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Keto

Ketogenic Day One

Rock Bottom

You know when you’ve gained weight. Your clothes are a little tighter. Tops that you used to love don’t quite drape the same way they used to. Going up and down the stairs is just a little more effort than you’d like it to be. Bending over to tie/untie shoes makes you unable to breathe. So while others can SEE it, you can FEEL it.

I’ve been feeling really tired and sluggish. Like no matter how much sleep I get, I could sleep more. I’m normally a 5 a.m. type of person – up with the birds and ready to get shit done. Lately I’m lucky if I can drag myself out of bed to get to work on time. More often than not, I’m utilizing our 15 minutes of grace for clocking in at work. And there’s this constant fog – like I can never think quite clearly or focus on a task like I could before.

And let’s not even get started on my behavior. My depression and anxiety have been noticeably progressing towards worse over the past few months. This past summer my husband wrecked his motorcycle and broke an ankle, and was laid up for 12 weeks. We sold our house, bought a new one, and moved. My GelMoment business took flight and what started as a hobby has landed me with a team of 170 amazing women to help guide and support. All while taking care of two toddlers and working a full time job. The stress of all of these combined led to the eating (hello, emotional eater), which in turn led to the weight gain, which in turn lead to increased anxiety about; my appearance, going out in public, and overall feeling like shit about myself. Feeling like shit about myself for me = treating others like shit. Then, I immediately feel terrible about my behavior, but am too proud to say sorry or explain, which leads to more feeling like shit. (By the way, you’ll find words like shit on my blog.) When I feel like shit, I eat. And the cycle continues…

I’ve known for a while that I needed to do something about my health. The clothes, the sleep, the exhaustion, the poor behavior, they have all been starting to weigh on me. So I’ve been researching the Ketogenic diet. For months I’ve been reading, pinning, and joining groups on Facebook. Waiting for the ‘right time’ to get started. Most recently (as it is EVERY year) my excuse was that I’d start after the holidays. So, here we are. After the holidays. So I decided I was going to start today.

Wake Up Call

I got to work this morning – and it was more of the same. I couldn’t focus on anything. What used to take me 10 minutes to finish now takes me nearly an hour. A co-worker asking a question that normally wouldn’t bother me grates on my nerves. I can’t stop thinking about ALL of the things I have on my to-do list for GelMoment. Parties to schedule/create, team training to do, blog posts to write, and the list goes on.

Mid-morning, I go to blow my nose (I’ve had a cold for what seems like weeks) and my ear is crackling and popping. It’s painful, and I’ve had this illness since prior to Christmas, and I fear the worst.  So I start googling ear infection and before you know it, I’m calling the doc and scheduling an appointment.

I leave work at 1:15 and drive to the clinic. As I’m driving, I realize how tired I am even though it’s super sunny outside and it’s only 1:30 in the afternoon. And it hits me: the type of exhaustion I’m feeling, I haven’t felt in nearly 12 years. The irritability. Lack of ability to focus. Lack of desire to actually DO the things I want to do. I know I’ve missed taking my anti-depressant a few times – but it can’t be THIS bad again, can it?

I start to think about when the last time was that I consistently took my medication. Has it been days? Weeks? Months? If my memory serves correct, I haven’t taken my meds consistently since July or August. This isn’t uncommon for me, as over the course of time from when I was first diagnosed at 18 and now, I’ve been off meds successfully. But this time, is not success. I realize that I’ll need to discuss this with the doctor at my appointment, and the anxiety about it sets in.

I pull up to the clinic and head inside to get checked in. I no more than go to find my seat, and the nurse is already calling me back. (Thank goodness for timeliness at the doc office for once, right?) We head to my least favorite place. The one we all know and love. The scale. I step on, and my heart SINKS.

That number can’t be right.  I know I have boots and a chunky sweater on, but that absolutely cannot be accurate. I haven’t been this weight since I was pregnant nearly two years ago! The feelings of shame and disgust with myself rush in. So obviously, I joke about it with the nurse hoping to diffuse my feelings. It’s useless. No sarcastic comment or one liner about my weight is going to make this feeling go away.

