Gel, Acrylic, Or Powder Dip? We’re Breaking Down Which Type Of Manicure Is Worth It

Written by Bre Avery and Caroline Carpenter

The manicure culture has seriously come a long way in the past few years. When I was growing up there were no options for what type of manicure you were getting. It was simply just a regular manicure.

Nowadays though, I would never pay for a regular manicure because it chips way too quickly. There are so many options, how can you know what to pick? We’re here to break down each type of manicure – to help you decide which one we think is worth it.

Acrylic Nails

For those of you who don’t know, acrylic nails are literally pieces of plastic being glued on top of your natural nail. Personally, it totally freaks me out and it just really isn’t my style but I’m not judging. Anyway, one of my good friends does acrylic and apparently, it’s a very long manicure process.

We’re talking 90 minutes long. Another thing about acrylic nails is if they break it can take six months for your real nails to grow back. Not that other types of manicures don’t do this, but acrylic shreds your real nails.

The upkeep of this type of manicure is pretty serious. Also, you can’t just remove the nails yourself so you’ll be heading to the nail salon every 2-3 weeks. While your nails will look amazing, the cons seem to outweigh the pros.


Gel Extensions

I’m sure everyone knows what gel manicures are. I’m personally a huge fan of them. Sure, you pay a little more than you would for a regular manicure but you get to walk out with dry nails and they last for quite a while. Gel extensions though are totally different.

The extensions are kind of similar to acrylics in the sense that you’re literally attaching something to your nail. The difference is that instead of gluing a fake nail to yours, you’re bonding the gel extension to your nail with an LED light.

With gel extensions, you pick the nail you want and BOOM it’s bonded to yours in no time! The only problem with this nail trend is it’s really hard to find a salon that actually does it. However, if you call around I’m sure you can find one.


SNS Powder Dip

One of my best friends, Regan, swears my powder dip. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Instead of painting liquid on your nails, you dip the nail in small containers and then they finish it off with a clear top coat – and you’re finished!

No UV lights, no placing your nails under the dryer, they’re just totally dry! It’s meant to last longer than regular gel, and it promotes nail growth.

The best part about the powder is apparently it has vitamins/nutrients that help keep your nails healthy!

This Mistress Mom Was Murdered By Her Baby Daddy, Along With Her 3-Year-Old Son

Karissa Fretwell was a 25-year-old mom living in Salem, Oregon. She had a 3-year-old son named William Fretwell, whom she affectionately nicknamed Billy. Karissa and Billy lived in a small apartment together. Billy’s dad wanted nothing to do with him and was not involved in his life, or Karissa’s really for that matter.

On her Facebook profile, Karissa described her son as “my world.” She worked hard to support herself and her son, holding down a job as a security guard while also attending Western Oregon University to study education.

On Friday, May 17th, Karissa’s family reported her as missing to the Salem Police Department after not hearing from her for four long days and after she failed to show up to her job. They were seriously concerned because it was not like Karissa to just disappear, let alone with her young son.

Facebook; pictured above in black and white, Karissa and Billy smile together

Karissa was reliable. She was responsible. She didn’t miss work. She didn’t fail to call and text her family back. She owned several cats, and wouldn’t leave town without having someone lined up to care for them.

“My darling boy, I love you. When I’m struggling with life, you keep me grounded. When I’m struggling with being a mom, you come to me with arms wide open, you rest your head on my shoulder, and hold me tight. You push me to be a better person, a better mom, and live a whole new life I never imagined possible,” Karissa captioned a photo of herself and her son on her Facebook page.

Facebook; in the photo above, Karissa sits with Billy on her lap in front of some beautiful flowers

Salem Police Department released a statement about Karissa, “On May 17, 2019, the Salem Police Department was contacted by family members of Karissa Alyn Fretwell, age 25 of Salem, to file a missing persons report.

Karissa’s family told police they had not seen or heard from her or her three-year-old son, William (Billy) Fretwell, since May 13.”

Some of Karissa’s neighbors said that not long before she disappeared, they heard something weird coming from her apartment.

Normally, Karissa was a very quiet person and didn’t make any noise or cause any disturbances to her neighbors. She always kept to herself. Neighbors also confirmed she worked in security and had lived there for about a year.

