Monday, June 17, 2013

Manicure Monday: Sensationail Gold Glitter Gradient


Hey everyone! I want to officially welcome back the return of Manicure Mondays. I took a little break from consistent manicures while I was on vacation in Korea because I didn't change my nails too much while I was gone. Instead, I tried out an at-home gel nail kit called Sensationail since gel nails last a purported 2 weeks. I knew it would be a solid pick for a long trip, saving nail polish space in my luggage for new colors to pick up while overseas. It was a win-win situation!



The Sensationail starter kit retailing $49.99 (which I can share with you in another blog post if you'd be interested) comes with a clear coat which serves as both top and base coat. I got the gold glitter polish separately since I wanted to do a natural and fuss-free look which wouldn't show nail growth as badly during my trip. 


Here I used:
- 1 layer of base/top coat
- gold glitter on top 1/3
- gold glitter on top 1/6 (top half of the previous layer)
- sealed with 1 layer of base/top coat

The process takes curing with a provided LED lamp between each layer, but curing only takes about 30 seconds each time so it took about the same length as a regular manicure. Overall, I was very happy with the final look since it was natural enough to match everything I wore while also holding up very well to dragging heavy luggage everywhere. When nails grew out, I just clipped and filed the ends and the gold glitter still looked pretty at the tips! Definitely recommend this for future travelers!!!

Readers, have you ever tried at-home gel UV or LED kits? What did you think of the experience? Let me know in the comments!



25 comments:

  1. that looks awesome jen! definitely would like to try it out, especially as a no-fuss alternative for active trips (it seems like i'd just bring a nail file for emergency nail breakage). did you notice if the gel strengthened your nail when you were wearing it?

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    1. Yes, it definitely made my nails thicker when it cures. Since I did a gradient nail, it was actually even stronger at the tips which prevented my nails randomly breaking which was wonderful while traveling! The only thing is that removal can be a pain, but it's the switch-off for being long-wearing I guess!

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  2. tHIS IS so lovely! I think it can match all kinds of style wonderfully!

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  3. Well thats very pretty, and it looks professionally done! if its hard to remove, does it damage the nails in the end?

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  4. I really like it but...$49.99...eek!

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    1. It's expensive, but you only need to buy the kit once. After that, you just buy polishes which are much cheaper. ;)

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  5. this is a cute nail-look :D
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.blogspot.com)

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  6. This is really pretty, and indeed great for long travels! :) Love the subtle gold tips that goes with practically any outfit.

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  7. Currently just bought a whole uv gel nail kit and additional stuff! My nails are short right now so I actually extended them and also did a gradient with mixed sparkles and glitter and hologram and etc! However, I am using uv gel polish in a small pot rather than the one in nail polish bottles so it gets a little bit more messier. Still a little bit difficult for me but I am getting there and enjoying it!

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  8. Wow, I love the nails! But the price tag is a bit much.. I think I'm going to recreate the look the traditional way :) xx

    Lifestyle blog by Ang

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  9. Oo this looks so pretty and almost as if you had those fake press-on nails on that has the same time of glitter tips. How long would you say it lasted overall before you had to take it off?

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    1. It absolutely lasts 2 weeks but I wore mine for a month since I didn't change my nails while in Korea. I had a lot of nail growth, obviously, but the gel mani didn't have too many chips. When I normally do this type of mani I wear it 2-3 weeks before removal. :)

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  10. oops I meant 'same *type*' >.<

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  11. Love this!

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  12. This look is stunning, wow. So simple too!
    xx

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  13. I knew it would be a solid pick for a long trip, saving nail borrowing money polish space in my luggage for new colors to pick up while overseas.

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  14. This is a win win Ms. Jen! I love it! So gorgeous! :)

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  15. I just bought this and found your review while google imaging the product! I will definitely purchase the glitter. I love that look and i like the fact that after a week, it doesn't look bad! It was expensive - but reading all the wonderful reviews on it makes me not regret my purchase one bit.

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  16. I really love glitter gradients! So simple and so cute! I love this! I haven't tried an in home gel kit yet, but they seem pretty tempting.

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  17. awesome gliters that looks so preety.

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  18. These are so pretty. I love that it isn't in your face glitter. So nice. xx
    Heroine In Heels

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