Gel Nails At Home – No Lamp Required!

OK, I have a ‘thing’ for nail polish, 50 plus bottles worth of ‘thing’!

In saying that, my nails are always painted, nude nails and I don’t get along.

Luckily my nails grow like weeds and are pretty strong, but my day job is cruel to them, so keeping them painted provides some protection from snags and tears.

I have always loved the look of gel nails, that thick shiny finish appeals to me, but the time required and cost of upkeep does not.

At one of my favourite sales – 50% off Sally Hansen etc at Chemist Warehouse, I decided to try the Miracle Gel Nail Polish and Top Coat (not sponsored).

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

You simply use this nail polish like you would any other and you are supposed to end up with a gel look finish that lasts for up to two weeks.

No base coat is required according to the website, you put on two layers of colour and then finish with the special Top Coat. No UV lamp or any other furniture for nail salons is necessary (I would like to get some though), daylight helps it to cure.

The first time I used it, I applied two coats of colour as suggested. The brush is different to any I have tried before, it is wide and flat, polish goes on really easily and a little ended up over the sides, but I just flick that off when it has dried.

I honestly was not that impressed, the colour was too transparent for me and I could see where the white of nail started.

A week later I took it off with normal nail polish remover quickly and easily.

I then did them again, but I used three coats of colour instead, and that made a huge difference.

The finished look was thick and glossy. 10 days later they were showing signs of wear across the tips, but not a single crack or chip. Now I am impressed. Very rarely can I get more than 2 or 3 days out of a bold coloured polish without chips or cracks.

My nails were left with a very slight hint of pink after I took the polish off, so I applied a clear gloss that has a hint of sparkle and it looked really pretty for the next week.

Better go and get some more colours as I will definitely be using this again.

What is your favourite brand of nail polish or do you always go and get yours done?

Everything you need to know about UV nail polish

Everything you need to know about UV nail polish

When you’ve used standard nail polish all your life, it might be hard to be convinced to change over to UV polish – but once you do, you’ll never go back! Before you can fully be convinced to change, you need to know all the facts about UV nail polish. Does it last longer than regular varnish? Is it toxic to my skin and body? Is it really worth the costs? Everything you need to know – including the answers to these questions – are detailed below. If you are unsure whether you’ll be convinced to make the switch – little hint – you will be!

UV nail polish has no harmful chemicals!

With no harsh chemicals added to UV nail polish, you can feel safe getting them done as often as you like. That’s great news for your skin and body. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to give your nails a break from polish or acrylic – your nail is constantly growing, you have a new nail every three to six months; meaning a break in between is not necessary! No chemicals, no break, no fuss!

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A Starter Kit gives you everything you need to create gorgeous gel nails!

UV nail polish is super easy to apply and remove!

Using UV nail polish is so simple; it basically applies itself! As you paint it on your nails, the polish levels itself out and removes the bumps and rough bits on it’s own – it’s like a polish from the future! Not only that, but the removal is as simple as the application. Simply soak a wrap in acetone and place it around the nail for a few minutes, slide it off and the polish comes with it. Easy as!

It dries quickly, and lasts forever!

UV nail polish needs to be cured with a UV lamp – but it’s worth it in the end. The curing means that it lasts for roughly three weeks! Compared to regular nail polish – that chips after the first day – that’s a lifetime in the nail polish world. Using the UV lamp to cure the UV nail polish is super quick too. It takes only a couple of minutes to try, between 30 and 120 seconds per coat, depending on your brand of lamp. No more waiting around blowing on your nails, feeling almost crippled because you can’t use your hands for fear of smudging your newly painted nails!

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So many colours to pick from, and this is my favourite! (Wild Berry)

UV nail polish is the absolute best thing to use for your nails – it lasts forever and is so simple to use! It’s hard to imagine a life before UV nail polish! Now that you know everything about this special polish, the best thing to do would be to head to a reputable nail polish site to buy your own! Check out Glaze Me  and scan through all their colours – you’ll be buying them in bulk before you know it!

Do you currently use a UV nail polish set? What do you think of the difference? Leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comment box below.