My rockin’ mani for Aftershock

This past weekend, my partner William and I attended Aftershock, a three day rock music festival in Sacramento. I wanted to have rocker chick nails (even though mine are short right now) so before we left, I did an at-home gel manicure.

I used Pink Gellac gel nail polish in Bordeaux. It is a gorgeous deep purple. I was expecting it to be more of a dark wine color, but it’s still really pretty. I used the primer and base/top coat from SensatioNail, and I did three coats of color. Usually I try to just do two coats, but this color “pulled”, as I’ve seen a few others do. That is, it pulls away from the edges of the nail, so my solution is to cure each nail quickly as it’s painted, rather than paint all five fingers and then cure them. I still did three coats, just to make sure I had good coverage. This is the LED light I use to cure my gel manicures.

My at-home gel manicures usually last about 10 days. I could go longer, but I can’t deal with the grow out, lol. I love using the gel polish because my nails are dry immediately. The gel polish helps my nails grow longer, too. I used to have naturally strong nails, but they’re kind of brittle now. A few weeks ago, they were pretty long (but then one broke):

my grey/silver mani from a couple weeks ago

For this mani, I used Pink Gellac Asphalt Grey and Fabulous Silver. I’ve been using Pink Gellac gel polish for a couple of years now. When I first tried out gel polish back in 2015, I found helpful posts on the Chickettes blog and YouTube channel, and from there, I discovered Pink Gellac. The color range is really good, I can always find what I’m looking for. I recently bought some great ones for Fall: the Bordeaux and Asphalt Grey featured above, as well as Funky Teal and Black Velvet.

Have you done an at-home gel mani before? What color polish are you wearing right now? Tell me in the comments below!

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