Midweek Manicure // Trying Gel

This week’s mani is a bit different. This weekend some girlfriends and I, on the way home from a Jafra party I had done, decided on a whim to get our nails done. Sometimes you just need to treat yourself! And, it was nice to think that someone else would file my nails and put on the polish and pamper me for a few minutes.

I instagramed this picture of the color I chose for my mani/pedi.

Essie Big Spender

Essie – Big Spender

I have the color on my toes and love it, it’s a nice bright purply-pink. Then when it came time for the mani, I got to thinkin’ that I might like to try a gel manicure. I’ve been thinking about investing in a gel manicure kit for myself, so I wanted to try it out, see how it looked, how long it lasted, etc. I went for the traditional french tips.

Gel French Tips Mani

Another not-so-great cell phone photo but whatevs.

All in all, I like the gel. It’s lasted a bit longer than my typical non-gel manicure but I have had a few *issues* including the fact that it kind of lifts and peels at the edges around my nail bed. I seem to have this problem a lot (as I did with the Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail strips…). Has anyone else ever encountered this problem? Maybe I just have weird fingernails. Also, it’s only been 5 days since the mani and I’ve started to have some chipping. It might be because I’ve been doing lots of dishes and laundry and things like that, but I thought it would last much longer.

So, I suppose this post is more of a call for input. If you’ve ever tried a gel manicure please leave me a comment and let me know what you thought. Was it worth the expense? How long did it last for you? Would you do it again? those kinds of things. I’m wondering if investing in my own gel kit would be worth the expense…Thanks :)