We head into the exam room, and she starts to ask the typical, “What brings you in today?” type questions. And I’m honest with her. I tell her that I initially scheduled an appointment because of an earache, but also desperately need to discuss my depression and anxiety again. She takes some notes, and says the doctor will be in shortly.

When the doctor comes in, we discuss my ear and then move into the conversation about my depression. My primary doctor recently left the Clinic, and I have yet to establish a new one. So my appointment today is with a male doctor I’ve never met before. I’m not sure how other people with depression view their illness. For me, it’s always something I’ve been ashamed of. Like, why can’t I function the way other people can? Why do I need medication to help me be ‘normal’? This shame made me terrified to have to bring up to a stranger that I’d lost control again. To admit that I don’t feel happy. That I’ve lost joy in the day to day. That I’d rather sleep than do anything else in my life. That my patience with my kids and husband is non-existent, and the guilt over it is killing me inside.

So needless to say our discussion leaves me in tears. Embarrassed, ashamed, and ready to do something to change it. I vowed then and there I’ll take my meds daily, and finally do something about my diet.

 

New Year, New Me

So why am I writing about all of this? I’ve attempted multiple times throughout the years to start a diet. The longest it’s ever lasted is maybe 30 days, tops. So although documenting my Ketogenic journey and what led to it is horribly embarrassing, I need some accountability. I need to have an outlet to discuss it instead of talking my husbands’ ear off. I need to have cheerleaders. I need like-minded people to share in this journey that understand what goes into it. I’m hoping that at least one person who stumbles across this blog post can relate to it, find comfort in it, or otherwise find it useful in some way.

Ketogenic day one wasn’t as difficult as I had expected it to be. And even though I was unprepared for it – I was committed. On my way into work this morning, I hadn’t packed a breakfast, and the only thing in my desk drawer was instant oatmeal. So I swung into McDonald’s and did a quick search for ‘Keto Breakfast McDonalds’ on google. I ordered a Steak, Egg and Cheese bagel, sans the bagel. It was filling, delicious, and only 7g Carbs, 23g Protein, and 32g Fat. Knowing there are foods on the go that fit into this lifestyle was encouraging.

For lunch, I ordered a Jimmy John’s Unwhich. They are one of the few places in our office park that deliver, and being able to order a lettuce wrapped sandwich was a no-brainer! I ended up ordering the #9 Unwhich – Italian Nightclub. It was fantastic! At just 8g Carbs and 29g Protein, it was super filling.

Now I’ve read some things about intermittent fasting during this lifestyle and it’s benefits. And day one although I wasn’t intending to fast – I was REALLY depressed after that doctor’s appointment. I was overall just feeling like shit, and I’m not sure about you – but when I felt like that in the past, I’d reach for sweets. So instead, I drank some water. And before I knew it, it was bedtime and I hadn’t eaten – and wasn’t hungry.

So, my Ketogenic Day One was probably a little different than most. But from here on out I’m going to share my journey. My ups, downs, wins, losses, setbacks, you name it. I’ll be sharing what I eat daily on my Instagram, naomi_nails_keto.  And I’ve created a support community to share recipes, tips/tricks, and successes over on Facebook – feel free to join us at Naomi Nails Keto Community. 

I hope you find value in at least something I share here, and if you’re new to a Ketogenic diet too and need support or advice, feel free to drop me a message!

 

 

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Back to School 2017 – Don’t forget your nails!

I loved going back to school as a kid. It was so exciting to see whose classroom I’d be in, what new friends would be in my class, and to get all those new school supplies! (I’m kind of an office supply junkie, even to this day.) It was also the one time of year we got to go shopping for new clothes, new shoes, and new accessories like backpacks and lunch bags! This year, don’t forget about the most important accessory of all. Your NAILS!

As a busy mom, a teacher, a bus driver, a coach; back to school means back to a bustling routine. It’ll be harder to find that ‘me time’ you’ll so desperately need. Don’t let your nails fall to the way side and be an afterthought! Get your nails in tip top shape to match those new back to school outfits and be right on trend with GelMoment gel polish!

