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My First Shellac Experience

13 Jul

I decided that I would document my first experience of Shellac.  I got these done at About You in Paisley.  There was a lot of colours to chose from and I finally decided on this gorgeous pink which has a blue/purple shimmer to it.  To start with your nails are shaped and a shellac base coat applied.  This is then cured with the UV light.  This is followed by two coats of colour, each of which is cure with the UV light.  And finally a shellac top coat is applied and cured under the UV light.  The nails are then wiped to remove any residue and your good to go!  This took about 30 mins which I think is great and there is no sitting about waiting for it to dry.


I’m really interested to see how long this will last as I will be starting work in a hairdressers where I will be washing hair for two weeks.  I start work on day 5 of having had the Shellac done.  I also go to the farm everyday to feed Shug, ride him, brush him ect.  I was told by the nail technician that it usually last people around 10-15 days depending on what they’re doing.  Although she said that they might not last as long on me since I was going to be washing hair.

Day 3 – My nails are still perfect and beautifully shiny.  I haven’t been really careful with them just doing everything that I normally do.  I even managed to fall off Shug for the first time and not a chip on them.   I have been applying Superdrug’s Vitamin E Cuticle Oil as it seems quite similar to the Solar Oil.

Day 5 – First day working and nails still look amazing!

Day 7 – Really can’t believe how well they’re lasting considering I’m washing hair constantly at work and having to rinse out hair dye and perm lotion.

Day 9 – My first chip!  I have to admit though I’m surprised that they have lasted so well, the nail technician said that they might not last as well due to the chemicals.  I decided to file my nail down so that there was no more chip and put a little spot of clear nail varnish along the top.


Day 10 – Not at work today but some how managed to get a chip one one of my thumb nails.

Day 13 – Nails still looking fine!

Day 14 – Got a chip on the other thumb nail today and my right index finger.  I feel they have lasted so well!

Day 15 – I decided to take them off today.  Over the course of the 15 days I have had a total of three chips!  I could probably leave them on longer if I wanter but you can start to see how much my nails have grown and I find that quite annoying to look at…so it was time to remove 😦

Removal – The nail technician said that I could go back in to get them taken off or she said I could take them off myself.  I decided to take them off myself.  To remove them she said that I should soak some cotton wool in acetone, place this on the nail and then wrap in tin foil and leave on for 10 minutes, after which the shellac should just flake off.  I did this but I found that I had to leave the acetone on for 15-20 minute.  There were a few bits that were a little stubborn and didn’t want to come off but I just used an orange stick to gently remove them and they came off fine.  I felt like by nails are in the same condition as they were when I first had the Shellac put on so I really don’t think they they will damage your nails.  I have found however that regular nail polish just doesn’t seem as nice and shiny as the Shellac does.  But I am definitely getting it done again before I go on holiday 🙂


Have you tried Shellac before?  What did you think of it, I’d love to know!

NOTD – Seventeen Pretty in Peach

18 Jan

Sorry it’s been a while since my last post (almost a week!), I’ve had so many exams lately! But they’re now finished so I will be posting more regularly 🙂

Pretty in Peach

Pretty in Peach

I absolutely love this colour, it‘s not a colour that I’d usually wear but I decided to give it a try.  I got it in a lovely set that I got for Christmas which has 9 nail polishes in different colours and from different ranges.  Pretty in Peach is from the Seventeens Lasting Fix collection and I can tell you that it really does last.  I’ve been wearing it now for five days and they still look really good.  If you look closely at a couple you can see a little bit of chipping at the top of some of the nails but I think this is amazing considering I didn’t use a top coat.  I used two coats on most of my nails but I did apply three to some of them to make sure that they were opaque and looked even.  I definitely think this is a polish that I will buy when this one runs out (this is just a little mini version) as I think it’s the perfect colour to wear during Spring and Summer (which really can’t come quick enough).

Have you tried any of the Seventeen nail polishes or any of their other cosmetics?

NOTD – Paw Prints

9 Dec

I’ve decided to try and do a little more nail are, so here is my first attempt at paw prints!  I know these probably aren’t the most amazing looking paw print nails, but I’m pretty happy with the way that they turned out.

NOTD - Paw Prints

I used Nails Inc in St James and L.A Colors Nail Art Lacquer.  I started off by painting the nail in St James and then created paw prints on some of the nails with the L.A Colors Nail Art.  I did this by making three small dots close together, two next to each other and one above, think Mickey Mouse 🙂 I then added four smaller dots above these and done!

Do you like nail art or do you prefer just one colour?  Let me know 🙂

NOTD – Reverse French Manicure

6 Aug

I had seen this quite a few times on different blogs and decided to give it a try myself.   I think that it’s not bad for my first attempt at a reverse French manicure.  Anyway the colours I used were Collection Lasting Colour nail polish in Damson Jam and Star Dust.



I started out by applying 2 coats of Damson Jam over the entire nail and then using a small brush created semi circles at the bottom of the nail using Star Dust.  I’ve only had the colours on a few days but they seem to be lasting well and are really shiny.

Let me know your thoughts on this look 🙂 Do you like it or do you prefer a more traditional French manicure?

NOTD LA Colors – Green Tea

7 Jan

This is one of the nail varnishes that I featured in my Christmas post. I love this colour, it’s a nice pale shimmery green. The colour looks slightly more silver in the picture but this is just they way the light is hitting it.  I have used three coats ( I just felt that it looked better with three, you could get away two) and a top coat. I have a couple of other LA Colours and they usually last really well, so I’m hoping that this one is the same.


You can find out your nearest retailer on their website as well as seeing the other products that they have on offer.

NOTD Nails Inc St James

31 Dec

I’ve had this colour for a while now, I got it free with Glamour magazine and I have to say that I absolutely love it. The colour is a dark red which is really shiny, even without a top coat. I find that with a top coat it last about 5 days before it starts to chip slightly at the top.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Nails Inc varnishes can be bought from their website.