18 August 2011

My Shellac Experience.

Well i hope you have just arrived after watching my shellac nail experience video... but if not, no biggie :D i will post the video at the bottom. SO lets start from the top (long blog to follow):

WHAT IS SHELLAC?

Shellac is the brand name for a new, patent pending nail product created by Creative Nail Design (CND). It is a hybrid, meaning half nail polish, half gel. The product is thin and strong enough to be applied similarly to nail polish, but it is cured in a way that gives it great flexibility and durability. It also has the incredible shine associated only with gel nails.

WHO IS SHELLAC BEST SUITED FOR?

Shellac is for people who want to maintain natural nails. The formulation looks as good from day 1 to day 14, but does not appear to damage nail beds. (see photos)

WHO IS SHELLAC LEAST SUITED FOR?

Those looking to lengthen their nails. You cannot use Shellac to create a longer nail. Also, Sellac isn't for clients with extremely damaged nail beds, split or peeling nails. It is best to get on a corrective program with your manicurist before thinking about Shellac. If your nail is peeling off, it will take Shellac with it.

HOW IS SHELLAC DIFFERENT FROM THE TRADITIONAL POLISH MANICURE?

Typical nail polish dries by evaporation, which means your manicure is not cured until 2-3 hours after your service. Think about it – most of your manicure time is spent waiting for polish to dry. But Shellac is cured by UV light, and within minutes. Your nails are completely dry by the time your manicure is over, and strong enough to withstand accidental knocks. It acts like a plasticized coating, suitable as a long lasting polish.
How is a Shellac service different from traditional nail enhancements (fake nails)? Drills are never used or needed with Shellac, and removal does not leave nails dry, thin, possibly torn.

CAN YOU APPLY SHELLAC AT HOME?
No, Shellac can only be applied by a licensed, trained manicurist. Improper tools or techniques will give a less than desirable result with Shellac.

CAN YOU TAKE SHELLAC OFF AT HOME?

You can. It requires the use of 100% acetone. Removal at home can be done; proper removal is only 10 minutes overall. However, removal at the salon very minimally increases the time and may be less of an inconvenience for you. To remove at home apply remover to a cotton ball then apply to the nail and wrap in tin foil, leave it on for ten minutes then it should wipe off)

NEXT..MY EXPERIENCE:

So i went to gatsby tanning in cheadle and in there is kenziko Beauty run by the lovely Kim. She sat me down and asked me what it was i was looking for, plain shellac, minx, french tips, glitter ETC, i said i wanted just the plain shellac this time to try it out and whatnot, so then we looked at colours, at home i thought i was going to get goodie ( i think that was it :p) but when she showed me tutti frutti i knew i had to have it as it matched my toe nails and would be perfect!! So she preped my hands and then off we went, first was the base coat which goes under the lamp for 10 seconds (per hand) and then she applied a very thin coat of colour to each nail and then they went under for 2 minutes, again another thin coat of the colour which was looking AMAZING and SO shiny, another 2 minutes and then finally a top coat which is more thick than the other polishes this goes under for another 2 mins and its FINISHED, she simply wiped the nails with some product which releases the tacky top and its completely dry! Stunning shine, colour and no chips for two weeks!
THEN, she used some cuticle oil which smelt of marzipan and OMG if you know me personally (not that any of you do) but you will know i am marzipan MAD!!!!!!!!!!! when she asked if i liked marzipan i was like (keep cool) and just went yeah its lovely (inside going MMMMMMMMMM MARZIPANNNNNNN) and she put it on my hands TO DIE FOR i couldnt stop smelling my hands like all day afterwards, she also put on some cherry lotion which mixed with the marzipan made it smell like a bakewell tart DROOOOOOOOOOOOL!

All in all i LOVED the whole experience, kim was so SO nice, made my nails look amazing and i will definatly be visiting her again even if its for my wedding in a few decades (if anyone will have me ;) )

SO, important links!
SHELLAC
KIMS FACEBOOK
KENZIKO BEAUTY

And just incase you havent seen it (and to see pics etc) the video:

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MEET THE AUTHOR: Serena Ozgowicz is a 24 year old Puggle owner with a passion for beauty, crafts and coding! You can follow her on facebook, twitter and instagram. Thank you for reading this post!

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