Mommy & Daughter Manicures: Attending the Kiss Gel Nails Party

My lovely friend Elaine from Toronto Beauty Reviews hosted the most AMAZING party last weekend at DesignHerCo Studio.

The place was set up beautifully – with jewelry-making crafts & Kiss Press-On nails for the kids, and 4 gel manicure stations for the adults. I didn’t take too many photos of the event because I was too excited to try the gel polish (and also super-busy chatting with Mehreen & Oliva!).

Mommy & Daughter nails – gel for me, press-ons for her! Mini is not usually allowed to wear nailpolish so she was so excited about her floral nails!

I fell in love with the color I chose: Petal…it’s a super-flattering mix of Essie’s Fiji and OPI’s Mod About You – definitely a shade I’d want to wear for 2 weeks non-stop!

Application and Removal Instructions

Applying the Gel nails was surprisingly simple – it was just like a regular manicure except that you place your nails underneath the LED Gel lamp between coats. This process is meant to harden the polish so that it lasts without chipping for 14 days.

Starter SystemGel Polish & Pro LED Gel Lamp

Just getting the chance to apply a gel manicure and meeting lovely friends at the event was enough for me – I had no idea that we would be SO GENEROUSLY gifted with our own GEL sets !!!I’m SO excited about this – we’ll be going on a beach holiday in December and I had planned on going to a salon for a gel mani/pedi for our trip …but now I can do my my own gel treatment at home! It’s like having my own mini-salon.Thank you so much to Elaine and Kiss Nails for such a wonderful event!What I wore to the party was was completely inspired by the outfit Wendy styled for Jean in their video collaboration. Have you seen it? It’s my fave youtube video EVER (view it here).

MY OUTFIT: Top: Express, Jeans: GAP, Heels: Target, Bag: Marc Jacobs, Necklace: F21 (similar)

Have you tried Gel nails (either at home or at a salon)? How did you like them?


  1. Skylette from Sequins & Stilettos
    October 4, 2013 / 8:41 pm

    What a fun event! That is awesome that you could take your daughter. You've got me totally interested in getting a gel kit for myself!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 4, 2013 / 9:18 pm

      Skylette – I can't tell you how excited she was to go…ever since I told her about it, she kept asking me when our "event" was. And while we were there, she said "Thank you so much for bringing me to the event Mommy, I'm having the best time"…melted my heart!

  2. Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews)
    October 4, 2013 / 9:05 pm

    Awww thank you for coming I'm so glad you and the little one had a fantastic time! Can't wait to hang out again 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 4, 2013 / 9:19 pm

      I can't wait either – I could chat with you forever 😉 Hope you have a fantastic trip & can't wait to catch up when you get back!

  3. Stephanie @ Fantasia Beauty Blog
    October 4, 2013 / 9:12 pm

    What a great and thoughtful event! Love your outfit of the day 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 4, 2013 / 9:19 pm

      Thanks Stephanie, it really was a fun way to learn all about gel nails…while having the BEST time 😉

  4. MsKRS' Pink Stitches
    October 5, 2013 / 7:55 am

    I have gel nails now and I love them…they don't smudge like the my usual manicure; that was the whole reason I decided to try them in the first place…cool post! 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 8, 2013 / 2:56 am

      It's amazing how quickly they dry – and how they look perfect for so long!

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