Vacation Nails

I spent last Tuesday at the nail salon celebrating a friend’s birthday.  We have a tradition of taking the birthday girl out for a pedicure and we bring mimosas along to celebrate!

Since we were leaving for North Carolina just two days later, I decided to also get my fingernails one.

But instead of the traditional manicure, I chose the gel manicure.

Gel Manicure

There are a few different types of these.

but I used the product, Axxium by Opi.

It is supposed to stay chip-free for a couple weeks so I thought it would be perfect to use before a vacation. I actually tried one of the gel products around Christmas time and it really did last about 3 weeks.  It’s the only time I will put a darker color on my nails and Christmas time, I had to have red.

This time around, I went with a bright pink but I forgot the name of it.  In fact, I don’t think it had a name but was #15 or something.

This is what my nails look like on day 9.

Gel Manicure after 9 days

Not bad except my cuticles are very dry due to all the sun and chlorine from the past week. But the color has not chipped yet.

It’s actually in pretty good shape considering I was dragging around suitcases and beach bags, and kids’ junk…and folding tons of laundry…and walking with Rosie who pulls on her leash…

So hopefully I will get at least another week out of it.

Have you tried any of the gel manicures?

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  1. No, I haven't, but if I get mine done I surely should try it. I am too rough on mine and usually don't bother with one.

  2. My nails are in horrible shape. I am so rough with them, and when I get stressed out I am a very bad nail biter. I should give this a try!

  3. I keep hearing about gel nails. Yours look great after 3 weeks. Can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  4. OMG! I loved seeing this! And I especially wish I was one of your girl friends and could drink mimosas and get my nails done at the same time! I have several friends who like the gel manicures…I just get pink and white acrylic and have been so happy with it! I can go 3-4 weeks and I am VERY hard on my nails! Cooking, cleaning, working at my shop, gardening, being at the beach, etc…I have NEVER had one chip or break EVER! I've been doing this for over 20 years and I swear by it! Thanks for posting this!

  5. Love your pretty pink color, they look great after 9 days! I've heard of the gel, but haven't tried it, maybe before I go on vacation! 🙂

  6. Love the color, very pretty! And I love vacation nails, too! I have tried the gel thing on my toe nails some years ago… because we spent 3 weeks in florida. I have choosen the french look with a little "gem" on one nail and it was really nice and funny at the beach. But after this… I've had a lot of trouble with my toe nails – the nail spa gave me a little fungus *arrrg*. Nice Give Away, isn't it?! Have a nice weekend!Jutta

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