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gel nails home

I don’t tend to treat myself very often. I don’t have beauty treatments or have my hair done in a fancy salon, in fact I probably only get my hair cut three times a year and that’s just at a cheap local walk in place. But the one thing that I love to do is to get gel nails done at a salon.

Of course I could just paint my nails at home, but it doesn’t last as long and I just really enjoy having them done by someone else. Plus the fact that there are so many gorgeous colours to choose from, I’m always spoilt for choice.

I went for black in October…

And red and gold for Christmas…

I always get asked the same questions about gel nails – how much does it cost? and how long do they last? So, in answer to the first question I pay either £30 for both fingers and toes, or £20 for just finger nails. They tend to last me around three weeks on my hands. My toe nails can actually last for a couple of months, as I don’t really mind the regrowth and of course your feet aren’t used like your hands are so they are far less likely to chip.

To get the most of my nails, when they first start chipping (usually after around 10 days) I cut or file them down just enough to get rid of the chips and that will then see me through to nearly three weeks when they will start to peel away.

How to do your own at home

It’s actually really easy to do your own gel nails at home. You’ll need a UV nail lamp, which can be picked up pretty cheaply these days. There’s loads on Amazon from as little as around £10. This one is only £12.99 and gets good reviews. I actually have a UV lamp and occasionally will do my own nails, but I really do just enjoy having them done by someone else, it’s my one little treat.

You’ll also need a gel base coat, top coat and of course your nail colour. After each layer of polish you’ll need to cure it under the UV lamp for around 30 seconds.

There are so many beautiful colours to choose from, Amazon and also eBay are great places to look for gel polish. I’ve tried a few different brands over the years including CND and Halo but always find that Gelish is the best. You can browse their range here.

Do you get gel nails done? Have you ever done your own at home?

Thank you for reading.



  1. January 26, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    I love to do my own nails – it’s the only way when you are stuck at home with the kids isn’t it! I usually use Shellac though so I would love to try the Gelish range! x

    • Emma
      January 30, 2018 / 1:09 pm

      Gelish is great, definitely give it a try! xx