Spa day for the nails

Since I first tried shellac I fell for the solution. It is simple to do and lasting considerably longer than usual nail polish. A salon treatment does set one back a few 10 Euro bills, so when my friend Caro told me she always does it herself, I was in awe. It looked like professional salon nails, yet she is able to do it in the comfort of her own home – no need for an appointment. And the best thing: gel polish instantly dries under the LED lamp, your nails are immediately dry and you are ready to go. Another big plus: you can apply regular nail polish on top and simply remove with acetone free nail polish remover.

Doing it yourself is almost 10 times cheaper than going to a salon. I just had to go and get the lamp, files, primer and what have you. The starter kit by SensatioNail comes with the LED lamp, a color of your choice and all the necessary equipment. It lasts for around 10 treatments. According to my friends recommendation I repeat the application regimen after two weeks without removing all the gel polish. Simply I buff the top, sides and length to shape and shorten the nails. I also tried to apply it more often but the nail gets rather thick and clumsy. Also it tends to crack or splinter and gets harder to remove.

The application process for the gel polish is rather easy. The first time I tried it, it ended a bit messy. With practice you get better in applying the right amount of polish in an even manner. In a few quick steps it is done. The LED lamp is programmed for 1 minute and makes a beeping sound after 30 seconds as these intervals are needed for the application. Tip: I do my thumb first and then the remaining fingers at once. Always, gently cap the tip of your natural nail to seal it with the polish.

How to apply:

  1. Start with buffing the top of your nails to make the gel polish last.
  2. Use the Lint Free Wipe that came in the package to clean your nails with the Gel Cleanser. Let it dry for a few seconds.
  3. Apply the Gel Primer and let dry again.
  4. Apply a thin layer of Gel Base & Top Coat – thumb first. Remove excessive polish with wooden rod. Put under lamp for 30 seconds.
  5. Apply first coat of color and remove excessive polish. Put under lamp for 60 seconds.
  6. Repeat color coat routine.
  7. Apply Gel Base & Top Coat, remove excessive polish and put under lamp for 30 seconds.
  8. Remove moist layer with Lent Free Wipe and Gel Cleanser.
  9. Good to go!

Above you can see how I prepare for the removal of shellac on my fingers. My tip is to go hand by hand as it is nearly impossible to properly wrap a finger with an already wrapped hand. You tend to tear and accidentally remove the foil. Also don’t panic when your fingers start feeling a little funny. It is simply the acetone developing, feeling hot and cold at the same time. Your fingers will feel normal again when you removed the wrapping and remaining polish. Personally I don’t use the ready removal wraps, they are quite expensive. You can get acetone at any pharmacy for a considerably cheaper price.

How to remove:

  1. Buff the shine of your nails on your first hand.
  2. Prepare cotton pads and soak with acetone. To save a bit I cut them in half and split them into halves again.
  3. Wrap the soaked cotton pad around the finger, then cover with aluminum foil to let acetone develop and keep the natural heat.
  4. Let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes. The gel will get soft and easy to remove.
  5. Gently remove wrappers and scrape off remaining polish with the tool. Buff your nails gently for an even finish.
  6. Good to apply a new round of gel polish!

One last tip: you can just wipe the lamp with a damp cloth or disinfectant wipes to clean.

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