Sunday, 4 January 2015

How I Soak Off My Gel Polish Manicures

Happy New Year NaiLovelies!

I hope you all had a fantastic festive period over the past two weeks and that 2015 will be a great year for you.

As with the same period last year when I wore my OPI Gelcolor Wonderous Star party manicure for three weeks, I ended up doing the same again this year with my Colors By Llarowe The Mighty Red Baron party manicure.  As I was well overdue a soak off, I decided to make a video of the steps I follow for this my very first post of 2015....

Below is the full video of my gel polish removal and you can also view this directly on YouTube by clicking here.

Underneath The Mighty Red Baron I was wearing an IBD Just Gel Polish Manicure of Pretty In Pewter (3 coats) with Siberian Minx sponged onto the tips (2 coats) for a gradient effect.  As mentioned before, the gel manicure was on my nails for three weeks and for two of those weeks I wore two coats of regular polish on top with a coat of All That Jazz Doubletop Topcoat for Glitter.  The manicures wore extremely well with no lifting or chips during the entire three weeks.

Below are photos of how my manicure started out and how it looked three weeks later prior to removal.

IBD Pretty In Pewter, three coats with two coats of Siberian Minx sponged onto the tips

I felt this manicure was crying out for some seasonal stamping so I added a series of gold and silver stamped images using MoYou festive plate and one I purchased from Born Pretty Store.

Colors By Llarowe The Mighty Red Baron 

Colors By Llarowe The Mighty Red Baron after two weeks, no chips just slight tip wear on the regular polish!

As I type this blog post I have completely naked nails as I have not had a chance to redo my nails. 

I have a product review for Born Pretty coming up next so I just need to get the creative juices flowing to see what I can come up with for this this space.   In the meantime, if you fancy picking up a few items from The Born Pretty Store, feel free to use my Discount Code ECSQ10 which will give you 10% off of your order.

Ciao 4 Now


  1. OMG, I love, love, love your video! I have never used/had done gel polish. I have heard too many horror stories. I do belong to a nail polish group on FB and the nail techs in it have been saying that, if done correctly, your natural nails should not have damage. It is so nice to see your video! I am going to Share it on the FB group, okay? The group is Polish-aholics Anonymous, over 6,400 members so far - a large portion of members are U.S.A-based., but a substantial portion is also from other areas and they are active in the group. I am sure your video will help show how gel can be done without all the nail plate damage that many say they have had when they did gel. And don't even get me on the subject of acrylics! Thank you again - love your nail blog!

    1. Haha Lara, Tracey is also in Polishaholicc Anonymous, as am I :-)

    2. Thank you so much Lara! I am more than happy for you to share my blog post and video. Pins,Patterns and Polish is right, I am also a member of PA, it's a great group.

  2. Hi!
    I really loved your video! I've tried soak off gels a few times in the past 3 years, but I always had troubles with removal. Encouraged by your technique I give my gels another try. I hope this time with your technique the removal won't damage my nails.
    Would you please tell me which base do you use? I always have troubles with removing the base layer of my soak of gels ( So far I tried 2 different bases, but both troubled me for more than one hour)
    Thank you for your answer in advance =)

  3. I would love to get the ASP conditioning soak off remover as I am using gel polish all the time and am totally addicted to stamping. I have learned a lot from watching your videos and envy your lovely nails. I haven't been able to source the asp remover - I live in Sussex.


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