Best Back to School 2017 Nail Colors

Quirky Neutrals are popular this fall. GelMoment has several colors that fit this trend!

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Autumn in Montreal is the perfect neutral tan that will compliment any style in your wardrobe!

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Evening Storm is a beautiful soft smoky grey. Add a little bling with our Gel Signature Tiara line, and you’ll sparkle through the first week back!

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Echoes of Paris is a gorgeous greige that compliments any skin tone. It was one of my first GelMoment colors, and is still a favorite!

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Silver Marlin has just a hint of shimmer on a cool grey/silver base. A little edgy, but still refined.

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The last color I’ll highlight is Lavender Ice. A close cousin to Silver Marlin, but with just a touch of Lavender makes this color a bit softer and more feminine.

GelMoment can help get you Back to School ready with on-trend colors, and can get you out the door quick with our one-step 60 second cure polish system. Want to know more? Contact me!

What do you think of this trend? Are you a fan of the Quirky Neutrals, or do you prefer the bright neons of summer, or the deep jewel tones of winter?  Let me know over on Facebook! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

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Direct Sales

Brenda made me do it.

I’ve always been the entrepreneur type. It started way back in Elementary school. I’d have lemonade stands with my siblings and the other neighborhood kids. We would mow lawns in the summer and shovel snow in the winter. Once a friend and I even made worry dolls from twist tie wires and colored floss, and sold them at a roadside stand!

I liked earning my own money and being able to buy the things I wanted. (Which let’s be honest; at that age it was the newest Furby, and candy from the gas station.) I liked that empowered feeling of my effort being a direct correlation to my results. I think that’s why I’ve been repeatedly drawn to Direct Sales.

I started in direct sales when I was 18, with everyone’s favorite cornerstone company; Mary Kay.  The appeal of being a new-to-makeup teenager headed to college and able to share that with other girls was just too good to pass up. Pair that with promises of the income I could make, and I was hooked. I booked a few parties, invested a lot of money into inventory, and ultimately ended up quitting less than 6 months later. I couldn’t get anyone to purchase, and my bookings fizzled.

After that I took a long break from Direct Sales. I felt like I had no clue what I was doing, that the products were too expensive, and that no one wanted a ‘pushy sales lady’ as a friend. I had feelings of failure to deal with, and I was embarrassed that I had put myself out there and failed. I still had these same feelings when I started my next Direct Sales venture while pregnant with my first son. Once again, I did well for a while, booked a few parties, made enough money to treat myself to Starbucks a few times a month or buy Christmas presents, and then quit a few months later.

This cycle repeated twice more before I found my current ‘home’ with GelMoment. So in case you lost count, that’s a total of FOUR direct sales companies I started with, lasted a few months, and quit. Yet here I am!

So what changed?

I found this group on Facebook called The Socialite Suite in March of 2016.  It was a group FULL of women in Direct Sales. At first I wasn’t sure what to think when I joined. Most groups full of direct sellers on Facebook are just giant spam sessions (and not the good kind that comes in a can). I thought this would be just like those ones, so I joined, and rarely visited the group. Instead I let it be lost in the abyss that is the 300+ groups I’m in.

As the year progressed, I was invited to a bunch of different parties for various direct sales events on Facebook. Most were ignored, as I was just mass invited along with every other female over the age of 18 on each hostess’ friends list. Then along came a party that came with an ACTUAL invitation! A private message telling me that she is hosting a party, and she would really love it if I attended because she thinks the product would be something I’d love! Needless to say, I accepted her invitation. And I had FUN at a party on Facebook!

I’d heard mention of this party format a few times, and after a little more research I found out the party format was called EPIC Live Facebook parties. This format was created by none other than the woman who ran the group I’d joined earlier in the year, The Socialite Suite!

You’re signing up for what?

After that party, I started spending a little more time in the Socialite Suite Facebook group. I’d post every once in a while, I was more active in discussions, and I also ended up purchasing the EPIC Live FB Party course. I started implementing the things I learned in an effort to save my business (I was on number 4 of the previously mentioned companies). I saw some improvement, but realized my heart was no longer in my company. I began the process of slowly phasing out of the business. Feeling once again like a failure.

