{How To} Gel Nails Continued... UV Free

Friday, February 3, 2012


Hey Guys, I wanted to update you on my manicure from last week. I had my "UV free" Gels on for about 8 days. They did chip but to be honest even the regular Gels chip after a few days too (I think it's because I have extremely oily nails). My overall assessment of the UV free gels is positive. I think they are a lot easier to apply, they are cheaper and easier to remove (a little acetone and they are off). When I repaint my nails with the UV free gel polish in the future, I will make sure I file down my nails better to reduce the chipping. I will also put three coats instead of two. I feel like the thicker the gel the less chipping that occurs. All in all I love them and I am looking forward to picking up new colors :)

Please Let me know if you guys have tried them, I'd love to hear your thoughts!!

If you are here for the first time, Please see below on how to apply "UV Free" Gel Nails

Happy Friday All! I wanted to share a new little product I discovered with you guys! If you have been following me for a while you may remember my post on How to do Gel nails at home, if not, here is the link http://www.mythriftychic.com/2011/01/nail-it.html. I love gel nails because they are a lot stronger than regular nail polish and they do not chip as easily. Most manicurist say they last up to 3 weeks!!

I was very excited when I figured out how to do the gel nails at home using a UV light. That process is very effective but you have to buy the supplies and it takes a quite a bit of time (drying process) to finish the manicure.

Back in December I heard about a new "UV Free" gel polish that was available online. I didn't rush to order it because I just had so much going on. I had all but forgotten about it until today when I went into my local Walgreens. I saw this package, and I snagged it to try out. After taxes it cost $16... kind of expensive, but ULTA carries it here, for only $11.99.

Of course I ran home and tried it out :D I don't have step-by-step pictures for you, because the process needs to be done quickly. The set comes with pretty comprehensive instructions and it is really simple. All you have to do is put on the activator polish then the color and repeat... pretty straight forward!

I found the process pretty easy, however, if you have sensitive eyes watch out. This stuff has warning signs on it for a reason. The fumes alone can make you tear up, so make sure you keep a safe distance from it.

I just finished my manicure, so I will keep you updated on how long it lasts!!
This is what the packaging looks like

Here are all the components, I strongly suggest reading all the directions before starting

The final product :)

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Unknown said...

I'm definitely going to have to try that. Thanks for the heads up!

peace&love, Jill
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Alexa Chunga said...

This kit is great :)

Collections said...

The nails look GREAT!

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Lynsey Michelle said...

Love this. I love gel nails but hate having to pay to get them done. Interested to hear how long they lasted.

Goldilocks said...

these look amazin :)i love them xx poppymale.blogspot.com

yiqin; said...

very nice color <3

Unknown said...

They look really good!! Such a lovely colour :)

x x Stace

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