Wednesday, March 07, 2012

shellac at home.



i got the whole outfit to do shellac at home and i'm honestly pretty obsessed. i'll give you a run down of what i got (maybe there are cheaper/better options, but i am really happy with what i have)

i got this lamp. i like it because it has room for two hands (or feet) to be cured at the same time.

this cnd shellac brand base coat

and this cnd top coat

i got a mix of both gelish and cnd colors (both seem to work great and you can use gelish with the cnd system) the benefit to the gelish polish is that there are many more colors to choose from and the bottle is twice as big. be careful though, i cant stop buying polish. it's become an addiction and i literally want every color. they are on the spencey side though.

basically the process is super easy and really fast.

first you apply a thin layer of base coat, cure the coat under the UV lamp for 10 seconds (it will still be sticky so don't be surprised!)

then you paint a thin layer of color on, cure under lights for two minutes

then another coat of color, cure for 2 minutes again

next, apply the top coat and cure for three minutes

after you are done you need to take a cotton swap with alcohol on it and wipe each nail to take off the sticky coating

voila!

your nails are perfectly painted, totally dry and most likely wont chip or peel for a good few weeks.

please forgive me for the horrible iphone photos.
gelish allure with two coats of gelish twinkle on top.

gelish jet set with one coat of twinkle on my ring finger.

you can get fancy and do glitter shellac too. i did this on my sister today and i am in love with how they turned out. you can find all the info you'll need to know here.


let me know if you have any questions! have fun :)

22 comments:

Janaan said...

I ordered all my stuff to do this last night! And seriously, the polishes are expensive, but a bottle of Essie polish is $7.75 at The Walmarts and that doesn't even last two days (on me at least.) This is totally the better way to go.

Jennifer said...

what is the best way to remove the polish?

Sanders Family said...

I too want to know how you remove it?

JEM said...

You forgot the part about how the nails need to be dehydrated. Also about how you have to shake the bottles really well or it will peel. This is why these are PROFESSIONAL ONLY products because they take training to know how to get the best results.

Auntie Ann said...

Pretty sure the shellac you gave me was better than any one ive had done "professionally" ...it's nail polish not rocket science JEM...

Erin said...

This stuff is amazing! Your mom did my nails the other night and I can't get over how much they withstand.

Megan said...

I love shellac! How awesome to be able to do it at home. Can you let us know how much the system cost?

Faygie Fellig said...

you have pretty hands!

Ashley said...

This isn't about nails, but I wandered over here from 6th Street Design School and I just wanted to say that I love your house - so cool. I love the vintage/historical aspect of everything in it. So fun!

Simple Dwellings said...

I love the gold, glittery nails! How fun! I just found your blog via Kirsten's. I love your home and style! :)

StagerLinda said...

Love the DIY shellac! Now, if I could just do my own cuticles....

Jaimie said...

They look great! How much did everything cost all together? This is goin on the birthday wishlist.

megan said...

I would also love to know about how to take it off :)

Also, I read a tip once to put sunscreen on your hands before throwing them under the lamp (I try to remember before heading to the salon) since nobody wants sun-damaged hands :)

his little lady said...

Okay, your ring is gorgeous and your nails look fabulous!!!!! Gotta love shellac :)
xo TJ

ClareK said...

I love the gold! and the one finger with sparkle - I'm going to try that our for the holidays!

It's Okay to be Honest said...

Lovin the gold glittery nails! those are so pretty.

Charissa Huntzinger said...

You have to remove it with an acetone soak. Take a piece of cotton and soak it in acetone or polish remover. place it on your nail then wrap it with foil and leave it for at least 10 minutes. Then pinch and pull the whole thing off your fingers. Take an orangewood stick to gently scrape off any excess gel. Your nails will feel very dry, so make sure you have some type of oil or moisturizer for your nails.

Charissa Huntzinger said...

You have to remove it with an acetone soak. Take a piece of cotton and soak it in acetone or polish remover. place it on your nail then wrap it with foil and leave it for at least 10 minutes. Then pinch and pull the whole thing off your fingers. Take an orangewood stick to gently scrape off any excess gel. Your nails will feel very dry, so make sure you have some type of oil or moisturizer for your nails.

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