I’ve blogged about how much I love gel polish before – to which alot of us in Aust refer to as “Shellac”. The term “Shellac” is sort of like GHD, there are so many other brands out there with a similar product, but we still say “I GHD’ed my hair today”.
Well, I’ve never used a “Shellac” kit before to DIY my gel polish, but I have seen lots of different products on the market. Finally, I’m able to try it out myself!!
I got this Starter kit. Basically, it includes a Gel primer/top coat, Gel Cleanser, Gel polish and a UV lamp to set the polish. This is the result of the polish I used – a Champagne Ice/Pink colour.
As I already had gel polish on, I had to remove my polish first! I usually get all this done at a salon so I already know how they do it. This time, when I had to do it myself, it was just really easy cause SensatioNail has everything ready for you.
I used the Gel Polish Removal Kit (on the left) to remove my existing polish. It contains a bottle of Acetone, neatly cut pieces of foil with a cotton piece glued to it. The kit also includes a filer/buffer and a wooden stick to help you push the gel polish off. Instructions are carefully written on the back of the box to ensure you do it properly too. Don’t ruin your real nails! That’s how I grew mine to be so long!
The removal process is really easy. Basically you soak the cotton piece attached to the foil with acetone, then you wrap your nail with the piece of foil and soak for 10-15mins. After you remove the piece of foil, your gel polish should be soft enough for you to push it off with the wooden stick.
Buff your nails until they look smooth and you’re ready for your new set of gel polish!
My polish of choice is THIS ONE because I had to go to a work event this week and wanted to have clean and polished nails. Gel polishes typically last for up to 2 weeks, but I think I’ve worn mine for up to 3 weeks!! So it really depends on how you wear them!
My SensatioNail UV Lamp is awesome because it has a button on the top which is auto-timed at 1 minute – making it much easier for me to set my gel polish properly without having to use a timer. It also makes a little squeaky noise at 30secs – which allows you to set the Gel primer/top coats which only require 30 secs setting time.
This is the final result but my first time gel-polishing my own nails!!!
I’m proud of myself! And it only really took about 15-20mins all up!!!
I would actually highly recommend the SensatioNail starter kit and I think I’m going to continue purchasing their products when I’ve finished with this set!
SensatioNail will be available in Australia in February 2014. Keep a look out. xx
Which girl’s eyes don’t sparkle at the sight of glitter? Since I was 5, I’ve been a collector of glitter nail polish. But I can still remember all the nights I’ve spent trying to file and rub off the glitter with acetone. Not fun.
When Face of Australia introduced their Limited Edition line, Glitteri, I knew I couldn’t resist.
To be honest, I’m pretty anal about my glitter polishes. After owning so many, from cheapo brands to Butter Londons and OPIs, I’ve realised that there really is a huge amount of difference in quality! But it’s really a hit or a miss. I’ve also learnt to analyse the bottle of polish carefully and inspect the size of the glitters prior to purchasing!
The reason why I’m so over the moon with this new line of Face of Australia polishes is because it is just the perfect size of glitter.
My favourite.. is Disco Inferno.
With large specks of purple, red and blue glitters of different shapes and sizes, Disco Inferno is best topped over a darker polish! The pictures below really do not justify how much the glitter really shines!
I personally love it the most. Which one is your favourite from the collection?
Sorry I was MIA. On Thursday, I had a sudden attack of conjunctivitis which caused me to be blind for a whole half day. I was freaked out like anything and left work immediately to see a doctor. I’ll tell you more about that later.
I made a new purchase last week that I’m really excited to share. I’ve finally reinvested in a dslr after selling my Canon 450d two years ago. I swear I will learn how to use this properly and keep this camera until the end of time!! #nods
Here are some pictures I took.
And ofcourse, this can be a little beauty post too! These are my most recent shellac nails. Yes, they are my real nails!!! I’ve been shellacing for about.. 2 months now!
I call my nails my “claws” as you see on Instagram. They are majorly long!!
I know some of the pictures are still blurry, but I’m still learning so bare with me! :D
Here are some of the other test shots I made whilst testing out the settings on my camera. I used Manual setting for these!! #Reallyproud!
Does anyone have any photography tips they’d like to share with me?
Sticker nails are still a pretty new thing for me. I can do with nail sticker decals but using it on the whole nail… is still quite strange.
Nonetheless, I was sent some from Fing’rs so I decided to try it out!!
I usually change my nail polish and design every 3 days because it always ends up chipping or after the 3 days, I’ll need to reapply the same shade on top! My nails are also quite prone to chipping due to the acetone I use to remove my polishes.
Fing’rs Flirt Nail Bling
Results of the nail stickers after a quick application. I think the whole process took me less than 3 minutes to apply on one hand! The application is super easy, but I think the time taken to “perfect” the corners and sides of the stickers is the most time-consuming!
Overall, I do think the nails turned out amazing. It looks like stamps on the nails except in 3D. I like there is also bling on the nails so the effect is super stand out rather than just prints on the nails.
I don’t think I’d use any “plain/single coloured” nail stickers (I’ve seen some of these which have no designs on it) because applying the nail stickers would be more time consuming than painting your nails a single shade, but I’d definitely consider the ones which look too complicated to paint yourself or too time-consuming!
Fing’rs range can be purchased from leading discount department stores including Priceline, Target, Big W, Kmart and leading pharmacies nationally.