While on the tail end of my time with that last company, I ‘kitnapped’ with GelMoment. I liked the idea of a 5+ Free Gel polish I could use at home, and save the money and time I was spending getting to the salon (which is a 40 minute drive one way). So I used the product for myself for about 3 months, and spent some more time participating in the Socialite Suite.

In January of 2017, I received an email that my distributor account with GelMoment was going to become inactive. I have major FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and I didn’t want to lose my distributor discount, so I ordered more polish colors to keep myself active. It was at this time that I approached my husband about actually working the GelMoment business. I’ll spare you his colorful response, but it was more of the same I’d heard from family and friends every time I ‘tried’ another direct sales business.

‘You’re going to sign up with ANOTHER one of those pyramid schemes?’

‘Don’t you think you’ve done enough of those?’

‘Why are you always trying to sell something?’

After pleading my case with the hubs, he finally agreed. I had one last shot at making a go of a direct sales career! I knew I needed to make it count this time. I needed to do something I hadn’t tried before. Enter Brenda Ster.

Who is Brenda Ster? 

Brenda Ster is the mastermind behind The Socialite Suite and SassySuite.com.  She is passionate about helping women find their own voice in this big scary world online, and helping change the stereotype of Direct Sellers being ‘spammy’. She promotes leading with relationships and value in business. She’s honest, everyone’s cheerleader, and selfless. She also happens to love the color Pink, Sharpies, and the Green Bay Packers. So she is totally relate-able!

After taking the EPIC course, I knew I needed more of Brenda’s training. Between January 2017 and today I invested in every training course she offers. I learned how to brand myself to stand out in my business. I learned how to more effectively use the social media platforms I was already on. I learned how to follow up, how the whole ‘Attraction Marketing’ thing works, that having a funnel strategy is important, and the list goes on.

I don’t know why I ever thought I could run a successful business without some sort of training. Everything else we do in life comes with some sort of training, right? So why did I think running a business was any different?

What did this do for my business? 

I started actively working GelMoment as a business in February of 2017. I closed that month in the top 10 for recruiting, and have maintained a spot in the Top 10 each month since, for either Recruiting or Sales, or both.  I’m an inaugural member of an elite group called ‘The Inner Circle’ which is reserved for the top leaders in the company each month, and I have maintained my spot there since the groups’ inception. I have active, engaged customers. I have the privilege of leading a team of nearly 100 women who have the same BIG dreams I do for what this business can do for them. I’m earning enough income that we are in the process of finally moving out of our starter home and into a home more suitable for our growing family. And I owe it all to the things I learned from taking Brenda’s courses.

 

Brenda Made Me Do It

Brenda and her training has pushed me to explore things that made me uncomfortable. To do the big scary things I thought about, but wasn’t sure to how actually DO. She encourages you to step outside your comfort zone and #doitscared. Blogging and YouTube are at the top of what’s called the Social Media pyramid, and I wanted to be on top. So here I am, writing a blog because Brenda told me to. And I couldn’t be more grateful that she did. I’ve found that although I have a lot to learn, I love mentoring and training and celebrating the successes of my team both big and small.  I have a long way to go, and I’ve still got a TON to learn. But I’m thrilled with what I’ve accomplished both in my personal life and my business from the things I’ve learned over the last 8 months. From the Socialite Suite and it’s many rooms, from Brenda, and from all of the wonderful friends I’ve made while being a part of her tribe.

I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me on this journey with GelMoment. Because this story definitely isn’t over yet. If you’re wondering how to take your business to the next level, invest in yourself.  Take some of Brenda’s courses. Join The Socialite Suite. Participate, learn, network. We always have room for improvement in our business, and I don’t know about you; but I like being able to improve with nearly 100K women cheering me on.

I’d love to have you follow along on this journey, so feel free to subscribe so you don’t miss any updates! If you have questions or want to chat more about my experience with GelMoment, The Socialite Suite, or anything else, please feel free to send me a message!

