Last Friday, I went to Frankfurt upon invitation from cosnova, the company who owns both essence and Catrice.
When they asked me to check out their new Gel nails at home system, I was intrigued. We all know that essence is at the end of the price-spectrum in the nail polish world, so I wondered how they would integrate a Gel nails system in their company strategy.
It was easy to spot the other bloggers at the train station, where we assembled, even though I knew none of them personally – I was the only Austrian in the group! Most of them already chatted about the event – nobody knew what to anticipate. (We didn’t take this car, but it is so cute!)
We were picked up by a lovely lady from essence and she drove us to the restaurant/bar where the event took place: VaiVai, which seems to be a rather hip place, one of the newest additions to Frankfurt’s bars.
Sipping on a nice sweet fruit drink, obviously in pink, we were greeted by most of the essence team. They were all very nice and extremely proud of their products. It is nice to see that all the employees stand behind their products, use them and have fun with them.
Afterwards we were shown to another room, our play ground for the event! We listened to a presentation on how to use the Gel nails system, and what advantages it has to other Gel nails systems.
Every table had a lamp, and two Gel nails at home sets. One set can be used for french manicures, the other can be used with any kind of color (from essence, they say.).
The biggest advantage, I think, is that you can use a peel-off base coat with the system, so removal is done in 5 seconds as opposed to eternally.
Getting all the steps done to a gel manicure does take some time though. essence advertises that the gel manicure lasts up to 10 days, so if you’re not a peeler (like I am), and you can resist the urge to peel the manicure off (like I couldn’t), you’re good to go.
I tried a skittles manicure with different french tips. Luckily one of the essence girls was nice enough to help me with the tips, as my nails are currently rather short.
Everybody was busy trying – the event lasted for a good two hours, but the manicures take time.
First you have to use toner (on clean nails!), then a primer, then the peel off base coat, then a color of your choice (if you pick a design, naturally that takes longer), then you have to let it dry, and only after that you have to apply the gel and put your hand under the lamp for 60 seconds. I’ll show you all the steps in another post.
I was happy with the outcome of my manicure, but I peeled it all off in the course of the evening. You seriously can’t give me stuff that peels off, I’ll do it right away. On the plus side, I can report that the peel-off process works fast and perfectly fine. Sorry for the bad pictures, I took those with my super old Iphone 3.
This is a group picture of all the bloggers that participated (in my time-slot – there was another round of bloggers following us!). I look oddly tall. We received the whole system to try out at home, but due to flight regulatios, I couldn’t bring anything in my hand luggage, so I sent myself a parcel – I’ll report about the system in detail once my stuff gets here! (Find a list of all bloggers at the bottom of this post)
And last but not least, an extra picture of how my evening ended – I went to the Loreley Freilichtbühne, 1,5 hours outside of Frankfurt to see MUSE. We managed to stand in the first row, the closest I’ve ever been to the stage on a MUSE concert (I turn into the crazy fan-kind when I’m at concerts, I try to be super early and stand all the way in front – again, this is an iphone picture, so it naturally shows everything way smaller :S). It was AWESOME!
These lovely bloggers participated – it was fun to meet them all!
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