Two months before Karissa went missing, her neighbors said to KOIN 6 that they, “heard a man and woman arguing incredibly loud.”

Facebook; Karissa snaps a selfie in the above photo of her and Billy laying side by side together and smiling

They went on to say, “The man was swearing a lot and there was a kid crying in the background, and the woman was yelling at him to get out of her apartment.”

That was completely out of character for this kind and good-natured mom who didn’t disturb the peace of her neighborhood.

Police had knocked on neighbors doors asking if they had seen or heard from Karissa, and nobody had. Karissa’s sister went around to the neighbors asking about her as well. They found Karissa’s apartment completely unlocked, and her only credit card and pair of glasses were inside.

Facebook; Karissa smiles in the above photo while she holds Billy

One of Karissa’s neighbors, Robert Allen, said that he told Karissa’s sister that he would look in her windows intermittently to see if he could find any signs of her.

He added, “I have noticed that the television screen, it’s been on the same screen for about a week, so obviously there’s no one in the apartment.”

What’s really weird is that one of Karissa’s friends told police that just six days before she vanished into thin air, she asked about how to install a Ring video doorbell, which is used for security. Why was this mom concerned for her safety and that of her son?

Facebook; Karissa smiles in the above photo while holding Billy on her shoulders

Authorities found Karissa’s white Pontiac Grand Am parked right outside of her apartment on the side of the street. In the backseat, they could see Billy’s car seat. Where would she and Billy have gone if she hadn’t taken her car with her?

Facebook; Karissa holds Billy and smiles in the above photo while at her graduation ceremony, wearing a cap and gown

Authorities also found another car parked right in front of Karissa’s Grand Am, a green colored Mercury Mountaineer.

On the front seat of the car on the passenger’s side, they could see an application Karissa had filled out for financial aid from her college, and her signature was clearly on it.

Megan Harper, one of Karissa’s friends who lives nearby in McMinnville, said to The Statesman Journal:

“I feel ill with worry about William. Last night, I held my daughter’s hand so tightly while she slept and I couldn’t sleep because my mind was going over all the possibilities of what could be happening to him.”

Facebook; Karissa and Billy are pictured above together smiling and enjoying some outside time

Megan was supposed to watch Billy for Karissa on the night of May 17th, which is the day Karissa was reported to police as missing by her family.

Megan says she never heard from Karissa that evening, and she added: “She has a strong work ethic. She’d never miss work.”

Facebook; Karissa snaps a selfie of her and Billy in the photo above

After one long month of searching for Karissa and Billy, a team from the McMinnville Fire Department located the mom and son.

In a very secluded and remote section of Yamhill County, in a densely forested area of private timberland, the two were discovered. People that live there say it’s a very quiet place, and most of the activity comes from commercial logging.

2 weeks before Karissa and Billy were found, detectives had combed that area of Yamhill County, with no success. They had even come about 800 yards of where Karissa and Billy lay underneath a bunch of debris.

40 more people had been dispatched to this heavily wooded area to help hunt for this mom and son. After two hours of the search starting, they had found Kariss and Billy, laying next to one another, and buried by a bunch of debris that was not native to the surrounding area. They also found a gun lying close to Karissa and Billy.

After being brought in to the state medical examiner, it was determined that Karissa’s cause of death was a homicide.

She sadly died from a gunshot wound to her head. Authorities have revealed that Billy’s cause of death has not yet been determined, and additional testing will need to be performed to determine the cause.

Facebook; Karissa holds Billy and smiles wide at him in the photo above

Authorities turned their attention to Billy’s dad, 52-year-old Michael Wolfe, and this is where things began to get very strange.

It turns out Billy owned a piece of property just 9 miles away from where Karissa and Billy’s bodies had been discovered, and it was no secret he didn’t want Billy in the first place. 

Facebook; Karissa is pictured above wearing glasses, an orange shirt, and a big smile

Speaking just 24 hours after Karissa’s autopsy had been performed, Brad Berry, the Yamhill County District Attorney, spoke to reporters in a press briefing.

