For decades I kept my nails scrupulously manicured. Then I moved to the country, embraced landscaping and learned early photographic processes – all factors that caused me to rethink the necessity of having beautifully manicured nails. At even the finest salons, my manicures would last less than a week. Often within hours the polish chipped. Since I can’t abide the look of chipped nails, my spa manicures would be erased within days. It was an expensive treat for 48 hours of pleasure.
Throughout the years I’ve kept my toenails in pristine condition and always enhanced with color. My pedicures last for several weeks – no doubt because I don’t wash dishes, floors, shower stalls or cat boxes with my feet.
I tried gel manicures. But my experiences left me with paper- thin nails after I got frustrated with the regrowth, hesitated to pay the price for professional removal and peeled the gel off. Such a bad move! So I often returned to the natural look, which really does not suit me. At my core, I am somewhat flamboyant. So I kept trying different brands of polish. No matter how highly the polishes were rated, my nails chipped almost immediately. I’ve used OPI, Butter London, Deborah Lippmann, Sally Hanson, Essie, Seche, Chia Glaze, Orly, Sephora, Ulta, Revlon & Chanel among others. The result was always the same.
Before Christmas I received a $20 off coupon from Sephora for any purchase over $50 and decided to explore some more extravagant treats. Since I didn’t need perfume and already had the Clinique version of Clarisonic, I was surfing Sephora for something worthy of my coupon. I stumbles upon the Ciate’ Geltox Starter Kit which represented that I could complete a manicure at home with the lasting effects of a gel manicure and still use my own polish. The kit is expensive at $99, but I had the coupon and figured if it worked, great. If it didn’t, I could return it. Sephora had a great return policy. So I order the kit, used my Deborah Lippmann “Glamorous Life” polish and fell in love~ my manicure lasted 2 weeks! I am sold! The kit includes the LED lamp and the critical Geltox Topcoat®, which is not inexpensive to replace. But it works. And is far less dear than a $45 Gel manicure. And this polish can be easily removed. Really! Give it a try!