UV Gel Nails – What you need to do them at home

Mylee Nail

In February I went to Professional Beauty at Excel. Despite my good intentions of needing absolutely nothing – something was always going to catch my eye. Professional Beauty is absolutely huge, with stand after stand selling everything from IPL machines, to sunbeds, to floatation tanks. 800 beauty brands are packed under one huge roof – Clarins, Fake Bake, Eve Taylor, Essie, Sienna X, Bliss, Dermalogica, and Aromatherapy Associates – to name just a few.

My nails are the bane of my life. If paint them myself – using Seche Vite’s base and top coat – with an Essie polish I am absolutely delighted with 3 days and no chip. A manicure at Nevilles – which is in my opinion the best manicure in London – will usually last me a week without a chip. My nails flake so badly a week out of a manicure is almost unheard of.

Gel has become a great solution for me. I don’t want chipped nails – ever- but I also don’t want to be painting them twice a week. The downside of gel for me is the removal, one may begin to peel and then unless I want to soak them and file them myself it means another appointment – I don’t always manage to find the time. I’m also not someone who loves to sit and have my nails done – I’m just glad when they are done.

To cut a VERY long and rather boring story short, I found a solution at Professional Beauty. I bought an at home gel nail kit – well actually I didn’t because I hated most of the colours – I pieced a kit together myself.

The Supplies

1) Mylee Professional UV Gel Lamp

You need a lamp of at least 36W to cure a polish like Shellac- and many others. There are lamps on the market of a lower strength – I wouldn’t risk one. This one is really cheap and lightweight and works perfectly. Each hand takes 120 second for each coat. So a total of 8 minutes to cure the gel on both hands or feet with two coats.

£14.50-£18.99 (depending on colour you choose) HERE

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2) Mylee Nail Prep & Polish Wipe, Gel Remover

The Nail Prep solution has two purposes, preparing the nail just before the gel application and for wiping the nails at the end of the process when the gel is set.

Instructions for the Gel Remover is to cover the nails with this for 15 minutes, but the gel comes off mine with the Gel Remover after 5 minutes. It also doesn’t leave the nails or the skin horribly dry.

£9.99 for both HERE

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 3) Mylee Remover Foil Wraps x 100

Each wrap has a cotton pad within it. Saturate with ‘Gel Remover’ and then wrap around the nail. You could make your own with cotton wool and tinfoil – whether that is more trouble that it’s worth is completely up to you. I like the pre-made! One I remove the foil I buff off any excess with a nail file – but it is all already completely detached.

£5.50 HERE

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4) YCC Gel Polish IT6

I didn’t like the nail polish colours that were left at the stand that I bought all of the above Mylee Nail products at- I decided to buy a ‘one step’ polish at another stand – no top or base coat needed. Two coats of the gel and it’s done. I only bought one – I wanted to try it and see if I liked the whole process. Some colours out there are fairly hideous as I discovered at the beauty show. Keep in mind anything with glitter is always harder to get off. YCC’s gel polishes don’t seem readily available but here is a selection of gel polishes available online.

Prices vary from £5.00 to £20.00.

UV Gel Polish (would require top and base coat) HERE

One Step UV Gel Polish HERE

 

*My Mistake was putting too much gel on initially – under the lamp it will run in to the cuticle and side of the nail bed. One thin coat, and then another thin coat is all that is needed*

The whole set, including a nail polish, cost me £50 at Professional Beauty. Gel Nails in my local nail shop cost £25.00 – so this financially makes sense – as well as being extremely convenient.

The first time I did it – after a week – one did chip. So I re-did that nail alone and they lasted for another week. That is probably the most convenient thing about having a kit like this at home – one damaged nail doesn’t mean an appointment to get the whole set re-done.

I have just seen the brand ‘Bailun‘, that my local nail salon uses, for sale online – and as I’m always delighted with the gel manicure that they do for me I’m going to order a couple of their colours today with and their base and top coat.

If there are any UV Gels that you have tried at home and would recommend please do leave a comment.

Have a lovely day wherever you are!

Susie x

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5 Comments on UV Gel Nails – What you need to do them at home

  1. Sheena Bhimjiyani
    June 19, 2015 at 11:22 am (3 years ago)

    Hiya,

    I have the same gel polish as you but I didn’t get any instructions and every time I do it, the second coat forms bubbles! I know now to put two thin coats on, but how long do you cure each coat for? The company’s suggestion didn’t really work for me.

    Thanks!

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    • Susie Amy
      June 24, 2015 at 3:26 pm (3 years ago)

      120 seconds for each thin coat on each hand

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  2. Heidi
    July 27, 2015 at 10:39 am (3 years ago)

    Hi
    I have been using the bluesky products from Amazon for a long while now doing my nails at home. Like you the first time I used too much gel, working the same as nail varnish. Now that I have the ‘nak’ of this I seem to be able to get 2 weeks from them. Also bluesky is not expensive and has a large range of colours, the summer pastels are so nice!

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  3. Gemma
    January 12, 2016 at 8:57 am (3 years ago)

    Hi there i have the mylee lamp etc and wanted to know do i need to white after every time u take it put the lamp? And why is it its still sticky even though its been in long enough? What can i do here please help?

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    • Jill
      March 3, 2016 at 10:43 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Gemma, you cure each coat under the lamp (don’t wipe) and when the last coat is cured you then need to wipe the sticky residue off. I cheat and use a non acetone nail varnish remover. It works the same and doesn’t damage the polish. If you don’t do this you’re left with a sticky residue 🙂

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