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.

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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….

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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.

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3 thoughts on “DIY manicure that lasts 3 weeks!

    1. I can’t recommend the home system highly enough. You can put the kit together yourself, choose the shades and you know that when you’re doing it….you’ll be doing a good job!
      I hope you give it a try. I’ve never looked back!

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