So my adorable fiancee’s birthday is coming up, and given that we have booked everything except for manicures, and because she loves doing her nails, I want to get her a gel kit. Only problem is that I don’t really know where to begin. Are some of the pre-made kits worth it, or am I better off getting things piecemeal? What gel brands do you trust and what should I avoid?

She always laments that because of her job, her polish will last 3 days max before chipping. And we have been talking about getting a gel light for a while (not that it’s a pricey investment, just how often we’d use it). I’d consider getting her a stamp kit at well, but let’s start at the beginning.

PS: manicure pics totally welcome!