Miracle Manicure

Parisian and NYC ladies are renowned for their groomed finish, this is a look I crave but don’t have the time, or the commitment to emulate. Well coiffed hair and perfectly manicured nails are a must for these women, but how can we get this on a tighter budget and time-frame?

Whenever I have a manicure, I have generally smudged my beautiful polished talons before I get home or I’ve chipped them in the next day or so, so I only tend to bother for a special event.

However, many different nail brands have come up with a hybrid between normal polish and gel nails. These promise to last between 2 and 3 weeks without chipping and are easy to remove.

I’ve gone for CND’s Shellac manicure at my local beautitians. There is a range of 24 shades to choose from, including my fav ‘Tropix’ a lovely coral, perfect for summer.

Shellac shades

The appointment lasted an hour, including shaping my nails and cuticle treatment, but I left with completely dry nails. They do feel a bit ‘thicker’ than a normal polish, but don’t look like fake nails at all.

Removal of the polish can either be done at a salon, or you can buy acetone nail varnish remover from any chemist and soak them off in a few minutes.

If you are going for a manicure, I would definitely recommend Shellac over conventional polishes and it is perfect for holidays, weddings or other special occasions.

CND’s Shellac manicure www.cnd.com cost me £27 from my local salon (House of Beauty Cambridge www.cambridgebeauty.co.uk)

Nails inc’s 3 week manicure costs from £55 www.nailsinc.com

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June 17, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Beauty, bride, CND, manicure, nail varnish, nails, Nails inc, Shellac, wedding.

4 Comments

  1. Emilyyarwood replied:

    Let me know if there any products you want me to look into for you! x

  2. MsOlive replied:

    I’m a big fan of Maybelline’s Forever Strong Professional varnish, which I use for toes. I’ve had the navy blue on for nearly six weeks with barely a chip – although, not sure what this says about me … Less than £5 though, so quite a bargain!

    • Emilyyarwood replied:

      Varnish on toe nails tends to last much longer as you don’t do as much with your toes as your fingers! So I wouldn’t bother getting shellac done as a pedicure. I’ll have to give the Maybelline polish you’ve recommended a try though! Xxx

  3. Ellan Saabatmand replied:

    Thanks for this great information!

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