 

 

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GelMoment Business Opportunity

GelMoment Compensation Plan

Naturally, when researching any new direct sales company to join, you want to know what the Compensation Plan is like, right? So let’s discuss.

What is the GelMoment Compensation Plan like?

I’ll break this down into how you can make money by sharing GelMoment. There are several ways to earn money with GelMoment.

First, you can earn money on your own retail sales.

You have the ability to earn up to 50% commission on your own retail sales, depending on your rank with the company. The higher your rank, the higher your commission rate.

As you begin your GelMoment journey, you will start at rank GelGo. This entitles you to earn 15% commission on all Personal Retail Volume. Once you reach $500 in lifetime PRV (Personal Retail Volume), your rank goes up to Fashionista, and your commission rate increases to 25%! If you meet the Fashionista rank within your first 90 days, and both you and your sponsor earn a $50 CASH BONUS!

All commissions are paid within one hour of sale through eWallet. These funds can then be transferred to a bank account, or a sleek little prepaid Debit Card.

Once you reach Fashionista, you’ll start each new month at that rank. From there, your earning potential will be based on your sales and your team sales. Building a team will help you increase your rank, and earn that residual income! Speaking of residual income…

The second way to make money is to earn commission on your team’s sales.

Let’s take a look at the Gossip Girl rank for the explanation of how to earn residual income on your team sales.

To achieve the rank of Gossip Girl, you need to have already met the Fashionista rank. Then, for that month, you would need to have $250 in PRV (your own sales/purchases) and your team as a whole (you and your down line) would need to have a team total of $450 Wholesale Sales. This would entitle you to earn 3% commission on your down line sales!

If you follow the charts below, you’ll see that your earning potential only grows as your team grows! And the Personal Retail Sales volumes are manageable as you grow through the ranks, so that you can dedicate time to mentoring and leading your growing team in addition to balancing your own business.

 

Monthly Rank Requirements
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Wholesale amounts are calculated at 70% of the Personal Retail Volume of all commissions sales.
*Lifetime: To reach the level of Fashionista, a Distributor must have reached $500 in Personal Retail Sales
**To avoid becoming inactive, each Distributor must have at least $200 in Personal Retail Sales within the past three months.

Earnings Breakdown
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The last way to earn money with GelMoment is through incentives and bonuses.

As you grow with your GelMoment business, you have the ability to earn cash bonuses. As stated above, for helping your first level recruits reach the Fashionista rank in their first 90 days, you earn a $50 cash bonus, and so do they!

The next cash bonus you can earn is the GelMoment Trip Incentive. When you reach the rank of Perfectionist, when you maintain that rank for 3 months in a row, you will earn a cash bonus of $2500 to use towards your dream vacation!

Lastly, there’s the Car Incentive Bonus. The GelMoment 10-10-10 Car Incentive Bonus is designed to give you the freedom to choose the car, truck, sport utility vehicle, boat or even motorcycle that you have always wanted! Read more about the requirements for the Car Incentive here.

So that’s the long and short of it! It’s not super complicated like some Compensation plans are. It’s simple, straightforward, and easy to understand. And if you have more detailed questions, I am happy to answer them. Just contact me!

 

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How to Remove GelMoment Gel Polish

You’ve been sporting that Beauty Queen GelMoment manicure for 2 weeks now, and you’re ready for something fresh and new! So how do you get this stuff off? Grab your box of GelMoment remover pads, and follow along below to learn how to remove GelMoment gel polish!

How to Remove GelMoment Gel Polish

  1. Tear across the dotted line on the GelMoment remover pad. Insert your finger into the pouch, underneath the moistened pad.
  2. Remove the pink plastic strip covering the adhesive on the outside of the pouch. Tightly wrap the remover pad around your nail, using the adhesive strip to hold it on good and tight. I also fold the end over the tips of my fingers for a nice tight seal!
  3. Leave the remover pads on for between 5 and 10 minutes, depending on your nail type.  My recommendation is to check the polish after 5 minutes to see if it’s ready to push off. If you soak too long, the polish begins to harden again as the remover blend evaporates, making removal more difficult.
  4. Using the GelMoment cuticle pusher, gently push the gel polish off the nail plate. If any spots are stubborn, simply reapply the GelMoment remover pad for another minute or so. (Pro tip: remove just one finger at a time. Don’t take off all of the remover pads at once. Remove as you work on each nail.)
  5. Ta-da! You’re all set to begin application of your next favorite GelMoment gel polish color!

