Rosey’s Manicure/Pedicure Tip!

A manicurist friend taught me this years ago and it works I’m not joking.

In the cold winter weather you don’t have to walk around with flip flops on when you get a pedicure – just put plastic wrap over your painted toes and then put your shoes or boots back on.

I’m not joking it works.

Give your toes at least 15 minutes to set and then you are good to put the plastic wrap.

I don’t know why it works but it works.

Is a gel manicure right for you?

As a licensed manicurist, I try to give my clients the best possible advice for their nails while keeping them up to date on what’s trending in the industry.

Gel manicures are the ‘latest craze’, even though were introduced about three years ago. Since I was never a fan of acrylic enhancements, I’m happy to see that more people are opting for the gel manicure in place of acrylics.

Gel manicures are less damaging to your natural nail than acrylic nails. However, you have to be aware that it is a chemical process and will still do some harm (even though slight) to a healthy natural nail. The best part about gel manicures is that they can be removed with regular acetone (nail polish remover) so no more poking and drilling of the natural nail to remove the product. That in itself is a huge advantage to keeping your natural nail in the best health possible. A healthy nail is a strong nail and a strong (but flexible) nail will grow long and strong for months at a time.

Gel manicures will not extend the length of your nail. It is just a coating for the nail, like a polish. I do find that my clients with shorter nails have been able to grow their nails much longer than in the past with gel manicures, as they seem to provide added strength and protection for the nail underneath.

CND (Creative Nail Design) was the first company to introduce a gel manicure system that did not require mixing. Their product comes ready to apply right out of the bottle, much like nail polish. The idea behind this product was to create a manicure that would not chip or peel for up to fourteen days and dry almost instantly. I have personally used this product and can tell you it lives up to its claim.

Since CND released Shellac, many other companies have introduced similar products (OPI, Harmony, Orly, Cacee, Gelish, Artistic Nail, etc). The list continues to grow from month to month, with new products and lots of fabulous colors and effects for gel manicures. You can even buy starter kits in drug stores.

The product is applied in thin coats (like nail polish) and cured under a UV light, making it dry and touchable almost immediately. No more sitting in the salon for hours waiting for your manicure (or pedicure) to dry so you can dig into your handbag and get your car keys.

Just a warning about gel manicures: although I mentioned that it is much less harmful to the natural nail than an acrylic application and removal, you will see a slight decline in the strength of your natural nails when the product is removed. This is caused by a breakdown in the keratin (the substance that our nails are made of) from the acetone soak, which is required to remove the product each time a new gel manicure is applied.

That being said, I do love this process and would recommend you give it a try.

If you have a question about a nail product or service you can contact me at rosey@reviewsandmorebyrosey.com.

Here is a small starter kit that I recommend you try if you are going to venture into it on your own.  Watch some Youtube video’s and take your time.  You will probably need to do your nails a few times before you get the hang of it.  Even some of the manufacturers of the gel products have instructional video’s (if they sell a home kit) on their websites.

Many companies (including ones I have no idea about, many coming from overseas) are selling gel products on various sites including Ebay.  Stay clear of them.  You have no clue what is in the product and you have no recourse if you are harmed from their products.  Names to look for that are american reputable nail companies are Gelish, CND, OPI, Orly, Cacee, and Harmony).

Product Review: Chill Zone Nail Polish

Disclosure: I received a sample (as described below) to conduct my review for this blog post.  All opinions stated in this post are truthful and mine alone.  Receiving a sample(s) of this product in no way influenced my opinion in this review. This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission (at no additional cost to you.)  Any and all commissions I receive helps me to support my local battered women’s shelter.

As many of you know I am a licensed manicurist and hold an active license in the state of New Jersey. I try to keep current with new products through my trade publications, but this one slipped right by me.

This was my first time trying a Chill Zone product. I was not familiar with this line, so when the kind folks at Chill Zone agreed to send me some samples of their products, I was more than happy to give them a try.

They came beautifully packaged (see photo below). It was a nice surprise to open the box and find that they were packaged with such care.

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Sephora Cosmetics Review

Disclosure: I received a sample (as described below) to conduct my review for this blog post.  All opinions stated in this post are truthful and mine alone.  Receiving a sample(s) of this product in no way influenced my opinion in this review. This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission (at no additional cost to you.) 

 

I must admit I’m no beauty expert but I do love to try new products as they reach the market.  I have tried everything from drug store products to high end designer products and for me the high end designer products are just not worth the extra money.  Now you may not agree and I respect that but here is my take on make up and how I decide what to buy.

First and foremost I do my research before I buy any product.  I read reviews and ask around for suggestions.  I also visit stores like Sephora where the staff is extremely knowledgeable about all things beauty and I ask for advice.

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Mally Beauty Product Review and Giveaway!

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I had the pleasure of receiving a box of Mally Cosmetics recently for review.  I have reviewed for this company before and I love her products so much that I asked to do another review.  I don’t wear a lot of makeup, I have problem skin so I tend to just wear lipstick and eye liner.  I have tried so many brands of lipstick, lip gloss, matte finish and others and they don’t last the day. I buy everything that comes out on the market hoping it will have staying power and I waste my time and money.  They all claim to have “staying power” and I’m here to tell you they don’t at least not on my lips.  I may get a few hours out of them if I am lucky but they don’t even fade evenly.

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Mally Beauty Cosmetics Review!

I had the pleasure of receiving some wonderful make up from Mally Beauty for review.  Many of you may be familiar with Mally Beauty Cosmetics and it’s founder Mally Roncal but if not let me give you a little background on the company and it’s founder.

Makeup artist Mally Roncal’s love affair with all things glam started at an early age. As a young girl growing up in upstate New York, Mally began experimenting with makeup on her mother, an incredible beauty who was and continues to be her biggest inspiration. From that early age, Mally’s parents instilled in her the philosophy that the things that make us different are the qualities that make us beautiful—a mantra that has guided Mally in her every pursuit. Mally has traveled the globe doing makeup for some of the most fab faces in the world, including Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Teri Hatcher, Celine Dion, Lee Ann Womack, Ashlee Simpson, Angelina Jolie, and Heidi Klum. Renowned for her ability to make her clients look and feel beautiful, Mally became the go-to makeup artist for all things beauty, sharing her advice in the pages of top magazines and on shows like Oprah, The Today Show, Rachael Ray, and The View. Today her line consists of over 1,000 products designed to deliver what Mally calls “bulletproof” beauty: user-friendly, multitasking products that truly stay put all day.

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I received for review Mally’s High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Orchid, H3 Gel Lipstick and Evercolor Shadow Stick in Moonlight and Mahogany.

The High Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen in Orchid – is a 4-in-1 product that includes your lip primer, lipstick, lip gloss, and lip liner all in one.  I love the convenience of having it in a brush on pen in a compact container to slip right into my handbag.  This product is available in 31 shades so there has to be one or more that is right for your taste.

The H3 Gel Lipstick in Poppie – is a gel-infused H3 Gel Lipstick is a gel-based lipstick rather than wax-based. This lasted for hours without me having to reapply I will certainly buy more colors from this line.  Check out all 12 shades here.

The Evercolor Shadow Stick – is your primer, shadow base, and eye shadow all in one. You can also use it as an eyeliner.  That’s four ways to use this one product which saves you money. The Evercolor Shadown Stick is available in 24 shades check them out here. 

You can purchase any of the Mally Beauty cosmetics at her website MallyBeauty.com or they are available at QVC.com