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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Essence gel nails at home kit + LED lamp

Hi everyone,

Last time I went past the Essence shelf I couldn't believe my eyes. I saw... the Essence gel nails at home kit + LED lamps! 

So.. I couldn't say NO. How could I?! I was dreaming of owning an UV lamp for ages. I mean, ages! 
I wanted to dry my manicures with it, no matter if it is the gel ones or  not..  
But the kid was so.. conveniently placed next to it, ah! :P

  • the perfect high shine gel manicure - quick and easy at home!
  • endless choice of colour
  • easy off - simply peel off!
  • lasts up to ten days

The picture I posted on instagram



Okay, so the instructions are really simple:



  1. You prep your nails (I skipped this step because I didn't have my cuticle remover cream + orange sticks with me, bleh!).
  2. Clean them with the cleanser.
  3.  Apply the primer (violet bottle)
  4.  Apply the base coat (pinkish bottle) - I managed to fck it and used the top coat instead, aaa!
  5.  cure under the lamp for 1min
  6. Clean with cleanser (rub throughtfully)
  7.  Apply regular nailpolish (Essence says that it works with any of their polishes but the truth is - it works with ANY nailpolish). Let it dry (I cured it twice or thrice under the lamp and they were dry - instead of waiting)
  8. Apply top coat
  9. Cure under lamp for 1 min
  10. Wipe with cleanser
  11. And you're done.



I did two manicures. The first time I used waaaaay too thick coats of everything. Seriously! At the end my nails looked like teardrops! D: I teared it apart (but finished removing it with nail polish remover) and did another manicure a couple of hours later when baby was asleep.

The second time it came out so much better - I used extra thin layers. I suggest you first do one hand and then the second one.

I am currently on day 5 of my manicure and it looks like the first day. This manicure lasted me for 7 days, and then I got bored of it. I took it off without a problem!





Try to ignore the cuticles, if you can. Be extra careful when you are applying the base & top coat. When it dries it is hard as a rock. If you glue your cuticles to it... well too bad. I filled down some parts where it dried where it shouldn't. It worked, yes... but damn it was annoying!

+ gel nails at home!
+ quite cheap (especially if you already have the lamp!)
+ can use any nail polish!
+ quick (30 miutes max for a manicure that will last you a while)
+ long lasting

- Takes a bit of practice
- can be messy
- the colored polish (or whatever regular polish you're using with it) needs to be DRY before you finish the gel manicure!


I love it. Really! I am hoping that because of it I can wear lovely manicures up to 10 days. No chipping and all that stuff. It takes some time to get used to it, and the most crucial part is the waiting period. You need to have completely dy nails (nail polish) before finishing with the gel top coat. If done correctly it comes out THIN and  lovely! The first 5 attempts I did were crappy. It is a lot to learn to perfect it and get the super thin and even application. But once you master it, there is no turning back!

And I love that I can cure my regular nail polish under the lamp.
I recommend it! :)


EDIT: Since this is the most popular post on my blog, I'd like to add that this kind of a manicure takes a bit of a learning curve to get it perfect. You can see from the images below, that it took me a while to perfect them. 


Tips n'tricks:

1. If your nails are brittle and layering, apply some base coat before starting the manicure. It will give the polish something to adhere to (since this tyle of polish is made for healthy nails).
2. After application of the base or top coat, wait for a minute or two before curing it under the light. This way you can fix the spills (because it will spill).
3. The manicure must be completely dry before finishing it off with the top coat. If it's not, you will get holes in your top coat!
4. You can play with rhinestones, glitter, stamping polishes, etc.. everything works with it!
5. It works with any brand of nail polish.

Enjoy!

Update:
Here is another manicure done with this set, a week later. You can read more about it here.
Geez, how thick it is!

3rd try! Black with glitter. You can read more here.

4th try - Black with glitter

5th try - light lilac with aqua glitter

6th try - Nude gel manicure

7th try - Pink with gold


Fun manicures :)


On a friend. 


*This product was purchased by myself. My opinion is always honest.

9 comments:

Ana Rita said...

I want to try it when it arrives to Portugal!

Kind regards,
Ana Rita
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marox79 said...

I'm intrigued by this, but my drawers are already overflowing with makeup and polishes...

Tamara said...

@Marox79: Oh I feel your pain! My nail polish 'box' is full to the brim, so I started storing them in my wardrobe and my cosmetics drawer.. D:

@Ana Rita: I totally suggest it! Just be careful when you are applying it.

uniqapoly said...

Hey there! I really like your blog so I nominated you for Versatile Blogger Award. You can read more here: http://uniqapoly.blogspot.com/2013/08/versatile-blogger-award.html :)

i did gel nails the other day before my pre-wedding shooting and i really love it!! but the thing is that it is hard to be remove..

Hi :)
I just want to check if the lamp is 110V or 220V.
Anyone knows where I can buy it online?

Lots of love,

Soraia :)

Tamara said...

@Soraia de Sant'Anna: hi, I checked on the box and it says: 220-240V, max 3W, 50Hz

Ina said...

Si imela kaj problemov s krčenjem podlaka in nadlaka? Ker meni ga je prav grdo skrčilo :(

Tamara M said...

@Ina: Ja, sem. In to zelo velik problem. Zato pa po nanosu počakam minuto in potem popravim, če se kje skrči/razlije in šele potem dam pod lučko.
Nadlak pa se mi ne krči, če je manikura 100% suha.
Aja pa ful pomaga, če si daš navaden podlak pod gel podlak, da se ne krči. Samo ti huje poškoduje nohte, ko dol povlečeš (če dol povlečeš).

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