Monday, July 16, 2012

Dazzling Emeralds

Prior to the video I already removed the old design and prepped the nails with NSI superbond. Superbond is a great primer for those who suffer from lifting, myself and my mother included. Since I started using this, I rarely have lifting, and the lifting on my mums nails are not as severe as they used to be.
(The reason of our lifting problems is genetic, also very thin natural nails)

First off I start by brushing on a thin coat of IBD builder gel in clear and let that cure for 2 minutes.
This is my base layer.

vivalanails was so kind to send me this emerald glittercrushed shells and dazzling butterflies.
Thank you.

I mixed some emerald glitter with gel and with a gel brush, I brushed on some glitter to give it a gradient look. With a dotting tool I placed more glitter on the free edge to add more coverage.
With a rosewood stick I picked up the crushed shell and placed that randomly on the uncured gel.
The reason I did not cure the gel is : I now can push the crushed shell in the gel. If I were to cure the gel and then add the crushed shells, it would be on top of the nail, and that makes it unnecessary thick.
I let this cure for 2 minutes.

On the ringfinger I brushed on a thin coat of IBD builder gel clear and added 3 dazzling butterflies, and let that cure for 30-ish seconds, just long enough to lock them in place.

Then I brushed on the final coat of gel and filled the nail up with strings. These will land on the nails, exactly where I want them to be, and it will merge together leaving a smooth area.
I let this layer cure for at least 3 minutes, to make sure everything is hardened.

With a lint free wipe and none acetone nail polish remover, I removed the tacky layer and reshaped the free edge and sidewalls.
Lastly I put on some clear nailpolish, this one is Glosser from Orly, just to give it that bit extra shine.

I hope you like this design.


  1. Do you use soak off gel or non soak off gel?

    1. This is file off gel (none soak off) :)

    2. Thank you for the reply, I simply just LOVE your work! Keep it up, you're doing great! :-D

    3. Hi!
      I am just starting off with gel nails and I'm using soak off gel polish. I was wondering what the difference was between soak off and non soak off gel and how you tell the difference?
      I buy my soak off gel online, and they come in bottles with the brush. Are the non soak off ones, the ones in jars?
      Many thanks!

  2. I love all your nails you do:) iam trying to do a blog but it is hard with my phone:/ Do you have any tips?

    1. thanks :)
      I do my blog on a computer. I have no idea how to do it on a phone. sorry

  3. AWESOME!!!

    Thanks so much... I love your videos. I just ordered a kit and started doing gel nails. I came across your videos on Youtube and they were of great help.

    I am totally new to this... I tried on one of the hands first and it didn turn out glossy. When I used nail wipes to clean the tacky residue of the top coat... it left some impressions on the top coat.. like it wasnt properly cured. I don't know what happened. I was also using less cleaner to clean the residue so maybe that could be the reason.I put a top coat again but the same problem.
    So i just filed the nails a bit..n applied top coat again. There was no gloss and it looked matte.Something went wrong somewhere .
    I tried a couple of times filing away the top coat...n puttin it again to get a nice glossy nail...but it looks just matteno matter what I do.

    I did the other hand...n was very careful ...used a lot of cleanser to clean the residue...n cured for a very long time. it turned out very glossy . I was curing for like 5-6 minutes this time .

    I use 36 W lamp. Lint free nail wipes i got with the IBD kit and all IBD gels..except the top coat.

    Also, one more question, on my other hand , I got a glossy finish, but I didn use a builder gel. I realised my nails are still very thin and can break can I put a builder gel now over the top coat ?

    Sorry to flood u with so many questions.


    1. Hi Tanya!
      Thanks ^^
      the nails must be cured long enough to get a glossy finish. ( a lot of cleanser or a little of cleanser doesn't matter)
      you sure the topcoat is gel (it could be nail polish)
      I use IBD builder gel, and I don't need any topcoat for that because it is already super shiny (But I do use a clear nail polish on top , orly glosser, to make it even more shinier)
      So a looooonnnnggg time curing is key here (perhaps your light bulbs are not strong enough, I know you use 36 watt, but the light bulbs could be old)

      you can use the builder gel over the topcoat, but you have to buff it lightly to ensure that it will stick on properly .

    2. Thanks so much a prompt reply.

      Ya , I guess my lamps bulbs are not good quality. Do you think buying branded bulbs would help?

      Also, is there way to figure out if a nail has properly cured or not? I get confused...sometimes it is very sticky...sometimes not.

      I would love to see a tutorial on how to do gel nails with stones/crystals etc. I love bling too ;)

      Thanks so much! I am glad I found your website !

    3. branded bulbs? haven't heard of them yet.

      If you are not sure if they are cured or not, get rosewood stick and tap on the nail. if it sound "tick tick" then it's good, if its a very muffled "tock tock" than it should be a bit more cured.(same goes with acrylic)

      I don't like using stones and crystals with gel, because you have to cleanse the nail and the alcohol turns the crystals dull and so not shiny :(

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