BE MY VALENTINE

Published Feb. 6, 2021, 10:09 p.m.

Feel the love this week and take advantage of some great offers until 15th of February on hundreds of products, including tools, hygiene essentials and hand & foot care.

A NEWBIE IN TOWN

Welcome our special set for Valentines Day 2021. A selection of beautiful, staple reds loved by every client.

BE MY VALENTINE - £43.99

SKINCARE TLC

If you have been on the lookout for some organic, natural skincare for your hands and feet then you are in luck! Our brand partner Siberica® offers an amazing selection of hand creams, bath salts and foot care products consisting of high content of naturally derived ingredients.

Great little treats for a mood pick me up this winter and some pampering.

WINTER HAND CREAM - £4.95

TOOLS AND NAIL ART

We have been receiving great feedback on our recently launched nail art brushes with premium quality fibre and with a brand new range of HEMA FREE GEL PAINTS launching at the end of March this is a golden opportunity to get your hands on these.

OMBRE NAIL ART BRUSH - £9.49

HYGIENE AND ESSENTIALS

Whether you need nail forms with fantastic adhesion or sanitizing sprays for your surfaces we have it covered.

NAIL CLEANSER DUAL PACK - £14.73

FAVOURITE PRODUCT OF THE MONTH

Whether its because everyone is dreaming of a California Glow or because of its full coverage colour this new edition to our brush on, strengthening builder gel has been a hit this month so far. A perfect transitional shade for your clients heading into Spring 2021.

Apex Gel 2 in 1 CALIFORNIA GLOW (HEMA FREE) - £7.64

Quality vs Price vs Sterilisation?

Published Jan. 23, 2021, 3:46 p.m.

The topic of hygiene in the workplace is more than ever relevant this year and not only due to the global pandemic but due to the significant changes in the UK Nail Industry in the recent years.

We strongly advise you to direct your attention to the current standard of nail preparation and the prevailing method of product removal in the industry today. Have you noticed the difference and how this may affect your day to day practices?

We believe the changes in product application and removal within the UK nail sector will soon propel a number of changes to the legal code of practice for hygiene in manicure salons just as it has been done in other European countries such as Switzerland for example.


The Gellifique® corporate goal has always been the maintenance of quality control and the wellbeing of our customers. To accomplish this goal and offer professional grade products at fair market value we focus on manufacturing , sourcing and formation of professional partnerships with suppliers across the world.

Today let's look into a serious issue and why you should make it a priority to learn more about the subject of Sterilisation vs Disinfection of the everyday tools you apply in a professional setting.


WHAT IS H.A.B.I.A.

Habia stands for Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority and is the government-approved standards setting body for hair, beauty, nails, spa therapy, barbering and Afro hairdressing.


CURRENT UK PRACTICE CODE ON STERILISATION 2007

As outlined by HABIA: "Sterilisation is a process which completely destroys all living organisms, including spores, most commonly by use of an autoclave. Sterilisation may only be performed on metal implements and is unnecessary for nail services unless the nails are infected or the skin has been cut or pierced, which is when the risk of cross - infection is at its highest. Using single - use disposable equipment and sterilising equipment or both will significantly reduce the risk. Further information on sterilisation and disinfection is available on the Habia website under Downloads, including specifications for autoclaves and sterilising fluids".


APPLYING THE ABOVE IN 2021

How many of you are using tools which cut and trim the non living cuticle area? How many of your clients have grazes and minor cuts on their cuticles upon arrival or departure out of the salon? Do you commonly use an e file to remove product and/ or prep the nails?

It can therefore be concluded that when aligning the standard practices in the industry today and the practices for disinfection of tools that were set up in 2007 the latter are very outdated.


THE HEALTH & SAFETY STUDY (HSE) 2008

Let's take a look at the findings in a study/ survey carried out by the UK HSE body in 2008, which perfectly demonstrate the changes in the UK nail sector in 2021 .

Most technicians used non-metal files and buffers, and metal scissors, nail clippers and orange sticks and these were usually reused with more than one client. The most common way of cleaning these tools was with use of sanitising fluid/spray. Operators often referred to this method of decontamination as “sterilisation”, although it is actually a method of sanitisation for hard (non porous) surfaces or skin

Very few of the technicians interviewed (8/68 [11.8%]) used electric files or drills and all of them reused them with more than one client. The most common way of cleaning electric files or drills was by sterilisation using fluid/spray (4/8 [50.0%])

A similar response was found when technicians were asked what they would do if clients had infection around artificial nails. Almost all (87.8% [43/49]) said that they would remove the artificial nail extension and recommend that the client saw their GP. 2% (4/8) of technicians said they wouldn’t treat the client but would recommend that they saw their GP.

