Hey! Birthday nails would be so much fun! My studio is located at 7817 Rockwood Ln in north Austin. I take appointments only, so when you and your mom decide to come get fancy, shoot me an email at email@example.com to arrange a time.
As far as the gels go, I favor CND Shellac because it is less stressful in the application, wear, and removal. I recommend letting your nails rest after every 2 gel manis or so. Some ladies do have a tougher time with gels, depending on the general health of their nails.
Hope to see you soon for birthday nails!