So, for my birthday I got a gel polish manicure. I’d wanted to try one for while, but I just couldn’t justify the cost on a regular basis. Birthday = splurge.
It goes on like nail polish, but has the durability of a gel overlay- the best part is that it instantly cures. No waiting around or holding your car keys with your mouth. Lasts up to two weeks. Price tag: $30 including tip. It was a fun little treat for my nails and lasted for probably ten days before I removed the polish.
I loved the concept but not the price. I did some investigating and decided with a little initial investment, I could probably do it myself at home. Let me clarify by saying that I am not trained in any way to do nails professionally. I have no cosmetic background, obviously- because I wore orange and pink eyeshadow to my prom. (Gtfernan, remember?)
The only place I found to purchase all the supplies was amazon, which is great because we have amazon prime I’m pretty sure I’m one of their best customers. (We live in Redding…soo.)
CND Shellac Top and Base Coat
CND Shellac Color Coat: Wildfire (fire engine red)
CND Shellac Color Coat: Romantique (light pink)
CND Solar Oil
Alcohol, 99% Isopropyl
And this dryer: Thermal Spa 49135 Professional U/V Gel Light Nail Dryer
Total investment: About $130.
We had a girls night a few weeks ago and all tried it out. I have to say, I’m totally sold. Pays for itself in 4 manicures- plus I did my toes as well. I’m saving millions. And so are my friends.
|I did light pink first, for a trial run.|
|This was at 7 days.|
|This was at ten days.|
Could have lasted a few more days but I was antsy to try red so I peeled them off and re applied.