Shellac – FTW?

Allow me to piggyback off my previous post on how I maintain my nails, I’ve now added in Shellac because despite what you may have heard.. nail varnish definitely does not last! If there anything I do differently now, it’s that I still file my nails in one direction but I then file up on the nail; this seals it and 110% prevents peeling! Also, I never used to trim my cuticles as i’d heard the worst but now I LIVE for my cuticle trimmer.

So, onto the shellac…

What is Shellac?

Simply put, Shellac is a long-lasting gel manicure. It is cured under UV or LED light and can last up to a month with no breaks, chips or need for extra coats; provided you have healthy nails to begin with!

What you need to know..

  • Healthy nails to begin with are a must.
  • Regular exposure to UV light can cause age spots.
  • It has to be removed carefully with acetone which can dehydrate your nails as well as the skin around them.
  • Never peel the polish off; you can peel the top layer of your nail too!
  • Shellac polish costs an arm and a leg – no kidding.
  • Buffing and cuticle oil will become second nature to you.
  • If you are doing it on yourself, it is easier to do one hand at a time.

How does one apply Shellac polish?

  1. Prep your nails (file, buff, cuticles trimmed etc)
  2. Apply one coat of the ‘base coat’ and put hand under a UV or LED lamp for 120 secs/2mins
  3. Apply one coats of the ‘colour coat’ and again put hand under the lamp for 120 secs/2mins
  4. Apply one MORE coat of the ‘colour coat’ and again put hand under the lamp for 120 secs/2mins
  5. Apply one coat of the ‘top coat’ and put hand under a UV or LED lamp for 120 secs/2mins
  6. Use an alcohol wipe to rub the sticky residue left on the nail – and DONE.
Before trimming my cuticles
Before trimming my cuticles
After trimming my cuticles
After trimming my cuticles
After a shellac manicure!
After a shellac manicure!

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Hey lovlies, i'm Meech... For the last few years, i've been trying to put together a platform for like-minded individuals to "sustain their pysche". By this I mean strengthen their minds, bodies and souls. A healthy and better version of yourself is created on the inside and flows onto the outside (without sounding so poetic lol). I hope you enjoy this blog as much as i've enjoyed putting it together.

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