31 March 2014

essence Gel Nails At Home | Review

essence Gel Nail At Home Starter Kit and LED Lamp*

I would love to get my nails done properly, but in all honesty, I would rather spend my money on some pretty housey items than on my bitten or fake nails at the moment. I love the look of gel nails, and when I discovered that you could create gel nails in the comfort of your own home, I was really intrigued to find out if it actually worked.

Truth be told, I tried the above kit out on my mum, as her nails are in much better condition than my little stubs! In the starter kit, you get some cleanser, primer, french gel top coat and peel off gel base - basically everything you need to apply it. You also need the little nifty LED lamp.

Apparently you can also get a mini LED lamp that you can plug into your laptop (I got a bit too excited about that!) but I've got the standard sized lamp, which is still small compared to lamps that fully trained beauticians use. It only takes 10 seconds to cure each nail under the LED lamp, which is pretty good to me!

I won't go into detail on how to use it, but I find the kit very straight forward (especially when using it with the below video) and it took us around 15 minutes to complete one hand. I think we were slightly rushing it too, so the finish could have been better but there were no complaints! We could have done it a lot faster, but I'm rubbish with nails and I spent most of my time watching the video first...

Unfortunately my mum peeled off the gel nails before I could take a quick snap of her doing it, but she assures me that it was really easy to take off! It didn't stain her real nails and they actually felt quite smooth afterwards. Apparently these gel nails will last up to 10 days, so I'll update this when I get round to making my mum keep them on for longer!

Annoyingly this isn't available to buy in the UK yet :( hopefully it will arrive soon. It is, however, available in Ireland or you can order it online, so all is not lost!

Would you try out this kit or something similar?


1 comment

Hayley said...

I'd love to try something like this, I've wanted gel nails for a long time!

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