See removal in action here:

Isn’t it amazing how easily the GelMoment gel polish comes off?  I love that it’s non-damaging!

Ready to get started with your very own GelMoment kit? Shop Now!

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Nail Tips

6 Tips for Filing Your Nails

Did you know there’s an art to filing your nails correctly? For the longest lasting manicure, follow these 6 tips for filing your nails!

Tip #1: Use a file that’s 220 grit or higher.

Using anything lower would be the equivalent of trying to sand a smooth finish on a piece of wood with a cheese grater. Not ideal, right?

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Tip #2:  Avoid filing in a back and forth sawing motion.

Your nails are not a log being cut in half – so avoid sawing them! Filing should be one smooth motion from one side of the nail to the center, and then lift the file and repeat on the opposite side of the nail. Continue until you reach your desired nail shape.

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Tip #3: Hold the file flat against the nail tip, not at an angle. 

Filing the nail with the file at an angle will thin the nail tip, leading to breakage and weakening the nail.

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Tip #4: Avoid soaking your nails in water prior to filing or a manicure. 

I know. This can’t possibly be sound advice, right? It’s the first thing they do when you sit down for a manicure at most salons! But the fact of the matter is, soaking prior to a manicure is an outdated practice. Nails are very absorbent. As you soak, the nail plate absorbs water and expands. As you file, it’s not a clean break on the nail tip. Also, if you polish a nail that’s been soaked, your polish is more likely to chip! As your nail dries out and shrinks back to it’s normal size, the polish doesn’t shrink along with it and will chip or peel.

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Tip #5: Be careful not to file too far into the sidewall of the nail. 

The goal of filing the sidewall of the nail is to straighten the nail. Don’t overdo it!

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Tip #6: Don’t file nails to shorten them. 

Use a nail clipper to first achieve the desired length. The file should be reserved for smoothing and shaping only.

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Now that you’ve got the filing down, your manicure will look like a pro did it!

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GelMoment

How to Apply GelMoment Gel Polish

You just received your GelMoment product, and you’re SO excited to try it out!  You rip open the packaging, grab the polish and the lamp, and paint your nails. But a few hours later, your GelMoment polish that should last up to 14 days is peeling up! What gives?

As with any product, there are specific Application Steps to follow to get the best results! Your kit came with an application card that defines those steps, but let’s review them in a little more detail.

How to Apply GelMoment gel polish

  1. Shape and file your nails using the File (white) side of the GelMoment File/Buffer combo.  You can choose any shape you like! There’s round, square, squoval, oval, almond, coffin, stiletto, and about a hundred others! For tips on how to file your nails, see my post 6 Tips for Filing your Nails.
  2. Push back your eponychium (commonly referred to as cuticles) using the GelMoment cuticle pusher, and remove any cuticle (dead skin on the nail plate). This step ensures that there is no skin on the nail plate to interfere with the adhesion of your GelMoment polish, and pushing back the eponychium allows you to get the polish as far back on the nail plate as possible. This makes your manicure last longer, as the outgrowth will take longer to show!
  3. Buff the nail surface with the Buffer (gray) side of the GelMoment File/Buffer combo. Be sure to get into the folds/corners of the nail plate. The goal of buffing is simply to remove any natural oils from the nail plate, which can interfere with adhesion. Do NOT over buff the nail. A light touch should do the trick. You don’t want to buff too much and thin/weaken the nail plate.
  4. Thoroughly cleanse the nail with a GelMoment cleansing wipe. Again, be sure to get down into the folds and don’t forget the free edge of the nail! Allow your nails to dry completely before moving to the next step.
  5. To prep the GelMoment polish for application, gently roll the bottle between your palms until it’s well mixed. Never shake the bottles, as shaking can introduce air bubbles in the polish.
  6. Apply a thin coat of polish to the nail plate. Start with your brush in the center of the nail plate, and gently push the polish back towards the eponychium. Then swipe out to one side and pull to the front of the nail plate. Repeat for the other side of the nail, and then swipe polish down the center. Finally, swipe across the free edge of the nail to ‘cap’ the edge.
  7. If you have some areas to clean polish off the skin around your nail, now is the time to do it! My advice is to take a cleansing wipe and wrap it around the more pointed end of the GelMoment cuticle pusher. Use this to clean up any mishaps.
  8. Cure nails under the GelMoment LED Lamp. Depending on the lamp you have, this will be either 45 or 60 seconds and will cure either two or four fingers at a time.
  9. If you wish to add a second coat of polish, repeat steps 6-8. Otherwise, you’re DONE! How simple was that?