He revealed that it was well known to authorities that Michael fished in the area where his mistress and child were found. When asked why authorities had zeroed in on that exact and remote area, Brad said, “It was just really good detective work.”

“Putting pieces together, going through to narrow the area they needed to look.”

Facebook; Karissa and Billy hug each other in the above photo while smiling big together

Brad also revealed, “There are other areas within the Weyerhaeuser property that we believe he’s had permits before, to cut firewood, up in that area, we’re not exactly sure where that was.”

“But we were aware that he was familiar with the area.”

Facebook; Karissa and Billy are all smiles in the photo above, and you can tell these two always had fun

He also commented on how exactly the authorities knew about how to look in such a remote area for Karissa and Billy.

“The information leading them back to that spot has been gathered over time,” Brad divulged.

“There’s really a lot more than that, but I can’t get into that part of the details of the investigation. That’s really, pretty sensitive stuff.”

Karissa initially met Michael, Billy’s biological dad, while she worked as a delivery driver for the sandwich company Jimmy Johns. Michael was working at a company called Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, and he would specifically call and request that Karissa be the one to deliver his food to him.

Bethany Brown, one of Michael’s coworkers and a friend of Karissa’s, commented to the Salem Reporter on how the interactions between Karissa and Michael began.

Facebook; Karissa and Billy are pictured in the photo above together with their big, signature smiles

“He would call almost every day to get food delivered from her. She would come back and say how he would make inappropriate comments,” Bethany said.

Karissa then got a job as a security job at Michael’s company, and that is when the two began seeing one another. Despite the weird comments Michael had made, the two developed an intimate relationship. “There was never a relationship there,” Karissa’s friend Megan said to KATU.

“She never knew he was married until after a couple weeks of her being pregnant. Then he offered to pay for an abortion.” Michael was concerned that his affair and Billy’s birth would destroy his marriage.

Facebook; Karissa and Billy smile together in the above photo while all dressed up

It was exactly three days after finding out that she was pregnant with Billy that Karissa then learned the truth about her baby daddy.

She discovered that Michael was not only married and had been the whole time they were seeing one another, he also had children of his own from this marriage.

Karissa decided she was going to have Billy, despite Michael insisting that she terminate her pregnancy and saying he would have nothing to do with their child.

When Billy was around 2-years-old, Karissa went to court to prove Billy’s paternity. Her claim was verified by a DNA test that Michael had to submit to, and Karissa then proceeded to file a petition to grant her $900 in child support every month for Billy. A month before the two disappeared, a judge granted Karissa’s child support request and ordered Michael to pay up.

It was not long after Karissa filed for child support that Michael decided he did want to be involved in Billy’s life. He wanted full custody of him. Megan added, “That was her fear, him taking her child away. My first thought when she went missing was that he’d done something.”

Facebook; Karissa and Billy stand together in a field while holding hands in the photo above

It wasn’t just Megan that was concerned Michael would do something bad to Karissa. Several of Karissa’s friends stepped forward and told authorities that Michael had been sending Karissa disturbing messages in the months leading up to her murder.

Facebook; Karissa and Billy smile in the above photo together

“There were all these warning signs,” Megan insisted. “He would send her creepy things in the mail.”

It’s unclear when Michael’s wife became aware of the affair he had with Karissa, and about Billy. They are currently still married.

A babysitter of Billy’s has come forward, although she requested her name not be made public, to share that Michael AND his wife both were threatening Karissa shortly before her death. They were making threats to her because they both wanted full custody of Billy.

On May 25th, Michael was arrested while he was at a local donut shop in Portland. Although he told authorities he had no contact whatsoever with Karissa or Billy a month before they disappeared, authorities have video footage and cellphone data backing up that Michael is lying, and ultimately responsible for Karissa and Billy’s murders. 

Facebook; Karissa snaps a selfie of her and Billy together in the photo above

Michael has been charged with two counts of kidnapping and two counts of murder. The investigation into Karissa and Billy’s murders is still ongoing. If you have any information related to this case, please contact the Salem Police Department’s Tip Hotline at (503) 588-8477.

Facebook; Karissa and Billy are pictured together in the above photo walking down a road while holding hands

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