At home gel manicure: Sensationail by Nailene
I am a nail obsessive. I think I’m also known for almost always having my nails painted & thankfully I’m quite good at it as I am a full on perfectionist when it comes to nails. I can’t stand cuticle painting, bubbles, smudges – anything like that will force me to repaint the entire hand. OCD maybe.
I’ve always loved having gel manicures in the salon, but between £25-£30 each time (depending where you go to get it) it’s an expensive habit to have, especially when you factor in the speed that my nails grow. While the gel mani is meant to last 2 weeks minimum, I generally only get around 8-9 days from it because the varnish ends up so far away from the base of my nail. And due to my perfectionist tendencies…. yeah you get the idea.
So, an at home kit for me, is a brilliant idea! Sensationail by Nailene recently sent me their new starter kit to try out & I was itching to get started! The kit comes with everything you need to do the perfect mani, cleanser, primer, base & top coat, colour, lint free wipes, tools and a LED lamp to set the gel. It’s a really simple, straight forward process, the instructions are easy to follow & it was so quick! I was expecting it to take up at least an hour or more of my time, but if you can paint nails, you can do this and you’ll probably find it takes less time than normal as there is no waiting around for it to dry.
It’s simply a case of buff & file, wipe with the cleanser then a quick coat of primer which has to air dry, a thin layer of base coat, 30 seconds under the LED light, a layer of colour, 60 seconds curing, another layer of colour & another 60 seconds, then a top coat & 30 seconds. Done! I did work out on my second go that it’s easier (and you get better results) if you do your fingers first, then your thumb separately as it’s easier to place the thumb straight in.
I really wasn’t expecting it to look like a salon job, but in all honesty I am *so* impressed. I was debating doing a gel nail course a few weeks ago, but since getting this kit, I’m not sure it would be worth my time! That’s how much I love it. And, as much a I hate myself for saying this, the fact that it’s dried instantly means it’s mummy friendly (I know, I know) but the amount of times I’ve painted my nails then had to open something or pull up a small persons jeans and completely dented each and every nail is ridiculous. With these, after the last curing session that’s it. Solid. Nothing is going to dent them.
There are loads of colours to chose from, and costing from £10 each polish it’s really not that much more expensive that some of the brands out there. I personally have spent over £10 on a polish before and it’s only lasted 3/4 days maximum on me so this works out to be more of a bargain than an investment for me. The starter kit claims to give you 10 manicures, which at the normal price of £69.99 works out at just under £7 per mani, and if it lasts 2 weeks for you, that’s 20 weeks of manicured nails. The value just screams out at you.
You have to be careful with removal, as you would with any gel mani, using the proper removal technique but my nails were absolutely fine after. Maybe a little thin after buffing but next time I won’t buff quite so much. I left my nails ‘naked’ overnight but you can re-do them immediately if you want to.
Absolutely brilliant kit & if I were a star giving person, this would be getting 5 out of 5. Oh yes.