, massage, cuticle trimming (because I can't for the life of me figure out how to deal with my own cuticles...)... so really the only thing left is the polish, so I bring that when I want polish. Sometimes I just want the exfoliation, hot stone massage, cuticle, etc. The place I go there is one man who has really nice strong hands and does a really great leg and foot massage! It's well worth the $25.
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:31 PM
 
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Well I mainly go for the hot stone massage, soak, massage, cuticle trimming (because I can't for the life of me figure out how to deal with my own cuticles...)... so really the only thing left is the polish, so I bring that when I want polish. Sometimes I just want the exfoliation, hot stone massage, cuticle, etc. The place I go there is one man who has really nice strong hands and does a really great leg and foot massage! It's well worth the $25.
But are they taking shortcuts on sanitation steps? Are they properly sanitizing those cuticle clippers? Have the hot stones been cleaned since the last client? Has the tub been properly cleaned each time?
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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I recall a previous post about this. In that one I recommended Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. You have to use the polish and the gel top coat. I've found that I have to remove because my nail have grown before it really begins to wear. For me it lasts at least a week/10 days. I've worn it as long as two weeks. The color looked good still but the nails were growing so the cuticle area looked off. Even the tips look pretty good after that amount of time.

I use one of those four sided things to smooth and buff my nails first. Next I remove the oils with nail polish remover. I always do two coats before the top/gel coat.
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Old 05-03-2019, 11:05 PM
 
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But are they taking shortcuts on sanitation steps? Are they properly sanitizing those cuticle clippers? Have the hot stones been cleaned since the last client? Has the tub been properly cleaned each time?
The place I go to use the liners and have these little inserts they use where the water flows into the place where you put your feet (foot tubs? foot sinks?) after each person, they remove the spout insert and the liner, scrub the tub, then put in a new liner and insert for the next person and refill. It has always seemed and appeared very clean to me. I've been going there for awhile and have never had a problem. I met our mayor in person there a few months ago, which was pretty cool!

editing to add because I forgot to mention the tools they use - the first time you go, you have to purchase a kit. Then you have to bring your kit back with you each time. It's a cute little kit with everything they use and so you are responsible for washing the tools yourself, which I like. If you forget your kit, though, you have to buy another kit.

The only thing I don't know about are the towels they use and the rocks they use. They steam your legs with a hot moist towel that they microwave. It feels amazing. And they use the hot stones, the really smooth ones, and they give you a massage with the stones. I never thought to ask how they clean those things. I guess I figured they laundered/washed the towels but I don't know about the stones?
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Old 05-11-2019, 06:38 PM
 
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Essie TLC....one 'n' done. The sheer shimmer variety. Lasts me a week.
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