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I Was Made for Lovin’ You Kiss Nails!

It’s so exciting when I get new products to play with.  I’m such a big kid- it’s like Christmas morning, ripping the boxes open to have a peek inside.  I wasn’t disappointed when I was recently sent some new products from Kiss Nails.

Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish French Manicure KitKiss is an American cosmetics company that provide a wide range of products from make-up & false lashes to top of the range hair dryers.  All of their products are generally of professional quality and great value for money.  To get an idea of all their fabulous products have a look on their website www.kissusa.com.  You can also purchase their products in Boots and Superdrug stores!

I love to keep on top of the latest products and technologies to hit the market so I was super excited to test out the new Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish French Manicure Kit and Kiss Everlasting Pro LED Gel Lamp.  The instructions provided in this kit are so simple – I reckon even my boyfriend could do it if he followed the step by step process.  Let me guide you through it…

1. I recommend you go back to my very first blog post on nail preparation before applying any nail products – the Kiss kit provides you with all of the tools to carry out this prep. Once I had completed this step I cleansed my nails using the Kiss cleanser & wipes provided.

2. Once the nails are cleansed & ready to go start sizing the magic little white tips to make sure you find the perfect fit – this is the trickiest and most important part because if the tips don’t fit the nails will lift. Take your time and be patient, trust me it is worth it!

Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish French Manicure Kit

Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish French Manicure KitKiss have created these little curved pieces of plastic, similar to a false nail, but when you stick them down on to your own nail using the supplied glue and carefully remove them using the instructions provided the little white tip is left imprinted on your own natural nail… absolutely ingenious!

Why have we ladies spent years trying to paint a perfectly straight line for a French manicure when we could have been using these nifty little tools?!  These white tips are what I love most about this system; they ensure that every white tip is exactly the same size, no wobbly lines or irregular shapes – it satisfies my OCD greatly!

3. When the little tips have been applied to all of the nails on both hands, it is time to apply the base layer gel to one hand and cure under the LED lamp – always being careful not to touch any skin or cuticle area.

Kiss LED LampAs with a lot of gel systems you need to do your four fingers first then your thumb separately on each of your hands to ensure the LED light reaches all areas of your nails and they are hardened correctly.

4. Now you have a good base down on your nails you apply the colour gel in exactly the same way as the base to that same hand. It is down to your personal preference whether you apply one or two layers of this colour.  I personally prefer a slightly more natural French manicure so I always opt for the one layer unless a client requests otherwise.

Peel Off Kiss Color Gel5. To seal all of your hard work in apply a thin layer of the top coat to the hand that you have been working on, cure the gel as before and then cleanse the nail with the wipes & cleanser provided.

Peel Off Kiss Top Gel

6. Finally finish by cleansing the nails. I would recommend that once you have cleansed your nails you apply a layer of clear nail polish to make sure they are super shiny and as always use a heap of cuticle oil to keep your cuticles hydrated!

If you have followed all of the steps carefully and used the products correctly you should be left with a beautiful French manicure.

Beautiful Kiss French Manicure

This is a really simple and straightforward product to apply and you don’t need any experience to give it a go.  If you find yourself struggling with applying this product to the hand you don’t normally work with, don’t be afraid to ask a friend to help you out.

I am usually quite dubious about home gel kits, but the gels provided in this Kiss kit were of a great quality and I was really impressed with the final outcome.

The Kiss LED lamp was fab, dinky little size; perfect for storing and it even had a timer button just like the one I use for my clients in the salon.

The kit is ideal if you have a keen interest in doing nails or simply just enjoy doing your own nails at home.  Kiss also supply solid coloured gels that you can apply in between the base layer and top coat gels using the same process as explained above. I’ll be reviewing one of these Everlasting Gel polishes in one of my next blog posts along with a special little tub that Kiss sells to safely remove your gel manicure… so watch this space!

I would love to hear if any of you chose to regularly use gel nail kits at home instead of paying salon prices or if you have tried this one before and could give me a few tips.  I’d especially like to hear about your home disasters as we can all learn from each other’s beauty mistakes!