Most of the technicians (85.9%) reported that if the nail treatment caused the client’s hands to bleed then they would stop the bleed, then clean and cover it with a sterile dressing/plaster. Generally, they would then either sterilise or disinfect the tool they had been using (66.2% [47/71])


WHY IS STERILISATION IMPORTANT

Sanitising reusable equipment with wipes, sprays and other liquids is only a part of the disinfection process in a professional setting with reusable tools.

Sterilisation by using an autoclave as part of the disinfection process is the only way to safeguard your clients and yourself by removing all bacterial spores from your everyday tools.


THE DANGERS

Hepatitis B and C Virus, Human Papilomavirus (HPV), HIV Virus, Fungal infections and many more dangerous viruses and bacteria can be transmitted in a professional beauty salon setting without the full disinfection process (which has quite a few steps involved).


CONCLUSION

As beauty industry professionals we are unable to determine the medical history and conditions of our clients nor which type of experiences they have had in other salons prior to visiting your own premises.

Thus, the responsible conclusion to be made is that if a professional grade tool can not be professionally sterilised it is therefore, not a professional tool!


WHY SOME TOOLS CAN NOT BE STERILISED

There are two types of reasons for tools not being able to withhold an autoclave sterilisation. The first one is the aesthetics issue which can result in the chipping or shedding of the colour coating of the tools. The second is damage to the tools when exposed to high heat, most commonly due to the tools not being made out of medical grade steel.


INVEST INTO THE RIGHT PRODUCTS

We highly recommend purchasing reasonably priced medical grade steel manicure tools (cuticle pushers, cuticle nippers etc) which can be sterilised in an autoclave and instead investing in a high quality autoclave that will put your mind at ease and keep you and your customers safe.

Rules and Regulations are constantly changing particularly when the need for it is there (regulations on HEMA being a perfect example) so its always best to be prepared.

Learn more about the Gellifique® choice of manicure tools by visiting our website.

REFERENCES

HSE Study "Health and Safety in nail bars" January 2008] ( https://www.researchgate.net/publication/274700560_Health_and_safety_in_nail_bars) Habia Code of Practice for Nail Services]

9D UV/LED Magnetic Gel Polish

Published Jan. 15, 2021, 9:53 p.m.

In the recent years the magnetic gel polish formula has transformed from a simple "cat eye" effect to a multidimensional mixture of colours and shimmers, giving way to numerous nail art design ideas. You can check out some of these design ideas on our Instagram page this week. To get started though it is important to achieve the basic 9D magnetic effect which looks stunning on it own as well as a part of a design.

! Gellifique® line of magnetic UV/LED gel polishes is formulated free of any skin sensitizing ingredients as classified by the CLP marking system. A full ingredient list can be found under the product detail tab on our website for each product we offer.


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Manicure Tools Now Available

Published Jan. 8, 2021, 9 a.m.

GELLIFIQUE® BRAND PARTNER PROGRAMME

Gellifique® has teamed up with a number of internationally recognised brands to offer our customers unbeatable value and quality for their business. Applying our vast international connections and market experience we are introducing a number of exciting product lines which always focus on quality and fair pricing thereby supporting our belief that everyone should have access to great products in their career.

STALEKS®

Staleks® offers a high quality, reliable range of tools for the professional nail service industry without the inflated price tag. A brand well recognised internationally for its exclusive focus on the craftsmanship of professional instruments for the beauty industry for over 25 years.

With over 600 staff, its modern factory offers over 180 models of professional beauty tools to select from. The entire production cycle of each model is completed in house at its European headquarters.

Manual sharpening of all the models ensures high quality and long-lasting instruments. Due to the company's skilled and extensive workforce, Staleks® offers a vast range of professional quality products for your salon at an affordable price point.

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PERFECT NAIL PREP

Published Jan. 3, 2021, 8:39 a.m.

