A manicure that lasted longer than my last relationship (14 days!)

16 Feb

It won’t let you down. Break its promise  or fade after the delight of your initial introduction. With Shellac nail colour, it keeps its promise, ensuring your manicure lasts for 14 days.

In a time of recession, many women are going the DIY route with their nails. Who wants to spend €30 or more on a manicure that chips after two days?  Or have you ever gotten a manicure and then reached for your keys and ruined it?  This is why I’m completely smitten with Shellac, the manicure that requires no drying time and lasts two weeks with no issues whatsoever, but can only be done in a salon as it requires a special UV lamp for drying.

Shellac is fret-free and convenient.  Shellac paints on just like a regular polish using specially formulated base coat, two layers of color, and top coat. After each coat of polish is applied, you put your hand under the timed lamp while the other hand is being painted. As soon as the manicurist is done with your nails, you can dig into your purse for your keys without any concern of smudging or chipping. They are 100 percent dry in the same time it takes for a normal manicure.

I tried scratching at my nails, and even rubbing them along a brick wall–the polish stays put with a gorgeous, shiny finish. Expect your nails to look exactly like this for two weeks. Mine endured sinks full of dishes, harsh cleaning chemicals, and many hours of typing for 16 whole days.

Removing the polish is equally innovative. Try as you might, normal nail polish remover will not do the trick. This stuff is strong. You must return to the salon, and after 10 minutes under CND’s remover wraps your lacquer will literally glide off. These fun little stickers keep acetone concentrated over the nail, so chemicals won’t bother your skin. There is no rubbing and no sticky polish with cotton sticking to it, plus your hands are free to read a magazine while you wait. Your manicure will come off immediately after 10 minutes.

Click HERE for a list of Irish salons.

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6 Responses to “A manicure that lasted longer than my last relationship (14 days!)”

  1. Jane February 16, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    This is the first I’ve heard about this! Sound so so brilliant, can’t wait to try it and thanks for including a list of salons. Will report back!

  2. Barbara Hogan February 17, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    I’m a convert. Worth every penny.

  3. Carmel Farrell February 18, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Word of warning – be careful the salon does use the protective under-coat, otherwise this is quite harsh and will damage our nails – I’m talking from experience. Also it is a bit of a pain having to go back to the salon to have it removed. I’m thinking about buying my own lamp and doing it myself. Anyhow have any idea about where I’d buy this or how much it might cost?

  4. Kay Farrell March 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    I got my nails done with this new technology before I went into hospital to have my baby and the nurses wanted me to remove the colour from my nail so they could see if my nails changed colours in the theatre – but they couldn’t actually get it off!! So I think it’s a bit of a down side that you can’t actually remove it yourself, even with strong chemicals.

  5. Bella March 20, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    I got my nails done with this new technology before I went into hospital to have my baby and the nurses wanted me to remove the colour from my nail so they could see if my nails changed colours in the theatre – but they couldn’t actually get it off!! So I think it’s a bit of a down side that you can’t actually remove it yourself, even with strong chemicals.

  6. Tracy April 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    It’s great for toe nails because you really do get a couple of months out of it as toe nail grow much slower. Though, I think it’s a still a little on the expensive side and it’s a bit of a drag having to return to the salon to have it removed. Would really like if there was a home version of this. It would be a great hit.
    Love your blog – have pm you some questions which I hope you might be able to help me with. Ta

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