August 1, 2019

Test Driving - SensatioNail Express Gel One Step Polish Manicure Kit

I'm sure you already know all about at home gel manicures but did you also know you can use the same technology on your toes? I guess I did in theory but I've never actually tried it... I balk at gel manicures because I like to change my polish colour too often to make it practical but I am so bad about regular pedicures that my toes are always a chipped mess that this solution should have been obvious to me - well it is now!

SensatioNail Express Gel One Step Polish Manicure Kit - $64.99 - a simple one-step home use professional quality gel system that contains color gel polish in Made Him Blush or Red Your Profile, manicure stick, double sided nail buffer and LED lamp for the latest innovation in gel manicure technology with no dry time, dulling or fading - just long lasting, chip free, high-shine nails for up to 10 days.

What's great about it is how easy it is to you - just apply a thin coat of the Express Gel polish and cure under the lamp for 30 seconds - rinse and repeat - that's it - no need for primer, base coat, top coat or cleansing!

I'm not going to show you pictures of the finished product, I fear that pictures of my feet are just going to bring me the wrong kind of followers... So imagine my perfect pedicure and let me just assure you that the application was super simple, it took about 20 minutes from start to finish and I've had it on for 8 days now and it still looks perfect except for one tiny chip that just appeared. The only advice I will offer that differs from what the product advises is that even though the instructions say to stay for 30 seconds under the nail lamp you will want to experiment a bit - 30 seconds seemed to be good timing with a thin coat of the light shade but if you have a heavier hand with the polish or are using a darker colour you might need to cure for longer - more like 45-60 seconds.

It's also possible to buy the LED lamp and Express Gel colours separately so if you don't love the two shade options that come in the kits there are tons of polish options out there to choose from!

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

And of course don't forget the prep work - the better it is, the longer your manicure/pedicure will last! I find a dry application works better so I do my prep the night before. First I soak my hands and/or feet in lukewarm water with either Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt with Lavender or LUSH Foot Soak and Fancy Free, then I attack calluses and rough skin with a Trim Pumice Stone Foot Brush and push back my cuticles with a Quo Cuticle Pusher. Lastly, I liberally apply an ultra rich moisturizer - like L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand or Foot Cream - if my hands or feet are really dry I'll add extra cream and wear cotton gloves and socks to bed - and tada! Wake up to perfectly prepped hands and feet!

- Lisamarie -

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