How to remove your Gel manicure

I hope you caught this post and have seriously considered investing in your own nail care system from as little as £33.00. If you have, or you are thinking of doing it….one burning question might be; once you have got this indestructible gel manicure on, how on earth do you get it off?

Bear in mind that the gel manicure if designed to last 2-3 weeks. If you want to change your nail polish every couple of days, or every week or so, this nail system might not be for you. However, if you want chip free, long lasting polish that you only need to change or remove every 3 weeks or so….here’s how to remove it so that you can start again.

There are 2 ways. The simple way is with removal wraps. These are available in packs of 10 from many, many ebay sellers from as little as £1.99.


These are self explanatory. Tear the pack, put your nail in (nail against the cotton pad side), remove the seal and fold and stick the pack down. Wait 10 minutes and then take the wrap off. You may still have to work with an orange stick to remove the gel but it should come off quite well. Don’t leave for longer than 10 minutes as the acetone can dry out and the gel will start to re-stick to your nails.

You can also make these at home. You need acetone nail polish remover, cotton wool and foil. Same exact thing, only more fiddly as you are making the wraps yourself. Soak the cotton wool, put it on your nail, wrap in foil, wait 10 minutes.

What else?
You nails and fingertips will feel quite warm while the gel is being removed.
You will not be left with a pristine fingernail. There may be scratches, dry patches and a little weakness depending how well you remove the gel. Best way to treat your nails is with some olive oil or cuticle oil. Keep massaging into your nails and let them breathe overnight before attempting anything else. I usually leave mine a couple of days before putting on more gel.

See here for how your nails could look after removal. Don’t be afraid, you can bring your nails back to full health with a buffer, oil, daily attention and hand lotions and creams over a 48 hour period.

For more information, visit the BlueSky page.


Coming soon…..Bluesky colours review!

DIY manicure that lasts 3 weeks!

Like Shellac….only more affordable and you can do your own nails, at home, when suits you.

There’s no need to visit a salon to get your nails done any longer. You can now do your own nails, at home and get fantastic results lasting up to 3 weeks. Sometimes longer. It’s not expensive to set yourself up with the equipment required and after the initial pay out, this system gives nothing but pay off!

What will you need?

An eBay account. This is where I got ALL of  my supplies.

A UV Lamp (you can pick these up from ebay for as little as £15)
Nail Buffer (£0.99-£1.99)
Some Orange sticks (£0.99-£1.99)
Blue Sky Top Coat and Base Coat (Usually £5 each)
A least one colour Blue Sky gel polish (again £5 each)
Alcohol swab wipes (£0.99-£1.99), unless you buy the ‘no wipe’ topcoat.
Cuticle Oil (£0.99-£1.99)

Initial layout: £33-35. Gel nail manicure in Salons – £20 each. Do your nails twice and you’ve got your money’s worth.






So, how do you do your nails?
Well, set aside an hour for your first time – subsequent applications (once you’re used to it) take less time.
Using the buffer, gently remove any shine from the top of your nails – it helps the base coat grab on. Also shape your nails at this point and them remove the excess dust.

Okay, now for the base coat. Apply a thin layer, but don’t go to the edge of your nails. Leave a small 1-2mm gap between the gel and your skin. You need this to create a ‘seal’. Do one hand and pop it into the UV lamp for 120 seconds (called ‘curing’), trying to keep your thumb nail as flat as possible.

Once this hand is done, repeat the process but with your colour gel, ensuring that you apply a thin layer of the colour. Stay inside the top coat layer, again not taking the gel to the edges. You’ll need two to three coats depending on the colour. Brighter colours seem to need 2 coats, more subtle colours take 3. Once you have applied a layer, cured the nail and repeated, you then apply your top coat. Take the top coat and apply it over the edge of your base and colour, but still try not to quite touch the skin. Cure for 120 seconds and then you’re nearly done! The surface of your nail will be tacky, until you swipe it with the alcohol wipe. Then your nails go dry, rock solid, shiny and amazing! Apply a little cuticle oil to keep the skin around your nails looking healthy and you’re good to go. The top coat creates the final seal that will help your manicure last weeks and weeks….


You can watch the process in the video below. Lisa Eldrige has ‘Shellac’ nails done……very similar to Blue Sky, only more expensive. They both give the same results and do the same job.

More posts coming – colour reviews and the all important how to remove the gel.

Awesome customized Tees

Another post like the Sock Snowmen that requires little crafting talent, but yields great results.

You will need:

A t-shirt – Try Fruit of the Loom value weight. I got one or £2.49 from ebay and they have all sizes and tons of colours to chose from.
A paintbrush.
A plastic bag or binliner.
A copy/picture of a design.
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Use the plastic bag inside the shirt to separate the fabric so that only the front is affected by the bleach. Make sure the bag is laid out flat and that your tee is laid out on a flat surface. Outside would be good, but if not possible, choose an area that isn’t carpeted!

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Next, use the chalk to roughly sketch your design. Don’t worry about being too accurate or arty….the look we are aiming for is distressed and a bit splattery so neatness isn’t an issue. My Avengers A looks a bit squished up, but it’s close enough!

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Next, use the paintbrush to start painting bleach over your design. Follow the chalk marks and focus on this part first. You will start to see results almost immediately. The splodges and marks can be added as you paint (dripping brush!) and then on purpose afterwards 😉

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Next, put your shirt in cold water for a couple of minutes to wash away any excess bleach. I ran mine under a cold water tap for 2 minutes, making sure to cover the whole of the bleached design. You could also pop your tee under the shower if that’s easier.

The next step is to wring the tee out and pop it into the wash. I washed mine with a tiny amount of washing liquid on a 40 degree quick wash. I left it to dry overnight and this is the final result (which my husband, the recipient of the tee) absolutely loved!


There you have it! A totally customized, one off tee!
You can try this method with other colour tees to see how different they turn out….or try different fabrics and t-shirt brands to see how the bleach reacts. We are planning an olive tee with a Captain America logo, a burgundy tee with an Iron Man Arc reactor and a brown tee with a Firefly logo.

Original inspiration for this project came from this post at Eight & Sixteen.


Why we drink water Pt.2 – an update

Following on from this post, I thought that those of you who might be following the water plan or were considering giving it a go would appreciate an update.

4 weeks ago, I went from barely any water intake at all to drinking at least a 1 litre jug a day – usually more. Everything was going really well until my entire family contracted a nasty virus that made us unable to keep any food or water down for a few days, which somewhat upset my plan and set it back rather a lot. When I did feel able to drink again after 2 days, it wasn’t much and I was fighting nausea every step of the way. I lost 6lbs in weight and looked like hell, so it was hardly the glowing results I had hoped for! So I have decided to hit the re-set button and start over.

A few results I can share with you now, however.  I started to see a definite improvement in my urine. It is barely coloured anymore and never smells as it previously had. My joints seem more supple and I no longer struggle to get out of my seat at work or hobble about as my body adjusts after 3 hours of sitting at a desk. My skin has REALLY improved. I have no blemishes at all, and my skin seems smooth and more plumped out. I’m still waiting for something to change under my eyes…..nothing really noticeable as yet.

I’ve had a couple of headaches, but that’s all. As a migraine sufferer, I am used to twice weekly headaches as well as monthly migraines. It’s still not completely better, but it is much improved.

That’s all I can think of for now, but I am hoping to update you again in a month, with my ‘after’ picture. In the meantime, why not click the link above, have a read and try this for yourself?