How to get a Gel Home Manicure 💅🏻

I really like the way my nails look after I get a shellac manicure, but the removal is what I’m not thrilled with. The last few times I’ve gone, they always bring the drill out to remove the polish, even if I ask them not to use it, they still do, I’m finding in my area, more salons are doing this now.  As a result, when I finally took off my shellac about 2 months ago my nails have these huge dents in them and look horrible. I have been using a nail strengthener by Vitry.   My nails have become stronger at the base but still a bit thin at the tip from using the drill, waiting patiently until the top part grows out.

I have been using Essie quick dry nail polish for occasions the need polish.  A few weeks ago I decided to buy a lamp, so I can do a Gel manicure at home.

I bought the ABox Star 2 UV Led lamp from amazon for $48.99 CND.  I also picked up the OPI base and top coat, and OPI bubble bath polish.

 

Since I had time this morning I decided to give myself a mini-manicure and try out my UV -Led light.

I started with shaping my nails, applying cuticle remover and soaking the nails for a few minutes, then I pushed back my cuticles and trimmed any unruly ones off.  I applied some cuticle cream.  I removed any excess cream from the nails with rubbing alcohol.  Then I applied a thin coat of OPI base coat – I cured it for 90 sec.  I then applied a thin coat of colour – cured it for 90 sec. then another coat -for another 90 sec.  After that I applied the top coat.  After curing it for 90 sec again, there was a bit of tacky residue, so i took a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and cleaned it off – Voila a great set of looking nails.

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Do you do your own gel nails?  What is your favourite colour?  How long does your at home gel mani last, any tips you can offer a newbie at this?

 

M 💞

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