Friday, August 24, 2012

DIY Gel Nail

Today's special: DIY Gel Nail
I am a huge fan of gel nails, my favorite being OPI's Axxiom & Shellac. Unfortunately, that $30 habit isn't exactly one I am still hanging on to while we are on the med-school budget. Instead, I've done my research in order to find a more affordable way to get that gel nail look!

Anyway, here's what you need:
1. Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat {got mine here}
2. Your choice of nail polish - per People Style Watch for September - Burgandy is hot this fall so I am using my old, trusty bottle of William Tell Me About OPI. {Find here.}
3. Out The Door Top Coat - it's the BEST! Hands down - you nails will dry in an instant & will be super shiny! {Find here.}
4. Nail file of choice - I am using one from Sally's. {Find similiar here.}

Here's how:

· Remove all nail polish & use a file to smooth down ALL over your nail!

· Wash your hands to remove any remaining oil, dirt, etc.
· Apply a thin layer of the Gelous Advanced Nail Gel
· Allow a few minutes to let it get semi-dry
· Repeat that - another layer of Gelous & allow it to set...
· Then, use your choice of nail polish & give it 4 or so minutes to set...
· Add yet another layer of the Gelous Advanced Nail gel & allow it to semi-dry
· Add another layer of your nail polish
· Apply the On The Go Top Coat...
· Voila, DIY Gel Nail
Okay, so some people don't have the patience for all of this - and that's totally understandable. If so, just leave out applying the last coat of Gelous Polish! Your nail won’t be as thick - but it will still look really nice!

Nail Salons allow an hour and 15 minutes to get the real deal - this is only going to take 20, tops.

The key here is to get that BASE coat of the Gelous Polish semi-set before you apply your nail color!


Here's a more recent photo of my wanna-be gel nails taken from my Instagram! Wearing Play Date by Essie! (2.14.13)
 

38 comments:

  1. What a fun nail idea! I've never heard of this but I like it! I might have to try it myself.. duh :) Also, GF I looooove those boots. I must know more about them asap!

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  2. YAY, so excited for your fall fashion link-up! Seriously, fall is my faveee. And I just got my first gel manicure today and boy did it make a dent in my wallet. I need to get these polishes so I can do a DIY! Thanks for the tips :)

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  3. So excited about the link up! Can't wait to get the ideas rolling!

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  4. Can't wait for this! Fall is my favorite season so I'm getting excited!!!

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  5. and those boots with the over the knee socks ... i don't know if i can wait until Sept to know more about them ... but i will. ;)

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  6. Hitting up Sallys tonight after work to get some of that gelous polish! And seriously, how CUTE are those knee high socks. It's a must I know where to get those!!

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  7. Love the nail idea! I need to find some of that here in canada!!

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  8. you have great style, just so you know. :) love ya!

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  9. I love gel nails too! I've got such a bad habit of paying $40 every two weeks at the salon...so I can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing. Also loving your gold link chunky bracelet...may I ask where I can purchase this???

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  10. I cant wait to try this out!! Great post!

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  11. This is amazing- although it took my nails a lot longer to dry and they were still tacky after a few hours (maybe thinner coats each step is the trick). They turned out great though and I will definitely be doing this again and again. People compliment and think they're real gels. Thank you for this!!

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  12. Just wondering, how long does your manicure last? Thanks!

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  13. just found your blog via instagram and I loooove it! This post is fabulous and I can't wait to but it to use! I loooove the Out the Door top coat! Ive been using that for about a year now and will NEVER EVER use another top coat in my life! It even allows my manicure to last a whole week! Now that you've shared this gel secret I have no doubt they will last longer!!! :)

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  14. I found your this post and your blog via a pin and I'm happy I did! I've done a few gel manis and was seriously considering buying Sally Hansen's at home gel kit before I came across this post. I have a huge collection of over 100 bottles of nail polish and I didn't want those to go to waste, and thanks to this post they won't!!

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  15. I tried this out and fell in love! Thank you so much for introducing me to it!! I created a video demo of how to on this on my channel (crediting you of course !) ..I just had as I loved it so much! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Here is the video if you are interested ...
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=7c8ZULKrukE

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  16. I tried this last night but I got some bubbles :( I am thinking maybe it was my polish? Or I didn't wait the right amount of time between each coat? I think I am going to try it again with a newer nail polish to see if that was the issue.

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  17. I used this today and am very pleased with the results. thank you!

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  18. I tried this last night and so far am loving the results! Thanks for the tutorial! Does the Gelous require acetone nail polish remover??

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  19. tried it and loved it! It really works...my nails looked great and I only had tiny chips on 2 nails after a WEEK! This is genius! I'm now trying a different color...this is the only way I'm painting my nails now! Btw, I used acetone nail polish remover and it works...but it is drying so I made sure to put lots of cuticle oil and lotion on my hands!

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  20. I also got bubbles every time I tried this. I used different brand polishes, even tried waiting a day inbetween Gelous and color and still ended up with bubbles! How much time exactly do you wait inbetween coats and how thick is each coat?

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  21. Great looking!!! Personally, I love gel polish kit. It lasts 3-4 weeks without chipping. I've got one of the gel polish kit at Runway Professional. Its really nice and perfect for me. I strongly recommend checking them out.

    Cindy xoxo

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  22. HELP!!! First of all, THANK YOU for your step by step directions. I used them when I did my nails. (even bought out the door topcoat) I do have a question though? I'm getting what looks like hairline cracks in my nails. Did I do something wrong? It's only been 4 days. Any advice?

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  24. I normally use a base coat when doing my nails regularly. Can I use a base coat with this method?? What about a calcium gel nail strengthener??

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