DIY at home gel manicure?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I got an at-home kit on Living Social for $30. It said it was from Luminess Air, but the stuff says Gel Haute all over it. It came with the UV light, cleanser, remover, base coat, top coat, and I think 3 colors. I’ve bought a few more since then. I’ve had it last really well for 2 weeks and still look good at 3 weeks, but I’ve also had it stat to peel at a week (but that time I used a different brand of polish, and I’m not sure if you’re supposed to mix the brand of base and top coat with the brand of polish).
It takes awhile, because you can’t do your second hand while the first one is under the light like when it’s done professionally. Also, make sure you don’t overlap onto your cuticles or skin because that’s where the peeling will start. Oh, and I do the fingers on one hand the the thumb on the other and stick them under the light together, they fit better than if you try to do the thumb on the same hand.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I never trusted the at-home ones, but one of my BMs told me uses them and they stay on for two weeks, even with her working in a kitchen.  I just texted her to ask which one she uses, so I’ll let you know when she responds 🙂  It sounds like it’s totally worth the initial invesment in the light, and they come in lots of colors – so much cheaper than proper salon gels!

ETA: She uses the Sally Hansen gel nail polish and loves it!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I have used the Sally Hansen gel kit (don’t do the strips, was the biggest headache ever!) and Red Carpet as well as Sensationail. Red carpet is my go to since they have a buttload of colors available at my local Ulta. I would definatly recommend an LED kit over a UV kit- led curing time is 30-60 seconds where as UV can take upwards of 3 minutes (sometimes longer if you have a low wat lamp) You have to be extra careful when ‘painting’ on the polish/base/top because if you get any on your cuticle or surrounding skin it will lift and peel right off. The longest mine has lasted I would say was 3 weeks- it might have held on longer but the grow-out was driving me nuts so I had to re-do them. 

 

I think that the Red Carpet starter kit with light is somewhere in the neighborhood of$70-80 and Sally Hansen runs about $60-$70 (But you can print a $10 off coupon from their website!)

Hope this helps!

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Ice_cream:  Yea, she loves the Sally Hansen and says it’s totally worth it.  She gets the look and longevity of gels without having to pay salon prices. 

And I would think you could mix and match; each layer gets set by the UV lights so I don’t see how the different layers would be interacting… but I guess I don’t know for sure.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Ice_cream:  You sure can! Lights and base/top coats are totally interchangable. I used IBD gel base and final seal, usually with Red Carpet colors. Just make sure its all the same type (be it LED or UV, since they have different cure times)

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I bought the sensationail kit at Walmart I think for $50 – it came with the light, alcohol or something similar to clean nails off with, some sort of bonding liquid, base and top coat, 1 polish, and some cuticle pushers.  

I soak my nails first and use a cuticle nipper like they do at the salon.  I think that my manicure skills are not as great as the salon’s, but my polish skills may be even better, because I am a perfectionist and really take my time.  My nails always end up looking great, and they last for about 10 days before I get bored of the color and decide to redo them.

I use the sensationail base/top coat with differnt brand colors (sephora, sally hanson, red carpet, OPI).  Red carpet is great because they have a TON of colors and are reasonably priced.    I haven’t really noticed that the more expensive brands are any better…

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have the Sally Hansen kit, but honestly the polish strips are a huge pain to use and aren’t worth it. I apply regular, everyday polish and use the gel topcoat and cure it with the light. Easy pEasy. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Ice_cream:  I have the Gelish and love it.

 

Do I do as good as the salon, no, however, it still usually lasts about 2 weeks befgrow peeling (or grow-out). Mostly because I am not as neat around the cuticles. The starter kit comes with the base coat, top coat, ph liquid, cleanser and remover. You also need to buy a light and a polish. Sally often has them on sale though. Basically the whole thing plus a polish colour cost me what 2-3 salon manicures would have cost! It’s very cost effective!!

Post # 13
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Worker bee

I’m looking into getting a gel polish kit, too. I’ve been wondering if you can do your toes with the kit. Has anyone tried? 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

RCM! Make sure to get the pro light!!!

Post # 15
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Helper bee

Orly Gel FX kit is the BEST, hands down!  It’s on the expensive side, but it is worth every penny.  And after a few gel manicures yourslef, it will pay for itself.  I got hooked on it after having a Orly gel manicure at the Ritz-Carlton in Grand Cayman (they used the the kit!).  It was the best manicure I ever had – colors were great and the polish lasted long and looked amazing.  I’ve been hooked ever since.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Ms_Sophia:  Yup Yup. I’ve been doing my toes with gels for a month or two now. With gel I polish them and forget about it from 4-6 weeks and life is magical lol

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