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I have had “fake” nails (I hate that term) or gel tips done regularly for the past 10-15 years. I’m 30 now, but I even remember getting them done for the first time when I was probably 15, ever since I’ve been obsessed.
I just love the polished look of having my nails done. I had tried regular polish but it drove me bonkers to have it chip moments after applying it.
Then came lockdown number 1 of 2020, and me trying to see how long I could hold onto my last gel tip manicure while the salons were closed. (I know, I know… Not a real concern in the grand scheme of things but this post is about nails).
I held on for about a month until they finally needed to come off. Needless to say my “real” nails were not in great shape… I decided I was going to see what I could do to “rehab” them and start fresh with my natural nails.
I cut them down as much as possible and started applying the Sally Hansen Complete Care. It is formulated with Avocado Oil, Sea Salt, Pomegranate Extract and Calcium to help restore nails’ strength, moisture and natural brightness. In just a week I started seeing results in the strength and appearance of my nails.
When they finally started to grow I thought I would try my hand at several normal nail polish brands again but hated them all. My thoughts on regular nail polish hadn’t changed – it just chipped and looked messy.
I started looking into UV lamps and reviews on which was the best for home. There were so many to choose from ranging from $20-$500. I settled on one with some great reviews and a cheap price tag. I then ordered several different gel polishes to try: from cheapie sets to salon quality.
Splurge: On the actual gel polish itself. I tried many cheap brands and none of them compared to OPI. I absolutely love the application, the shine, and the amount of time it stays on. You will need to buy the colour you want plus the Top & Base coats.
Save: On the UV lamp. This one I have is from Amazon, was under $40, looks cute, and has lasted me coming up on a year!
$40?! I couldn’t believe it, that’s basically the price of one gel manicure at the salon.
I can’t believe that after 15 years of going to a salon I can do my own manicures at home now. I am even working on my french manicure technique! AND I can change the colour whenever I want! These little clips are so much easier to use than the traditional tin foil method.
Curls & Cabernet