Review: DIY Effortless Gel Nails at home with Sensationail*

As those of you who follow my blog will know by now, I am an avid nail polish user and I do pride myself on being able to do my own nails at home and not having to pay tons of money to visit the salon. 

On the rare occasion when I do go away for vacation, I like to splurge and treat myself to a manicure at the salon, especially a gel one. Well, when I decided to visit one a few months ago for my trip to the Dominican, it was a horrible mistake. They filed my nails down with the electric file so thin that I am still recovering, trying to prevent it from peeling. That led me to think, why do I pay so much money to go to a salon only to have them ruin my nails?! Why don't I look into perhaps doing gel at home again by myself? That way I can control how much I want to file my nail, how many coats I want etc. 

Well, as fate would have it, I had the opportunity of connecting with Sensational and was sent their starter kit which truly comes with everything you need to do gel nails at home. Gel nails have come a long way since I last did them at home myself a few years back. I remember back in the day it would take minutes to cure one coat. Now, 30 seconds per coat. AMAZING!

The lamp that it comes with is smaller than what you will see at the salon, which I do not have an issue with. It does the same job. I would advise you to do your four fingers first, cure it, then do your thumb separately and then cure it. Just so that all your fingers can sit comfortably and have equal curing time.

If you do not want to go through the trouble of removing gel nails at home, I purchased a peel off base coat so I could just pop them right off and then move onto the next color whenever I want to. 

Below I have the five colors swatched that I have been wearing, it's so hard for me to say which one is my favorite so I won't even start. All of their formulations in terms of staying time and curing time is the same. They do offer different finishes though like Bramble Gel-ly that is a pearl finish.

One thing I appreciate is the packaging of the polishes - the black container so that it won't accidentally cure the polish within if you are curing close by - obviously, try to avoid doing so. Also, the labels of the polishes are true to color of the swatch within.

These kits can be purchased at Walmart Canada and honestly, the price point is so good that you have nothing to lose. It is probably less than the price of one manicure. I did a quick browse on their site, the kit is $49.99 canadian and the polishes are $11.97 each. 

So once again, this is a definite purchase! 

Until next tine, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for review, all opinions are my own.

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