My New Doctor Who Nails!!!

So I may not be packed for Comic Con yet (costumes are done… we leave in about 2 hours… that’s plenty of time, right?) but I was sure to get my nails ready in time! Doctor Who nails! My nails will be flailing about on Sunday morning in Hall H during the Doctor Who panel.  Now if only I could get into that elusive Doctor Who Tumblr Meetup… 

This might be my favorite nail art set yet - all hand painted by Yoko at Atlas Studio on natural nails with calgel.

So excited for geek week!!!


This is the only Gel I will use on my clients. I got certified to use this when  I went to school. I just contacted the seller I buy it from, and it seriously just got more expensive! It’s one of those things that REALLY is “you get what you pay for” because honestly Calgel is amazing. I used nobility in school, and that Gel SUCKED! It doesn’t sit well and it bubbles! 10g of Calgel is $65.00 and I’m tempted just to get the 25g but that’s $138.00. Once I get a figure on how much “gel” I will actually use, I’ll have to reconsider the pricing but for now I’m okay with my price list. Golden rule make sure to include cost of supplies.

Until he drew a swallow on my… fingernail…

I had been listening to a lot of The Smiths and Morrissey… as usual.  Anyway, that song, “Swallow on My Neck” always gets stuck in my head.  Since I’ll never have a swallow drawn on my neck, I wanted one drawn on my fingernail.  

Of course, the swallow I wanted drawn on my nail had to be cute… so here she is, flying through jewel blue skies with white 3D puffy clouds. 

Calgel Nails
I’ve had ONLY calgel nails for 5 years now and it is the best! No blowing at your nails in a lame attempt to get them to dry faster, no using your finger tips to get your keys or wallet out, no waiting time. Put them in the UV thingy and in a minute or so they are ready and are as hard as (pun intended) nails!!! I usually get my nails done at One Nassim, Singapore - Holisthetique but since my manicurist quit her job I now do my nails at her place. She gives me a good deal!
The best part about calgel is that it keeps my nails healthy! Try it!

Step by step guide on how to remove your gel nail polish

Many customers who are new to gel nail often asked us how they can remove their gel nail polish at home without the need to visit the salon. 

Here’s our summary of what you need to do if you DIY at home. This method is also called the “soak off” as you soak your nail polish in acetone. 

Materials you need at home:

1. Cotton pads - you probably have cosmetic cotton pads in the house which you use for applying your toner or wiping off excess lotion. Take 2-3 pads and cut out small rectangular pieces. Each piece should be just big enough to cover the surface area of your nail. Dont forget the thumbnail is bigger than your pinkie! 8-) 

2. Aluminum foil - take a piece of aluminum foil and cut out squares big enough to wrap the top of your finger with - it is sufficient to be able to completely cover your nail area. The intent here is just to keep the acetone soaked cotton pad firmly in place for a few minutes.

3. Acetone - you need a bottle of cosmetic grade acetone which you should be able to get from a pharmacy. Regular nail polish removal cannot remove a gel nail polish (they are not easily removed or chipped, that’s why they stay so perfect for two weeks!). 

4. Cuticle stick - you usually need the cuticle stick to push down the gel after they have lifted up from your nail. They are inexpensive and you can get a pack at the pharmacy or supermarket. 

5. Cuticle Oil - for nourishing your nail after its all done

Here goes!

Step 1. Soak the cotton pads with acetone

Take a little bowl and pour a bit of acetone into the bowl and throw ten pieces of the cotton pad cutouts into the acetone to soak. 

Step 2. File your nail polish

You need to file your gel nail polish to roughen up the surface for the acetone to get into the gel nail polish easily. You are just trying to roughen the surface and you should NEVER be trying to remove the gel nail polish by filing as that will damage your nail. 

At a salon, the nail technician handling the gel removal would only lightly file down the nail. Because they do it many times a day, they typical make decisive strokes that crisscross the gel polish surface. If you do it at home, you may seem to take far more strokes. It is ok, just make sure you do not overfile and end up filing your natural nail enamel. 

Step 3. Soak the nail in acetone

Take a piece of acetone soaked cotton pad and place it onto your nail. Then wrap up your finger with a piece of aluminum foil. It should look like this when its done:

From our experience, usually by the time we finish wrapping all 10 fingers, the first finger we started out from will be ready for the gel polish removal. How completely the gel polish lifts off depends on how well you roughed up the surface before applying the acetone and also how well (or badly) you wrapped the aluminum foil. I know, can be a bit tricky wrapping them tightly when all the fingers on one hand are already wrapped. 

We strongly recommend you wrap each finger individually in foil rather than soak all your fingers in a bowl of acetone. When you soak all your fingers in acetone, you expose far more of your skin to the acetone than if you just expose your nail to the acetone through the soaked cotton pad.

Step 4. Pushing out the nail polish

When you unwrap the aluminum foil, your gel nail polish should look something like this:

Most if not all of the gel polish should have lifted up from your natural nail or curled up. You can use your cuticle stick and gently push off the the gel. Remember to also take care of the edges of the nail. This is especially important if you want to apply nail polish again straight after a removal. If the nail is not thoroughly cleaned of the old nail polish, the surface of the nail is not smooth and your new gel polish is more likely to peel off in less than two weeks. 

If you remove the foil and a lot of the gel nail polish is still on the nail, just wrap it back up and wait a few more minutes. If almost no gel has lifted up from your nail, then you probably didnt filed down the gel sufficiently before you soaked. You can either file again and start over or soak for longer than usual. 

Step 5. Nourish and Clean

After removal, remember to trim your nails and your cuticle and apply cuticle oil. Acetone can be very drying on the skin and your cuticle is the area that had come into contact with the acetone during the soak off. 

If you don’t like the smell of the small bowl of acetone, you can also get the acetone in a push down container and just press down to release a small amount of acetone each time you need to wet a cotton pad. We have those at the salon as well and its quite popular with customers who only get a gel polish for special occasions and do not want to make a trip back to us just for gel removal. 

Or you can always get the polish professionally removed at our salon. Just give us a call at 6836 5920 to make an appointment! 8-)