Sensationail DIY Gel Mani Review


One word: LOVE!

Seriously, this kit is amazing. The instructions are great, so I won’t even get into the details of how to use, but I will give you a little pro/con list.

Cheap! (About $50 at CVS, which is not much more than one gel mani in a salon.)
LED light included (so no worries about nasty UV rays!)
DIY, so you play with all sorts of different funky looks.
Manis in pj’s. Love.
Truly lasts two weeks. No chips.
You can paint over the gel and essentially get two manis out of one gel mani.

DIY, so if want a salon experience, you’re not getting it.
Gel polishes are pricier than regular polishes.
You really do need a steady hand. If polish gets on your cuticles, the mani will peel.
Must be soaked off.

Basically, if you are very proficient at DIY manis, you will probably love the Sensationail kit. (FYI, The light can used interchangeably with other gel polishes– Gelish, OPI Gel Polish, Shellac, et cetera.)


Mani Monday: Ciaté Caviar

Happy Monday, darlings!

I’m a total sucker for any new beauty product. This new mani set was so hot off the presses when I asked for it at Sephora that it was still in the stockroom (and only one employee in the entire store even knew it was back there). Being the first person to purchase a product was pretty thrilling, I must admit. In my delusional mind, I am now a trendsetter.

Here’s the kit and what it comes with.

I decided to go do the caviar just as an accent nail. Experimenting on all ten nails would have been too huge of an undertaking. I followed the directions pretty exactly and got great results. It really does have the look of caviar or pavé black diamonds, both of which are favorites of mine.

Here is the result: (It’s much sparklier and more impressive in person.)


The box says lasts up to 48 hours. Here we are that much later:

Still looking pretty good.

After 72 hours:

Yikes. Glad I just did one nail.

What bugged me the most about this mani? Not the extra work involved. (Besides being a more involved process, I also had to do two manis in one week.) That didn’t bother me at all. Every time I ran my hands through my hair, the damn micro beads got caught in my tresses! (Side note: I apparently touch my hair a lot more than I realized.)

Would I do it again? Yes. For an event. This is not a mani that lasts.

Stay tuned for more caviar mani experiments. (I paid $25 for this kit, so I will make certain to get some use out of it.) A friend is going to try it with her Shellac mani. I’ll be sure to report back here with her results too!


Mani Monday: Polka Dots

This week’s mani combines a few trends: polka dots, a different colored nail, and glitter. I kept the colors muted and subtle on order to not be too loud.

Here’s the result: (Pardon the messiness around my cuticles, that’s all gone now, I swear.)


Here are the polishes I used. And the pinheads I used to dot my nails. (Just make a little puddle of polish on a piece of waxed paper, dip the pinhead in, and dot, dot, dot away.) I reversed the colors on one finger per hand (middle on the left, ring on the right) and added glitter dots to the reversed finger only.


Are you going to be dotting your nails this season?