Thursday, June 13, 2013

DIY Gel Nail {Updated}

One of my most popular blog posts is the DIY Gel Nail / At-Home Gel Nail How-To from last summer. I’ve gotten several e-mails with questions and such so I am going to dedicate an entire post to some of these questions. Read the original post here.

-This Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Polish is from Sally’s Beauty Supply. It is under $6.
-It does not require a special light.
-This is not exactly like Shellac/Axxiom/Gelishbut it does the following: makes polish look thicker, last longer, provides great shine, all while not chipping.
-Use Acetone to remove it. It is not a challengeto remove.
-Depending on how much time you have, layering the polishes is not totally necessary. For instance, if I am in a hurry, I use the Gelous as a base coat & a top coat. It looks like the average nail polish job, yet lasts quite some time. If I really want my nails to shine & have the real ‘gelish’ appearance I will do the layering tactic.
(Like a sandwich – Gel + Polish + Gel + Polish +Gel!)

I used graphics because I feel like the key to this method is a.) smoothing the nail down with a file & b.) letting each coat dry. 

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23 comments:

  1. Hmm. I must try this. I love my sensationail polish, but I have to use the light and it is a beotch to get off. I mean, no time for that.

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  2. I'll have to give that a try. I've been doing manicures at home for a while now. This is the next thing I need.

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  3. I seriously want to try this stuff, I've been seeing it everywhere. I might have to go grab some today!

    http://simpleeasystyle.blogspot.com/

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  4. Those stackable rings are so much fun! I love the color

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  5. I'm dying to try this stuff! I'm definitely keep my eyes peeled for a bottle.

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

    Link-up your favorite blog post of the week to be featured on Chelsea & The City!

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  6. good to know about this gel polish -- thanks for sharing! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  7. I AM going to have to try this polish! I haven't painted my nails in a long time because I am so so so sick of them chipping!

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  8. I am so trying this! Thanks for the post!

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  9. I have a hard time getting the gelous to set without a quick dry top coat at the end. Do you not use an actual top coat anymore?

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    1. I don't even use a top coat anymore! I have just found that if I let each layer dry and don't paint it on too thick - it will dry very quickly and smoothly!

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    2. Painting on thin layers was key for me. ;)

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  10. Okay whaaat I have to find this gel polish. I got a gel manicure last week at a salon and am obsessed. The polish is still on my nails!

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  11. Definitely want to try that polish!! Also, cute iphone case, I just got the same one I think!! J Crew?

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  12. So excited to try this technique! Eeekkk :)

    xo, Kylie Rae
    Shimmer Me Pretty

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  13. Nice. would have to try this. Have you heard of the new shade changing polish?
    http://millystyles.blogspot.com/

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  14. Hi Emily, I love following your blog!! I am always fretting over my nail polish chipping so quickly - I want to try this but first I wanted to ask you how difficult it is to remove?

    Thanks!

    Amber
    fashionflossandlipgloss.blogspot.com

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    1. Its very simple to remove! I recommend Acetone!!

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  15. Hi Emily!

    So after a few days now, do you feel the no-chip part is working? How would you compare it to a regular mani and a no-chip mani?

    xoxo
    Marta
    mbrauns.weebly.com

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  16. Emily, I keep getting bubbles! What am I doing wrong?

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  17. I did this on Thursday and by Saturday it was chipping. Not sure what I did wrong.

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  18. I did this on Thursday and by Saturday it was chipping. Not sure what I did wrong.

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