I love going to the salon as much as the next girl. It is just so dang expensive! Brian surprised me with a night off and told me to go get a pedicure. As I was watching the lady do my toes I was having major anxiety. I was definitely excited about getting pampered but I knew we just couldn’t afford it. As I handed over my $45 I nearly ran for it! FORTY FIVE DOLLARS!! AHHHH! Of all the things we should have been spending our money on- gel toes was not one of them. When I got home I did a little research. I crunched a few numbers and impulsively bought what I needed to do my own gel nails.
I bought the Gelish Basix Kit for $27. I’ll just say right now that buying the kit is unnecessary. There’s a bunch of stuff in the kit that you don’t need and the kit was MINI size. Geesh.
What you need to buy: Total- $57.85
- Foundation Gel $10.81
- Top it Off $9.56
- Nail Cleanse $7.50 (check out comments. rubbing alcohol should work just fine!)
- UV Light $29.98
That is one and not even a half times getting your toes done at the salon. Like I said, Gel toes are $45 at our salon.
What you probably already have:
- Nail polish remover with acetone, or alcohol
- Nail file and clippers
- Cotton pads
- Nail color of your choice. I purchased a gelish nail polish but I was talking to my cousin who does nails and she said any nail polish will do. I’ll try regular nail polish next time and see if it lasts as long
I’m really sorry about that table I took pictures on. It needs to be chucked. Anyway! These gel nails looked perfect for two weeks. I’m not kidding.
THEY LOOKED PERFECT FOR TWO WEEKS!!!
Bathing kids, doing dishes, cleaning tubs and counters… Lets just say my nails go through a lot. And the days of me painting them with regular nail polish were over. Regular nail polish lasted maybe two days- if I was lucky. And it just wasn’t worth the time. I am so excited about these gel nails I cannot even tell you!
The UV light cures the paint instantly so you don’t have to wait four hours for your goopy nail polish to finally harden. I’d fall asleep with my toes wet with regular nail polish and in the morning they would look awful. With the gel nail polish it’s 15 minutes of painting and curing and then you’re done. They’re hard and they look fantastic.
You might want to get some artificial nail remover. I looked at the ingredients and it seems like you could get away with regular grocery store acetone nail polish remover. I wore my gel nails long enough that they started peeling off on their own. My gel toes that the salon did were a BUTT to take off. It literally took me two hours of peeling and clipping away at the gel and I still couldn’t get it all off. Luckily the salon gel and the gelish gel is much different. I didn’t have a problem getting the gel I put on myself off. If that makes sense! So. If you do this on yourself maybe try removing your gelish gel nails with regular acetone remover before buying the gelish artificial remover. I’m not sure that it’s necessary.
Any questions? Was that totally confusing? If it was ask away and I’ll do my best at clarifying things up!