You have to check out this sponge-tipped mani using Estée Lauder lacquer and rich fall tones. It looks pretty easy and what a fun departure from the soft summer shades I’ve been wearing – I cant’ wait to give it a try.
Since I didn’t get a pic on day 14, here’s what it looked like on day 16.
The good news: the color didn’t chip which I expected, but what I didn’t expect is for the color and shine to stay as brilliant as the day it was applied. I wash my hands a lot with the baby and especially when I work so a typical mani usually lasts only a few days, Shellac is the only polish that’s worth it for me to get because of its staying power. It’s a mani that lasts, period.
The downside: The outgrowth. It’s the nature of it, I know. Instead of chipped ends you get a colorless cuticle, it’s like another version of chipping. Not as bad though because it grows out evenly, but still not the painted perfection that days 1-9ish (depending on how quickly your nails grow) yield.
Being at the mercy of a salon visit might just be the biggest pro/con combo; you’ll be forced to go regularly so your nails will look great, but you’ll be forced to go…
Ultimately, it’s the best mani I’ve ever had.
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CND was the company to launch Shellac, original ‘no chip’ polish collection that wears like a day one mani for several weeks. I finally got my first today, so lame considering my sister works for CND and has been whipping up perfect Shellac nails for a while now. It looks great, my soft pink custom combo of Strawberry Smoothie topped with Romantique, but how will it look in a few weeks? Will the outgrowth at the cuticle drive me nuts? Will the color fade? Stay tuned, I’ll take another shot in a week to compare, but for now let’s marvel at my mani in all of its day one glory.
I loved everything in my last Glossybox (Burberry lipstick!), but I was most excited to try out Zoya polish known for its natural formulations and long wear. Lara was the shade I got, it’s a really fun pink that I wouldn’t normally choose due to my addiction to powdery nude shades which means I have about 15 variations of essentially the same color. Lara is a shimmer-free, perfect for summer color that I know I’ll use over and over.
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Although it’s totally not my style (the tutorial is done on acrylic nails for God’s sake), I had to at least try to do a marble nail mani and I’m sure you will too after you see the tutorial. Now the video isn’t by me because mine looked like shit (I should’ve taken pics of my failed attempts but my fingers were covered in tape), so I’ll leave it up to the manicurist in the video who has wrangled up over 2.6 million views for her deceptively easy looking and really cool tutorial.
Before you bust the tape, a few tips that I learned the hard way:
- Room temp water is vital.
- Use polish with a thin texture, thick ones won’t spread out in the water the way hers do which makes a goopy mess.
- Close the windows and turn off any fans or else the polish will dry quickly in the water before you have a chance to dip.
I used thick polish and freezing cold water outside where it was breezy, so you can see that I was fighting a losing battle. I wish you better luck.
I had to walk past the Peacekeeper polish display at Sprouts about 100 times before I actually bought something. I’m pretty picky about my polish because I usually opt for a home pedicure (I rarely bother polishing my fingers) and I go for fun colors that stay put so I can get at least 2 weeks wear. I recently bought their Nail Polish Remover ($10), Bottom & Top Coat ($8), and a Nail Paint in Paint Me Stunning ($8) with little expectations on how well the polish would perform. I knew I’d like the remover (I’m not a fan of traditional removers because of the horrible scent and nasty ingredients and theirs is a synthetic and vegan formula so it smells less severe and works great. Don’t get me wrong, it still has something in there to remove paint so it’s not exactly edible – but I feel better having this on my hands versus a Cutex or whatever.
As for the polish, I’m going on 2 1/2 weeks and my pedi is still in tip top, shiny and new as the first day and without a chip. With only 7 shades offered, my biggest gripe is the lack of color selection but the ones they do have are great basics that will give you a good alternative to what you already own.