IBD Just Gel Polish

I got my hands on a few IBD Just Gel polishes the other week. They had been getting great reviews, So i decided to get a few. I have to say I haven’t be disappointed with the colours I’ve got so far and plan on getting more as they are an excellent price for a full sized bottle compared to Sensationail!I tried to do my first ever French manicure tonight – It took me a while (over an hour if you include filing etc)

Colours are:
Seashell Pink
Whipped Cream

It’s not perfect and i really should have cleaned around the skin more i do apologise, but i was so excited to show them off! I ended up adding China Glaze Fairy Dust on top to add a bit of sparkle as I’m off to a wedding tomorrow 🙂

Sensationail Removal

I have now had some time to try out the different removal process of Sensationail. I am sorry i don’t have any pictures but i hope you get what i mean 🙂

Finger Wraps (wrapping with foil & acetone soaked cotton ball):
This type of removal really didn’t work for me. I found it messy and time consuming. I really didn’t get great results and had to scrape hard to remove the product.
Soaking In Acetone (bowl of acetone in hot water):
This is actually the recommended way to remove from Sensationail and i have to say it worked much better and faster for me. I do find if you use the primer before the gel top coat that it makes for longer and harder removal, but my last manicure i didn’t use the primer at all and although the manicure lasted less than a week and had a few chips that i had to repair… the removal was a breeze and i didn’t really have to scrape my nails at all!
I do however find that i’m left with some yellowing on my nails from all the previous manicures and i’m having a hard time figuring out why it does this every time?  If anyone has the same problem and has found a cure please let me know 🙂

Review: SensatioNail Gel Starter Kit – Raspberry Wine

I got this set for Christmas after deciding between that and the RCM set. I do think in hindsight i should have chose the RCM but it was around £20 more expensive so i went with Sensationail.

So far I have used this only once, I have to say i was very disappointed in the size of the lamp and the size of the bottles that came with it for the price tag.
I was impressed with how easy it actually was to do and i only had two little bubbles out of my whole manicure that weren’t easily noticeable. The colour wasn’t anything like the box it’s more of a raspberry red shimmer and was very thin so i needed to do 3 coats (the box says 2) I also thought being a gel polish it would have been thicker and more opaque for the price.
I kept the product on as long as possible to gauge how long it would last. Mine lasted 7 days with no chips. The 8th day i got two chips and on the 10th a few more. I think with more practice it might last longer and I do think if you prime the whole nail like the salons do you would get 2 weeks no chip but it will make for a more difficult removal.
I like the ease of being able to do it myself and for a week no chip it’s worth it as nail polish will last 1-3 days max on me. I do wish they had more colours and even some glitters would be great as gel polishes are hard to come by unless you can get to a trade store.
I will still visit the salon to get my nails done for an event or holiday and use this kit in-between. It won’t stop me going to the salon but it will save me money in the long run 🙂
I haven’t actually removed it yet but i am planning to do it today/ tomorrow and will update on how that goes.
Here are some photos (sorry they are just phone cam ones)
After Application:
8th Day:
10th Day:
UPDATE: 15/02/13
I have to say that although the sensationail kit is great for us beginners, I got tired very quickly of the nail polish. I have found better quality ones on the market which are cheaper in price and larger in size. Since i switched to another brand of polish my manicures can stay on 2 full weeks with no chips what so ever!. I’m not condemning the polish they make I’m only saying it didn’t work for me and I’ve found something that has, So it’s definitely something to bare in mind before buying the whole range.