Article by Louise Henry

Louise joined The Beauty Cloud team in May 2014 as our Nail expert.  She is a fully trained & qualified Nail Technician running her own little nail bar in Bangor, The Nail Room at Salon75. 

Any questions, email louise@thebeautycloud.co.uk or find her on Facebook

Making that Manicure last… The Perfect Polish Preparation

Before I begin reviewing any new products or showing you any step by step nail art tutorials, I should really let you all in on the secret to making any of your manicures last that little bit longer!  We all know how hard it is to keep your polish from chipping for more than 48hours and that’s if you are lucky!

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We have all been that girl (or guy, we don’t mind here) who has spent over an hour gingerly painting our nails in the hottest new colour, being careful to keep it inside the lines.  We then go through that frustrating ritual of sitting still for the next hour, not touching anything, being careful not to smudge your pretty new polish job.  You think the coast is clear… you make yourself a cup of tea or in my case pour yourself a glass of Prosecco and before you know it you have smudged or chipped a nail. Sometimes if you’re lucky you get a whole 24 hours out of your manicure but those chips, smudges & cracks are never too far away.  Well fear not my fellow nail addicts; allow me to fill you in on how you can keep you nails looking beautiful for that bit longer…

 

1. Before you do anything lay out all the necessary tools & polishes you are going to need.  This prevents any mid-mani rummaging about & smudging.  Then I always begin with clean paws.  Remove any old polish & thoroughly wash your hands so you have a totally blank canvas to work on.

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2. Start the process by filing your nails into the desired shape, using long even strokes moving from the outside edge towards the centre of the free edge of the nail.  DO NOT SCRUB the nail file on your nails, this will cause damage. 

3. Once your nails are perfectly shaped, use a polishing block or buffer (you can buy these from most chemists or Sally’s for only 49p) lightly buff off any dead cells from the nail’s surface – your nails should no longer be shiny & but now look matte, don’t panic this is what you want!

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5. The most important part of a manicure is the base coat – this creates the foundation for the polish to be applied to.  I normally use Bio Sculpture ‘Executive Base’ as it is also a great strengthener for weak and brittle nails.  However Rimmel, Nails Inc. & Maval also sell great base coats.

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6. Allow the base coat to dry & apply 2 layers of your favourite polish – I chose Bio Sculpture #166 Blazing Lacquer.  (I feel like I am cheating on my massive collection of OPI polishes!!)  Leave 5-10mins between each layer & be careful not to get any on your cuticle area or surrounding skin – this will prevent the polish from chipping!

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7. After you have finished your 2nd layer of polish seal it up with a layer of top coat – make sure to seal the very tip of your nail as well as the top surface. This protects the polish below & keeps your mani shiny for longer!  Most major brands sell top coats, I like ‘Beauty Secrets’ top coat available from Sally’s for only £3.60 or Bio Sculpture’s top coat which is available from most salons that stock the Bio Sculpture brand.

Chipped, cracked, nails, smudged, long lasting, perfect manicure, top tips, bio sculpture, file, buff polish, executive base, base coat, top coat, beauty secrets, sally's salon services8. Your hands get a lot of abuse during everyday life, drying them out & preventing them from looking their best.  This is why I always finish any of my manicures with a generous slathering of cuticle oil  & hand cream.  Being careful that I have given the polish enough time to dry before massaging it all in.

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Expert tip

Apply a drop of cuticle oil to each of your nails 10mins after applying your final top coat or put your fingers into a basin of icy cold water – both these methods help your polish dry in a flash!

So there you have it, the easy method to a perfect home manicure… what are you waiting for?  Find a polish that tickles your fancy and spend a little well deserved time pampering yourself.

 I’d love to hear any feedback you may have on prolonging your manicures or if any of you might have some secret, nifty tips that I haven’t heard of before!

Article by Louise Henry

Louise joined The Beauty Cloud team in May 2014 as our Nail expert.  She is a fully trained & qualified Nail Technician running her own little nail bar in Bangor, The Nail Room at Salon75. 

Any questions, email louise@thebeautycloud.co.uk or find her on Facebook