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?

However, see here my views on teeth whitening, and why doing this at home is a definite NO

Like a spa treatment? Why not see my Hotel Chocolat Beauty range review? Or read about my visit to My Little Farm Spa.

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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