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If you have had the pleasure of getting a gel manicure in a salon, then you’ve probably sung the praises of this super-polish more than once. It’s chip-free, dries instantly, last up to 14 days & gives you nails that are as shiny as a sparkley diamond. Unfortunately it can cost some serious cash since salons charge upwards of $40+ for one application.
For being as high maintenance as I am, believe it or not I HATE all salons! Hair, nail, doesn't matter what kind, I rather be somewhere else. Cannot stand the places and all the pointless small talk. I do love me a pretty set of nails so salons can't be totally avoided since I lack nail tech skills lol...
I've had many friends talk about the home gel manicure kits & how the kits have turned them into salon dodgers! In the long run they ended up saving tons of money from doing there own retouches & repaint jobs at home in between nail sets. Sounded pretty amazing to me, but the kits I saw at Sephora were between $150 and $200 and I couldn't help but think what if they didn't work that well??? With a very expensive toddler at home that is a lot of money to have wasted, so I stuck to my every other week nail appointments since it was the safer route.
And then afew weeks ago this happened!!!
I was sent America's #1 Selling Gel Nail Polish manicure kit to review!!!
From the looks of it, it was exactly what I’ve been waiting to try, but better since celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Bell, Queen Latifah, Opra, The Cast of Pretty Little Liars & The Cast of Glee all use this Couture Nails kit!!!
The "Starter kit" I was sent comes with gel base and topcoat, one nail polish color (your choice, I chose "Skinny Dip"), LED lamp, remover, an instructional dvd,zip cosmetic case and a buffer, toe separator, and plastic cuticle pusher. The kit retails for $99.
First, let me tell you, I LOVE this kit. I got a full set of acrylics afew days before the kit arrived in the mail, so I waited for the polish I had put on by my nail tech to get dull looking & then gave the kit a try!
I followed the instructions that came with the kit and started by prepping my nails. I removed the polish I had on and lightly buffed the surface of the nail. Next, I applied the base coat in a very thin layer and cured it for 30 seconds in the lamp. I applied two coats of the "skinny dip" color, curing in between each coat. The directions say to use two coats, but I found the color to be sorta sheer, so I ended up doing three coats, which isn't surprising since skinny dip in a tan shade and most light colored polishes need afew coats no matter what the brand is! Finally, I applied the topcoat and cured that. The LED light seems pretty sturdy & it has settings to cure your gel for increments of 30 seconds. After the final cure, I used the remover to remove the tacky layer, and the polish was immediately hard and shiny – and that was it!
So simple if you are use to getting your nails done! The hardest part was taking the picture of my nails, which ugghhhhh... I don't know how you girls do it because that was hard work!
Besides the fact that the price Is right & this fabulous kit can be ordered easily on the companies website, it actually works really well. It’s really not that different from a salon gel mani, except you have to do it yourself.
Don't have $99 to spend today on a gel nail kit? No worries!!! You can always enter the RAFFLECOPTER giveaway below! That's right, you heard me correctly, the awesome folks at Couture Nails are giving one Trophy WifeStyle reader a starter kit of there own!
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Robin Masshole Mommy
4/12/2015 10:46:08 am
I get my nails done at the salon every 2 weeks. I have very few vices in life, so I have no problem spending money to get my nails done :)
4/12/2015 10:46:45 am
I have never use gel nails but sure would like to give them a try
4/12/2015 10:51:38 am
That looks great! I've always wanted to try this kind of polish system, but I never have. I think I definitely need to get one. Thanks!
4/12/2015 10:56:04 am
Love gel nails, but I don't always have time to get to the salon, this looks great!
4/12/2015 11:29:16 am
I love this! I don't go to salons for my nails - I'm too impatient and rough with my nails - but I have now put Couture polish on my list to buy - thank you - fun info :)
4/12/2015 11:50:21 am
Your nails look lovely! Thanks for the chance to win!
Barbara A Langley
4/12/2015 12:10:39 pm
I have done gel nails and I like the look better than judt nail polish
4/12/2015 12:35:16 pm
Have never tried but would love to try for my sister wedding September 12 2015
4/12/2015 12:38:37 pm
I've had a gel pedicure a few times but only once on my fingernails. I loved it except for the way the salon removed it for the next time. They literally sanded off the polish with an emery board! It left my nails in horrible condition.
4/12/2015 01:19:20 pm
I've literally never had gel nails, but I have always wanted them!! This is exciting. :)
4/12/2015 01:43:10 pm
I've never used gel stuff before but would love to try them!
4/14/2015 05:56:53 am
I used to go to the nail salon and did it for years. One day I just finally decided to spend that money on something else. So, I grew out my nails and just do them myself when I feel like it. Otherwise, they just stay natural. I do like the idea of doing this from home.
4/12/2015 02:14:57 pm
I would love to become a salon dodger! lol I think your nails looks completely professional and I'm going to have to try this kit!
