How To Get Effortless Gel Nails At Home

Even though I get my acrylic infills done on the regs like a good gal, I’ve been enjoying changing up my gel colour weekly using my SensatioNail LED Lamp* and Candy Coat’s gel colours*. I recieved the SensatioNail in press package about a year ago and never really knew how to use it. Like, was I really good enough at nails to try doing them myself? My instant reaction was – hell no. I’m one of those people who can never get a layer even, and I do make one hell of a mess with normal polish. So I couldn’t possibly get a professional gel application at home, right? I am so happy to say that I was very, very wrong.

SensatioNail Polish To Gel Starter Kit*

Unicorn Cuticle Pusher*

Candy Coat Strawberry Gel Base Coat*

Candy Coat Gel Top Coat*

Candy Coat Pick n’ Mix in: 071, 333*, 019*

Candy Coat Sugar in Unicorn*

Candy Coat Glitter Brush*

Candy Coat Butterfly Swatch Rings*

Candy Coat Swatch Pops*

Candy Coat got in contact and offered up a few of their gel nail products for me to try out on my acrylic extensions. Obvz, my answer was a massive yes. I’ve worn acrylics back-to-back for about 2 years now, and since I’ve been going to a very reputable salon, my nails are in perfect condition (don’t worry about that!). However, it’s so tough to chose a polish to work with 3 weeks worth of outfits and occasions. Do I go for that glitzy “I’m going-out” chrome, or stick to a muted nude that works with everything? Now, I don’t have to settle.

After a week of fresh nails from the salon, I get that itch to change shit up. All I do is file down my nails, and remove all of the existing gel colour. If you don’t have a acrylics you can soak with acetone, but don’t do this with acrylics on because you’ll remove your falsies.

After I have a bare nail to work with I push back my cuticles with the Unicorn Cuticle Pusher*, which is bloody beaut! After this, it’s up to you how you prep your nails but since I have acrylics I don’t have much prep to do. Firstly, the Strawberry Base Coat* is essential to keep your Candy Coat nails from peeling off or chipping. If you don’t think you need a base coat, truuuust me. I made that mistake and witnessed it for myself – don’t skip the base coat!

Apply the base coat, and cure for 60s in LED or 2 mins using a UV lamp like the one in the SensatioNail Polish To Gel Starter Kit*. Then follow the same steps but with your chosen nail colour, I’m wearing Candy Coat in 071* and it needed 3 coats (each cured with LED separately) for full opacity coverage. Then top with a Candy Coat Sugar* when the top layer is still tacky for some serious shimmer, add your Top Coat* and cure. Now sit back, and enjoy beautiful gel nails from the comfort of your own home!

How do you like your gels?


*These products were sent to me for review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own*


  1. Anika May
    July 27, 2017 / 10:28 AM

    This sounds like such a handy kit to have! I love doing my nails at home rather than going out, so I might have to invest in this :)Anika xo |

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      July 27, 2017 / 11:54 AM

      It's so handy to have!

  2. Emma Charlotte
    July 27, 2017 / 4:12 PM

    Wow. This seems something perfect to have and I hope that these nail polish and accessories will be a perfect choice for us to have.Emma Charlotte | Dissertation Help

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      August 11, 2017 / 8:56 PM

      I love the formula of these ones! xo

  3. Jodetopia
    August 1, 2017 / 7:52 PM

    Yaaas! I have Sensationail and it's absolutely fab isn't it! I've not heard of Candy Coat before though and these shades look gorgeous so I'll have to check them out!Jodie @ Jodetopia x

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      August 11, 2017 / 8:59 PM

      It's an absolute life saver for a quick gel change up!xo

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