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Welcome beautiful people! I am Laura, a beauty lover and chocolate addict. I love to share my thoughts on the best (and of course the worst) of all things beauty related.

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Salon Nails At Home

I am usually hopeless at taking care of my nails. They are typically bitten to the stumps, sometimes flaking and barely EVER painted. Occasionally, in between basketball seasons, I might save up and treat myself to a nice manicure at The Beautique, but hey, the bank account doesn't always accommodate that.

Part of the reason I rarely paint my nails is that nail polish, no matter how I prep my nails, never really lasts more than a day or two. It ends up peeling off and I am back to square one. About six months ago, I purchased an Opallac Gel Nail Set to try and get a salon manicure at home, that hopefully lasted a little bit longer. After putting it to the test (fairly thoroughly recently), I thought I'd share my thoughts with you. I know some people have been curious about how well they actually work.

Opallac Gel Polish is a light-based curing polish. The revolutionary Opallac LED light cures the gel polish instantly for fabulous, glossy nails that last up to 14 days.

I picked up the starter kit from Priceline during one of their 50% off sales. The kit retails for $99 and includes the LED lamp, a base and top coat, three gel shades, 2-in-1 Shine & Soak Solution, Remover Wraps, File and buffer, as well as step by step instructions (with pictures) on how to use the kit.

I will admit, it took a bit of practice to get the kit to work well. You do need to apply the nail polish neatly, particularly the top coat, which if you end up with some not on your nails, you will find that it peels off easily and your manicure won't last as long. But once you get the hang of it, it is AMAZING! I have found following the steps works really well.

1. Preparation

Start by filing your nails into the shape that you want, wash your hands and then lightly buff them with the buffer that comes in the kit. If nail surface has come into contact with any substance (oil, cream etc) after step buffing, wash hands again to ensure nail surface is completely clean.

2. Polish Application

Once you have shaped and buffed your nails it's time to actually paint them! First you apply a thin layer of the UV base, then put your fingers in the LED lamp for 90 seconds. I find doing my thumb nail by itself, then putting it in the LED lamp, then doing the rest of my nails works best. I also do one hand at a time, to avoid messing anything up (which naturally, I do every single time otherwise).

After that you apply a thin layer of your desired colour, then pop your hand back into the LED lamp for 90 seconds. Then repeat for a second layer, and for light coloured shades (I find) a third layer. Between each layer you cure your hand in the LED lamp for 90 seconds.

After your last layer you pop on the UV top coat. I would recommend being super careful when you apply this, as I mentioned early, if you go too ham and it ends up on more than just your nail it can affect the longevity of your manicure.

Once you've finished you give your nails a quick wipe with a cotton pad saturated in the 2-in-1 Shine and Soak Solution. I also find using nail polish remover works well, and my favourite option is the Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads.

3. Removal

If, unlike me, your polish doesn't simply fall off at some point, it's also pretty easy to remove. First you file your nails to break down the top coat. Then dip the special Opallac nail wraps in the 2-in-1 Shine and Soak Solution before wrapping one around each finger. After about five minutes you can remove the wraps and the gel colour will start to peel off. If it hasn't, simply leave the wrap on for a bit longer.

If you a visual kind of person, Opallac has some video and picture tutorials that you can look at to help here.

Now, let's talk about how well the polish actually works. As I mentioned earlier, nail polish rarely lasts more than a day or two on my fingers (I think I just have slippery nails or something). Opallac lasts me about seven days. I can't say that I get 10-14 like they claim, but seven days is pretty good for me. For at least the last month, I have been doing my nails each Sunday and, typically, they last me ALL week. I have to say I am pretty impressed. My nails look healthy and shiny, I don't get the annoying chipping thing that happens with your normal polish, AND my nails no longer look like someone has eaten them to bit.

I will admit, at $20 each, the polishes are a bit pricey (I mean, for someone who is trying to cut back on spending), but they are so worth it if you are after nail polish that lasts at home.

I'd love to hear if you have tried Opallac and what your thoughts are. Do you use a different UV nail polish that you love to use at home? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below xx


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