Tag Archives: Shellac

Jul. 13.

Manicure Monday: CND Shellac in Lilac Longing

mm-shellac-thI love my nail polish collection. I really do. Sometimes though, I prefer to leave my nails to professionals. And when I do leave them to professionals, I hate using polish that chips after a couple of days. So, on my recent trip to get my nails done I went for something more long lasting, that would look good for a while. I went for CND Shellac, in Lilac Longing.

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Shellac has been around for a while now. I remember discovering it and going WOW! It was glossy, perfectly smooth and remained chip free for ages. Expanding from its original (very) limited range of colours, there are now a huge variety of colours and finishes available. Being summertime, I wanted something fairly light and bright. I was originally thinking of a blue, but when Lilac Longing was put in front of me I was sold!

My nails were tended to, shaping them (I prefer round nails), removing ridges and tidying up my cuticles before applying the Shellac. It includes a specialist basecoat, colour and topcoat, cured under a UV light. The whole process took under 30 minutes, and leaves you with perfect looking nails for two weeks. I personally think that it was worth the €19 I paid for it!

So, here is how it looks. You can see some regrowth at the bottom of the nails, but that is due to 11 days of growth. Aside from that, they still look perfectly finished.



What do you think of the finish? Do you love the idea of Shellac, or are you a do-it-yourself kind of girl? Let me know below!


Bottle pic credit: CND.com


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Mar. 20.

Best of Beauty: Beauty Treatment

NOTD-French-ThumbIt’s week 7, the penultimate week of the Best of Beauty Challenge, organised by the amazing Samantha, blogger extraordinare of All the Buzz. We’ve talked about skin, hair, pamper products, princess and bargain buys, and now it’s the turn of our favourite beauty treatments.

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There’s only one thing that springs to mind when I think about favourite beauty treatments, and that is anything to do with a mani or pedi. Whether it’s with polish, gel, or a shellac style hybrid I’m all over it. There is nothing more relaxing than having your hands and feet preened, pampered and polished by experts, leaving you to feel like a goddess. It is honestly one of the nicest feelings in the world, even if I also collect polish and like doing things myself.

Perfect Match Mani

I’ll have  to add to this, that given a choice I would always go for a shellac style mani or pedi. Gels and acrylics are great and last for ages, but they require lots of maintenance and can look so overly artificial (but I have had some good ones before) while regular polish suffers from the dreaded chip and smudge effect, which is a bit of a downer after a lovely treatment. Shellac style is the best of both, and while it looks amazing for the couple of weeks you have it, is easy to replace.

What are your favourite beauty treatments? Are you a mani girl like myself, or do you prefer facials, peels, or waxing. Please do share below!


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