Things to note:  GelMoment gel polish is light sensitive, and therefore cannot be left open and come into contact with the LED lamps or direct sunlight. When curing your polish, close the bottle and move away from the lamp. And don’t polish nails in direct sunlight. (Trust me from experience on that last one!)

To see it all in action, check out this video of GelMoment polish application!

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Have additional questions? Contact Me! I’d love to hear from you!

 

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GelMoment

GelMoment is 5+ Free – what does that mean?

What does 5+ free mean? We all see nail polish companies claiming to be 5-free, 7-free, 8-free, etc. They say they’re healthier and safer, but what does that mean to you as the consumer?

I’ll admit, up until I started having children, I never paid much mind to the ingredients in anything I used. Household cleaners, bath and body products, or food. Once I realized I was responsible for making the absolute best choices I could for my little unborn children, I started doing some research on more Eco-friendly and healthier alternatives to the products I was using on a daily basis. And WOW was that eye-opening.  It’s made me so much more mindful of where/what products I buy for me and for my family! We’re not perfect, but I think we could all be a little more intentional with how we spend our dollars, right?

GelMoment being 5+ Free means we are free of  Toluene, Dibutyl Phthlate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor. We are also free of solvents, lead, and latex. This is why we are advertised as 5+ Free (the plus matters, ya’ll!). We’re free of the top 5 most harmful ingredients commonly found in nail polishes, plus a few more! As an added bonus, we are Cruelty Free, Vegan Friendly, Gluten Free, and NON-TOXIC!

So let’s dive a little deeper in to WHY we don’t want these ingredients in our polish, shall we?

Toluene: Our polish is virtually odorless – and the absence of this solvent plays large part in that. Frequently used as the solvent in paint thinners, adhesives, and printing ink; toluene has the potential to cause severe neurological harm when inhaled. Inhaling high levels of toluene in a short time may cause light-headedness, nausea, or unconsciousness.

Dibutyl Phthlate (DBP): This chemical is used as a plasticizer to increase the viscosity of materials. It is considered to be an endocrine disruptor, which can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and may be associated with the development of learning disabilities, deformations, and certain types of cancers. Yikes!

Formaldehyde: Guys. This is a KNOWN human carcinogen. It poses the most risk through inhalation, and can irritate the eyes, cause headaches and cause difficulty breathing, or even trigger an asthma attack. Do you want to be painting your nails with the same product used to preserve your loved ones when they die? *Shudder*

Formaldehyde Resin: While not quite as bad as it’s parent Formaldehyde, the resin is a known allergen and skin irritant.

Camphor: This substance is highly toxic for humans. It’s quickly absorbed by the skin, and can cause nausea, dizziness, and headaches when inhaled.

So, how do you feel about your nail polish now?

Now not ALL traditional polishes have these nasty chemicals – but you can be assured GelMoment does NOT! So you can feel good about wearing a healthier gel polish that lasts. And you’re supporting a small business!  GelMoment is also great about using recycled packaging and doing what they can to leave the smallest footprint possible!

So how much more do you love GelMoment now? Hop on over to Facebook and share!

 

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