Thursday, 16 January 2014

Manicure convert!

I very rarely have my nails manicured. This is mainly due to the fact that I wash my hands so much at work, and use the alcohol gel a lot, that any nice nails I do have get ruined.

I am not allowed to have acrylics or tips on my nails but we are allowed to have a 'light base' of clear nail varnish. But even the bottles of nail lacquer I buy aren't good. They soon wash off and my nails are still brittle.

This was until my best friend had shellac done and her nails were so pretty AND tougher! So on new years eve I treated myself and had clear shellac applied to my nails. I am a massive convert!

This is a picture of my nails on the day. Please excuse how short my nails are. They are so brittle and break easily.

These are my nails 2 weeks after shellac. Apart from my nails being slightly longer they are still just as shiny!

The benefits of shellac are:
  • It can last up to a month. If you are in a job where you are very hands on it can last up to 3 weeks.
  • It doesn't lose shine. I get commented almost daily how shiny my nails are.
  • It's much cheaper than having fake nails/gels applied.
  • It is a lot less harmful than most nail gels and acrylics. Shellac still allows your nail to breathe and doesn't damage the nail bed.
The only downsides are:
  • It isn't a nail strengthener, so for someone with brittle nails like me it doesn't make my nails feel stronger. However, because I know there is shellac on them I am a lot more aware of breaking them so that is a plus.
  • As expected when the nail grows the varnish grows up so you see your colour separate from the nail bed. This can look hideous BUT because I have clears varnish I haven't noticed this.
  • You can't buy shellac in the shops. You have to go to a professional to have them done.
It is safe to say that as a girly treat every 3 weeks I am having my nails manicured.

Do you have your nails manicured regularly?

1 comment:

Ashley said...

Not going to lie, but I feel complete when I have my nails done. Especially - when I get them done and shellac is awesome.

Once Trav graduates (we can't afford it right now), I told him the one thing that I want to do for my self regularly would be to get my nails done. Not the fake nails and all that stuff, but just to get them painted. I don't even mind if I go to a beauty school (that's where I'd rather get them done anyways), but just to have that done, makes my heart so happy.

It's the little things I tell ya!

<3 Ash

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