Gel Nails Vs. Acrylic

Gel vs. Acrylic. What makes them different? What method is better?

Both methods have a similar end result. They help to lengthen, strengthen and, make your fingers appear longer and more feminine. There are pros and cons to both methods. We hope to shed a little light on this much-debated subject.

Acrylic Nails

When it comes to this method, in most cases an artificial tip is used, as the extension.  Acrylic is applied using a liquid monomer and a powder polymer (aka ground up plastic). The product air dries, no UV light is necessary.

Gel Nails

The application process for gel is quite different than acrylic.  A form is used to sculpt the extension, the gel is then applied in layers and cured with a UV light. Pop off the form and there’s your nail. No plastic tip or glue necessary.  Gel product is ALWAYS liquid. If someone tells you they use a powder gel, they are lying!

Pros for Acrylic 

  • -Less costly
  • -Very strong when done correctly
  • -Faster services

Cons for Acrylic

  • -Acrylic is very toxic and has a strong odor.  Not recommended for pregnant women.
  • -If acrylic is done poorly there is a higher risk of damage to the nail bed. This can cause a breeding ground for fungus and bacteria.
  • – They tend to look less natural

Pros for Gel

  • -Gel tends to look more natural and glossy
  • -The curing time is faster than acrylic
  • -Gel nails lack the fumes and are more eco-friendly
  • -Gel removal is easier and less aggressive on the natural nail

Cons for Gel Nails

  • -More costly
  • -Not many places offer a sculptured gel nail
  • -If not done properly, they can lift easily
  • -Appointment times can be much longer than acrylic
acrylic nails

Acrylic Nails

Gel Nails by Brittany Pearson

Gel Nails by Brittany Pearson














The right Choice

Gel nails in our opinion tend to be a better, safer choice. Especially if you are looking to become an artificial nail enthusiast. If not, a gel polish might be a nice option. It’s temporary, lasts longer than regular polish but not quite the upkeep or expense as artificial nails. Whatever method you choose, make sure you go to a professional. There are just some things that should not be a DIY project.  Make sure that clean, and properly sanitized tools are being used. If, in any way, you doubt the integrity of the studio, ask questions. If they can’t or won’t answer you, RUN! This is not the type of place I would trust. Nail fungus is no joke! We see it all the time, and can be incredibly difficult to get rid of.

We hope this helps you to make the right decision. Nails are fun!  Get crazy, add color, a little bling, and change-up the shape. Nails can be a great way to express yourself.





The best exfoliators for your skin type



Why Exfoliate? 

Proper exfoliation two to three times a week is essential in your weekly skin routine. Exfoliating is important for texture, tone and eliminating dead skin cells that clog pores. It allows your skin to better absorb creams and serums. One exfoliator, however, does not fit all. Take a look at our guide on the different options for exfoliators, and which ones best suit your skin type.



These types of exfoliators generally contain a grainy particle that helps to lift, and remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. We call these manual exfoliators. This can be anything from sugar, salt, rice scrubs or even finer, such as a gommage.


Chemical exfoliators contain one of two acids. Alpha- hydroxy acids (AHA’s) or your beta-hydroxy acid (BHA’s). Chemical exfoliators exfoliate the skin from within instead of just the surface like mechanical exfoliators. AHA’s are best suited for dry or sun damaged skin. AHA’s are water soluble and are typically your Glycolic, Lactic and Malic acids. BHA’s, however, are oil-soluble and are better suited for acne skin. These acids tend to be Salicylic TCA and Jessner.


Enzymes remove the buildup of dead skin cells by gently dissolving them away. Usually, an enzyme derived from fruit.

Skin Type

  • Oily skin:  opt for a scrub or a chemical exfoliator. This will help to eliminate clogged pores and remove build up of oils, dirt and debris.

Our Top Picks:

Pro-Derm Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Cream  ($54)

Celazome Gly-Renew Trio Kit (190) 

  • Dry Skin: Opt for a gentle scrub, one where the particles dissolve easily, like a rice scrub. Chemical or enzyme exfoliators are also a great option for drier skin types. This will help to remove the build of dead skin cells so moisturizers and serums can penetrate the skin.
  • Our Top Picks:

GM Collin Active Exfoliant Powder ($58)

Celazome Enzyme Exfoliating Masque ($41.40)

Celazome Gly- Renew Duo Kit ($110)

  • Sensitive Skin: Opt for things that are less abrasive. Such as gommage or Enzyme exfoliators. It is usually best to stay away from any type of scrub as this can be very irritating, for this skin type.

Our Top Picks:

GM Collin Phytoaromatic Gommage ($39)


‘Tis the Season for Moisturizer

Winter-SkinDashing through the snow,
Trying to cover my face
Oh, whats wrong they say?
Skin flaking all today.
My skin is starting to sting
making me look dry
What I need for my skin
is moisturizer tonight.

With winter and flu/cold season in full swing, whether it’s bracing the cold, or blowing your nose your skin is screaming for some help! Well ’tis the season for moisturizer to keep your skin looking fresh, soft and supple!

Find a moisturizer that is right for you, regardless of your skin type! Here is our recommendations!

Dry Skin:

Celazome Restorative Hydrating Cream
-This cream contains Vitamin C, E and hyaluronic acid , to help lighten, brighten, tone, and provide extreme moisture to the skin. Along with the extra bonus of wrinkle reduction

Celazome Hydracell Night Cream
– This cream has avocado, rose, carrot seed and jojoba oil, to tone, nourish, and smooth the skins textures.With an added bonus of its anti-inflammatory properties to reduced redness and inflammation means no more sore, dry nose from that nasty winter cold!

Oily Skin:

G.M Collins Oxygen Pureactive + Cream
– This cream is non-oily that is able to provide moisture all while mattifying, purifying and tightening the skins pores!

G.M Collins Phtyo Stem Cell Gel-Cream
– This cream does it all, provides moisture while keeping the face from feeling greasy, enhances the skins elasticity so skin feels rejuvenated, and improves fine lines and wrinkles! A win-win all around!


Beauty is Skin Deep

silkpeel-microdermabrasion-with-dermalinfusionYes they say beauty is skin deep and the deeper you treat your skin the better you will feel. One of the best things you can do to keep you beauty deep is to rejuvenate the skin with a dermal treatment. Call us and we will make every effort to get to know your skin, it’s type and what it needs to feel young and beautiful.