4/12/2015 02:28:17 pm
I am the same way when it comes to salons! I have always wanted my own kit!! I love this!!! :) and ur nails look amazing!!
4/12/2015 03:08:43 pm
I have acrylic nails but would love to try these, it would save so much money!
4/12/2015 03:21:04 pm
I love the shape of your nails and the nail polish is gorgeous. I used to grow my nails like that when I was still working an office job but now that I am SAHM, I wear my nails very short all the time,
4/12/2015 03:24:46 pm
Great products! I love doing my nails at home. Never tried the gel thingy though. Very interesting!
Fi Ni Neachtain
4/12/2015 09:46:38 pm
Your nails look fab, I really love the nude colour. You know those machines are banned in some European countries due to how badly they age the hands, I couldn't believe it! :/
A huge LOL on the small talk ( really unnecessary ) at nail salons. I don't like 'em either. I so love this home gel polish kit - it's awesome and it's convenient. Gel polish is pretty pricey here but a lot of women don't mind paying for beautiful nail polish. What I don't like though is that we're being charged for gel polish removal and the price is doubled if you have gel polish removed that isn't done by the same salon. It's ridiculous. So props for Couture for coming up with this one.
4/13/2015 12:40:44 am
For years I visited the nail salon every 2 weeks. Then one day it just seemed more like work than fun and I stopped cold turkey. I do go occasionally, but I do my own nails most of the time. I really need to check out this at-home kit.
4/13/2015 03:05:58 am
I would love to gave something like this! I love how professional you nails look from using this!
4/13/2015 03:28:08 am
I get gel manicures every 15 days or so. I love them because the polish lasts me unitl my next manicure
4/13/2015 03:44:34 am
I have never really tried gel polish...but I should! I will look into the Coutour Gel Polish system. Yours look fab!
4/13/2015 06:02:53 am
This is such a cool product! Hooray to who ever wins this gel nail kit!
4/13/2015 06:03:54 am
That system looks great! One of my pet peeves about polish is how easily it chips. This looks like it can really hang in.
4/13/2015 06:13:44 am
I love getting gel manis but have never done one at home. It would be SO convenient!
4/13/2015 07:32:10 am
Ooooh, that is fantastic! I've always wanted something like this, as I can't get to the salons anymore -_- With four children, it's either finances or scheduling that just doesn't allow it.
4/13/2015 08:56:16 am
I can't deal with the small talk at salons either. When I used to get my nails done I would go with friends so we could talk to each other. LOL This is a great pack for $99! If I still did my nails I would be all over this.
4/13/2015 10:22:29 am
I love that color! That is such a pretty pink. I need to give it a try. I hate going to the salon!
4/13/2015 10:33:23 am
I've never had gel nails done or done them myself. I have a ton of experience with acrylics from getting my nails done at the salon a million times. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
4/13/2015 12:13:43 pm
Your nails look great! I've tried out gel polish before and I love it. It makes your nails look so shiny!
4/13/2015 12:47:34 pm
This looks like a great Gel Nail kit. My daughter and i love to change our polish every week.
4/13/2015 01:09:48 pm
Your nails look beautiful! I would love to try something like this out on my own nails.
4/13/2015 01:18:21 pm
I have not had any personal experience with Gel Nails - yet. I really like the way they look and how long they last, but I'm concerned with how difficult it is to put on and take off. With this kit I would feel confident enough to give it a try.
4/13/2015 02:33:26 pm
Would you believe that I have never had a gel manicure?! This looks so easy to do and your nails look great!
4/13/2015 02:53:41 pm
I've never tried gel nails before.
4/13/2015 03:22:54 pm
I envy you girls who know how to do this by yourself. Looks like a great kit
4/13/2015 03:51:37 pm
These gel nails look so cute, winning a kit would be so awesome!
4/13/2015 03:56:48 pm
What a great giveaway! Love gel nails!
4/13/2015 04:59:46 pm
I haven't used gel nails yet, but would love to. I hardly do anything with my fingernails these days since nothing seems to last. But, I'd love to change that!
4/13/2015 06:42:14 pm
I've not experienced the nail gels as yet. I hope to use them sometime.
4/13/2015 08:56:47 pm
I think gel nails are pretty but I've never tried before due to high price.
4/13/2015 11:14:52 pm
I have never tried gel type nail polish before but it looks very beautiful. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.
4/14/2015 12:19:25 am
Your nails came out beautiful. I also love the color. So natural and goes with everything.
4/14/2015 12:48:46 am
I've never had gel nails done
Toni Marie Caravello
4/14/2015 03:20:53 am
Awesome so far. I had them done for the first time a week before easter and they are still going strong. I just wonder what it will be like to have it taken off. So far though I love them.
4/14/2015 04:37:01 am
I love gel nails. My nails are very weak & break easily & the gel makes them stronger.
