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Nailed Salon + my first shellac manicure

Remember when I asked about shellac nails? I finally tried it myself. But not by myself. With this lovely lady.

Aubry and I “met” via Twitter and met up in person at Nailed! during my trip to Utah to try the much-talked-about shellac nail polish and eat some delicious Tulie Bakery treats. And to chat about allllll sorts of things. It was one of those blogger meet-ups where you almost hate that you met because then you’re just sad that you aren’t neighbors. IMG_2113

One of the best things about shellac: We could reach into our purses to pay for our sugar cookies right after our manicures. Shellac dries and completely sets before you even leave the salon. BAM. IMG_2109

I’ve had the shellac for exactly a week now and it still looks perfect. Absolutely no chipping. And trust me, with a color this bright, I would notice chipping. And also trust me when I say that Aubry is just as cool in person as she seems on her blog.

Three days after:IMG_2212

1 week later. No chipping, but a little nail growth. I would definitely get shellac again. It’s not that much more than a normal manicure (around $35) and lasts waaay longer.photo

You can read Aubry’s (more entertaining) meet-up recap here. And you can read about the shellac process here.

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17 Comments

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    fittingbackin
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    Great review! I’m in Auburn for the opening game – fun day tailgating!

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    Kath
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    I’m pretty sure this is the nail procedure Karen (my MIL) has recently raved about…until her nails turned a ghostly yellow/white!! The gel destroyed them – perhaps from not enough “breathing.” She love it, but they look so bad naturally now that she won’t ever do it again.

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    Pure2raw Twins
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    I will have to check out Aubry’s site! she sounds like an amazing person! my weekend plans are here hanging out with Gary in Cincinnati!!

    xoxo
    ~lori

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    corey @ Learning Patience
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    How cool to have a blogger meet up…I so want a blate soon! (blogger date)

    xoxo from Trinidad

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    [email protected]
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    I am so tempted to try the shellac nail color. I hardly ever paint my nails anymore because it only looks good for a couple of days.

    Meeting friends that we make on line is so much fun!

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    Jessica @ Fit Chick Wannabe
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    I did the shellac for a few months last year….loved it because, like you said, it doesn’t chip and stays for a long time. The only reason I stopped is because sometimes (most of the time for me, at least) soaking your nails (which I HATE btw it feels weird) doesn’t work all the way, so they end up using one of those electronic buffers to get it off. After a few months of consistently doing it my nails were VERY thin. So I decided to stop for a while and give them a break. Now I’m hooked on Sally Hansen’s Nail Effects. They’re stickers in different colors and designs (wearing Zebra print right now), and if you put a little clear top coat on they last a good two weeks or so with minimal chipping.

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    Cara
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    wow that looks like the way to go. Now if only i could find time to go get my nails done…

    thanks for the review on it!

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    Heather
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    That sounds awesome! I’ve never heard of shellac nails before – thanks for the heads up!

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
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    I love shellac! I tend to do a french manicure when I get them done because then you can’t tell they have grown out!

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    aubry.
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    Shucks. I loved that. Do you think our blog + Twitter fans are tired of our endless nail talk + praising of each other? Hope not… I’m not done. And when Christmas comes, we’ll be reunited for more!

    The nails are still looking good at the end of day 9, by the way….

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    Jenna @ A Fit Girl's Martini
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    I love shellac! I just got it done as well, and it lasts so much longer and looks so much better.

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    Anna
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    My friends and I were just talking about shellac this weekend! I got a manicure but none of us got shellac…I’ll have to try it next time. My regular one is starting to chip a little …ugh! I think manicures are one of my favorite indulgences regardless. Love the color you got by the way!

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    Grace
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    I haven’t heard of shellac-sounds good though! But I think I’d like the baked goods better:)

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    Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking
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    WOAH, shellac nails really do rock!! I’ve got to give them a try!

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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
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    Uh, that sugar cookie looks divine. Of course your nails do also. Nice color choice.

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    Cathy
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    Got to your blog via a link on a friend’s site and happened to see your comment about shellac. I started getting shellac last November and truly thought it was the greatest thing since sliced cucumbers …doesn’t chip, makes my nails stronger and looks great! I have used it pretty constantly, but stopped last week. I’d recently started having a problem with my nails that I can only attribute to the shellac. They are separating from the nail bed. It started with one and now I’m up to three fingers on my right hand. I’ve done some research and this appears to be a problem that sometimes occurs with acrylic nails too. The white, detached part of the nail is creeping closer to the base of the nail. It doesn’t hurt (yet), but I don’t want it to get any worse. May not happen to everyone, but please keep an eye on your nails and maybe give yourself a break between shellac manicures (which I didn’t do).

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    Soulfubeauty
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    I’ll all about reviewing gel polish right now. I’ve had MANY clients ask if it’s a service I provide… As my company takes on a more natural approach to spa services I have been very hesitant; however am doing my research on the best product to use; if any. Shellac so far is in the lead as it’s supposed to come all off with the nail wrap removal system. I’m a little worried to hear some people have been getting their nails filled down upon removal! :-0 this should not be. And yes!.. absolutely; if your going to put anything artificial on your body, you need to give it a break. Opt for a natural manicure with no polish in between appointments or at least every other so your getting a week or 2 of rest so the nail can breath. Strengthen with olive oil and other moisturizing agents. Get a high gloss shine\buff too as this helps strengthen the nail and stimulate it’s natural oils. Would love to hear any of your comments.

    Visit my website at http://www.soulfulindulgence.com
    Join me on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/wellnessnmotion – got a great contest on now too! .. who ever shares the most to see who our 250th “like” is will receive a $25 Soulful Indulgence spa voucher.

    Thanks!

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