|CND's amazing array of shellac colours, I had mine done in|
Gelcolour by O.P.I
I used to paint my nails about three to four times a week so that they wouldn't chip...which seems a bit excessive! Sometimes it's nice just to have nails that are strong and glossy all the time. I'd heard about shellac but wasn't sure whether to try it.
Shellac is a gel based polish that is solidified by UV light after every coat. It creates a thick and glossy sheen on the nails and makes them practically indestructible (within reason). They are instantly dry so no smudging or chipping.
|Just had mine done in "Cajun Shrimp"|
The first time I had shellac done it cost about £25 ($40) after student discount as it was £30 before. It seems like a lot but the shellac actually lasted for two and a half weeks. The reason I was sceptical was because I was working every day of the summer and thought my nails would chip straightaway; They didn't!! I was so pleased with them and they just looked fantastic.
Howeverrr I wasn't prepared to pay £5 to have shellac removed on top of the £25 to have them re-painted (no way) so I shopped around for a cheaper rate. I managed to find a lovely lady (owner of Carly's Beauty Therapy) who did them for £20 and £25 removal and re-paint. This was a local salon but search for some salons near you to see what's there.
Shellac comes in a gorgeous array of colours. I've tried...
- "Princesses Rule" - a shimmery candy pink that lasts even longer as it's less noticeable when it grows out.
- "Cajun Shrimp" - see photo! a beautiful, vibrant, coral red.
- Always shop around for the best prices.
- Try and get a student discount (every little helps ladies!)
- Ask friends and family if they've had theirs done and where. They may have found a shellac genius ;)
- Don't attempt to remove shellac yourself. It can be done but I recommend going to a professional so that your nails don't get ruined.