Beauty: The Perfect Summer Nails

Ahh summer, the season for holiday destinations, pretty dresses, cocktails and bright, perfect nails.

One of my pre-holiday rituals is to have Gelish done on my hands and feet; I love not having to think about my nails for a couple of weeks and I think the gel look looks amazing on nails no matter their shape or length.

However, this summer I’ve been trying to save money on things that aren’t completely necessary (unfortunately this also means no more Primark hauls – sob). Holiday website recently asked me to talk about my perfect summer nails, so, I thought I’d invest in some nail products that would give me the perfect summer nails at home.

Getting the Gel Effect at Home

I have only found one nail polish that truly looks like you’ve had Gelish done by a professional, and that is the Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish. I love a pastel pink on my nails, so on a recent splurge I ordered the Chiltern Street colour (pictured). It looks so similar to my usual in-salon colour that I’m now considering if I ever need to set foot in there again!

Like Gelish, the nail polish looks best after a couple of coats – the end result is a thick, bright and gel-like finish, just like the look you get in the salon. The Gel Effect Polish is very long lasting, I’d say it lasts for about a week, depending how well you look after them. Of course chips do happen, but I still get the odd chip with Gelish.

You don’t need UV or any extra products, simply use it like you would any other nail polish. Instead, it uses plasticiser technology to give the desired look, and the polishes are enriched with conditioning rare flower extract to take care of your nails – making it better for your nails than Gelish, which can cause damage if you don’t remove it correctly.

Compared to a standard nail polish, this is an absolute game-changer. At £15, the bottle will last you a long time, and definitely works out cheaper than a monthly trip to the beauty salon. It’s safe to say I am converted!

Have you tried the Nails Inc Gel Effect range? I’d love to hear your thoughts!