Let’s get one thing out of the way – all those polish brands that promise “gel effect” without the use of an actual light are BS. “Gel effect” is just the new marketing term for “long-lasting” or “high shine,” and from my experience, the result tend to be a clunky mess. In Bag Snob Tina’s words, “If you want your polish to feel like glue for a few hours before finally drying, try it. Once gel effect dries, it takes all of 24 hours before peeling off in giant pieces. Granted, it doesn’t chip like regular formulas and will last longer if it doesn’t come off first, but with polish, there’s still nothing like the real thing.”
If you ask me, unless you’re a millionaire, there’s nothing quite as gratifying as the gift of money (or an Intermix gift card…there is no such thing as too many ALC dresses in my book!), but I realize that’s usually not appropriate and most people like giving more personal presents to their friends and family. If you’re at a loss as to something uniquely memorable to give a loved one, here’s some inspiration for ideas to suit a variety of interests.
Most of us have enough clutter in our homes (and I don’t even have kids yet!!), so why not hit two birds with one stone when we can? With that in mind, Nails inc just launched Snowglobe for the holidays. It’s cute little stocking stuffer or pick-me-up for yourself.
When it comes to nail polish, it’s easy to go bargain. Aside from Tom Ford, none of the luxury brands really last that much longer than their frugal counterparts as long as you apply bottom and top coats. With Sally Hansen’s Fall 2015 designer-inspired shades, however, you get the best of both worlds.
We hear so much about 5-free polish, 3-free polish, and natural polish, but what exactly is the difference and why is it important to avoid certain chemicals? To find out the answers to these questions and more I turned to Gabrielle Ophals, Owner of Eve Salon in New York City.