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Shellac Adventures

First of all, thank you for all your support! When I finish my previous post, I thought that you guys would desert me, but thank you to your wonderful comments and support, I feel much more comfortable blogging about random stuff.

This post, however, will be nail related (and somewhat ‘nad related too). For those of you who don’t know what Shellac is, it’s made by CND and they advertise it as “the mani that will last up to 14 days”. It applies just like nail polish and you use a UV lamp to “cure” it.

Photo Courtesy of CND

There are a few tutorials out there on how to do it, but I figured I would give you the most simple, 10 step, least amount of investment possible method.

What you need: as far as buying the stuff, all you need is a UV lamp (my 36watt eBay one works just fine), Shellac Base Coat, Shellac Top Coat, Shellac Color, and rubbing alcohol. Click on the image below if you want to see a bigger version!

As you can see, it’s not extremely difficult. After step 10, it really is rock solid and there’s no way you can dent it.

A couple things to keep in mind: make sure you wrap the tips but that seems pretty much impossible when my nails were short, but wrap if you can. Try to not let the stuff reach your nail bed and/or cuticles because after it cures, it’ll be more likely to peel after a couple showers when the stuff has washed off your skin, and lifting the polish from the nail.

To remove: I just soak a small square that I cut from felt with acetone and let it “sit” on my nail for about 3-4 minutes per nail and it just all flakes off.

As far as ‘nadding: I haven’t tried it yet because I’m skeptical. While I think that it’s thick enough to ‘nad with, the Shellac Top Coat is a bit on the thick ‘n draggy side. I’m worried that the design will smear.

In conclusion: Don’t be discouraged if it looks like crap or that it peels after you try Shellac the first time. It took me a couple tries until I got the “feel” of Shellac but once I got it down, it works good. I wouldn’t say that I could get it to last for 14 days, but I could definitely get a solid week in and have it look flawless.

Hope this helped someone! 🙂

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