- When my nails are painted, they make a cool tapping sound when you tap on things.
- When my nails are painted, I have less of a tendency to bite them or pick at my cuticles.
- When my nails are painted, they break less.
- They look better in pictures if I need to photograph a ring or something.
Here’s why I don’t love having my nails painted:
- Time it takes for them to dry
- They never last long
Now for polishes, first off: ph bond, base coat, and topcoat. I found a nifty pack of these that saves you money. There is also one that comes with cuticle oil, which you can use if you don’t want to buy the more expensive, natural, cuticle oil. I’m a bigger fan of the natural oil -which is why I listed one above-, but the gelish cuticle oil will work fine.
Polish time! The most exciting part of the gel manicure at home, obviously. So for polish, you can get whatever colors you want! You can really use whatever GEL polish brand you want (keep an eye on quality and reviews). I repeat, use GEL polish. Just because you have gel polish base coat and top coat does not mean that you can use regular nail polish. I like to use Gelish brand because I’ve had pretty good luck with it, it’s affordable, and I also like having everything say the same brand on it because I’m a weirdo. The colors do have strange names, so if you’re looking for a specific color, I suggest looking on their website for color names and then doing a search based on those names.
-> Colors of Gelish <-
The polish comes in mainly two sizes 9 mL and 15 mL. I usually buy my polish online because it’s a better price. You can get the .3 oz size in stores, but it is around $12.99 for the 9 mL size. Whereas I got the 15 mL of Black Shadow, for example, for $14 from Amazon. The price fluctuates a bit, but it’s a way better price if you know it’s a color that you’re going to use often. (I’ve been rocking black shadow for my last three manicures).
Okay, so you’ve got all that stuff. I know it’s a lot. There are a couple more things you’ll need if you plan on getting the polish off. Now, I’m going to be honest… I’m a peeler. I see the dirty looks you nail gurus are giving me. Peeling is worse for your nails, I know. It leaves my nails rough. I don’t really care though. It’s super satisfying, but if you’re not a peeler, here’s what you’re going to want:
Either pure acetone or a soak off formula, cotton balls/pads, tin foil (or wrap clips).
Regular nail polish remover WILL NOT soak off gel polish. What you will need to do is saturate a cotton ball or pad in the pure acetone or soak off formula, wrap your finger in tin foil or wrap clips, and wait for however long it tells you to wait on the back of the soak off package or like 15 minutes for the pure acetone. I did this once. I’m telling you, peeling it off is so great. Again, I recommend you just get tin foil and cotton balls from the drugstore, but if you don’t want to leave your house, I understand. I don’t want you to leave either. I want you to stay here and read all my blog posts while giving yourself a gel manicure at home, and then maybe binge on Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Netflix (because that’s what I would do, and aren’t we friends by now?).
There you have it! That’s what you’ll need. Like I said, it’s a bit to start up if you have absolutely none of the stuff laying around, but it’ll pay for itself after about 6 times of you giving yourself pretty pretty gel nails.
The best part? You get to stay home! Plop down in front of the tv and give yourself a gel manicure at home! No salon smell! No having do drive! No having to put on pants! Just you, your underwear, and your gel manicure at home! Other alternatives: bring all of it to a party, buy it for your teenage daughter who has a salon addiction, bring it to a nursing home and give free manicures, or just save gas by not having to drive to the salon. A perfect nap time, pampering activity for the busy mom too. Don’t have time to leave the house? Give yourself a quick pampering. It dries crazy fast, so you don’t have to worry about smearing your child with half dry polish (don’t pretend like you haven’t accidentally done that to your child, cat,
Other alternatives: bring all of it to a party, buy it for your teenage daughter who has a salon addiction, bring it to a nursing home and give free manicures, or just save gas by not having to drive to the salon. A perfect nap time, pampering activity for the busy mom too. Don’t have time to leave the house? Give yourself a quick pampering. It dries crazy fast, so you don’t have to worry about smearing your child with half dry polish (don’t pretend like you haven’t accidentally done that to your child, cat, favorite sweater, freshly detailed car upholstery, etc..).
So you’ve got all your supplies and you’re ready and pumped for your Gel Manicure at home? Check out my post How to Give Yourself a DIY Gel Manicure!
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