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Beauty Swellness: Kiss Gel Polish System from Walmart

Kiss gel products Walmart

When Walmart asks you to see what you can score at their store for just $100 in a frugal shopping challenge, what do you do? You say hellz yeah, well, that is if you’re me and you kinda sorta (completely) like (love) shopping.

So I trekked over to my local Walmart and headed straight to the cosmetics department. Because wouldn’t you if you saw at-home soak-off gel manicures as pretty as this?

Sometimes Fancy mani

And this?

Sometimes Fancy

Those lovely nails belong to my friend Lindsay of Sometimes Fancy and she’d done them using the Kiss at-home gel system. So once I beelined to the nail section, I scooped up the UV lamp, the starter kit and the two polishes Linds used (yeah, totally SWF, erm, SAF situation over here) and it totalled almost exactly $100.

Walmart receipt

Considering that’d be about the cost of two, maybe three, professional gel manicures, I’m pretty sure this is one of those situations where you gotta spend money to save money. Dontcha love those scenarios?

Not that I’m going to give up my spa manicures (when you end up with nails this good, it’d just be wrong to give up), but I can get them less often. Plus, this DIY gel system also means that I could potentially try doing some nail art myself since I can use regular nail polish over top of the Kiss gel, and easily swipe it off with nail polish remover if I make a mistake for a do over.

I’m going to try this as soon as I get back home from traveling out west!

Next Walmart shopping excursion, I’m picking up products so I can get cuticles as healthy and perfect as Lindsay’s (You can discover her elaborate regimen here).

6 Comments May 13, 2013

Beauty Swellness: The Nail Report

Lancome Vernis in Love manicure

Nail-job craving: Something dramatic from the upcoming Lancôme Vernis in Love nail polish collection (it launches in May).

How I satisfied that craving: At Tips Nail Bar (thanks for the manicure, Lancôme!) with the deep almost-black purple Rouge Reglisse, and an accent nail in Rose Boudoir. The polishes have loads of pigment; even after just one coat these colours looked true and solid.

How this nail colour makes me feel: Like I’m settled back into Toronto’s winter. The bright stripes I had for Mexico last week were a bit jarring for city life right now. And with the bright pink accent nail, it adds a bit of optimism — a sign of spring that’s soon to come, is how I think of it.

Love it or hate it: Love. I am curious to see how long I remain chip-free — this is the first regular polish manicure I’ve had in ages (usually I have a soak-off gel on my nails). “Well, if you’re opening lipstick packaging every day, any regular polish will chip,” Leeanne at Tips says to me when I started pondering the durability. I had a good giggle over this. Her example of my regular tasks — not doing dishes, not prepping dinner, not crafting, but “opening lipstick packaging.” And she’s not wrong, that is a daily to-do!

Leave a Comment March 8, 2013

Beauty Swellness: Lancome Vernis in Love


Nail polish-loving lovelies — Lancome is launching a nail polish collection, Vernis in Love! No longer will you have to have mere flings with limited-edition-only polishes (like this gorge Infusion de Prune, swoon!) from them.

The 20-shade collection ($16 each) launches mid-May and the polishes feature a patented brush with flat, supple ends and a grooved stem, designed so you can cover your entire nail in one stroke. And you indeed can cover your whole nail in one stroke, but with my (lack of) technique, I personally found I still needed to touch up the sides a bit.

The line is divided into three collections: Jolis Matins (light and fresh shades), Boudoir Time (flashy, punchy shades) and Tonight is My Night (deep, intense shades).

Boudoir Time, with its bright fuschia and deep navy tones are speaking to me most, right now, anyhow. My nail-polish craving changes all the time!

Today, I’m heading to Tips Nail Bar to try out Vernis in Love, and I’m trying to decide what nail colour to try. Here are the contenders:

  • the bright and happy raspberry Rouge in Love 112B
  • the dark and sexy Rouge Reglisse 473N
  • the delicate pink Jolie Rosalie 311M

Help me decide!

Lancome Vernis in Love


Lancome Vernis in Love, available May 2013 in department stores and at www.lancome.ca (with select shades available at Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart).

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