8 Best At-Home DIY Beauty Gadgets
Are these DIY beauty devices better than in-salon treatments? Our readers weigh in on the best at-home gadgets for hair removal, microdermabrasion, shrinking acne and more
What it is: A gel polish kit for at-home use, including an LED lamp to cure your gel nails.
Why it's great: "This was definitely one of the best beauty purchases I have ever made," says one reviewer. TotalBeauty.com readers love this gel polish kit because of the lasting results. "I tried this five days ago, and it still looks like I just, just, just did my nails! No chips, smudges ... nothing," raves one reviewer. She adds that the process is really simple -- "It dries immediately." Another reader agrees, calling the kit "idiot-proof." Readers with a weekly nail salon habit also say the kit is a major money saver over time. "This is saving me so much money by using this instead of going to the salon," raves one reader.
Before you buy: The gel starter kit comes with one color. You can choose from pink chiffon, scarlet red or raspberry wine. Other colors (they have a wide range) can be purchased separately for $11.99 each. From the starter kit, you'll get about 10 gel applications. Once you've depleted the products in your starter kit, you'll need to replace them with the gel primer, base and top coat kit, $11.99 total.
Salon rate: A gel manicure in a salon runs about $35-40 and will last around two weeks. Readers say the SensatioNail manicures also last about two weeks, and at 10 applications per bottle, you're initially spending about $6 a manicure (when factoring in the cost of the LED lamp, and $2 thereafter to cover the cost of replacement products.
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