Today I am going to show you how to do a gel manicure at home without the use of a UV light. This gel manicure will last a week or more with no chipping. That’s definitely a plus for me since I am constantly typing or doing projects. This way of doing the gel manicure has changed my manicure routine.
Before I found this method I would have to paint my nails every three days because they would start chipping. Now I don’t have to worry about painting my nails as often.
For this DIY gel manicure you will need 3 types of nail polish:
- Fast drying top coat (Sally Hansen Insta-dry is my favorite one)
- Gel coat – (Gelous Advanced Gel Nail Coat)
- Nail Polish Color
The process for this gel manicure is fairly simple with just five steps. With a little bit of patience and time this gel manicure is worth it. Make sure that your nails are clean and even before beginning.
Step One: Apply a thin coat of Gelous Nail Gel and let dry for one minute.
Step Two: Apply a thin coat of nail polish and let dry for three minutes.
Step Three: Apply another thin coat of the Gelous gel and let dry for one minute.
Step Four: Apply a second thin coat of nail polish and let dry for three minutes.
Step Five: Apply your top coat and let dry for one minute.
Tip: With each gel coat I make sure to seal the ends of my nail polish color. To accomplish this I just drag the tip of the brush across the tip of my nail.
Here is what my most recent gel manicure looks like. I am four days in with this manicure and I still have no chipping. If you try this method let me know how it works for you.
I wanted to add a DIY section to the blog, since I do a lot of these projects in my spare time. I like making things. If I see something on Pinterest or in a home decorating store that I can make myself then I find a way to make it. Today I am going to show you how to make your own Spring Wreath. These come in many variations, but I chose a simple spring floral theme with monogram.
- Grapevine wreath
- Mongogram Letter
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brush
- Artificial Flowers
- Burlap Ribbon
- Glue gun (not pictured)
- Wire cutter/Garden shears (not pictured)
All of these items were purchased at my local craft store (minus the glue gun) for under $25 with the use of coupons and catching a lot of the supplies already on sale.
The first thing that you want to do is to take your monogrammed letter and paint it with the acrylic paint color of your choice. I chose the color turquoise, since I thought it would look best with my chosen color scheme. By doing this first this will allow ample time for the paint to dry. I used a small paint brush to get in between the little corners.
Next you will want to use your wire cutter/gardening shears to separate the flowers from their stems. Then you will arrange the flowers on the wreath as you want them to be.
Take the burlap ribbon and make a bow out of it. This can be easily found how to do online and can be done with some patience. Now it is time to assemble your wreath.
Using the glue gun while being careful, glue the flowers, burlap bow, and monogram in place. Make sure that the monogram is dry.
Congratulations! Your wreath is now complete.
Here are some closeups of the monogram and burlap bow. I hope that you have enjoyed this DIY post. If you make a Spring wreath let me know.