Doing My Own Shellac Manicure And Saving Money

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I love feeling as though my appearance is well groomed and complete. Nothing says that to me as much as having well manicured and neat polished nails. But it can cost a fortune! So here’s how I’m saving money by doing my own shellac manicure.

Saving Money By Doing My Own Shellac Manicure

Doing My Own Shellac Manicure

Around my neck of the woods, a shellac or gel manicure can cost £15-20. I love the fact that shellac lasts a couple of weeks, and doesn’t chip like normal polish. It’s also the best thing ever that shellac is dry straight away. I don’t have the time to wait for nail polish to dry, I inevitably smudge it! But if you do go to the salon every 2 weeks to have your nails repainted, this is a cost of £400 – £500 a year!

Whilst it is lovely to be pampered every once in a while, I think I would rather save myself some money. So for the last 8 years I have been doing my own shellac manicure.

(Please note: if you have any nail issues I would always recommend seeing a specialist. But for normal healthy nails there is no reason why you shouldn’t do it yourself)

Doing My Own Shellac Manicure

What You Will Need

Doing My Own Shellac Manicure - items needed

Doing My Own Shellac Manicure - shellac

I buy CND shellac (the original brand) from reputable dealers or Amazon. There are fakes out there so be aware. Today I am doing a french polish.

Prepare the Nails

Make sure your nails are clean and free of polish – I actually like to use acetone to remove any old gel shellac or old polish. Then soak the nails and push/remove the cuticles. Finally shape the nail tip and buff the surface of the nail gently to give the new polish a clean surface to adhere to

Doing My Own Shellac Manicure - prepared clean nails

Doing My Own Shellac Manicure - prepared nails 2

As you can see., my nails aren’t the nicest looking when they are bare.

Painting the Nails

Doing My Own Shellac Manicure - base coat

I paint a thin layer of CND Shellac base coat on each nail and place my hand in the lamp for about 20-30 seconds

Doing My Own Shellac Manicure - cream puff

Then I paint the tips with a thin line of Cream Puff CND Shellac – and place my hand in the nail lamp for 2 minutes.

Doing My Own Shellac Manicure - negligee

I then paint over the whole nail with a layer of Negligee CND Shellac – this gives a pearly glaze and actually helps to blend out any real faults in the white line tip. Again I cure this in the nail lamp for 120 seconds.

Doing My Own Shellac Manicure - top coat

Next, I paint a thin layer of top coat over the whole nails. And again cure the nails in the lamp for 120 seconds.

Doing My Own Shellac Manicure - d-sperse

The top layer is still sticky. So finally I remove this sticky inhibition layer using D-sperse.

Doing My Own Shellac Manicure - finished

And The Nails Are Finished!

Doing My Own Shellac Manicure - finished hand

Yes, they may not be absolutely as perfect as a salon. But actually, the last French polish I had at a salon wasn’t perfect either, it was applied in about 10 minutes and I certainly didn’t feel that it was £20 worth of pampering.

Doing My Own Shellac Manicure

Over 8 years doing my own shellac manicure has probably saved me thousands of pounds. And you can buy CND shellac in all the colours. I love being able to match my nails to my outfits, even at the last minute.

Why not have a go? And pin me for later…

Doing My Own Shellac Manicure

PoCoLo

16 Replies to “Doing My Own Shellac Manicure And Saving Money”

  1. Marilyn Jones says:

    You did a lovely job, Jo! I used to go to the nail shop. It was indeed quite expensive. And it damaged my real nails. I started doing my own, too. Now I just leave them bare. Thank you for sharing the tutorial.

    Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you Marilyn. I just wanted to show how easy it is to get that salon look.

      Reply
  2. Anne says:

    Your nails look great, and it’s fab that you are saving so much money. I do love nail polish and paint my nails at home, I’ve not tried a shellac manicure though. I did have my nails done by my niece who has her own Salon for my wedding. But I don’t think I’d pay that much for one though.
    #ablogginggoodtime

    Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I love shellac because I don’t have to wait for it to dry like normal nail polish!

      Reply
  3. Mackenzie Glanville says:

    Honestly I have never even thought of doing my own with shellac. What a great idea, I stopped getting mine done at the salon as it just added up to too much money over time, very inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing this post with us for #ABloggingGoodTime

    Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      It just makes so much more sense to buy the basics and do it at home. Thank you for reading.

      Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      It really is so easy, even just a glossy topcoat layer can make all the difference!

      Reply
  4. Morgan Prince says:

    Your nails look so lovely! I just use regular nail polish – although it’s the gel ones from Rimmel which dry fairly quickly and I manage to avoid smudging most of the time! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing with #Pocolo

    Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you Morgan. I cannot help but smudge when I do normal polish, even the 1 minute ones!

      Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Totally with you there, which is why this is so good. Takes about 10 minutes and they are dry straight away.

      Reply

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