For my anniversary present this year I talked my husband into letting me get a starter kit to do my own gel nails at home! So I want to share with you all what I got!
I ordered everything from Amazon so that’s why I have titled this as an Amazon haul. The thing I love is that we have Amazon Prime so I got almost everything within 2 days.
This has been so much fun for me to play with and start doing my own nails and actually have them turn out nice! In this post I will show you everything I got and then in a coming soon post I will show you how I use everything!
Disclaimer: I am NOT a professional! I just like to do this for fun so that I can save some money in the long run and change my nail polish when I want to.
Let’s dive right in!
I got this lamp just to start out because it wasn’t really expensive and was the Amazon Choice and had prime! It’s been working great for me and I really have been loving how easy this whole process is.
Current Price $25.99 (I purchased at $35.99)
I found this through watching many different YouTube video’s on at home and DIY nail tutorials. And I loved the idea of the fact that it has a slight coconut scent to it as you use it which is much less harsh than regular acetone.
Current Price $24.99 ( I purchased at $21.49)
I got these thinking they would be helpful when removing my gel polish and I’m not totally convinced they are really worth it but for now I do like that I don’t need to work with tinfoil too much just because as weird as it may sound working with tinfoil can make my teeth hurt (anyone with fillings understands what I’m talking about).
Current Price $5.96
Pictured here are only the tips I have used with the different colors I have on the clear tips. I figured I would save the white tips for when I get more colors and what not. These sets come with the nice ring to hold them all together as well. I have found these to be super helpful when I want to know what a color actually looks like vs. what it looks like on or in the bottle.
Current Price $6.69
Two sets of top and base coat might seem excessive but I got two different brands of polish so I thought I needed the top and base to go with each brand well that’s not the case I can work with any top or base as long as it’s cured right and it’ll work just fine. I was really happy thought that I got the no wipe top coat from Aimeili because then I can try out doing my own chrome nails with some of the old pigments I have!
I also got the Gellen in a bundle with some other polish so I got a better deal than the 9.99
Current Price: Gellen-$9.99 and Aimeili-$10.99
Gellen Gel Nail Color-Assorted colors and bundles
These are actually mini size bottles. Which for me isn’t a big deal because I really don’t for see myself going through an entire bottle even if it is a mini. These colors came in two different sets. One I got as a set of four and the other as a set of six. Gellen offers a nice option for these sets so you can get a number of different colors at a discounted rate. Both of these sets are very neutral colors and one glitter which I love!
Prices range from $12.99-17.99 for the sets
Aimeili Soak Off Gel Polish- Various Colors
Of course I couldn’t just do with a few different colors! I had to get a bunch! These are a different brand but these are full size bottles of color and I really like the shade options and range. Some of the glitters are less opaque than I was expecting but all are really nice shades. These I ended up purchasing mostly individually but I did get one set of 6 because it was more cost effective and I ended up getting two additional shades that I can always use later on.
Prices range from $6.99-$23.99
Again I want to state that I am NOT a professional! I only got this set to get started and to give it a try in hopes that it will save me money in the long run and I will say it is pretty easy and there are lots of tutorials on YouTube to help if you ever have questions!
This whole lot of stuff cost me about $200. Yes that is a lot of money up front but the benefit is you will save money in the long run. Think about how much it costs to get your nails done professionally it’s anywhere from $35-$45 with a tip so you add that up and in three months you have paid for this whole set. Now the reason that this is so much too is because of all of the different color polishes I bought. You don’t have to start out with that many by any means. I’m just obsessive and want as many options a possible! So in order to get started with one or two polishes this whole thing would cost less than $100! I really recommend purchasing items separately or in smaller “kits” as some times the starter kits are more expensive than when you break it down.
I’m hoping that in the next month I can put together a tutorial to post as well, so keep an eye out for that!
Thank you for stopping by and keep an eye out for what might be up around the curve!