Hey everyone! I'm still in denial that my holiday has come to an end and that it's officially Autumn, as much as I love cozy jumpers, and having an excuse to have the heating on (I'm always cold) I really wish we'd had more of a summer in the UK. But, my holiday isn't quite over until I've shown you my holiday nails, plus my 'nails on tour', so for today's post and tomorrow's post my holiday can live on.
Whenever I go on holiday I use it as an excuse to wear gels. Because I have to (and like to) change my nails so often, whenever I review gels I usually do so with a peel off basecoat so that I can swatch a few at once without the lengthy removal process. So it's always nice to be able to wear a design for a bit longer, without the risk of them chipping or peeling after a few days. I spent ages choosing a design to do because I wanted them to be a design that I'd want to wear for a while but also look good in my 'nails on tour' pictures. In the end I settled on this design I found on Pinterest. I didn't stick with the colour scheme or the design 100% because I wanted to make it my own but I really loved how it turned out, and I still have them on my nails now, 2 weeks later (although I'm hating how much they have grown out I just haven't had time to take them off).
I purposefully chose a design that matched up with Gelish colours I owned because I absolutely love their gels and I knew I wanted to use them. The pink (which is actually more of a coral) is Watch Your Step Sister and the light pink/nude base is Tan My Hide. Then I used Watch Your Step Sister again for the pink flowers, and I used Arctic Freeze for the white flowers. The yellow and brown are done using regular nail polish because I don't own any yellow or brown Gelish shades. Finished with a coat of Gelish - Top It Off
I'm really pleased to see how far I have come with gels because when I did my nails for my holiday last year they didn't last the whole week and they started to peel from the cuticle after a few days. I don't know if that's because I was in the pool more than I was this year but I'd also like to think it's because I'm finally starting to get the hang of gels. When I first started doing them I expected them to instantly last, and for me to instantly be good at them, but it definitely doesn't work like that. Even after having training with Gelish themselves it was a process to learn what works best for me and to better myself to the point that they last a long time. Some of my friends have had their nails on for weeks and weeks and it makes me so happy to see. So I'm really proud that I still have these on two weeks later with no signs of peeling, even on my non-dominant hand.
I also managed to paint both hands which I was super proud of, especially as they looked pretty similar when I'd finished. Unfortunuately I couldn't get anyone to take a decent picture (just can't get the staff these days!) so this is the best I can show you.
Tomorrow I'll be posting my nails on tour pictures, if you don't know what that is you can see my previous nails on tour pictures here for an idea of what to expect.
What do you think of the design? Let me know in the comments!