If you’ve been following me on Instagram for a while, you’ll have seen many a picture of my nails, I’m sure! Although I love to go to a salon and be pampered, I also usually have to choose between looking after my hands or my feet (hellooo help to buy ISA), and in winter hands always win! But before we know it, winter will – hopefully – be turning into warmer weather, and it’ll be time to get these hobbit feet out of hiding. One thing is for sure, they absolutely CANNOT be seen in their winter state, believe me! However, fear not, gel polish pedicure tutorial to the rescue!
Pink Gellac were recently kind enough to let me test their gel starter kit – an at-home gel nail system, which promises a salon quality, 2 week manicure/pedicure which lasts 2 weeks. A great investment if, like me, you don’t happen to have a spare £40 knocking about every 3 weeks! I thought I’d show you how easy the system is to use at home, and my top tips for a nice foot pamper too!
(Don’t worry, I’ve spared you the vision of my winter feet by getting rid of the month-old nail polish already – no-one needs to see that!)
What’s in the box?
- UV lamp
- Gel colour
- Base coat
- Top coat
- Cleanser and cleansing pads
- Nail file
- Orange stick
Soak those tootsies
I always start with a foot soak before doing a pedicure to soften my feet rid of hard skin. This one is the homemade lavender oil and oat one, which you can find the recipe for in my previous blogpost. The lavender in it is great for relaxing you, and it relieves achy, tired feet too! Have the water at about the same temperature as you would a bath to get a proper soak.
Now time to get rid of all the dead skin on your feet (nice!) I usually use the Scholl electric foot file for a quick fix, but I find a regular pumice stone works a lot better after a foot soak. This works best when your feet are still slightly damp. Bonus – they’re dead cheap too!
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
Not going to lie – I’m not a massive fan of having moisturiser on my feet as everything seems to stick to them when you do (hello gross carpet fluff) but man do your feet feel good after! My favourites are always Body Shop Body butters as they smell great and leave your skin so smooth.
Now time for the fun part! I had several shades to choose from, but red is always a classic on toenails. This shade is ‘Ruby Red’. The process for applying Pink Gellac is almost exactly the same as the steps I outlined in my DIY gel manicure tips post, so I won’t bore you with this again, but it’s basically: base, cure, colour, cure, colour, cure, top, cure, wipe. Simple enough right? The Pink Gellac lamp is a really handy size to store, and powerful enough that you don’t need to double-cure your nails. It also has a handy beep to let you know when you’re halfway through a cure cycle. My top tip with gels, as I’ve said before, is to do multiple thin coats rather than thick ones. This lets the nails dry quicker and stops the nails being tacky/sticky at the end of the process.
And voila! A salon-sequence pedicure in the comfort of your own home, whenever you fancy! I’m really impressed with the pigment and gloss of the colours in Pink Gellac’s colour range. I think this might be my new go-to! The bottles are a generous 15ml so will last you ages. Plus I’ve never seen such a shiny top coat in an at-home manicure!
If you want to invest in an at-Home gel kit (which I’d definitely recommend – I use mine all the time!), or want to top up your collection with some new colours, you can find Pink Gellac’s range here: Pink Gellac
Do you do you own gel manicures? What are your top tips and favourite colours? Let me know in the comments!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post which was written in exchange for gifting and payment. All opinions expressed in this post are honest and my own.