Monday, October 29, 2012

New Favorite Thing...

So I want to do a quick post on my latest "favorite thing".  It is probably nothing new to most of you, but I can't help that I'm almost never the first to arrive at the party. haha  Anyway, I am crazy excited about Ulta's Red Carpet Manicure Kit!  As I've mentioned in other posts, I use to wear acrylic nails.  I stopped wearing them ages ago because I just never felt like had the time to go get them done and then keep up a regular schedule to get them filled in.  I guess that's just what mommy-hood does to you.  When I do have free time, the last thing I want to do is sit in a nail shop.  *hands back my girly-girl card*  Now pedicures are another story.  I can get my toes "did" and maintain them myself for a while, but nails--(fake) nails are a commitment.  So I broke up with them.

I started exploring other ways to keep my nails looking nice.  Of course, I could just polish them, though I don't know about you, but regular nail polish only lasts like 2 days (if that) on my natural nails.  I tried the nail polish "stickers" by Sally Hansen and KISS.  The SH brand would actually chip by day 2 or 3.  The KISS were heavier and I got them to last a week, but the colors/prints were a bit "out there".

So I'd been hearing about the (fairly) new rage, gel manicures from people I know getting them done at salons.  It peaked my interest, but again, I'm not a regular-go-to-any-salon kind of girl.  After some research, I found out about Ulta's Red Carpet Manicure kits.  Well I finally got around to buying it, and all I can say is....WOW.  I'm sold!  I love it!!

I've done 2 "manicures" myself, and all I can say is that I would not care if this polish only lasted 3 days.  The no drying time alone is totally worth it to me.  Before you get alarmed, the polish lasts longer than 3 days.  I've gotten over a week worth of wear.  Keep in mind, there are little tricks and tips to doing these gel manicures just right to maximize the "wear time" on them.  Just do a search on YouTube, there is plenty of information and tutorials there.  It only takes me like 30 minutes to do, if that, and let me repeat:  NO DRYING TIME.

The kit comes with all of the supplies you need as well as an LED nail light.  Oh, and it costs 80 bucks.  I'd happened to have a 20% off coupon code when I bought it, so I got it for a bit less.  I used that savings to buy another polish color to come along with it.  They have lots of colors!  The kit comes with a red color (shown in the pics) called "Red Carpet Ready".

The photo above is from Saturday night, day 3 of the nails!

Overall, I definitely think this kit was worth the money.  I am one happy girl!  You can get the kit HERE.


  1. Never heard of this brand..thanks for sharing...because it looks great. cute costume!

  2. I'll have to check into this a bit more. I've heard of it but for some reason I'm thinking that this can thin your nails. Let us know if it thins your nails once you take it off.

  3. There's a misconception with that. There's no chemical in them that will thin the nail. People who complain of thinning is because they peel them off instead of soaking them off. I can't lie, I've peeled mine off too with little damage. But I don't file/buff my nail (to rough up the surface to get the gel polish to stick better) before applying the polish either.

  4. Nice!! nails look so beautiful!! xoxo

  5. Welp, you hit the nail on the head for me. You don't HAVE to file them down. The girls that had thin nails got theirs done at the nail salon and both had them filed down. Now that I've seen and know this, I think I have something to add to my Christmas list! I always have a hard time coming up with new things I want.
    Oh, they look super cute! I can't fool with SH nail effects anymore either.

  6. Thanks D--I definitely think it's worth it!

    Thank you Ms. Pancakes & SVRbrownsuga!!

  7. Wow, I will look into this, thanks for sharing!! :)


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