Gel nailpolishes have started with Shellac, then I tried Gelish and then numerous other brands flooded the market. Gels promptly replaced acrylic nails, became more affordable, less damaging to nails and came in a variety of colours and styles.
The latest thing is not visiting salons, as great and relaxing a salon visit can be, it can also be stressful because the technician may not be as skilled, you might not like the outcome or you simply don’t want the extra expense. You can easily purchase a UV/LED lamp on eBay or other means and then collect gel colours to become your own salon manicurist while watching a favourite show on tv. I have been in two minds about purchasing a lamp, then I did some research about UV light causing cancer (after all thats why the tanning salons with UV beds all closed down), then it was the fact I was unsure what lamp to get, the prices varied and the quality was not universal. There is no GHD when it comes to gel lamps so you could be getting a dud. The prices ranged from $100 – $300 and I could never make up my mind.
EpicNail made it quite easy for me in the end. They have a reasonably priced Shellac Starter Kit which you can purchase online. EpicNail are an Australian based business so if there are any issues you know they are always nearby. The purchase and delivery is easy and you get everything you need in the kit without having to decide where to purchase gel polishes, acetone wipes, foils etc.
I received my kit and it was all I wanted to get started on my own shellac manicures at home.
PHOTO: My LED lamp (its pink!:))
What a relief it is to have a lamp with an easy timer, a complete and easy, photo instruction booklet and all the removal tools in case you need them on hand. Once you’re done with your shellac manicure its very easy to remove it and you can get straight onto your next one.
PHOTO: Look at all the different colours in the kit! You also get a bottom and top coat polishes.
PHOTO: Alcohol wipes needed to wipe down your nails after the shellac application.
Doing my first mani was a breeze and I had a blast. It’s actually more relaxing than going to a salon and I could have ‘me’ time without having to watch that someone was doing a good job. ( I didn’t judge myself to harshly the first time I did my mani )
PHOTO: I chose this colour – Cheeky pink!
PHOTO: First coat of Cheeky Pink.
Here is the application process:
1. Once your nails are shaped, cuticles are pushed back and any nail polish removed…Apply the base coat and hold under the LED lamp for 90 seconds.
PHOTO: The timer will beep once the machine is finished drying one coat of polish.
2. Do the same for both hands – apply your coat and dry.
3. Repeat twice with colour of choice
4. Apply the top coat for extra shine and place hands under the LED lamp for 90 seconds one last time.
5. Final step is removing any sticky residue with the alcohol wipes. I use 1 wipe for 1 hand, they are small but work their magic.
PHOTO: The wipes are refreshing.
The Cheeky Pink look was my first try at Shellac nails so you can see some rough edges ( ><)
Here is my second attempt at this with Aqua Addiction.
PHOTOS: I think I’m getting better
And my most recent creation – the Pink French Tip
I am happiest with this work because it looks much neater and I love French Tip Manicures
If you would like to purchase this kit from EpicNail (REALLY recommend! It’s a dream!) you can use a special code – this is just for my awesome readers. Use the code:
To receive free standard shipping for any kit purchase.
Just enter the code KITTRAVEL when checking out to redeem this offer.
This offer will expire on the 31st of March.
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