Please do not take this as gospel. I have no idea what I'm doing and am in no way qualified to preach about nail care.
It's taken me a while as my previous dalliance with at home Shellac lasted so long. But now I'm more than ready to re-do it as my regrowth is getting ugly. This is after three weeks of wear:
My original polishes (base coat, top coat and Rosebud colour) were from Lydia. I've since bought Black Pool from a friend. I wouldn't advise buying on Amazon/eBay as there are a lot of fakes but if you've got a friend in the beauty business they should be able to get some bottles for you.
I bought my lamp from an eBay seller. There weren't any instructions but after a bit of trial and error I sussed it out. This one is 36W, apparently this is important to ensure that it cures the nails properly.
Acetone for removal and isopropanol (alcohol) for removing the sticky inhibition layer left at the very end of the process. These were both very cheap on eBay.
6. Ta-da! Done. Just apply some solar oil every day to keep your nails healthy and only do housework wearing rubber gloves.
To remove simply soak ten pieces of cotton wool in acetone and stick them to the end of your fingers using kitchen foil and place underneath a hot water bottle/wheatie. Sarah explains it better than I do!
I wouldn't recommend this to the faint hearted and if you want a professional finish just pay a beautician to do it for you. They're properly trained, experienced and insured to do a good job.