Last summer I think all I did was complain at how damaged my nails were. They were soft, peeling and generally not in the best of conditions. Unfortunately, this has never changed. My nails constantly peel and they have done for as long as I can remember.

I'd always wanted gel nails but I'd used my mums cheap home kit before and it just peeled off within the space of about 2 hours. It was the gel polish designed to not require a base/top coat, just two layers of gel, curing after each application. This style of gel polish just doesn't work for me, I need something stronger and harder, as my natural nails are so soft. This process really put me off going to pay for a manicure, just incase I received the same results.

In addition to all this, throughout summers gone, I was working around food and wasn't allowed anything on my nails but if you follow me on instagram, you'll know I recently got a new job that does allow it. Honestly, I could not be happier knowing I don't have to work around food! So I spotted the Sensationail Gel Kit on offer at ASDA and decided to treat myself.

The kit came with two shades (Pink Chiffon - a pastel pink nude and Rose Gold - a pink glitter), a top/base coat, primer, gel cleanser, lint free wipes, a nail buffer and cuticle pusher, as well as the UV Lamp. When I first read the instructions, it sounded like such a long winded process but it promised to last up to 14 days, so I figured it would be worth it.

Firstly you buff the nails and push back your cuticles. I don't know what it is about cuticle pushers but the whole process makes me feel funny. Then use the lint free wipes and cleansing gel to cleanse the nail bed. Next, you coat each nail with the primer and allow that to dry.
Then, when you're ready, apply a thin layer of base/top coat and cure it for 15 seconds (the lamp blinks so you don't have to time it yourself) then apply a thin layer of colour and cure it for 30 seconds (the lamp turns off at 30 seconds). Repeat the previous step and finish off with a thin layer of top coat, curing it for 15 seconds. To get rid of that sticky feeling, wipe the nail with the lint free wipe and the cleansing gel. et voila, you are done. Sounds like a faff but once you've got the hang of it, you can do it in 10 mins!

I have been so impressed with this kit, the colours last well on my nails. Usually regular nail polish chips within an hour of me wearing it, however the gel lasts a week+. The glitter shade is definitely more durable than the standard, apparently this is the case with all gel polishes. Some nail technicians recommend putting a coat of glitter over the top of nail colour to make them last longer.

My only issue with this kit is the gel cleanser and the primer. Both leak and after reading reviews on the sensationail website, it's a common occurrence. Surely if there's lots of complaints about something the brand would be actively finding ways to fix it? Also both bottles are so flimsy, they're easily knocked over. Again, another thing that's common from all the reviews. If you're clumsy, like me, you're going to end up spilling over half of the contents of each - be careful.

But all in all, it's been a winner for me. I've ordered three more shades and I'm trying a different brand of gel cleanser, something with a bottle that's not going to leak everywhere. I'll let you know what I think of it.

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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