Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Why I Went Gel - Guest Post By Lauren Huston

Hello makeup and polish lovers! I’ve been an avid reader and follower of My Boyfriend Hates Makeup but always feel a little sad when I see all of the cool manicure polishes that I can’t (or won’t) use. You see…I went gel.

For about 16 years, I was an Essie girl. I really thought that there was nothing that anybody could do to break my bond with Essie. I suppose you could say that I’m an extremely loyal (obsessed?) brand enthusiast. When I decide that I like something, I stick with it.


However, I woke up about a year and a half ago and realized that I was done with chips on my polish. I’d had it and there was only one logical solution and that was to put an end to my Essie era.

I crossed over to the realm of gel polish manicures and I haven’t considered going back. So far, I have used CND Shellac, Gelish, and OPI gel polishes. Shellac and Gelish are my favorites. OPI is harder to remove so it’s a bit too rough for my nails.

Here is what I love about gel polishes:
1. The manicures last 2+ weeks! This is a miracle, if you ask me!

2 . The colors can be layered so if you get tired of certain colors, you can layer two shades for more options.

3.  My nails don’t chip. I could slam my hand into a wall (and I accidentally have) and the polish stays perfect.

4 . As long as I’m getting my nails done at a salon, in the long run, gel polish manicures wind up being less expensive per month.

Here are the cons (that STILL won’t influence me to go back to classic polish):
1 . I sometimes look at regular polishes and think, “Oh, how I wish Shellac, OPI, or Gelish made this in a gel polish color.” Yes, gel polishes are a bit more limiting.

2 . I know that my nails are weakened. However, as long as I have made the commitment to gel polish, it doesn’t really matter because the gel keeps my nails as tough as…nails!

3 . I have to think ahead with my nail color. I’m one to use blues, purples and black quite often. Some events call for a more subdued manicure, though. I have to keep my schedule in my head every time I walk into the salon, as I only get my nails done every 14-18 days.

The cons won’t get me to cave, though! Unless Essie surprises me with free manicures for life, I’m a gel gal for the long haul. Oh, that sentence sounds wishy-washy and I’m not. I love gel but let’s face it; NONE of us would turn down free manicures for life!


Authored by Lauren Huston: Lauren Huston, an in-demand freelance writer and social media consultant has proven to be a powerhouse in the social media world. Since creating her own brand, she has built an enviable client list of businesses that count on the expertise of {LH} as the cornerstone of their content creation and social media marketing. In addition to writing and new media, Lauren is passionate about her dog, Raegan, is devoted to her family, and has a strong interest in photography. 


  1. Oh wow! I've always wanted to try gel nails, but sometimes I kind of cringe at the price tag, and the fact that my nails are not long enough to really justify getting gel nails.. However, I might have to go get them done just "once" because they look amazing!

    1. Thanks, Autumn! I (Lacey) dont do gel, but someone on FB suggested a gel pedi b/c of how long it lasts. I think Im going to try that!

  2. I thought I had cured my nub nail growth (lack of) problem. And I haven't. I just might be going to gel too :( can't you use glitter to coat over gel mani? Or is that a no no?


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