My nails are brittle, they break and split at the bat of an eyelid. My hands are short and practical and I am one who will never have beautiful hands with long tapering fingers, the epitome of femininity. In fact I have spent most of my adult life ignoring my hands and their upkeep but with a wedding looming up fast I can no longer afford to ignore them.
They will be on show that day more so than they’ve ever been before so I have to get them into good shape fast for the ‘rings photo’ incidentally we bought the rings last weekend too, one step closer.
I’m afraid I don’t have time to do my nails regularly, having abandoned them for most of my life apart from when on holiday and therefore can afford the luxury of half an hour to do them. I had to think of something and Shellac nails seem to be the perfect answer.
I saw them for the first time last August, I remarked on the brilliant summer colour of a friends’ nails. ‘They’re Shellac nails.’ she replied ‘Shellac?’ I enquired.
‘Yeah like a gel but painted on, they’re supposed to last for about 3 weeks.’
3 weeks – that figure stayed with me. Three weeks would be time for them to grow, strengthen and allow me to reach the 9th March with beautiful nails.
I found a place in the local shopping centre but never got round to booking myself in. They were asking £25 (as opposed to the normal £38) on the run up to Christmas but the thought of driving over there in the madness that is Christmas put me off. Then one of my school mums organised an evening at her house with a nail beautician. She comes to your house and for a group of you can offer her services at a reduced rate, we paid £10 each so my advice is do look locally. Check Hollie’s Facebook page out on Beautiful Bonbons
I went along and I was very impressed. A file of the nails, base coat, two coats of colour (and plenty to choose from – I went for the dark red this time) top coat and you’re done. Each layer is dried in a UV lamp contraption which is perfectly painless and doesn’t heat.
This is my nails one week after, remember I tap on the computer all day long and when I’m not doing that I am peeling vegetables, washing bathrooms, vacuuming, polishing and changing beds. I put the rubbish out, I drive the car and do all sorts of things with my hands all day long.
I am impressed, not even a tiny chip so far. Even the regrowth is minimal and not worth worrying about.
I have tried false nails in the past and have reached two days before they started to peel off which is very disappointing. So I am giving the thumbs up on Shellac nails and hope to be continuing well after the wedding too.
I’m sure even my first attempt at Zumba class this morning was a tiny bit more refined thanks to my beautiful nails