If you know me, then you know if there is a surface or medium to get creative with, i’ll use it! No lack of funds will stop me!
Growing up I was always into having funky nails but I wouldn’t say obsessed. The polish took waaaaay too long to dry and it chipped after a day of me working on some other creative outlet. So it was really a love/hate relationship as you can see. Then about 2 years ago I was introduced to gel polish. It was love at first swipe ❤ Once I saw how quickly it cured under the lights and how forgiving it was to blunders, I knew I needed to invest in my own kit. $30 each session at a salon can add up quick! I decided on the Gelish Complete Starter Kit from Amazon. The one linked comes with 2 full size polishes while mine only had 2 small ones, so you are getting a better deal 😉
After purchasing, I spent a time sticking to plain colors and the occasional polka-dot but soon got bored. I once again decided to make my way back to the salon and try out acrylics. I was hooked! Just check out my wedding nails by Alex at Red Carpet Nails!
Well after a number of trips to the salon and not wanting to ever go without acrylic nails again, I realized this too was too much for my budget, so back to DIY I went! I purchased the KISS French Acrylic Starter Kit from a Fred Meyer here in town. I read through the instructions and remembered back to everything I noticed the technician at the salon doing when I was in the chair. Here is how it went down…
- Trimmed my natural nails down and filed them a bit to remove any left over acrylic from previous salon application.
- Picked out the appropriate size nail tips and glued them to each nail.
- Clipped each nail down to size and to make desired points.
- Filed to smooth points.
5. I then did the acrylic application as per package instructions.
Here is how it turned out after I applied my gel polish and witch inspired nail art. Not too shabby for my first attempt!
After this first try I learned a few things. #1 I desperately need that little dremel tool the nail techs use. I couldn’t get my nails as smooth and perfectly shaped only using hand files #2 I knew I couldn’t spend $100 bucks on one. That is when I began hunting and ended up with this: AGPtEK Professional Nail file Yes, most of what I purchase comes from Amazon. We have Prime and they have everything. Nuff said.
I realized I wanted adjustable speed and good user reviews. Budget was $40 or less. This guy was only $31.99 with 4 stars out of 70 reviews. SOLD! It works very, very well. The one complaint I have is that one of the tips does not fit, but for only $32 and 5 other tips to choose from, who really cares. The foot pedal I have not used and probably wont since I never need to “leave my station” as I am my only client haha. This tool leveled up my nail game 100%! The acrylic was now smooth and with the smaller tips I could get the shaping just right. Here is my second go at acrylic nails with gel polish. They go with my Halloween costume that I am so excited to reveal this upcoming Saturday!! Follow @thepennywisepinup if you want to keep up with my shenanigans in pin-up style creativity!
Happy almost Halloween!!!
-Penny La Pêche