Wednesday, 8 October 2014

DIY Gel Nails - Sensationail

I've loved getting gel nails done since getting them at a Salon over a year ago. Rather than spend a fortune every 3 weeks paying someone else to do them, I wanted to try and do it myself. Which means I can be as creative or as boring as I want and change the colours as often as I want without forking out £20 each time. 

I got the Sensationail kit last Christmas and I've loved it ever since. I've never tried any other kits so obviously I have nothing to compare it to, but I've never had a problem with it. In the kit you receive a LED lamp, gel cleanser, 1 colour, top and base coat, gel primer and a little nail file. I wasn't too keen on the bright pink colour I received, but it's still wearable! The kit retails at £69.99 which you can get from places such as Boots or sometimes ASDA. I do think Sensational have a vague choice of colours, so I just buy colours from eBay mostly (Can get every colour you can dream of on there), and they're also cheap!

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After having the kit for so long, I did run out of the top and base coat that Sensationail supplied in the kit. So I purchased some 'Bluesky' top and base coat to replace it, which I think is actually a better quality as it has a much thicker consistency and easier to get an even coat. After buying those I thought I would give the Bluesky colours a go too, the first colour I ever got was black and a glitter, which are still going strong!

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I've always put up with the struggle of soaking my hands in acetone for ages and picking off the gel (which isn't good for my nails). I eventually found this in stock in my local boots so I grabbed it. It has made taking my gels off 100% quicker! You have to be careful not to scrape off your actual nail though! I would recommend purchasing this if you were to get the kit, it saves so much time.

Above is my nails after removing my gels, I was lazy with my nails and should have took it off a week or so ago. Now my nails have lost their length cause they kept catching on things (rookie error). If I wasn't putting another layer of gel on over the top I would have made sure the surface was smooth, but for the gel to stick it needs to have a rough layer. My nails are slowly growing back into their stiletto shape again (yey).

 I used Pixel Gel polish in Bahama Mama on my thumb which is £11.99 in Superdrug, the red, silver and black leopard print are all Bluesky polishes which you can get for around £5.00 on eBay. Bluesky polishes have lasted just as well for me than any other I have used, even from Salons. So if you're looking for a cheaper alternative Bluesky is great. (Apologies for the claw).

Do any of you's use gel nail polishes? What's the best brand you have tried?

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  1. I never really use gel nail polish haha but I love painting my nails :)

    1. It's good if you have weak nails, but if you can do without its not worth harming your nails x

  2. Ahh I've recently got gels done on my nails and love it. I have been debating about getting this as an alternative though! I've seen it in boots. Might have to stop resisting the temptation! ;)

    Lovely blog, I'm now following on Google and bloglovin! I'd love it if you took a look at mine x


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