I've read and saved countless articles on how to achieve the perfect, long-lasting mani and I've tried each recommendation with high hopes: clean and file nails first, don't file nails, wipe with nail polish remover before painting, apply a clear base coat, etc. My head is spinning!
A few weekends ago, I was cleaning out my bathroom closet and came across the Sally Hansen Insta Gel Salon kit that my brother got me for Christmas a few years ago (oops!). I've been getting incredibly frustrated with nail polish lately so I figured why not finally try it out and see if it's any better than my usual manicure.
Let me just say - BYE liquid nail polish! This gel kit is magical: application was so easy (though a little more involved than the regular mani) but it's soooo worth it. Plus, when you buy a kit it comes with the cutest mini LED light to cure the polish strip.
One of the things I loved even more: I didn't have to wait for the nail polish and topcoat to dry. You know the drill: planning when you're painting your nails so you know that laundry is done and you don't have to touch anything for a while. *cue waving your hands to make them dry faster* The light really seals the topcoat on and there was zero smudging. It was wonderful to just go about my day without worrying about messing my nails up.
So how long did it last? A solid 2 weeks - and I know I could've gotten more wear, too. (I was tired of the color by that time, so I took them off.) Zero chips and they stayed so shiny! I felt like I actually had a gel manicure from the salon. All you need for removal is regular nail polish remover. It took a little extra cleaning because of the gel, but my nails weren't affected at all.
Bottom line: I'm definitely investing in these gel strips more often. They are the only thing I've found that can stand up to every day wear - and daily workouts - while still looking expensive. Two (perfectly manicured) thumbs up!
What's your favorite long-lasting mani? Share your secrets!
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