Holiday Maintenance begins …. Shellac Mani/Pedi
Today was the first of my (many) maintenance trips for my forthcoming holiday, to start with, a manicure and pedicure I was somewhat cloven hoofed before my lovely technician, Jessica set to work with her battery of power tools. I make regular trips to local nail bar, Hands n Feet Dunn …. Although now I am not working I have had to cut back on the frequency of my visits. Not sure Mr H considers my mani/pedi habit an ‘essential household item’ ….. Ideally I like to have my hands and feet done (Hands n Feet Dunn, geddit?) on the day of departure to ensure that I don’t chip any nails, but this year is an exception as Jessica’s birthday falls on the day we leave so she is taking a well deserved holiday. (My juvenile, selfish sulk when I heard she was away, was fleeting, I promise!)
I discovered Shellac (2 week manicure, though I can stretch mine to three weeks if everything goes in the dishwasher!!), when it was first introduced to the UK and I STILL love it. Shellac does have its naysayers who complain their nails are dry after use but I use Solar Oil every day to keep cuticles and new nail growth nourished. If I leave my nails au natural my nails flake and break anyway so I can tolerate a little dryness and I love the convenience of instantly dry nails, long lasting shine and generally longwear. Pre Shellac I was constantly having manicures and then smudging my nails when I went to pay, not once did I remember to pay BEFORE my nail colour was applied!!
Shellac, with it’s insta dry, UV baked formulation isn’t so easy to apply to toes (but is brilliant in the Winter when it looks ridiculous to walk along in flip flops in rain/hail/sleet and instead you can put your feet back in your boots immediately with no chance of smudging). It also takes a while to remove from toes (but its’ not impossible) so the introduction of Vinylux (as Shellacs complimentary little ‘sister’) was an absolute gift as feet tend to take less of a battering than hands so don’t require the longevity of Shellac. VINYLUX is a chip resistant, long wear nail polish that does not require setting with a UV lamp and is available in the same colours as Shellac. I normally opt for Shellac on my hands and Vinylux on my feet, but for my holiday where my feet will be in water constantly and in and out of flippers for snorkelling I have gone back to Shellac. Pre Vinylux I would have Shellac as I can’t bear for my upstairs and downstairs to be mismatched, so to speak! Of course the great thing about Vinylux is that if you buy the same colour (and the special top coat) as the colour applied in the salon you can always repair chips while you are away.
I am quite catholic in my colour choices, rarely straying from red, red or red. I love a French manicure but am hypercritical of uneven tips and also find that due to the long lasting nature of a Shellac manicure that the pale colours takes on a slightly nicotine-ish hue (and not from smoking, I hasten to add) from using suncream etc. The few times I have strayed from my normal colour choice I have two or three weeks of loathing what I have chosen, though I often have nail envy when I see colours on other people. So the colour I have chosen is a newish colour from Shellac, ROSE BROCADE, which is a blueish red (which looks better than orange based reds on my already red skin tone). And happy to say I like it, I like it alot.
What has been your experience with Shellac or other gel nail polishes?