this week we tried

An at-home gel man­i­cure

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - BEAUTY WITH JOSIE STEENHART -

WE USED a Le Mini Mac­aron kit. WHAT IT’S FOR This kit con­tains ev­ery­thing you need to do your own gel nails at home, in­clud­ing a lit­tle LED lamp. PREP FAC­TOR I pushed my cu­ti­cles back with the tools pro­vided and gave my nails a light file to give the pol­ish a slightly rough sur­face to ad­here to. OUR EX­PE­RI­ENCE While I didn’t have high ex­pec­ta­tions I was pleas­antly sur­prised at how easy it was to use and how long the pol­ish lasted on my nails. The only real down­side is you can only cure one nail at a time – but there’s no basecoat or top­coat needed so that helps to re­duce the to­tal time. The LED light plugs into a USB port on your com­puter or lap­top so can be used any­where. OUR VER­DICT This kit will set you back lit­tle more than the cost of a sin­gle pro­fes­sional gel man­i­cure, so it works out to be su­per cost-ef­fec­tive. I’d rec­om­mend it for any­one who loves gel nails but doesn’t want to shell out the money to get them pro­fes­sion­ally done. While the pol­ish doesn’t last as long (around 10 days) as pro­fes­sional nails it looks great and was su­per hard­wear­ing. The kit is well priced and small enough to fit in your hand­bag. BUT KEEP IN MIND there are only a lim­ited num­ber of colours avail­able (16 in to­tal) that work with this kit. EX­PECT TO PAY $69.99. YOU CAN VISIT Se­lected phar­ma­cies or see lem­i­ni­mac­aron.co.nz.

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