Shellac Nails: My Home Experience

selective focus photography of assorted polished artificial nails
Photo by Artem Beliaikin on

This weekend, I treated myself to a DIY shellac manicure and pedicure. I had to wait for the gel polishes to arrive in the post. You’ll need a LED/UV nail lamp, gel polish base and topcoat, and the gel polish colour of your choice.  The lamp cuts the drying time significantly, so you won’t have to worry about smudges or wasting all the hours in the day.

Taken from my Instagram story. Photo credit: Chanda D W

Getting the nail salon experience is accomodating at this current time. Previously, I spoke about Coronavirus and how we’ve been forced into isolation. The safety measures implemented caused nail shops to close, so we’re unable to get our nails done. However, it shouldn’t stop us producing a replica environment at home. It’s recommended to have a nail kit to recreate this setting. I posted a picture (see above) because I was highly pleased with the outcome and it’s advisable to share your results with others too.

nail polish on white background
Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on

I did a matching set with the colour Raspberry. It’s similar to a hot pink but much fruiter. I like the thickness of the polish texture and consistency, so I’ll be purchasing more. I want to build up a gel polish collection, so I have more to select from. I might on my way to becoming a nail polish addict (within moderation). I’ve used normal nail polish, but shellac gel far outweighs them all. They are expensive so tread carefully entering this territory.

Natural lighting shot. Photo credit: Chanda D W

After Quarantine, I’ll still continue to do my own nails. It’s a financial saver and an option to consider while stuck indoors. Doing your nails can balance and focus your energy on the task at hand. Also, a bi-weekly or monthly routine comes handy between salon visits to nourish your nails.

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Remember to rub cuticle oil and carry hand cream in your bag 

Take care on your nail journey and see you in the next post! 





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