Last week, in preparation for my brother's wedding, my Mum treated us both to some pampering and booked us in for a Shellac nail manicure, something that was a completely new experience for me!
I've had acrylic nails in the past and always loved them in the first week, but found that it costs a fortune in infill sessions and paint touch ups to keep them looking nice, and once removed it takes weeks for the natural nail to get back to a good condition. So I've stopped with acrylics, and had heard lots of good things about shellac but always been a little worried about the upkeep.
But of course the perfect thing is, shellac nail varnish can be easily removed at home after it starts wearing away. All I did to remove mine was soak each nail for 5 minutes in a pot of artificial nail remover from Boots and then scrape it off, then pile on lads of moisturiser after.
The colour I chose was a gorgeous purple to match the dress I would be wearing, but it had undertones of blue shimmer in it too, For the event it was perfect, however it was probably a bit dark for the rest of the time it lasted particularly as I had been going to job interviews!
Eventually after 10 days there were a few signs of wear around the edges of my nails and I got a bit bored of the colour so I decided to take it off. I definitely pay for it again though (£24) as I think it's well worth the money for smart nails, but next time I think I'd opt for a conservative French manicure just in case anything important came up!
The colour used was by CND and I got my nails done at a small independent salon in Eastbourne, but treatments are available nationwide.
Brighton C x