4/14/2015 08:50:47 am
i love gel! i am a recent grad of manicuring school, about to become licensed next month! and i love gel polish because it enables me to be artistic with my own nails while using acetone and polish remover and water all day. i'm actually starting to miss all of my nail polish a bit because i only own 4 gels and my art has been lacking, so winning these would be a great stepping stone for me personally, AND my new business adventures.
4/14/2015 08:53:49 am
I have not tried gel manicures yet, but have wanted to for some time. This giveaway would give me a great chance to try them!
4/14/2015 09:42:40 am
What a great giveaway! I love gel manicures and that nude shade is awesome!
4/14/2015 10:26:35 am
Your nails definitely look beautiful. Years ago I paid lots of money to get mine professionally done too. Good to see that there are new ways to do it on your own and save some cash.
4/14/2015 10:32:13 am
Gel nails are awesome. I've only had them a few times, but I love them.
4/14/2015 12:48:36 pm
I've never had the pleasure of getting my nails done before but always have wanted to. This looks like a really great giveaway!
4/14/2015 01:11:52 pm
I hate salon time too! What a fun contest. Thanks for the great post!
4/14/2015 01:13:06 pm
I have never used gel before but I really want to I have heard good things, I'd love to review the kit and give it a try!!
4/14/2015 02:22:16 pm
I've never had gel nails done before. I'd love to give them a try though!
4/14/2015 03:19:46 pm
If it werent for the constant upkeep and having a steady hand, I think I'd love having well-manicured nails. I envy those who take good care of their nails, and can accomplish nail art. I've never had an experience with gel nails.
4/14/2015 05:09:40 pm
I have never actually tried gel nails (so expensive at the salon!), but I would love to try them!
4/14/2015 05:20:51 pm
I'm not sure if I've ever had gel nails. I've gotten my nails done at the salon NUMEROUS times in the late 1990s, but I'm unsure if any of the times were gel. I think most of the sets were acrylics.
4/14/2015 06:30:21 pm
I have never done gel nails, but I have been wanting to try it for a while now
4/15/2015 12:31:12 am
Wow, that is really neat! I had been hearing about gel polish lately, but wasn't really sure what it was or how it was different from normal nail polish. Sounds like a cool kit!
4/15/2015 01:17:58 am
I love gel nails! I've never had a kit to do them myself before though- pretty neat.
4/15/2015 02:35:04 am
I love how professional looking your nails are and I'd love to try this gel nail polish. Thanks for the chance to with this cool kit.
4/15/2015 02:46:10 am
This is a great kit. My daughter would be drooling over it.
4/15/2015 04:27:36 am
These posted nails look professional and I am hoping to have the opportunity to have my own look like these. The variety of colors and smoothness of the nails are wonderful. Keeping my fingers crossed that I might win this starter kit...
4/15/2015 06:53:45 am
4/15/2015 06:59:40 am
I love gel nails! Love doing my nails at home! Would love to try this!
4/15/2015 07:04:03 am
They look so much better and stay so much longer. they are more $$$ but worth it so i spoil myself when i can afford it:)
4/15/2015 10:17:18 am
I have never done the gel myself but have had it done n it lasts so long and looks so beautiful :)
4/15/2015 11:03:57 am
I have never used gel nails before. I've gotten acrylic many times, just never gel...
4/15/2015 04:30:43 pm
Your nails look amazing! I'm horrible at doing my own, smudges everytime! And I love the color you picked!
4/15/2015 05:45:39 pm
I have not try the gel nails before but I have heard good things about this for sure. This is an awesome giveaway indeed and I would so love to try one of these kits. Thanks for sharing.
4/15/2015 06:47:54 pm
What a great giveaway! Your nails look amazing and this sounds like a great product.
4/15/2015 07:06:49 pm
I have never tried gel nails but they look so pretty and nice when I see them. This would be a great thing to try.
4/15/2015 07:26:18 pm
I have never use it
4/15/2015 07:40:37 pm
I love your nails especially that colour! I tried gel nail polish a few times and really liked it. This is an awesome giveaway.
4/15/2015 08:28:00 pm
What a great nail giveaway! While I do not have nails, there are a lot of great highlights of products to buy for friends!
4/16/2015 02:22:15 am
As a mom, I might have to get this. It would save me the hours it takes to get my nails done.
4/16/2015 04:09:04 am
Your nails look gorgeous! I have never had gel nails before but this so easy, I could do it myself!
4/16/2015 10:13:07 am
I love gel nails, especially the colour changing ones! :) Thank you for the opportunity!
4/16/2015 04:29:50 pm
they look better and last longer than regular polish
4/16/2015 05:12:52 pm
Dying to try them!! I'm too rough on normal nail polish, so I've always wanted to try gel! I've never had the money though sadly.
4/17/2015 07:13:59 am
I have never tried gel nails but have been wanting to.
4/19/2015 10:48:29 pm
What a great giveaway congrats to the winner
4/20/2015 12:15:45 am
Looks like a wonderful giveaway - love that skin color / nude nails on you.
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