Friday, February 22, 2013

DIY Gel Manicure

I think Audrey Hepburn said it best

Now lets put the emphasis on the words manicures, primping, pink and happy :)

I love primping and manicures as much as any girl but then there's this thing I have called a husband and he doesn't like the price tag that comes along with it.

At about $40 a visit (x2 per month)
I can see where he is coming from but doesn't mean I don't enjoy it!

So for Christmas we found a compromise:
I could get manicures without polish once a month
( did you know it will only cost you about $15??)
And I will do the gel at home if Andrew bought me a set.

This is the kit I got for Christmas and I have to say I am impressed.
It comes with everything you see for about $50 and you can get 8 polishes per bottle.
Additional bottles are $12
( Andrew got it at during a sale but if it's not on sale you can buy it at Walgreens)
It takes a few tries to get used to painting your own nails but I get about 1-1.5 week each time I paint my nails.

Here is my first attempt on the left and a week later on the right

Like I said I usually get 1.5 weeks before I begin picking the polish. However if you aren't a picker you could get the full two weeks!!

I bought a new polish Monday and I painted them and I love the color.

You can tell that I am ready for spring by my polish choices!

Well if you are looking into your own set go to Walgreens now and try it out!

For those of you that have a set, what do you use? 
Can you mix and match polish brands?


  1. I've heard mixed reviews on the do it yourself gel polishes! I'll definitely have to try it though because It sounds like you liked it!

  2. Wow, looks great and who isn't ready for Spring colors? Might have to try this :) Have a good weekend... love your blog!

    xo, Jenna

  3. I have the Sephora gel system and LOVE it! I've used 3 different brands of polish with it and they all work the same.