Fast forward 2 weeks and I'm due for a mani-pedi date with the bestie. I did a lot more research and discovered a place that was CND-approved for Shellac; further research on the internet had nothing but positive reviews so I was sold. To celebrate the last few weeks of summer, I decided on a bright and fun colour: Tropix (a coral shade).
The nail tech (who also happened to be the owner) removed my nail polish and I was horrified to see all the damage that had been done to my nail beds! They were rough (from all the filing) and little white spots were evident on some nails from the acetone soaking a few weeks earlier. This was overshadowed by constant reassurance that my nails would grow out and that I had been blessed with good genes given that I naturally have long nails.
The regimen had been applied correctly this time and boy did it live up to it's hype (so far)! I tweeted, "Eep, my nails look so pretty, I can't stop staring at them!" and embarrassingly enough, it's true. There are no cracks and/or chips...just a beautiful super glossy manicure and pedicure. Have a looksee yourself! The owner of the nail salon took advantage of a little free marketing and used my hands and feet to promote Shellac to other clients while I was still there, and that was fine by me. A snobbier side of me likes to flaunt off the fact that I got good genes for nails from my mama. ;)
Looks more pink than it really is.
I plan to go for a Shellac manicure in two weeks time and go for the mani-pedi routine in about a month. While I am smitten with Shellac, the only downside is the cost; I am not so sure it is cost-effective when is nearly double that of a normal mani-pedi package. When the cold weather starts rolling in, I am sure I will resort to having a DIY pedicure instead.
If you are considering Shellac, I strongly advise you to look up a salon on the CND website. Trust me, it will save you time, money, and your nails in the end. You can use this link to do your research: http://www.cnd.com/Locate/Find-A-Salon.aspx
DISCLAIMER: I paid for the salon service myself and was not endorsed by the aforementioned company for my review.