Now that everyone is rested after all the festivities let's start the year "putting our best foot forward" by focusing on correct Nail Prep for the Nail Enhancement service with products such as UV/LED Hard Builder Gel, UV/LED Acrylic Gel or UV/LED Apex Gel.

Please note that nail prep for Nail Enhancements and Gel Polish Colour is different.

As you may have seen all over social media in the past year there has been a huge increase in the popularity of nail prep tools, as it is no mystery that correct prep is the holy grail in achieving not only an Insta worthy nail look but also bringing those customers back to your salon every month.

In 2021 at Gellifique® you will able to stock up on all of your essentials for perfect prep without breaking the bank and as usual without loosing out on product quality. There is no better time than ever to double check your nail prep basics, maybe make some notes and head to our online store to grab some essentials.

WHY FOCUS ON CORRECT NAIL PREP

Lets focus on what is relevant in our industry today. With the rise in popularity of BIAB, BOB etc (acronyms) plus a bit off clever marketing many technicians have found themselves working with what feels like a new system.

However, regardless of the fact that this is a brush on product the nature of the product is still that of a soak - off UV/LED Builder Gel which means that nail prep and application for this product is different compared to that for application of UV/LED Gel Polish.

Application of a soak - off UV/LED Builder Gel without accredited training is messy, does not last and most importantly can be downright dangerous for your client.

Because UV/LED Builder Gels are formulated with an idea of a re - balance service as opposed to complete removal there is no real need to remove all product from the natural nail during a re balance. In fact the best possible application of the "primary" set on your client will decrease the amount of removal (filing and buffing away all the lifted product and air pockets) which will have to be done during the re-balance service. This will aid better overall health of your client’s natural nails in the long term.

By incorrectly applying a nail enhancement or by using a nail system with poor adhesion the result of product lifting can cause air pockets which can lead to air and moisture being trapped underneath the enhancement, potentially resulting in bacterial growth or simply a likelihood of natural nail damage through catching, pulling or breaking of the enhancement.

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Boxing Day Sale Now On

Published Dec. 25, 2020, 6:33 p.m.

The Gellifique® T&C Apply.

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Bonjour to The New Arrivals

Published Dec. 5, 2020, 10:41 a.m.

The Classic

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Choose your gift this week

Published Nov. 23, 2020, 10 a.m.

We apologise for a technical glitch our website had experienced yesterday. Apparently, it had an issue with the free gifts we wanted to introduce.

Starting TODAY and for one week ONLY we are adding some essentials to your orders as GIFTS.

To receive your gift please make sure your basket total reaches the correct amount and add the product name at the checkout in the comments box displayed under the shipping tab.

Spend £60

Spend £60 or over and receive a free nail shaping set worth RRP £7.99. The Gellifique® Nail Shaping Set consists of 7 "Boomerang" Nail Files (100/180) and 2 Buffers (120/180). Professional Quality, Durable and fully Disinfectable.

The material used for the nail files is of premium quality ensuring a cushioned core and longer-lasting performance. This shape enables you to file in harder to reach areas due to its curved shape and is perfect for reducing the length and thickness of nail enhancements.

Our uniquely shaped and super flexible yet durable buffers enable a closer reach to the cuticle area and sidewalls of the nail without catching the skin. A must-have tool to remove scratches and ridges present on nail enhancements or natural nails.

Both of these products are designed with premium quality sanding paper.

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Early Black Friday Event Tonight

Published Nov. 6, 2020, 9:46 p.m.

An early Black Friday Event is launching tonight on selected HEMA free gel polish products. A great range of Fall appropriate colours will be available including beige, purple, lilac, grey, navy, metallic and a selection of reds. Don't forget your staple favourites Blanco and Black Panther. Sale ends next week.

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PRICE DROP

When streamlining our ever-expanding product ranges we are also consistently re-evaluating our prices to ensure that our customers are always getting great value. Your staple essentials are now available at a more affordable price.

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Trending November colours

Published Oct. 30, 2020, 8:48 p.m.

TGIF guys!

Well, the marathon of pumpkin coloured nails is almost over with chilly November fast approaching.

Let's take a quick virtual tour on the colour trends popular on the high street this week and heading into the Winter months.

All fashion pieces featured in this newsletter are from River Island®.

Stay Safe Everyone!

Team @ Gellifique

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COLOUR OF THE WEEK

SLATE (HEMA FREE) - £9.99

This super popular colour is back in stock - Limited Edition.

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